Lawrie Zion

Lawrie Zion, Journalism lecturer

Q&A

Hi, what’s your name?

Lawrie Zion

Where do you hail from?

Melbourne

Who do you work for?

La Trobe University

Tell us a bit about you – how did you get to where you are today?

I guess I’ve come full circle. I started my career teaching politics at Monash Uni in the 80s. I then moved to Triple J for 8 years and have since worked in print, radio, TV and online, and made docos.

What are your career highlights?

My doco, The Sounds of Aus, which tells the story of the Australian accent; my time at Triple J, where I started the Hottest 100, and my current gig leading the journalism team at La Trobe University.

Who or what inspires you to get out of bed in the morning?

Fran Kelly. I always listen to RN Breakfast.

Which other storytellers do you admire?

Peter Weir – is there a better film director? Numerous newspaper scribes including Cameron Stewart, Kate McClymont and Katherine Murphy.

What do you plan to share at Storyology?

A bit about the book I just co-edited, which explores emerging best practices in digital journalism, and the New Beats project that I’m leading, that’s investigating what happens next to the more than 1500 journalists in Australia who’ve taken a redundancy package over the last three years.

Where can we find you?

Website/blog: Dr. Lawrie Zion, La Trobe University (staff page)

Twitter: @lzion               

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