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Is Australian Media Broken?


Expert journalists Jan Fran, Amy McQuire and Tom Elliott confront the state of the Australian media landscape today with host Rachel Withers.

About the Event

Traditional news media has always played an important role in framing debate about key issues of the day for Australians. But does it still?

With the disrupting forces of new media avenues – from social media and podcasts, to newsletters and independent publications – and their impact on the news we consume, there have never been more voices to turn to and more ways to voice our own opinions.

We might have more control over what we read and listen to, but how are these new outlets affecting the quality of journalism? How do we cut through the noise, and can we still trust mainstream media to provide the full picture?

Join our expert panel spanning traditional, mainstream and independent news journalism – Jan Fran, Amy McQuire and Tom Elliott – as they unpack these urgent questions and the quality of contemporary news reporting with host Rachel Withers.


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About the Book

Amy McQuire will be signing books after the event.  


The bookseller for this event is Paperback Bookshop.


Tom Elliott

Tom Elliott is the host of the 3AW Mornings program (8.30am-12noon, weekdays). With his wife, Elise, he co-presents the weekly Elliott Exchange podcast. He is also Chairman of the Investment Committee for Choice Capital, a Melbourne-based wealth management firm. In the past, Tom has been an opin... Read more

Jan Fran

Jan Fran is a Walkley-winning journalist, TV Presenter and internet commentator. Jan is the creator, writer and presenter of the online opinion segment, The Frant, which has been viewed more than 20 million times on social media and earned Jan a 2019 Walkley Award for Best Commentary, Analysis, Opin... Read more

Amy McQuire

Amy McQuire is a Darumbal and South Sea Islander woman from Rockhampton, Central Queensland. She is a prolific Aboriginal affairs journalist, academic, writer and commentator who has been published in Guardian Australia, the National Indigenous Times, The Saturday Paper, BuzzFeed News Australia,... Read more

Rachel Withers

Rachel Withers is a freelance writer and host of RRR’s Spin Cycle, a show that aims to make sense of Australia’s maddening 24-hour news cycle, including the hot takes we are bombarded with from media outlets, politicians and pundits. Rachel has freelanced for Slate, Vox, Crikey, The Satu... Read more


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