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Conference Program

Day 1 - Changing News, Eroding Trust

Monday, 10 September 2018

Registrations Open: 8:30am
Conference: 9:30am – 5:00pm
Networking Drinks: 5:00pm – 7pm


Official welcome and launch of Insights paper

  • Professor Rufus Black, Vice-Chancellor, University of Tasmania
Panel Discussion: What is news? How do we define public interest journalism now? Where do we head next?

Moderated by Patricia Karvelas, ABC Radio National


  • Gaven Morris, Director ABC News, Analysis and Investigations
  • Lisa Davies, Editor, Sydney Morning Herald, Fairfax Media Limited
  • Simon Crerar, Editor and General Manager, Buzzfeed Australia
  • Louisa Graham, Chief Executive Officer, Walkley Foundation
  • Nicholas Gray, Chief Executive Officer, The Australian, News Corporation Australia
Introduction to Keynote Presentation
  • Michelle Guthrie, Managing Director, Australian Broadcasting Corporation  

Keynote Presentation: Making sense of ‘Information disorder’
  • Dr Claire Wardle, Leading strategy and research for First Draft, Harvard Kennedy School
Preface to Panel Discussion: Ensure false news and extremism don’t distort debate
  • Rafael Epstein, ABC Radio Melbourne
Panel Discussion: How do we build more trust in contemporary journalism?

Moderated by Geraldine Doogue, ABC Radio National


  • Professor Peter Greste., UNESCO Chair of Journalism and Communication, University of Queensland
  • Russell Skelton, RMIT-ABC Fact Check
  • Nic Hopkins, Communications and Public Affairs Manager, Google Australia and New Zealand
  • Andrew Hunter, News Partnership Lead, Facebook Australia and New Zealand
  • Dr Kathleen Williams, Head Journalism, Media and Communication, University of Tasmania
  • Campbell Reid, Group executive for corporate affairs, policy and government relations, News Corporation

Panel Discussion: Science and Health Literacy: Communicating certainty in uncertain times

Moderated by Jonathan Webb, Editor, ABC Science

  • Jerril Rechter, Chief Executive Officer, Vic Health and World Health Organisation Health Adviser
  • Adam Morton, freelance journalist (The Guardian)
  • Dr Norman Swan, ABC Health Reporter
  • Anna-Maria Arabia, Chief Executive, Australian Academy of Science

Day 2 - Informing, Engaging and Equipping Citizens of the Future:
What do we need to know or do, now and in the future?

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Conference: 9:30am – 2:30pm

Keynote Presentation: The challenge ahead
  • Megan Mitchell, Children’s Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission

Presentation: Heywire: Having youth voices heard
  • Dan Hirst, Executive Producer, ABC Heywire
Panel Discussion: Media literacy and education

Moderated by Annabel Astbury, Head of ABC Education

  • Michael Evans, Museum of Australian Democracy
  • Professor Julian Sefton-Green, Professor of New Media Education, Deakin Research for Educational Impact
  • Professor Kate Darian-Smith, Pro Vice-Chancellor, College of Arts Law and Education, University of Tasmania
  • Associate Professor Michael Dezuanni, Digital Media Research Centre, QUT
INTERACTIVE Q+A:Q&A involving local secondary and college students:
What do we need to navigate the future?

Moderated by Amelia Moseley, ABC Behind the News and Stephen Stockwell, Hack triple j

  • Shona McPherson, Foundation for Young Australians
  • Adam Mostogl, illuminate Education
  • Talitha Devadass, Entrepreneurship Facilitator

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