New News by the Centre for Advancing Journalism

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Straight White Men’s News

News is still dominated by straight white men. Would genuine diversity – in senior as well as junior positions – change the news we report, and how we report it? Are we seeing recruitment of diverse junior journalists – and are the attitudes of experienced reporters changing when it comes to representation?

Chaired by Margaret Simons, with Adolfo Aranjuez, Celeste Liddle, Amy McQuire and Charis Palmer.


New News is presented in partnership with the Wheeler Centre and the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne.


Portrait of Margaret Simons

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 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 HeraldGriffith Review, the Monthly and other publications.

Portrait of Adolfo Aranjuez

Adolfo Aranjuez

Adolfo Aranjuez is editor of Metro, Australia’s oldest film and media periodical, and editor-in-chief of sexuality and gender magazine Archer. He is also a freelance writer, speaker and dancer. Adolfo’s nonfiction and poetry have appeared in Right Now, Overland, Meanjin, the Manila Review and Peril, among others.

Portrait of Celeste Liddle

Celeste Liddle

Celeste Liddle is a proud Arrernte woman (traditional owner in Central Australia) who was born in Canberra and has been living in Melbourne for 21 years. She is the current National Indigenous Organiser for the National Tertiary Education Union and also serves on their Women’s Action Committee. Prior to working for the NTEU, Celeste worked for the University of Melbourne and Victorian College of the Arts in Indigenous student support and recruitment and was active on the NTEU branch and division for many years.

Celeste is also a guest columnist for Daily Life and for the Guardian Australia, and blogs personally at

Portrait of Amy McQuire

Amy McQuire

Amy McQuire is a Darumbal and South Sea Islander woman from Rockhampton in central Queensland. She has been the editor of the National Indigenous Times and Tracker magazine, was a former NITV National News political correspondent and journalist and producer for 98.9 FM in Brisbane. Recently, Amy worked at the online independent magazine New Matilda, where she still contributes occasionally, writing predominantly on Aboriginal affairs.

Currently, Amy is the Indigenous Affairs Reporter at Buzzfeed Australia and co-host of an investigative podcast called Curtain – centred around the wrongful conviction of an Aboriginal man who has been locked up for 26 years.

Portrait of Charis Palmer

Charis Palmer

Charis Palmer is deputy editor and head of digital strategy with the Conversation Australia.

After undertaking a Bachelor of International Business, Charis started her career in marketing and product management working for a bank before deciding to throw it all in to start her own publishing and events business. She has been a freelance reporter and also held roles as editor of Business Spectator, Technology Spectator and iTnews. She is particularly interested in new media business models.

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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 Wheeler Centre and the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne.



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