Amanda Wilson is a communications consultant and non-executive director. She is one of Australia’s most experienced journalists and media executives whose career has spanned almost 40 years in Australia, Britain, China and Hong Kong. She is a former Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, a member of the Australian Press Council’s Adjudications Panel, and a founding committee member of Women In Media.
Hi, what’s your name?
Where do you hail from?
Sydney, via Melbourne
Who do you work for?
Myself, and clients of Amanda Wilson Communications
Tell us a bit about you – how did you get to where you are today?
Plenty of hard work. I was a cadet with News Ltd in Melbourne and worked for The Australian in Sydney, then worked for The South China Morning Post in Hong Kong, and for the FT, The Sunday Times and The Times in London. Over the years I digressed from the news business a few times – a very healthy thing to do in a long career – to work as communications director for UNSW, as a Thomson Fellow in Beijing, an English teacher in Barcelona, and an antiques dealer in Berlin. In the mid-1990s returned to Australia to be Foreign Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and worked there as a news executive for 17 years. I left the SMH in 2012 and went to Beijing to study Mandarin, and then started my consulting business.
What are your career highlights?
Hanging up my shingle as a communications consultant, being the first woman Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, surviving in the 24/7 business of news media for as long as I did.
Who or what inspires you to get out of bed in the morning?
A dog called Louie and life in general.
Which other storytellers do you admire?
Every time I judge the Walkleys I come across another batch of wonderful storytellers who make me very proud of Australian journalism.
I enjoy the style of writers at The Economist and my favourite section is the Obits, mostly written by the brilliant Anne Wroe. I like The New Yorker and the London Review of Books.
Last time I filled in one of these questionnaires for Storyology, I said I enjoyed Conversations with Richard Fidler on ABC 702. And that if he ever tires of doing it, I want the job please Mark Scott. Richard is still there.
What do you plan to share at Storyology?
I’m looking forward to speaking with Danielle Crittenden, a writer, author and editor of the Huffington Posts’ blogs.
Where can we find you?
LinkedIn: Amanda Wilson