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Sally Warhaft and Jill Abramson on stage at the Athenaeum Theatre — Photo: Scott Limbrick
How should the media survive the current age? It’s a question that haunts the bones of many in the industry, and a through-line of Merchants of Truth, a bracing new account of American journalism’s moral crisis written by Jill Abramson.
A former executive editor of the New York Times, and a widely-respected media veteran, Abramson looks at fake news, click-bait and the commercial objectives of Facebook and Google. Her unflinching – sometimes bleak – investigations take readers to the front-line of the essential and existential decisions being made at the heart of four key outlets: Buzzfeed, VICE, the Times and the Washington Post. Against Facebook virality and Google’s algorithm, can hallowed principles of objectivity and impartiality survive?
The first woman to hold many of the senior roles she’s occupied, Abramson shares what she’s learned through her celebrated career. She also addresses the criticism and controversy surrounding the book: she has been accused of being dismissive towards young, digitally savvy journalists and their readerships’ interests, and of factual errors and plagiarism – charges which she refutes.
With host Sally Warhaft, join us for a fascinating and frank discussion with one of modern journalism’s most experienced figures, and an exploration into the future of media.
Working with Words: Amy Hetherington
Big Issue editor Amy Hetherington talks dog-washing, procrastinating and keeping stories in suitcases.
Working with Words: Trent Dalton
Trent Dalton is a screenwriter, novelist and Walkley Award-winning journalist at the Weekend Australian. He spoke with us about Charlotte's Web, bad poetry and 14 pt Tahoma.
Emily Nussbaum: Culture, Criticism and TV Today
'Criticism is a form of theatre,' Emily Nussbaum has said. 'I'm writing for an audience and I don't want to bore them.'
As the New Yorker's TV critic, Nussbaum has won a large and devoted international audience by giving contemporary television the incisive, sophisticated and entertaining criticism it deserves. Join this peerless critic and chronicler of popular culture for…
Ronan Farrow: Power, Abuse and Facing Facts
Ronan Farrow has been one of the foremost reporters documenting the culture of silence and impunity around sexual misconduct in Hollywood and beyond. As industry after industry attempts to confront long-unexamined demons in this area, Farrow offers fresh ideas for creating a new culture of accountability. Hear from Farrow as he discusses the poignant personal stories of abuse, in his…
Griffith Review: Commonwealth Now
For many of us, the Commonwealth is associated, for better or for worse, with the old days of British colonial rule: cricket whites, tea plantations, ‘God Save the Queen’.
But whatever our collective ideas around this unusual global entity are, they likely won’t last much longer. The member states have a combined population of 2.4 billion people and more than…
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Paris Review promo video that makes dessert of the literary journal
The venerable literary journal the Paris Review has had something of a makeover and to celebrate they’ve put together a video preview of their latest edition that puts the hype in hyperactive. Galleycat speculates that the over the top voiceover from “an announcer that should be narrating monster truck shows”.
We’re also enjoying the South Park-inspired animation of Jonathan Franzen repeating the word…
Meanland Launches Blogging Competition
Meanland, the joint venture of literary magazines Meanjin and Overland, has launched a competition to find two bloggers to write for its site. The Meanland project is intended to drive debate and analysis of the digital publishing revolution. Interested bloggers are invited to write up to 1000 words on one of four themes: digital writing as a form of oral storytelling; the impact…
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