The Fifth Estate
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What's it like to be a political reporter today, when breaking news is measured by second-by-second tweets (instead of next-day newspapers)? How has it changed over the decades?
In this Fifth Estate event, we'll hear from Fairfax's Latika Bourke and ABC TV's Barrie Cassidy.
Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer and the host of the Wheeler Centre’s live journalism series, the Fifth Estate, now in its sixth year. She is a former editor of the Monthly magazine and the author of the bestselling book Well May We Say: The Speeches that Made Australia.
Barrie Cassidy is host of the ABC's top rating Sunday morning political discussion program Insiders – now in its 14th year. Until recently he also hosted the sporting equivalent companion program Offsiders.
Barrie has been a journalist for 47 years – and a political journalist since 1977. He has worked as a political correspondent for ABC news and 7.30 and as a foreign correspondent in Washington and Brussels. He was senior press secretary and senior political adviser to prime minister Bob Hawke from 1986 to 1990.
Latika Bourke is well known as a keen user of social media in her work as a political journalist in Canberra. She has previously reported for 2UE Radio, the ABC and now Fairfax publications, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. Her latest pursuit is the product of a personal adventure. Her first book, From India with Love, is Bourke's personal story of being adopted from India as a baby and journeying back as an adult.
Sally Warhaft has been the Wheeler Centre’s in-house news anchor since 2012. In 2018 – over 100 episodes in – the anthropologist, broadcaster and intrepid interviewer’s fortnightly live series continues, as she responds to the most important debates of the day and reignites stories that have fallen off the front pages.
Every second Tuesday, Sally hosts a dizzying array of guests from the worlds of politics, culture, international relations and beyond, in a witty and revealing analysis of current affairs. It’s an event series and a live podcast taping rolled into one. Topical guests are announced in the weeks prior to events: keep an eye on our website (or in the Wheeler Weekly) for updates.
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