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Report Card: The State of the Media


Australia’s leading editors assess journalism in Australia over the past year. What issues and challenges did journalists confront in 2016? Check out the curve – A+ to ‘needs improvement’.


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

Lenore Taylor

Lenore Taylor is Guardian Australia‘s editor. She has won two Walkley awards and has twice won the Paul Lyneham award for excellence in press gallery journalism. She co-authored a book, Shitstorm, on the Rudd government’s response to the global economic crisis. ... Read more

Damon Johnston

Damon has been editor of the Herald Sun since July 2012. Under Damon’s editorship, the Herald Sun was awarded the newspaper of the year prize at the 2013 News Awards, with the citation being: ‘the Newspaper of the Year Award was won by the Herald Sun, which in late 2012 set itself a goal of sign... Read more

Simon Crerar

Simon Crerar is BuzzFeed‘s Australia Editor and leads an editorial team dedicated to growing the social news and entertainment company’s Australian audience with viral content by and for Australians.  Prior to BuzzFeed, he worked at the Times and Sunday Times in London and at N... Read more

Dan Silkstone

Dan Silkstone is the Weekend Editor for the Age. He has overall responsibility for the Saturday and Sunday newspapers as well as digital content on the weekends. He oversees a team of print editors, feature editor, weekend political editor and others to bring readers a compelling mix of beautifully ... Read more


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