New News by the Centre for Advancing Journalism
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Most of the people at the head of Australia’s news media are male, and most people quoted on the front page are also men. Yet in the past year, mainstream media outlets have changed the way they report important issues such as violence against women. Does misogyny haunt public life, and the newsroom? How does gender affect the news?
With Kate Torney, director of News, ABC, Ellen Whinnett, national political editor, Herald Sun and Patricia Karvelas, The Australian. Chaired by Gael Jennings, Centre for Advancing Journalism.
Patricia Karvelas is a prominent Australian journalist, beginning her professional career at the ABC and SBS 20 years ago.
She currently presents Radio National’s flagship radio current affairs programme RN Drive – a role she took up in January 2015. Patricia co-hosts the ABC’s popular weekly political podcast, The Party Room. She also presents Afternoon Briefing on ABC news TV at 4pm every day.
Kate Torney was announced as the new Chief Executive Officer of the State Library of Victoria in July 2015. State Library Victoria is Victoria’s oldest cultural institution and Australia’s busiest public library, with over 2 million visitors each year and more than 4 million visits online.
From April 2009 Kate was Director of News at the ABC, leading 1400 journalists and production staff around Australia and in 11 international bureaus. Kate was a member of the ABC’s executive leadership team and reported to the Managing Director. She managed a $200 million divisional budget and was in charge of programme teams including 7.30, Four Corners and Australian Story, along with ABC’s reporting teams across the country and around the world.
Ellen Whinnett is National Political Editor for the Herald Sun. Prior to this she was deputy editor of Sunday Herald Sun. She co-authored the book A Premier’s State with Steve Bracks.
Gael Jennings is an award-winning national TV and radio broadcaster with 25 years’ experience as presenter, reporter and TV executive.
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.