Shining a Light on the Truth

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State Library of Western Australia

25 Francis Street

Perth, WA 6000

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Award-winning journalists talk about politics, press freedom and storytelling.

Session details: SATURDAY NOVEMBER 2

Politics and the press
10:00-11:30am

When it comes to our democracy, journalism has a vital role to play in interpreting policy and “keeping the bastards honest”. Hear from editors and political journalists about how they report on the corridors of power, from local councils to state governments and the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery.

Speakers:

  • Lenore Taylor, editor, Guardian Australia

  • Nathan Hondros, political reporter, WA Today

  • Lanai Scarr, federal political editor, The West Australian

  • Moderator: Gary Adshead, state political editor, Nine News


Press freedom & investigative journalism
12:00-1:30pm

This year in Australia we’ve seen unprecedented attacks on journalists: from raids and digital surveillance to court suppression orders and pressure to reveal sources. Hear from an all-star panel of award-winning journalists about how important sources and whistleblowers are to investigative journalism; why this kind of reporting is critical to our democracy; and the risks journalism faces in the current climate.

Speakers:

  • Hedley Thomas, The Australian, 2018 Gold Walkley-winner for The Teacher’s Pet podcast

  • Oliver Gordon, ABC Alice Springs & 2019 Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year

  • Alison Sandy, Freedom of Information Editor, Seven News

  • Moderator: Joseph Fernandez, Curtin University


The Yarn Spinners
2:00-3:00pm

Journalism helps shine a light on injustice and changes our world for the better, but it can also be really bloody entertaining. Hear from some of Australia's great storytellers and yarn-spinners about the narrative techniques they use to make sure their message resonates with readers, listeners and viewers. From research to sparkling prose, you won’t want to miss this discussion about how to make great stories.

Speakers include :

  • Kirsti Melville, documentary producer with ABC RN’s Earshot and The History Listen

  • Helen Pitt, Sydney Morning Herald journalist & 2018 Walkley Book Award-winner for The House

  • Michelle White, journalist, filmmaker & communicator

  • Moderator: Lenore Taylor, editor, Guardian Australia


Click here to read more about our speakers.

Are you a MEAA member? Enter the promotional code MEAA2019 to get a 40% discount on day and session passes. Have your member number ready when you buy your ticket.



TICKET OPTIONS:

Day Pass (Saturday, November 2) – $65: This is your ticket to see all three sessions on Saturday November 2. *40% off for MEAA members (see above)

Individual Sessions – $25: Take your pick of one of our three fabulous sessions on Saturday November 2. *40% off for MEAA members (see above)



FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1 - Intimate Masterclasses

We are also hosting intimate master classes on Friday, November 1.

Friday, November 1:

10.00am-12.00noon: Walkley Masterclass: FOI for Journalists - Book tickets here.

Learn how to use Freedom Of Information requests to underpin your journalism with award-winning journalist and Seven News FOI editor Alison Sandy. Alison will talk through what kind of information is available and all the tricks and traps for getting hold of it

2.00pm-4.00pm: Walkley Masterclass: Book length journalism - Book tickets here.

If you’ve been thinking about expanding your reporting or writing into a book-length work of non-fiction, this is the masterclass for you. Walkley Book Award-winning journalist and author Helen Pitt (The House) will take you through the process from planning and research to writing, editing and publication.




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State Library of Western Australia

25 Francis Street

Perth, WA 6000

Australia

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Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

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