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Seduction and Betrayal: The Art of the Interview


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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.


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

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 jour... Read more

Ramona Koval

Ramona Koval is a writer who has worked as a journalist and broadcaster. Her most recent books are A Letter to Layla: Travels to our Deep Past and Near Future, Bloodhound: Searching For My Father, and By the Book: A Reader’s Guide to Life (all published by Text). She was the editor of two volumes ... Read more

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 ancho... Read more


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