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What’s Happening in Australian Journalism?


Australia’s leading editorial executives will be quizzed on the performance of journalism in Australia, and the main issues facing journalism over the last year – and in the year ahead. Will we award them an A+ or suggest they could do better?

With Kate Torney (director of news, ABC), Mark Forbes (news director, the Age), Emily Wilson (editor, Guardian Australia) and Damon Johnston (editor, the Herald Sun). Chaired by Margaret Simons, director of the Centre for Advancing Journalism.


Kate Torney OAM

Kate Torney has extensive experience in the Australian media, cultural and philanthropic sectors, having spent 20 years at the ABC, including six as News Director, six years as Chief Executive of the State Library of Victoria and now as CEO of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation Opened in 1856, th... Read more

Emily Wilson

Emily Wilson is editor-in-chief of Guardian Australia. Emily joined the Guardian 14 years ago and has worked as health editor, science section editor, features editor, news section editor and most recently network editor of the UK edition of the Guardian’s website. She took over Guardian Australia... 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

Mark Forbes

Mark was appointed to the editor in chief of the Age in April this year. For the past three years Mark Forbes has been News Director of the Age, responsible for content across all platforms, social, online, mobile, iPad and print, as the operational leader of the newsroom. As an investigative report... Read more

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


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