Bias in the Australian Media - Forum

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  • Location: Outrigger, Little Hastings Street, Resort and Spa, Noosa Heads 4567 Queensland

Presented by Noosa Long Weekend Festival in Association with The University of the Sunshine Coast

There is an increasingly bitter debate being played out in the Australian media about bias in reporting and presenting.
The debate extends beyond political issues and has even resulted in legal action on the part of media players.
This forum looks at the impact on community trust in the media and its reporting and on the integrity of the various media organisations who are the major participants in this arena?

Moderator for this forum will be Paul Barclay presenter and series producer of Big Ideas on ABC RN.

The Panel for this Forum will feature the following speakers:

Hedley Thomas
Hedley has been an investigative journalist with The Australian since 2006. Prior to that he worked for the South China Morning Post, The Courier Mail and the Gold Coast Bulletin. Hedley is the winner of the prestigious Walkley Award for journalism on five separate occasions and was also the inaugural winner of the Sir Keith Murdoch Award in 2005 which he won again in 2013.

Andrew Jaspan
Andrew is the Executive Director and Editor in Chief of The Conversation on line publication. Thirty years in publishing which has extended from the UK to France and Australia, In that time Andrew was editor of a number of Scottish newspapers, The Observer and the Sunday Herald. Most recently he has been editor of The Age during which time it was awarded the PANPA Newspaper of the Year.

Tom Switzer
Tom Switzer is the Australian Editor of The Spectator in the UK, a research associate at the United States Studies Centre and teaches diplomatic history at the University of Sydney. He is a former opinion editor at The Australian (2001-2008) and an editorial writer at the Australian Financial Review (1998-2001). He has also written for the Now York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

Dr John Harrison
Dr Harrison is an award winning university lecturer in journalism and professional communication, and the Undergraduate Program Director of the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Queensland. Dr Harrison’s most recent book, Communication and new Media: From Broadcast to Narrowcast was published in 2014 and his current research focuses on media ethics and social and mobile media.

Bias in the Australian Media - Forum
Date:     Saturday 19th July
Time:     10.30am Forum
Midday Forum Lunch
Prices:     $35.00 Forum only (General Admission)
$30.00 Concession (on presentation of Concession card)
$85.00 Forum/Lunch
Venue:     Outrigger, Little Hastings Street, Resort and Spa (OLHSRS)
Duration:     90 minutes – No intermission (Forum)
90 minutes – Forum Lunch
Additional:     Special 2 course Luncheon, with glass of wine, with delegates of Media Forum
Midday, 19th July at OLHSRS. Numbers strictly limited to 50 people.
Forum/Lunch Tickets are for shared tables.

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