New News by the Centre for Advancing Journalism

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Old School/New School

An estimated 3000 journalists have lost their jobs in Australia in the past five years. Where have they gone? Have we lost something irreplaceable, or has new media filled the gap? And are there enough experienced journalists to train the next generation?

Chaired by Andrew Dodd, with Veronica Ridge, Jo Chandler and Misha Ketchell.


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


Portrait of Andrew Dodd

Andrew Dodd

Andrew Dodd is the program director of Journalism at Swinburne University. He has been a journalist for more than 25 years, working in radio, TV, print and online.

Portrait of Veronica Ridge

Veronica Ridge

Veronica Ridge is an award-winning writer and editor, and co-founder of the Issimo publishing platform. She has held leading roles with major metropolitan newspapers, including senior editor of the Saturday Age and Sunday Age during 25 years at Fairfax Media.

During her time as editor of Epicure, the Age’s weekly food and wine section (2007–2010), Veronica won Best Food Journalist at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu World Food Media Awards for a series of three articles on food ethics and the future of food. 

Portrait of Jo Chandler

Jo Chandler

Jo Chandler is an award-winning freelance Australian journalist, author and editor. She has filed news and features from assignments across sub-Saharan Africa, Papua New Guinea, rural and remote Australia, Antarctica and Afghanistan. She has earned distinctions as an essayist, profile writer and narrative journalist, and is recognised across a range of specialty areas: science; environment; health; human rights; aid and development.

Jo teaches journalism at the University of Melbourne and is editor of The Citizen.

Portrait of Misha Ketchell

Misha Ketchell

Misha has been a journalist for more than 20 years. He joined the Conversation late in 2010 and was managing editor of the team that launched the website in March the following year.

In previous roles he was Founding Editor of the Big Issue Australia and editor of Crikey. He has also edited the Melbourne Weekly, worked for the Age as a reporter and feature writer and spent several years at the ABC, where he was a TV producer on Media Watch and The 7.30 Report and an editor on The Drum.

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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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