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Prophecies and Mediums


As Twitter becomes old hat and the iPad part of normal life, what will the next disruptive technology be – and how will it be used by journalists? We’ll look at how the medium inevitably influences the message, and predict what might come next.

With Isabelle Oderberg, social media lead, Red Cross, Emily Wilson, editor, Guardian Australia, Zac Zavos, Conversant Media and Ben Barren, SocialDesk. Chaired by Margaret Simons, director, Centre for Advancing Journalism.


Ben Barren

Ben Barren is founder of, which develops new types of performance social advertising and is an expert in tracking brands in social media. Ben has 20 years’ experience in new and social media with a focus on developing new advertising products. Starting at DDB in new media develop... Read more

Isabelle Oderberg
Isabelle Oderberg

Isabelle Oderberg heads up social media at Australian Red Cross and sits on the committee of The Melbourne Press Club. Oderberg started her career in journalism with a degree in Melbourne, then headed to London where she worked in the financial trade press before making a move into real-time news, w... Read more

Emily Wilson

Emily Wilson is editor-in-chief of Guardian Australia. Emily joined the Guardian 14 years ago and has worked as health editor, science section editor, features editor, news section editor and most recently network editor of the UK edition of the Guardian’s website. She took over Guardian Australia... Read more

Zac Zavos

Zac Zavos is the co-founder and managing director of Conversant Media, an online company that produces the Australian culture website Lost At E Minor, the sports opinion website, The Roar, and the mainstream tech website Techly. Founded in 2007, the combined Conversant sites reach over 2,500,000 uni... Read more

Margaret Simons

Margaret Simons is Associate Professor in the School of Media, Film and Journalism, Monash University. In 2015, she won the Walkley Award for Social Equity Journalism. Her recent books include Six Square Metres, Self-Made Man: The Kerry Stokes Story, What’s Next in Journalism?, Journalism at ... Read more


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