Should the public ever really trust a journalist – or, for that matter, the Australian media as a whole? Recent research found journalists still languishing near the bottom of the pile of the most trusted professions, faring only marginally better than State and Federal MPs, insurance brokers and real estate agents – and yes, used car salesmen. Where has this erosion of trust in our media come from – and is it getting worse?
Join our panel of journalists – 612ABC presenter Steve Austin, Crikey senior journalist Andrew Crook, Walkley Award winning feature writer Trent Dalton and Green Left Weekly journalist Ewan Saunders – for the first Walkley Media Talks in Brisbane for 2013.
WHERE: The Edge Auditorium, Stanley Place, Cultural Centre, Southbank, Brisbane
WHEN: 6pm, Wednesday February 27, 2013
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Light refreshments will be served after the panel discussion, with the opportunity to network with speakers. This event is free to MEAA members and $10 for others, including a complimentary drink.
Steve Austin presents the Mornings program on 612 ABC Brisbane Radio. His long career with the ABC also includes working as a researcher and producer for the 7:30 Report and Stateline and for ABC radio news. Steve studied at the Australian Institute of Radio and Television Production and while working the graveyard shift on 4ZZZ public radio.
Andrew Crook is the senior journalist at Crikey.com.au based in Melbourne, covering politics, the media and anything else that falls on his desk. He has previously reported on finance for Business Spectator and continues to report on music for The Vine. He spent three torturous years toiling as a policy officer in the Victorian Public Service before jumping on the daily beast full-time.
Trent Dalton is a Walkley Award winner and three times national News Awards Feature Journalist of the Year Award winner who currently writes for the The Weekend Australian Magazine on The Australian newspaper. An author and former assistant editor of The Courier-Mail, he was named Queensland Journalist of the Year at the 2011 Clarion Awards and has twice been nominated for a United Nations of Australia Media Peace Award. His has also written several award-winning short film screenplays, with his debut feature film screenplay, In the Silence, currently in production.
Ewan Saunders has written for and distributed Green Left Weekly since 2000, as part of his work as a grassroots community activist. He is an "activist journalist", reporting from the front lines of social movements. Ewan sees truth-telling as the primary task of all journalists, and has a particular interest in the relationship between the corporate world and media empires.
In Brisbane, the 2013 Walkley Talks series is hosted in partnership with CitizenJ at The Edge, State Library of Queensland. CitizenJ equips everyday people with the skills to become credible citizen journalists by offering free workshops, a community newsroom, equipment for loan, one-on-one support, a dedicated publishing platform and most importantly, connections to the mainstream media. To join or find out more, visit citizenj.edgeqld.org.au, the CitizenJ Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org.