Check out the New News conference program – hope to see you there…
Carvin is a senior strategist for US public service radio broadcaster NPR, and was the founding director of the Digital Divide Network, an online community of more than 10,000 Internet activists in over 140 countries working to bridge the digital divide.
The New News conference is held by the Centre for Advanced Journalism, in partnership with the Melbourne Writers Festival and the Public Interest Journalism Foundation, and supported by the Melbourne Press Club and Copyright Agency Limited.
It opens at 9am on Friday August 24, and the program promises two days of stimulating, interactive discussions.
Friday, August 24
Craig Butt (The Age), digital activist/journalist Suelette Dreyfus and e-government advocate Craig Thomler talk with Nicholas Gruen about how access to information changes the relationship between the media and the public.
In the past year, News Ltd has introduced online paywalls, Fairfax has refocused as a digital-first company and the AFL is taking them all on with its own media site. Journalists Bronwen Clune, David Higgins, Hal Crawford and Matthew Pinkney talk with Margaret Simons about what’s working and why news organisations are rethinking their models.
A discussion with leading journalists from the “What Cost News?” panel and moderator Margaret Simons.
Are journalists becoming too close to our politicians? Can they realistically remain outside politics? Chris Uhlmann (ABC’s 7.30), Tim Dunlop (The Drum) and Melissa Fyfe (The Age) talk with Dennis Muller about whether there is a role for journalism in changing the course of events.
Has using social media and crowdsourcing mean we now seek ordinary punters’ opinions more than professional critics before we book a restaurant, show or holiday? Hear from critics Stephen Downes (Food, Herald Sun), Sasha Frere-Jones (Music, The New Yorker), Alison Croggon (Theatre, The Australian), Claire Davie (Food, Melbourne Gastronome), Ed Charles (Food, Tomato) and Tom Neal Tacker (Travel, freelance).
Social media is changing how we get and share news. But who and what to trust? Andy Carvin (US Public Radio network) joins Tim van Gelder (YourView), Derryn Hinch (‘The Human Headline’), Kerry O’Shea (Law Institute of Victoria) and Adrian Lowe (The Age) join Margaret Simons to talk about the wisdom and foolishness of the online crowd.
Press freedom versus accountability and ethics. The Finkelstein Inquiry recommended making press standards legally binding. The Convergence Review supports beefed up self-regulation. The industry says things are just fine right now. With Julian Disney, Matthew Ricketson, Alan Sunderland, Phil Gardner with Denis Muller.
What does it take to start a successful new media venture? How do they define success? Jonathan Green leads a discussion with Luke Stegemann (The Melbourne Review), Mel Campbell (The Enthusiast) Chris Were (DelibNow) and Michael Gawenda (Centre for Advanced Journalism) about who’s getting new media right.
Peter Clarke hosts a hypothetical to unpack the sharp dilemmas confronting journalism and reveal the truth about how the media operates and the challenges of the future. Panellists Gay Alcorn, Nick McKenzie, Andrew Crook, Neil Mitchell, Justin Quill and Kathy Bowlen role play as they wrestle the issues to the ground.
Saturday 25 August
Can you teach good journalism, or does it come from experience? Alexandra Wake (RMIT), Matthew Ricketson (University of Canberra), Chris Nash (Monash University) and writers Julie Milland and Wes Mountain talk with Nick Richardson (Leader newspapers) about whether tertiary courses are delivering the next generation of gun journos.
Create a new online publication for a health-related area of need – from scratch! Panelists Daniel May, Fiona Armstrong and Bronwen Clune will guide your embryonic idea and help you build an identity, community development strategy, a business case and a story list. Moderated by health journalist and Croakey blogger Melissa Sweet.
Enough from the hacks! You, the audience, are the most important people to the future of journalism. In this session, leading media personalities will be joined by New News audience members who have been judged the best Twitter contributors to the debates surrounding our sessions.
Bloggers who acquire large audiences are adept in audience engagement. What can they teach our mainstream media editors, and on the other hand, what lessons has mainstream media got for the newest and edgiest entrants to the media circus? Leading bloggers and editors discuss.
During the Arab Spring uprisings, the world turned to one source for the breaking news: Andy Carvin, of US public radio network NPR. Working with 70,000 Twitter followers, he covered the revolutions in real-time, debunking rumours and confirming unfolding events. He talks about Twitter as a virtual newsroom.