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Journalism in the digital age

Date posted: Thursday 3 Jun 2010

Journalism in the digital age

The information age is upon us with sometimes startling new media technology capacity and cultural change. Consumer power is rising, the dominant media proprietor is in decline. Global and local issues seem more complex by the minute.

What do the shifting sands mean? What does the future hold? At Swinburne University's first Chancellor's Lecture for 2010, three prominent Australian media identities - all members of the Public Interest Journalism Foundation (PIJF) - will discuss the outlook for journalism in the digital age.

The panel will be facilitated by former ABC Victorian newsreader Kathy Bowlen who is a Swinburne Council member and graduate. The panel members are:

Margaret Simons, an award-winning freelance journalist and the author of eight books and numerous essays and articles. Margaret is also the chair of the PIJF, a Swinburne academic, author and social media commentator. She will discuss how social media is changing journalism and the community and explain the purpose of the PIJF at Swinburne.

Jonathan Green, editor of the new ABC online opinion and analysis site The Drum, and former editor of Crikey. He has also worked as a senior editor at The Age. Green will discuss how the ABC is transitioning its news and current affairs to the ‘new world order'.

Steve Harris, a media professional with 30 years experience. He is the former CEO of The Age and senior Fairfax Media and News Ltd executive in Melbourne and Sydney. He will discuss traditional media's challenges and opportunities.

"The business models that have supported journalism in the past are crumbling," Simons said. "Newspapers have seen revenue move to online sites. And while mainstream media organisations have also set up their own websites, revenue from online advertising cannot sustain high quality journalism.

"There is, however, no evidence of a declining appetite for news and information. Never before has there been so much media choice, or such need for quality information and debate. Thanks to the internet, it's a time of great challenge to journalism, but also freedom and possibility."

The Public Interest Journalism Foundation is housed at Swinburne. It has a broad brief to explore and experiment with new media technology to advance the best of journalistic practice, and explore new business models for supporting journalism that matters.

Registrations for this Swinburne alumni event are closed.

Read a review of the lecture in Onya




Lea Kivivali
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