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The Fifth Estate
Sally Warhaft and Katharine Murphy at The Fifth Estate
‘Conflict is not a new commodity in news,’ Katharine Murphy has written. ‘ … But media disruption has intensified the conflict cycle, compressing it into smaller, louder, intraday bursts, and those constant interruptions have a material impact on political decision-making, both here and around the world.’
As the Guardian Australia’s political editor, and a veteran of the press gallery in Canberra, Murphy has viewed the decline of traditional media, and its impact on political processes, from a ringside seat. In her On Disruption essay, Murphy maps the ways in which media disruption has affected Australian politics and policy – for better and for worse. In the 20 or so years since the advent of online news, which radical changes do we already take for granted? And in a knee-jerk media environment, how can we develop sound, long-term policies that protect the interests of future generations?
At the Wheeler Centre, Murphy joins host Sally Warhaft as they discuss how politicians, journalists and citizens are learning to navigate the changing new media world order.
The Fifth Estate
With Sally Warhaft, Les Hinton – Rupert Murdoch's right-hand man for more than 50 years – talks about the past, present and future of the mainstream press … as well as life alongside the man he calls ‘an authentic colossus’.
Sally Warhaft and Les Hinton — Photo: Jon Tjhia
Hinton has enjoyed both a close-up and a long view of the radical changes that have swept through the newspaper business. His new book, The Bootle Boy, is a memoir of his progress through the ranks of the Murdoch Empire.
Prior to stepping down in 2011, Hinton oversaw the administration of mastheads including the Times, the News of the World and Wall Street Journal; newspapers that, for better or for worse, shaped destinies and held a stake in world affairs.
In the book, Hinton gives an insider’s account of the media jostlings of major political figures, provides his own perspective on the phone-hacking scandal and reflects on changing revenue models for newspapers.
The Fifth Estate
As Rupert Murdoch's right-hand man for more than 50 years, Les Hinton has enjoyed both a close-up and a long view of the radical changes that have swept through the newspaper business.
His new book, The Bootle Boy, is a memoir of his progress through the ranks of the Murdoch Empire. Prior to stepping down in 2011, Hinton oversaw…
PM’s Literary Awards Winners in Conversation
What is Australian literature? What was Australian literature? And where is our literary culture taking us?
Now in its tenth year, the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards recognises outstanding merit in Australian literature. In this conversation, we explore what constitutes Australian literature in 2018. How do we imagine this country? Do books written by Australian authors reflect the obsessions, the divisions…
The Wheeler Centre
Reporting the Gender Reckoning
In October last year, the New York Times published the first story alleging decades of sexual misconduct from Hollywood heavyweight Harvey Weinstein.
As more allegations arise – against Weinstein and others; inside and outside of Hollywood – the Times continues to play a crucial role in the evolving #metoo movement. But what were the barriers, in the media and in the broader culture, that enabled these abuses of power to go unchecked for so long?
Sophie Black, Francesca Donner and Matilda Dixon-Smith
The Times have launched a new Gender Initiative, headed by Francesca Donner, in an effort to address these barriers. The initiative is dedicated to broad and innovative global coverage of gender-related issues – including sexuality, identity, workplace rights and gender equity.
How can new media tools and techniques enable better reporting on abuses of power? What standards from traditional reporting do we need to hold onto in this extraordinary moment? How can Australian journalists translate these lessons to the local context? In conversation with Sophie Black, Francesca Donner and Matilda Dixon-Smith discuss failure, achievement and ambition in reporting gender today.
Presented with the New York Times.
The Wheeler Centre
How Do Writers Get Paid?
The past decade or so has seen incredible changes in how we read. New devices, platforms and marketplaces for books have risen and fallen, while traditional publishing houses and booksellers have adapted to suit readers’ changing habits and preferences. But how have things changed for authors? In the midst of all the upheaval, who’s looking out for them – and what role does copyright play?
Spoiler alert: broadly, authors’ incomes have plummeted. In this discussion, Professor Rebecca Giblin and Canadian American activist and author Cory Doctorow speak with literary agent Alex Adsett and copyright expert Zoë Rodriguez to help us get to the bottom of who advocates for what, and who actually benefits.
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