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Australian Press Council 40th Anniversary International Conference 4-5 May 2016

Australian Press Council 40th Anniversary Conference - "Press Freedom in a Challenging Environment".


Wednesday, 4 May 2016 at 9:00 AM - Thursday, 5 May 2016 at 4:30 PM (AEST)

Australian Press Council 40th Anniversary Conference -...

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee GST Quantity
Two-Day Conference Regular Rate
Wednesday 4 May and Thursday 5 May 2016 (9:30am - 4:30pm). Venue: L'Aqua, Cockle Bay Wharf, Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia
Ended $560.00 $21.15 $58.12
Luncheon Event - 5 May 2016 - Discount available for Fairfax Media Subscribers with promo code
"Words Fail Me." Thursday 5 May 2016. (12:00 pm to 1:30 pm). Venue: L'Aqua, Cockle Bay Wharf, Darling Harbour. The speaker is photojournalist Kate Geraghty, a three-time Nikon Walkley Award winner. With Kate will be leading photo editor Mike Bowers.
Ended $105.00 $5.72 $11.07
Free Public Event - 4 May 2016
“What’s the Announceable." Wednesday 4 May 2016 (6:30 pm to 8.00 pm). Venue: Charles Perkins Centre Auditorium, The University of Sydney, Camperdown. In partnership with Sydney Ideas.
Ended Free $0.00 $0.00
Two-Day Conference 50% Discount for Student and Concession Holders
Wednesday 4 May and Thursday 5 May 2016 (9:30am - 4:30pm). Venue: L'Aqua, Cockle Bay Wharf, Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia
Ended $280.00 $13.59 $29.36

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Event Details

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Tuesday, 3 May 2016 

6:00pm to 8:00pm


Cocktail Reception: UNESCO World Press Freedom Day
Australian Press Council 40th Anniversary Conference opening event
Venue: King & Wood Mallesons, Level 61, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney
Conference opening: Press Council Chair David Weisbrot
Video segment: Bangarra Dance Theatre
Opening address and remarks from local and international guests; 
UNESCO representative; Madhu Trehan - Newslaundry, New Delhi; Katrina Yee Rathie



Wednesday, 4 May 2016

8:30am to 9:30am

Reception and registration at L'Aqua, Cockle Bay Wharf, Darling Harbour
Welcome to Country

9:30am to 10:45am

Hosted by APC

Keynote Address:  Press Freedom and other matters of life and death
Moderator: David Weisbrot
Anna Nemtsova – Russia’s leading investigative journalist

10:45am to 11:00am


11:00am to 12:30pm

Presented by

Panel Presentation: Too terrified to speak
Moderator: Cameron Stewart - Associate Editor, The Australian
Guests: Peter Greste - Press Freedom Advocate; Bret Walker, former Independent National Security Legislation Monitor; Jacinta Carroll - Head, Counter Terrorism Policy Centre, Australian Strategic Policy Institute; Bambang Harymurti - Editor-in-Chief, Tempo Magazine, Jakarta.

When, if ever, is it justified for police and agencies to monitor and intervene in the communications and activities of journalists? When is it justified for a journalist to divulge confidential security sensitive information and/or blow the whistle on alleged government mismanagement? Is metadata retention by governments a necessary evil in a time of heightened security alerts, or is this the excuse governments have always been looking for to institute a “surveillance society”? What are the public interest consequences for journalism and investigative journalism of these new measures? 

12:30pm to 1:30pm


1:30pm to 3:00pm

Presented by FAIRFAX MEDIA

In Conversation:  Is Investigative Journalism an Expensive Luxury or a Necessity?
Host: Michelle Gunn - Editor, The Weekend Australian

Guests: David Barstow – New York Times  and Kate McClymont - Fairfax Media

3:00pm to 3:15pm


3:15pm to 4:30pm

Presented by


Panel Presentation: Local standards, global content
Moderator: Bryce Johns – APN News and Media
Guests: Jane Wardell - Reuters Pacific Bureau Chief; Tory Maguire - Huff Post Australia; Peter Holder, Daily Mail Australia; John Dunnet, Past President, Country Press Australia

Is there a place any more for national Press Councils or national standards in an era of globalised newsgathering and reporting? How does an editor in London approach the problem of transmitting a story that is going to be read simultaneously by people in Australia, Egypt and Russia? Should editors of global news organisations even worry about this issue? Are there standards of journalistic practice that will never be accepted and enforced as “universal” or “global”? Is “hyper-local” journalism going to be the last refuge for people who want to consume media content that is in line with their values and that of their local communities?

