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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.

Day 1 – Changing News, Eroding Trust

Monday 10 September
Registrations Open
9:30am – 5:00pm
Networking Drinks
5:00pm – 7:00pm

Day 1 Agenda


Including Welcome to Country by Tasmanian Aboriginal Elder Douglas Mansell

Official welcome and launch of Insights paper
Keynote Presentation
Preface to Panel Discussion
Ensuring false news and extremism don’t distort debate

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

Heywire: Having Youth Voices Heard
ABC Haywire

Dan Hirst
Executive Producer, ABC Heywire

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.