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Upheaval: Disrupted Lives in Journalism book launch supported by the Walkley Foundation

Upheaval is about what’s happened in Australian journalism over the past decade. Newsrooms, the engine rooms of reporting, have shrunk. A generation of journalists has borne witness to seismic changes in the media. Sharing stories from more than 50 Australian journalists – including Amanda Meade, David Marr and Flip Prior – Upheaval reveals the highs and the lows of those who were there to see it all.

They show us life inside frenetic and vibrant newsrooms at the peak of their influence, and the difficulties of adapting to ever-accelerating news cycles with fewer resources. Some left journalism altogether while others stayed in the media – or sought to reinvent it. Normally the ones telling other people’s stories, in Upheaval journalists share the rawness of losing their own job or watching others lose theirs. They reveal their anxieties and hopes for the industry’s future and their commitment to reporting news that matters.

Journalist and legal commentator, Richard Ackland, will launch the book and join a discussion featuring Amanda Meade of Guardian Australia, one of the many journalists interviewed for Upheaval and Dr Penny O’Donnell, a member of the New Beats project team. Andrew Dodd, one of the book’s co-editors, will be MC.

Time: 6.00pm – 8:00pm (drinks and food served from 5.30pm)

Date: Tuesday, 6 July 2021

Venue: Judith Neilson Institute Headquarters, 79 Abercrombie St Chippendale, 2008

Cost: Free (registration essential)

This event is supported by the Walkley Foundation, Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance, Deakin University, NewSouth Publishing and the Judith Neilson Institute.

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