Navigating the News Conference
September 10 – 11, 2018
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the University of Tasmania will present a two-day conference in Hobart in September to explore the public's declining trust in the media and how news organisations are responding.
Navigating the News Conference, to be held at the University of Tasmania, Hobart on 10-11 September 2018, will bring together leading Australian journalists and academics to discuss trust in journalism and how to collaborate to help better inform citizens.
Speakers include ABC Managing Director Michelle Guthrie; Vice-Chancellor of the University of Tasmania Professor Rufus Black; Director ABC News, Analysis and Investigations Gaven Morris; UNESCO Chair of Journalism and Communication at the University of Queensland Peter Greste; Chief Executive of The Australian Nicholas Gray; Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald Lisa Davies; and Editor and General Manager of Buzzfeed Australia, Simon Crerar.
Dr Claire Wardle, an international expert on social media, user-generated content and verification, has been confirmed as a keynote speaker. Dr Wardle is Executive Director of First Draft, which is dedicated to finding solutions to the challenges associated with trust and truth in the digital age. She is also a Research Fellow at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Australia's National Children's Commissioner, Ms Megan Mitchell, will lead the second day of the conference discussing the equipping and empowering of citizens of the future.
The conference is part of the inaugural Media Literacy Week — an ABC initiative aimed at equipping Australians of all ages — particularly students — with the skills they need to understand and interpret news and information. Navigating the News Conference is Media Literacy Week's flagship event and is led by journalist and media academic Dr Joce Nettlefold.
Follow the conference and everything that is happening to support Media Literacy week by using #MedialiteracyAUS on social media.
A snapshot of Media Literacy in Australian Schools shows students need help navigating the news
By Dr Joce Nettlefold and Dr Kathleen Williams
Institute for the Study of Social Change,
Insight Report, September 2018
Day 1 – Changing News, Eroding Trust
Monday 10 September
9:30am – 5:00pm
5:00pm – 7:00pm
Day 1 Agenda
Including Welcome to Country by Tasmanian Aboriginal Elder Douglas Mansell
Official welcome and launch of Insights paper
ABC Radio National
What is news? How do we define public interest journalism now? Where do we head next?
Speech and introduction to Keynote
Making sense of 'Information disorder'
Preface to Panel Discussion
Ensuring false news and extremism don’t distort debate
ABC Radio National
How do we build more trust in contemporary journalism?
Editor, ABC Science
Science and Health Literacy: Communicating certainty in uncertain times.
Day 2: Informing, Engaging and Equipping Citizens of the Future
What do we need to know or do, now and in the future?
Tuesday 11 September
Conference 9:30am – 2:30pm
Day 2 Agenda
The challenge ahead
Heywire: Having Youth Voices Heard
Executive Producer, ABC Heywire
Head ABC Education
Media literacy and education
Professor Julian Sefton-Green
Professor of New Media Education, Deakin Research for Educational Impact
Professor Kate Darian-Smith
Pro Vice-Chancellor, College of Arts Law and Education at University of Tasmania
Interactive Q+A involving local secondary and college students
Behind the News, ABC
Hack, triple j
University of Tasmania, School of Creative Arts
Hunter Street, Hobart, TAS
Networking Drinks 5pm-7pm
Henry Jones Atrium Courtyard
Located beneath the stunning glass canopy of the IXL Atrium, and framed by a pebbled water feature and original sandstone walls, the Atrium Courtyard is one of Tasmania’s most striking venues.
Canapes and Tasmanian beverages curated by Hugh Whitehouse the Executive Food & Beverage Manager of The Henry Jones Art Hotel, Saffire Freycinet and MACq 01 Hotel.