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Join the 'unconference' at New News 2010

Date posted: Tuesday 24 Aug 2010

Have you something important to say about journalism, the media and the future of public debate? Or perhaps you have a bright idea for a new media project, and want to share the news?

As well as its impressive structured program, the forthcoming New News 2010 conference will have a number of ‘unconference' sessions to enable anyone to make short presentations.

New News 2010, to be held on September 2 and 3 at the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas in Melbourne, is an initiative of the Public Interest Journalism Foundation (PIJF) and the Melbourne Writers Festival.

PIJ Foundation board member, Ms Bronwen Clune, said those attending the conference may wish to present a short talk, workshop or panel discussion during the unconference sessions.

Wikipedia has defined an unconference as a ‘facilitated, face-to-face, and participant-driven conference centred around a theme or purpose'.

"We hope that journalists, citizens, advocates, students and others will take this opportunity to contribute to the discussion at New News 2010," said Ms Clune. "Unconference sessions offer an opportunity for creativity, spontaneity and are also often quite a bit of fun."

To present during an unconference session, people will need to turn up at the conference, and enter their presentation details on the noticeboard outside the unconference venue.

The unconference sessions will be held in the Wheeler Centre's Green Room at all times on 2 September except for 2-3pm; and at all times on 3 September except for 11am-noon and 2-3pm.

The Green Room is also being used for the conference's roundtable sessions, where panel participants will be available for casual talks with conference goers, so it is expected the roundtable and unconference sessions will fit together well.

PIJF Chair Dr Margaret Simons said the conference aimed to help build new, creative relationships between professional reporters, citizen journalists, newsmakers and audiences.
"This conference will be about collaboration and creation, and about building new and creative relationships between newsmakers and audiences."

The conference is supported by the journalism program at Swinburne University, and the Victorian Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development.

The Public Interest Journalism Foundation was established by Swinburne University last year to explore positive futures for journalism that matters. The PIJF is one of a suite of moves, including a new professional degree in journalism, placing Swinburne at the cutting edge of industry innovation.

For the conference program visit
A two-day pass to the conference can be purchased at

Event details
Date 2 and 3 September, 2010
Venue: Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas, Melbourne

To arrange interviews about the unconference sessions, contact Bronwen Clune on 0423 863 843. For general interviews about the conference, contact Margaret Simons on 0411 254 478.



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