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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.


Andrew Dodd

Andrew Dodd is the director of the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne. He has been a journalist for more than 25 years, working in radio, TV, print and online.  He was a broadcaster at ABC Radio National, where he presented many of the network’s programs and founded th... Read more

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 Epicu... Read more

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 na... Read more

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 Melb... Read more


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