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How is journalism changing when it comes to reporting on crimes against women? Why do some crimes, and some victims, get more press than others? And how does media coverage affect police investigations and the pursuit of justice in specific criminal cases?
For this Fifth Estate discussion, Sally Warhaft will be joined by former Victoria Police chief commissioner Christine Nixon and veteran crime journalist Andrew Rule. They’ll discuss prejudice and perception in media and police work.
How does public scrutiny help and hinder the police? How are media standards, and public standards, changing? What works, and what doesn’t, in solving and preventing, these kinds of crimes?
Dymocks Camberwell will be our bookseller at this event.
Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer. She is the host of The Fifth Estate, the Wheeler Centre’s live series focusing on journalism, politics, media, and international relations, and The Leap Year, a Wheeler Centre podcast about Australians' lives in the fog of the Covid-19 pandemic. 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.
Sally is a regular host and commentator on ABC radio and has a PhD in anthropology. She did her fieldwork in Mumbai, India, living by the seashore with the local fishing community.
Christine Nixon is a Deputy Chancellor of Monash University, Chair of Monash College Pty Ltd and Chair of Good Shepherd Microfinance. She was the Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police from 2001 to 2009 and led the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority from 2009 to 2010. She co-wrote Fair Cop with Jo Chandler and Women Leading with Amanda Sinclair. Nixon teaches, consults and mentors on change and leadership.
Andrew Rule has written about some of the biggest Australian crimes of the last 30 years and lived to tell the tale.
Born in far eastern Victoria, he broke into journalism in Gippsland in the 1970s. Since then he has worked as a journalist for the Age and the Herald Sun and as a radio and television producer. After the success of his first true crime book, Cuckoo, he conspired with John Silvester to publish the Chopper series and Underbelly books.
He has won the Gold Walkley, the Graham Perkin Journalist of the Year award (twice) and eight Quill awards. Currently, Andrew is associate editor and columnist for the Herald Sun and crime correspondent for Melbourne's Triple M breakfast radio.
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This long-running series is a mainstay of the Wheeler Centre’s programme, and of public conversation in Melbourne. Twice a month, our in-house news anchor Sally Warhaft hosts guests from the world of politics, culture, journalism and international relations to dissect pressing questions of policy, power and public affairs. It's free, it's fortnightly and it's a chance to give complex local and global issues the thoughtful discussion they deserve.
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