New News by the Centre for Advancing Journalism

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Off Balance

What happened to balance and objectivity in reporting? Are these concepts still valuable in journalism – or, as the popularity of partisanship grows, are we seeing the end of the age of objectivity?

When we do play to a perspective, what are we losing, what are we gaining … and are there new ways to achieve balance?

Chaired by David Nolan, with Amy Gray, Louise Milligan and Jim Middleton.


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


Portrait of David Nolan

David Nolan

David Nolan is Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications. His work focuses on journalism studies and the changing role played by media in social and political relations. He recently led a Centre for Advancing Journalism research project focussing on the question of how media representations of Sudanese Australians might be improved.

His work has been published in numerous leading international journals, and he is also on the editorial board of the journal Communication, Politics and Culture.

Portrait of Amy Gray

Amy Gray

Amy Gray is a freelance writer and author. She writes on politics, feminism and culture. Her work has appeared in the Age, the Guardian, Sydney Morning Herald, Saturday Paper and other publications. Amy is currently writing a book about motherhood and feminism.

Portrait of Louise Milligan

Louise Milligan

Louise Milligan is an investigative reporter for the ABC TV 7.30 program, based in Melbourne. Her exclusive interview with murdered woman Jill Meagher’s husband, Tom Meagher, her investigations into bullying at Victoria Police and her story on women sexually assaulted in psychiatric wards saw her highly commended three times at the Melbourne Press Club Quill Awards for Excellence in Journalism.

Her tell-all interview with suspended Essendon coach James Hird’s wife, Tania Hird, caused a huge stir within the AFL system and fan base – with the club’s board meeting to decide on James Hird’s future after it broadcast. This year, she has investigated a string of suicides and ice use by sailors at the HMAS Stirling Navy base and extensively covered the executions of 'Bali 9' drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

Before 7.30, Louise worked for eight years at Seven News first as NSW State Political reporter, then as a Melbourne investigative reporter, specialising in freedom of information. Louise is also a former High Court correspondent for the Australian newspaper.

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.

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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