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New News by the Centre for Advancing Journalism

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Hypothetical: Fake News and Ethical War Reporting

It’s a quiet night in the newsroom. Then, a story breaks – and reports begin flooding in. Our panel has mere seconds to make a series of key, high stakes choices. What do they report? Where do they find sources? Should they be first with breaking news – or last with verified news?

In a fast-paced game of wit and grit, our gun reporters lay out their decision-making processes in a high stakes hypothetical. Who is endangered by reporting on conflict, and what is a journalist’s responsibility when police, politicians or the military ask them to hold off on stories?

Julian Burnside will take our expert panel through all the dilemmas of breaking news on war – where ethical complexities must become microsecond decisions.

Chaired by Julian Burnside, with Jim Middleton and Gael Jennings.

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

Who?

Portrait of Julian Burnside

Julian Burnside

Julian Burnside AO QC is an Australian barrister who specialises in commercial litigation and is also deeply involved in human rights work, in particular in relation to refugees.

Portrait of Jim Middleton

Jim Middleton

Jim Middleton has been reporting national and international affairs since 1970, first for the ABC and now as a correspondent for Sky News. For two decades, he was ABC Political Editor in Canberra – covering Prime Ministers Hawke, Keating and Howard.

He was ABC North America correspondent in New York and Washington from 1980–1986, and has reported from every country in North, South and Southeast Asia – except North Korea. From 2008 to 2014, he presented Newsline and The World, broadcasting to and from Asia on Australia Network TV.

From 2008 until 2015, he was a member of the board of the Australia-Thailand Institute for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He is a Vice Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne.

Portrait of Gael Jennings

Gael Jennings

Gael Jennings is an award-winning national TV and radio broadcaster with 25 years’ experience as presenter, reporter and TV executive.

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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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