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Journalism, Enlightenment and Citizenship:



An Historical Perspective on the Future of News

Faculty of Arts Dean's Lecture

No industry is changing faster than media.  The business models that have supported journalism since the birth of newspapers are broken.  Yet at the same time new media offers unprecedented opportunities for spreading news and information.  In an age where anyone can publish to the world, what role is there for the professional journalist?  Are we entering a new dark age of myth and misinformation, or a new enlightenment?  And what can a University like this one do to contribute to a better future for journalism.

In this lecture the recently appointed Director of the Centre for Advanced Journalism, Assoc Prof Margaret Simons, will argue that we are living through an era of innovation at least as great as that sparked by the invention of the printing press.  She will review what lessons we can learn about the future from the past and explain why the future of journalism is about citizenship – not just jobs for hacks.  Assoc Prof Simons will then outline the plans, future research projects and vision for the Centre of Advanced Journalism.

Assoc Prof Margaret Simons is an award-winning freelance journalist and the author of ten books and numerous essays and articles.  Assoc Prof Simons is the Director of the Centre for Advanced Journalism, coordinator of the new Master of Journalism at Melbourne University and the founding chair of the Public Interest Journalism Foundation.  Her most recent work includes Journalism at the Crossroads, published by Scribe in 2011, and the book Malcolm Fraser: The Political Memoirs co-written with Malcolm Fraser.  This book, published by The Miegunyah Press in 2010, won both the Book of the Year and the Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards 2011.  In addition to her academic work, Margaret is the media commentator for the online news outlet Crikey and blogs on journalism and the media at The Content Makers.  She also writes for The Age, the Sydney Morning Herald, Griffith Review, The Monthly and other publications.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012 | 6.30pm to 7.30pm

Public Lecture Theatre
Old Arts Building
The University of Melbourne

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Contact Tamsin Courtney in the Faculty of Arts at or 8344 8985.

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