Walkley Foundation to stage four day focus on journalism after the media revolution

Journalism organisation The Walkley Foundation and journo union the Media Alliance will next month stage a major four day event in Sydney looking at what will follow the current changes to the media landscape.

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The gathering – “What’s the Story? Powerful narrative and other tales from the future” – will aim to go beyond the ongoing business crisis facing traditional media organisations. As well as international guests, it will include senior sopeakers from News Ltd, Fairfax and Google.   

Announcing the conference, the Walkley Foundation said: “This is a unique event with narrative and the desire to craft great stories linking journalists, authors, industry leaders, freelancers, digital media creators, film-makers and creators of all kinds in discussion on how to survive and thrive in a new and uncertain—but exciting—digital era.”

The program runs over four days, from August 9 at the NSW Teachers’ Federation in Surry Hills.

The first day includes a keynote from Peter Fray, the editor of The Sydney Morning Herald. Another timely topic given the imminent launch of ABC News 24 is a discussion around the nature of the 24hr news cycle.

US journalists John Nichols (The Nation) and Jay Rosen (NYU) will be joined by Australian speakers including ABC boss Mark Scott, News Ltd group editorial director Campbell Reid, and Google’s Karim Temsamani.

A politics panel will feature Nine’s Laurie Oakes, the ABC’s Annabel Crabb and Kerry O’Brien, and politician Malcolm Turnbull.

Other speakers include Anna Broinowski, David Marr, James Bradley, Mark Dapin, Malcolm Knox, Alice Pung,  Bob Dotson, from NBC’s Today, Knight News Challenge winner Harry Dugmore, from Rhodes University, BBC School of Journalism social media trainer Claire Wardle and Heather Allen from Al Jazeera.

The conference will also include a day dedicated to freelance journalism.


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