New News by the Centre for Advancing Journalism

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Hashtag Successful: Building a Presence Online

Over the past few years, it’s become all but essential for journalists to build a strong social media presence.  Social media also provides  exciting spaces for regular citizens to practise their own forms of journalism. What are the many creative ways that professionals and amateurs alike use social media?

Hear from our panellists, who use social media in drastically different ways. They’ll discuss how social media differs from IRL reporting and the continuing impact social media is having on the mainstream media.

Hosted by Tim Dunlop with Ash Witt, Amy McQuire, Phoebe Montague and Isabelle Oderberg.


Portrait of Tim Dunlop

Tim Dunlop

Tim Dunlop writes about the media and politics for a number publications, including a regular column for the ABC at The Drum. His PhD is in political philosophy. He convenes a course in new media at the University of Melbourne in the Centre for Advancing Journalism.

He is the author of the book, The New Front Page: New Media and the Rise of the Audience, a seminal account of the changing face of news media. His latest book, Why The Future Is Workless, addresses the question of whether robots will take our jobs.

Portrait of Ash Witt

Ash Witt

Ashleigh Witt works as a doctor in Melbourne's public hospital system. She is passionate about end of life care, including conversations about dying and ageing. She plans to specialise in geriatric medicine and palliative care.

Witt believes doctors have a duty to contribute to public dialogue. She curates the rotation curation Twitter account @westudentdocs, which hosts a new medical student tweeter each week.

Portrait of Amy McQuire

Amy McQuire

Amy McQuire is a Darumbal and South Sea Islander woman from Rockhampton in central Queensland. She is currently completing a PhD at the University of Queensland into media representations of violence against Aboriginal women. She is also a freelance writer and journalist.

Amy has been the editor of the National Indigenous Times and Tracker magazine, was a former NITV National News political correspondent and journalist, senior reporter for New Matilda and producer for 98.9 FM in Brisbane. Recently, Amy was the Indigenous Affairs Reporter at Buzzfeed News Australia

Over the past four years, Amy has co-hosted the investigative podcast ‘Curtain’ with human rights lawyer Martin Hodgson. The podcast puts forth the case for innocence for Aboriginal man Kevin Henry, who was wrongfully convicted in 1992.

Portrait of Phoebe Montague

Phoebe Montague

As editor of Melbourne-based fashion blog Lady Melbourne, Phoebe Montague’s fashion commentary has earned her a reputation as one of Australia’s key fashion bloggers. Having founded Lady Melbourne in 2007, the blog has grown to include a substantial social media reach across multiple platforms. Aside from the blog and freelance writing assignments, she teaches blogging, social media and journalism at the Centre for Adult Education (CAE) and RMIT University. She is a sought-after guest lecturer at corporate and educational events.

Isabelle Oderberg

Isabelle Oderberg heads up social media at Australian Red Cross and sits on the committee of The Melbourne Press Club.

New News by the Centre for Advancing Journalism

How do you pick true news from fake news? How would diversity in senior and junior positions change the news we report – and how we report it? And does state politics need to be theatrical to be interesting to journalists?

Hear from some of the brightest minds in the media at this three-day series of discussions and workshops on the present and future of journalism. Including Brett McLeod, Katharine Murphy, Emma Alberici, Julian Burnside and more.

New News is presented in partnership with the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne, and Monash University.



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