Session 3: Earned media: Connecting with journalists in a changing newsroom

There’s been a shift in strategy back to storytelling. It’s now all about finding a story angle and then pitching that idea to make it onto the news agenda. How are journalists working now? Hear from senior journalists and editors.


Gay Alcorn_1Moderator: Gay Alcorn, Melbourne Editor, Guardian Australia

Gay Alcorn is the Melbourne editor, Guardian Australia. She has been a journalist for more than 20 years and is a three-times Walkley Award winner. Before joining the Guardian last year, she was editor of The Sunday Age and deputy editor of The Age. She is a former Washington correspondent for Fairfax and a member of The Age's investigative unit.
Andrew Holden_1Andrew Holden, Editor in Chief, The Age

Andrew Holden was appointed Editor-in-Chief of The Age in July 2012. The masthead has undergone dramatic changes in the past two years, including the conversion of all print editions from broadsheet to compact size, significant developments in digital journalism, and a restructure of the organisation, all against a background of staff reductions and changing technologies. In 2013, The Age was named Australia's Newspaper of the Year.
Andrew's appointment as E-i-C meant a return to his home town, after spending a dozen years in New Zealand. During his time there he was editor of The Press in Christchurch for four and a half years, which included the major earthquakes which devastated the city. Andrew has more than 30 years' experience in journalism, from daily newspapers to community titles and magazines in three countries.
Nathaniel Bane_1Nathaniel Bane, Head of Digital (News), Herald Sun

Nathaniel started in journalism aged 19 and worked at the NT News, Belfast Telegraph, Leader Newspapers, New York Post and Herald Sun. He moved into digital news publishing six years ago. Nathaniel joined the Herald Sun two weeks before Black Saturday and was part of the digital team that earned a Walkley for its coverage of the disaster. Nathaniel’s main focuses are mobile news, newsroom transformation and cutting-edge storytelling techniques.
Damon Kitney_1Damon Kitney, Victoria business editor, The Australian
Damon Kitney joined The Australian in July 2010 as Victorian business editor. In this role Damon works with the papers’ business editor to co-ordinate its corporate coverage, and additionally, he also writes across a broad range of sectors focusing on larger feature and exclusive, in-depth interviews, with a special focus on private wealth. Before joining The Australian, Damon worked at The Australian Financial Review for 16 years based in Canberra, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne. During this time he was companies editor, news editor and a deputy editor at the newspaper.
Simon CrerarSimon Crerar, Australia Editor, BuzzFeed.
Hailing from Edinburgh via London, Simon has been in Australia since 2010. Prior to taking on BuzzFeed Oz, Simon worked for The Times and Sunday Times in the UK, Fairfax and News Corp in Australia.