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Ross Gittins: Must We Destroy Journalism in Order to Save It?
There will be more to the survival of quality journalism in an age of digital disruption than just moving it to online platforms and adding a few cyber bells and whistles. The journalism itself will need to change in ways many established journalists won’t like.
In the keynote address of the 2015 New News conference, celebrated business journalist Ross Gittins argues that the willingness of Fairfax and News Corp to embrace a different kind of journalism will determine whether they survive, or have their place taken by new and smaller outfits with no legacy of old ways.
Ross Gittins is the economics editor of Sydney Morning Herald and an economic columnist for the Age. He is a winner of the Citibank Pan Asia award for excellence in financial journalism and has been a Nuffield Press fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge, and a journalist-in-residence at the Department of Economics at the University of Melbourne.
Ross is frequently called upon to comment on the economic issues of the day and has written and contributed to many books and periodicals. His books include Gittins' Gospel, Gittinomics and The Happy Economist.
Margaret Simons is Associate Professor in the School of Media, Film and Journalism, Monash University. In 2015, she won the Walkley Award for Social Equity Journalism. Her recent books include Six Square Metres, Self-Made Man: The Kerry Stokes Story, What's Next in Journalism?, Journalism at the Crossroads and Malcolm Fraser: The Political Memoirs, co-written with former Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Fraser. The latter won both the Book of the Year and the Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction at the NSW Premier's Literary Awards 2011.
In addition to her academic work, Margaret regularly writes for the Saturday Paper, the Age, the Sydney Morning Herald, Griffith Review, the Monthly and other publications.