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Public forum | The Future of Journalism


A panel event on the Future of Journalism, co-hosted by the Tasmanian Writers & Readers Festival

Start Date

18 Sep 2017 6:00 pm

End Date

18 Sep 2017 7:30 pm


Dechaineux Theatre, University of Tasmania Art School, Hunter St, Hobart

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The media industry is changing rapidly. Traditional news outlets are rethinking their business models in a bid to compete with the digital upstarts and social media giants that are changing the way we access information. Corporate newsrooms are on the rise, “fake news” is now a thing and Australia’s media ownership laws are in for a shake-up. What does this all mean for the future of journalism, particularly in regional areas like Tasmania?  

Hear from our panel of industry insiders on the challenges and opportunities for The Future of Journalism.

Chair: Libby Lester, Professor of Journalism, Media and Communications and Research Director for the College of Arts, Law and Education at the University of Tasmania.


Joce Nettlefold is the Local Content Manager for ABC Radio Hobart. She is an award-winning journalist with more than three decades’ experience in the UK and Australia, including with the ABC’s 730 Report. Joce working on a PhD about citizen engagement and local media.

Matt Deighton has seen first-hand the major disruptions to the media industry, having been a newspaper editor for 10 years and a journalist for three decades. As editor of The Mercury Matt has overseen a major restructure, including the introduction of a paywall on the Mercury websites.

Charles Wooley is a columnist for The Mercury’s TasWeekend magazine and has been a reporter for the Nine Network’s 60 Minutes since 1991. Before joining Nine in 1985 Charles was the ABC’s London-based European correspondent.

Vivienne Kelly is editor of Mumbrella, an online source of news on the marketing, media and public relations industries. Her previous role was editor of Smart Property Investment magazine and she co-hosted and co-produced The Smart Property Investment Show podcast.

Presented by the Institute for the Study of Social Change in partnership with the Tasmanian Writers & Readers Festival 2017.


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