Walkley Media Talks






Walkley Media Talks: The Power of Voice: using radio to tackle sensitive issues

    • June 18, 2015
    • 6PM – 7.30PM
    • State Library of NSW, Macquarie St, Sydney


The Power of Voice: using radio to tackle sensitive issues

From the stoneage campfire to the wireless to the latest podcast: the voice is our first storytelling tool but it’s still cutting edge. There’s something very intimate about audio storytelling; yet there’s also a degree of anonymity. Radio stories can move quickly, becoming confessional or even controversial. Our panel of radio and audio journalists and storytellers tease out just why radio documentaries, podcasts and serials are so powerful – and how they harness that power to engage their audience.

With multi-Walkley Award winning journalist Sarah Dingle, the Deadly Newt’s Kate Doak and FBi Radio’s Zacha Rosen.

Sarah Dingle_1Sarah Dingle is a two time Walkley Award winning investigative journalist with the ABC, working in radio current affairs and documentary. Sarah’s worked as an ABC television and radio reporter for many of the ABC’s flagship current affairs outlets. In 2013 her Background Briefing ‘The Family Trap’ won the Walkley Award for Radio Documentary and in 2014 her story “The Salvos: A matter of trust” also took out the Radio Documentary category. She’s also won a UN Media Peace Prize, and a Kennedy Award for radio current affairs. Her work has been recognised by the Australian Human Rights Commission, the National Press Club and Amnesty International. In 2010 she was the ABC’s Andrew Olle Scholar.




Zacha Rosen_1Zacha Rosen is the host of FBi Radio’s new program on the quiet ideas, Not What You Think. He’s a supervising producer at the station’s narrative radio show All the Best, produced its music + interview show Out of the Box and works at the fringes of its current affairs show Backchat. All those shows have podcasts you can subscribe to, via the links above. All are modestly awesome.

Zacha has been a writer and editor at Sydney lifestyle site Concrete Playground and helped research Anne Deveson’s most recent book, Waging Peace.

He takes requests.



Kate Doak_1

Kate Doak is a freelance investigative journalist, documentary producer and young Trans-woman, who is based out of Newtown in the Inner West of Sydney.  Originally from the New England region of rural New South Wales, Kate has worked extensively within the community radio sector, and was the Operations Manager of Australia’s oldest community radio station TuneFM 106.9 (formerly Radio UNE and 2UNE) during its $600,000+ relocation and refurbishment at the University of New England between 2008 and mid-2011.

Since relocating to Sydney in early 2013, Kate has worked as a freelance journalist for organisations such as the Sydney Morning Herald, ABC Radio Current Affairs, Daily Life, SBS World News Australia, ABC News (U.S.), Good Morning America, The Guardian, The Hoopla, Birdee, The Saturday Paper, and the Star Observer amongst others.

In addition to her work covering NSW politics, since late 2012 Kate has also produced documentaries on Transgender related issues for both FBi Radio 94.5 and The Gender Centre of Sydney, respectively.  These include the radio production “Hope + Politics: The Parliamentary Friendship Group” which was highly commended by the Walkley Foundation at their 2013 StoryologyConference, as well as the short documentary film on Transgender youth “In My Shoes” which was launched at the 2014 Parliamentary Friends of LGBTI Australian’s function at Parliament House in Canberra.

John Stanley

John Stanley is a journalist and broadcaster with Fairfax Media’s radio station 2UE in Sydney. His work as a political reporter includes two stints in Canberra, where he was bureau chief for the Macquarie Radio Network (then owned by Fairfax Media) and as NSW state political correspondent in Sydney during the corruption dramas of the 1980s. At 2UE he was the inaugural producer of the Alan Jones breakfast show, assistant program director and later program director of the station.

Since 1990, John has presented news and current affairs programs at breakfast, afternoons and drivetime. In 2012, he began hosting commercial radio’s first full-time news and current affairs breakfast show.




Walkley Media Talks: The art of opinion

    • July 16, 2015
    • 6PM – 7.30PM
    • State Library of NSW, Macquarie St, Sydney


The Art of Opinion

Since the invention of the printing press, commentary and opinion have been a constant companion to journalism. Today anyone can self-publish instantly via the internet, and it’s abundantly clear: opinions are like arseholes – everybody’s got one. In a sea of public opinions, we explore the enduring value and craft of informed opinion and commentary. From the opening salvo to the knockout punch, great commentary keeps us talking about the big issues. In this context, are the ideas of balance and bias a real threat, or a weapon wielded to shut down ideas you don’t agree with? That’s just, like, your opinion, man. From razor-sharp cartoons to political critique and light-hearted columns, our panel explores the best – and worst – of opinion.

With Mamamia opinion editor Amy Stockwell. More exciting names to come!


Walkley Media Talks: Rolling live coverage: risky business

    • August 20, 2015
    • 6PM – 7.30PM
    • State Library of NSW, Macquarie St, Sydney


In the social media age, dramatic unfolding stories like the Martin Place siege can place demands for constant media updates in direct challenge to police and security operations, even leaving civilian lives in the balance. In the wake of that event and with social media the new platform for breaking news, what are the ethical and safety implications for the public? How can journalists and newsrooms handle delicate police operations without impeding the public’s right to know?

With Channel 7 cameraman Greg Parker, Guardian Australia’s senior live blogger Claire Phipps and Gaven Morris, Head of News Content, ABC News.

Greg Parker_1Greg Parker is the Deputy Chief Cameraman for the Seven Network.  Based in Sydney, Greg has been with Channel Seven for more than two decades filming, editing and filing stories from around the world.  From Olympic Games to military coups, World Cups to papal elections, Greg has had a unique perspective from the front line recording all the good and bad that life has to offer. Meeting royalty one day, criminals the next, Greg has received numerous awards for his work for Seven News and was side by side with a police sniper for 17 hours during the terrorist attack on Sydney’s Lindt Cafe.  Greg is passionate about his craft and the stories he and his colleagues broadcast into people’s lounge rooms.




Gaven Morris_1Gaven Morris has been Head of News Content for ABC News since late 2012.  He oversees all digital and broadcast news output – scheduled television and radio news bulletins, ABC News 24 and online and mobile news services. Previously Gaven spent almost a decade in international news, first at CNN in London and later in Doha setting up the Al Jazeera English rolling-news channel, co-ordinating global coverage across four broadcast centres and more than 20 bureaus. He returned to Australia and joined the ABC in 2008, with his other roles including National Editor of ABC News Online and Head of Continuous News.



Walkley Media Talks: This sporting life

    • September 16, 2015
    • 6PM – 7.30PM
    • State Library of NSW, Macquarie St, Sydney


There’s no denying Australians love their sport.  It’s the great equaliser that unites and excites much of the population.  Everybody has a favourite sport, team, or player they hold in high esteem. So what’s it like to be a reporter that lives and breathes sport? How has social media, and the direct interaction it facilitates with players and fans alike, changed the way we report sport? How do you handle the possibility of being Australia’s most hated if you publish a negative report about Australia’s most loved?

With The Footy Show’s Erin Molan. More exciting names to come! Find out more and book here