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New News by the Centre for Advancing Journalism

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Seduction and Betrayal: The Art of the Interview

Janet Malcolm famously described journalism as the art of seduction and betrayal. Central to the seduction process is the interview, an integral but sometimes undervalued aspect of journalism. Our three panellists will discuss how they approach the task of interviewing in their own work, from the sometimes combative field of politics to the gentler terrain of cultural journalism. How do you persuade people to tell you things they might not want to say?

Hosted by Andrew Dodd with Emma Alberici, David Speers and Ramona Koval.

This event is also available as part of the Saturday Day Pass.


Portrait of Andrew Dodd

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. 

Portrait of Emma Alberici

Emma Alberici

Emma Alberici is the presenter of ABC1's Lateline. Prior to taking up this role, Emma spent four years as the Europe Correspondent for the ABC based in the UK. She is the author of three editions of The Small Business Book and has been a finalist three times in the Walkley Awards for journalistic excellence. 

Portrait of Ramona Koval

Ramona Koval

Ramona Koval is a writer, journalist, broadcaster and editor.  She is an Honorary Fellow at the centre for Advancing Journalism, University of Melbourne.

Portrait of David Speers

David Speers

David Speers has been Political Editor of Sky News Australia since 2000. He hosts PM Agenda each day from Parliament House in Canberra and The Nation each week from Sydney, where he regular interviews senior political figures and commentators.

David has been chosen by both sides of politics to anchor every Leaders’ Debate and Forum at the last three federal elections. He is also President of the Parliamentary Press Gallery.

David has also covered the last three US Presidential election campaigns from Washington, and interviewed many world leaders including Tony Blair and George W. Bush. He won the 2014 Walkley Award for Broadcast Interviewing and has received numerous ASTRA awards for journalism and presenting.

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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