6:30pm to 8:00pm

Free Public Event
“What’s the announceable?” - Governing in a 24-hour news cycle
In partnership with Sydney Ideas at The University of Sydney
Venue: Charles Perkins Centre Auditorium, The University of Sydney Camperdown
Moderator: David Marr

Panellists: Madhu Trehan - Founding Editor, Newslaundry, New Delhi; Anna Nemtsova; Bob Carr; Tom Dusevic

From transport solutions to Pacific solutions, the announceable may be gold to the Malcolm Tuckers of politics, but how toxic can this clamour for bite-size policies be? What is the effect on society and democracy of politicians tailoring policies to the accelerating news cycle, to front pages, TV shows and online click rates? Can citizens ever hope for reasoned political debate and considered public policy in such a world?


 Thursday, 5 May 2016

9:15am to 10:15am

Presented by

Keynote event
Ranald Macdonald in Conversation. 
A 40-year retrospective.
Moderator:  Gerard Noonan - Chairperson, Media Super


There are few individuals better placed than Ranald Macdonald to look back over the past 40 years of media history in Australia and the implications for press freedom. Macdonald was the last of the Syme family to run The Age in Melbourne, providing it with talent, resources and support to become a great newspaper. Macdonald was the chief instigator of the Australian Press Council, a self-regulatory body that provided a bulwark against government regulation of the media. 

10:15am to10:30am

Awarding of the Press Freedom Medal

10:30am to10:45am


10:45am to12:00pm

Hosted by APC

Panel Presentation: Press Councils: a Global Perspective
Moderator: Sir John Hansen (Chair, NZ Press Council)

Guests: press council officials from around the world. John Fraser (Canada); Alexander Warzilek (Austria), Matt Tee (UK); Mary Major (NZ)

12:00pm to 1:30pm

Presented by

Luncheon Event: Words fail me.
Guest Speaker: Kate Geraghty: Walkley photographer of the year (2006, 2007 & 2013).
Introduced by: Mike Bowers (Guardian Australia)

1:30pm to 2:45pm

Presented by

Panel Presentation: Contracting out our Press Freedom
Moderator: Mark Hollands, The Newspaper Works

Guests: Tony Gillies - AAP; Michael Tormey, AFL
Media; Andrew Cornell, - ANZ BlueNotes; Adam Suckling
Copyright Agency

What are the implications for press freedom and the free flow of information of limiting media coverage of events or announcements to a chosen few?
Concerns are increasingly being raised about high profile events barring reporters and photographers from media organisations that are not sponsors or commercial rights holders, and aggressively asserting intellectual property rights.
Conversely, in the scramble for readers and revenue, are media proprietors and editors signing away their broad interest in access and openness for short term special advantages? And are reporters too often entering into Faustian pacts with politicians and big business in return for “scoops”?

2:45pm to 3:00pm


3:00pm to 4:15pm 


Panel Presentation: Dark days or bright futures? – The future of journalism
Host: Hal Crawford - ninemsn
Guests: Jenny Ryall,  Australia Editor - Mashable; Jonathan Harley, Director of Media Partnerships - Twitter Australia; Daniel Sankey - Editor, news.com.au; Conal Hanna - Head of Audience and Digital Strategy, Fairfax Media

Heavyweights of digital news publishing discuss impacts of digital progress on journalistic standards, implications on press freedoms and the future of news delivery

4:15pm to 4:30pm

Closing Ceremonies

Friday, 6 May 2016


The Press Council is proud to be partnering with the Walkley Foundation.
The Press Freedom Dinner on 6 May will round off the Press Council’s conference events.

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When & Where

Cockle Bay Wharf
Darling Harbour
Sydney, NSW 2000

Wednesday, 4 May 2016 at 9:00 AM - Thursday, 5 May 2016 at 4:30 PM (AEST)

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The Australian Press Council was established in 1976 and is responsible for promoting good standards of media practice, community access to information of public interest, and freedom of expression through the media.

The Press Council is also the principal body with responsibility for responding to complaints about Australian newspapers, magazines and associated digital outlets.

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