The Walkley Foundation is committed to fostering excellence in journalism. As the peak professional body representing Australian journalists, the Foundation presents a year-long program of events designed to support excellence and innovation in the Australian news media.
Walkley Media Talks 2013 - Upcoming events
Walkley Media Talks is a free public event series bringing leading Australian and international journalists together with members of the public to discuss and debate hot topics, journalism and media issues.
TIME/DATE: 6.30pm, November 14, 2013
It’s a cliché, but true stories are often stranger and more compelling than anything a novelist could invent! Celebrating the tradition of the great Australian story the Walkley Foundation’s longform program recognises the work of writers and documentary makers who not only tackle journalistic issues but provide important forums for discussion and debate.
Please join our panel of 2013 Walkley Award finalists as they discuss their craft and the move towards longform journalism with The Sydney Morning Herald’s literary editor, Susan Wyndham at the State Library of NSW on November 14.
Susan Wyndham (Moderator)
Susan Wyndham is the literary editor of The Sydney Morning Herald. In her career as a journalist she has been a reporter, feature writer, editor of Good Weekend magazine, New York correspondent for The Australian, and a deputy editor of the Herald. She is the author of Life in His Hands: The True Story of a Neurosurgeon and a Pianist and contributing editor of a new collection of essays, My Mother, My Father: On Losing a Parent
Pamela Williams is an investigative reporter at The Australian Financial Review, covering politics and business. She has won five Walkley Awards including the Gold Walkley, plus the Graham Perkin Journalist of the Year award. She is the author of two best-selling books - the political campaign book The Victory and the business book Killing Fairfax.
Paul Ham is a historian and the author of 1914: The year the world ended; Sandakan; Hiroshima Nagasaki; Vietnam: the Australian war and Kokoda. All his books have been shortlisted for major Australian literary prizes, with Vietnam winning the NSW Premier’s Prize for Australian History. Paul has also co-written two ABC documentaries based on his work. A former Australia correspondent for The Sunday Times (1998-2012), Paul has a Masters in Economic History from London School of Economics. He lives in Sydney and Paris with his wife and son, and writes full-time
Haydn Keenan has been making films since the early 1970s. He has always been interested in left field Australian stories. Produced his first feature, the ground breaking 27A when 22 and is the youngest ever winner of an AFI (AACTA) best film award for that film. His feature debut was the legendary cult hit GOING DOWN, one of the earliest contemporary youth films whilst his dingo girl movie PANDEMONIUM still echoes across the landscape of Australian cinema. A good sense of humour has let him survive 40 years as an independent in the Australian film industry.
Sarah Dingle is a producer and presenter with investigative radio documentary program Background Briefing, on the ABC’s Radio National. She’s worked as an ABC television and radio reporter for many of the ABC’s flagship current affairs outlets, including the national edition of 7.30, AM, PM, and The World Today. She’s also been an ABC TV and radio news reporter in four different states and territories. In 2012 she won the Voiceless Media Prize, and in 2010 she was the ABC’s Andrew Olle Scholar.
THIS EVENT IS FREE, BUT BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL
VENUE: Metcalfe Auditorium, State Library of NSW
TIME/DATE: 6.30pm, November 14, 2013
FOR INTERVIEWS: Contact Walkley Foundation for Journalism communications manager Flip Prior on (02) 9333 0956 or email@example.com
About Walkley Media Talks
Walkley Media Talks is a free public event series bringing leading Australian and international journalists together with members of the public to discuss and debate hot topics, journalism and media issues. Topics have included everything from the future of newspapers to Olympic Games coverage and definitions of the "public interest" to the perils of foreign correspondence and more.
Walkley Media Talks began in March 2012 with journalist David Marr discussing his book 'Panic' with fellow Gold Walkley winner, ABC journalist Marian Wilkinson.
This was followed by Gold Walkley alumni Kate McClymont and Richard Ackland discussing 'The Public Interest' with popular broadcaster and columnist Mike Carlton in April. Foreign correspondents Nick Bryant (BBC), Walkley Award winner Brian Thomson (SBS) and Gold Walkley-winning journalist Monica Attard shared their experiences covering world events at 'Foreign Correspondence' in May, followed by 'Going for Gold' featuring 2011 Gold Walkley winners Sarah Ferguson, Mark Davis and Liz Jackson discussing the demands of award-winning journalism in June.
July's 'Journalism at the Crossroads' edition of Walkley Media Talks featured Penny O'Donnell and David McKnight discussing their new report 'Journalism at the speed of bytes: Australian newspapers in the 21st century' with News Ltd's national tablet editor David Higgins.
A special Olympic edition of Walkley Media Talks in August featured ABC journalist Karen Barlow, veteran sports broadcaster Gordon Bray and The Australian cricket writer Mike Coward.
'Writing the Wrong' was in September, a discussion of crime writing by Geesche Jacobsen and Michael Duffy, author of 'Bad' and other popular true-crime crime novels, moderated by acclaimed former Sydney Morning Herald journalist Mal Brown.
The Australian photographer an Nikon-Walkley Award finalist Dan Himbrechts joined senior news photographers Mike Bowers and John Donegan to discuss photography and photojournalism for 'Walkley Media Talks - Shoot First, Ask Questions Later' in October.
The final Walkley Media Talks for 2012 was a special Stars and Stripes Edition featuring New York Times interactive editor Aron Pilhofer, Sydney Morning Herald politics and international editor Peter Hartcher and The Global Mail editor Lauren Martin discussing the US election.