New News by the Centre for Advancing Journalism
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Violence against women is the biggest contributor to ill health and premature death for Australian women aged 15-44, yet has only gained widespread media coverage relatively recently.
Why has it taken so long for the Australian media to cover this issue? Our panellists will investigate the drivers of change in Australian newsrooms, and the connection between media coverage and community attitudes. They’ll also outline how we can do better. With Margaret Simons, Ellen Whinnett and Vanessa Born.
This event is also available as part of the Friday Day Pass.
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 the Crossroads and Malcolm Fraser: The Political Memoirs, co-written with former Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Fraser. The latter won both the Book of the Year and the Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction at the NSW Premier's Literary Awards 2011.
In addition to her academic work, Margaret regularly writes for the Saturday Paper, the Age, the Sydney Morning Herald, Griffith Review, the Monthly and other publications.
Ellen Whinnett is National Political Editor for the Herald Sun. Prior to this she was deputy editor of Sunday Herald Sun. She co-authored the book A Premier’s State with Steve Bracks.
Vanessa Born is the Media Projects Manager at Domestic Violence Victoria, the peak body for Victorian family violence services. Since 2010, Vanessa has led a suite of projects that focus on prevention of violence against women (PVAW) with news and social media. These projects focus on engaging media, community leaders and spokespersons to improve news media reporting of this issue, and to impact positive social change in community understanding, awareness and action.
Jane Gilmore is a freelance journalist, with a strong focus on data journalism and male violence. She was the founding editor of The King’s Tribune, and now writes regularly for the Sydney Morning Herald. She has been published by the Guardian, Meanjin, the Age, the Saturday Paper, News.com.au and Junkee, among many others.
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.