Don’t miss – New News in Melbourne in October

The opportunities and challenges of journalism in the digital age will be up for discussion at the New News conference in Melbourne from October 9-11.

As the conference blurb says:

“It will explore how to make the most of the opportunities – and deal with the challenges – of new media. It’s about journalism as an act of engaged citizenship.

You won’t find a typical industry talkfest or academic conference. New News invites you to join an ongoing series of engaged conversations, designed to provide our community with occasions to talk about journalism – why it matters, and how to do it better.

We’ll examine journalism from a huge variety of angles, from a look at the rights of investigative journalists and whistleblowers in the wake of Snowden, to an investigation into how gender affects the news – and the newsroom. There are panels on the challenges and opportunities of web-based media, the motivations and ethics of leaking, justice and journalism, and the future of glossy magazines in the digital age.”

New News is presented in partnership with the Wheeler Centre and the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne. The Principal Supporter Swinburne University of Technology

The Public Interest Journalism Foundation is also part of New News, and Foundation chair, Melissa Sweet, will chair a session on Crowfunding Journalism.

The panel will include:

  • Kelly Briggs, who writes about First Australian issues from an intersectional feminist viewpoint. Kelly is a supporter of First Peoples Self Determination and, in conjunction with Croakey, she crowdsourced funds to write 7 pieces for Croakey – paid for by people who are interested in a non-mainstream commentary of First Nations health issues.
  • Matt Levinson leads media and social media campaigns at GetUp!, was previously a senior adviser to Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore, and communicated CSIRO’s climate adaptation and sustainable cities research.
  • Rick Chen, the director and co-founder of Pozible, graduated from University of Sydney with a Masters degree in digital media.NewNews