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The WalkleyTalks podcast hosts some of Australia's brightest and most respected luminaries in engaging, wide-ranging conversations on topics ranging from journalism and politics to sport and culture.

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The WalkleyTalks podcast hosts some of Australia's brightest and most respected luminaries in engaging, wide-ranging conversations on topics ranging from journalism and politics to sport and culture.

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WalkleyTalks Podcast

Latest release on Nov 20, 2019

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Rank #1: The Yarn Spinners

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Journalism helps shine a light on injustice and changes our world for the better, but it can also be really entertaining. Hear from some of Australia’s great storytellers and yarn-spinners about the narrative techniques they use to make sure their message resonates with readers, listeners and viewers. From research to sparkling prose, you won’t want to miss this discussion about how to make great stories.

Speakers:
Kirsti Melville, documentary producer with ABC RN’s Earshot and The History Listen
Helen Pitt, Sydney Morning Herald journalist & 2018 Walkley Book Award-winner for The House
Michelle White, journalist, filmmaker & Community Arts Network
Moderator: Lenore Taylor, editor, Guardian Australia

This talk was recorded at the State Library of Western Australia on November 2, 2019, as part of our journalism festival in Perth, “Shining a light on the Truth”. Thanks to our presenting partner the State Library of Western Australia, and with support from major event partner Edith Cowan University, and event partner Curtin University.
This episode was produced by Kevin Suarez, at the 2SER Studios in Sydney, Australia.

Nov 20 2019

47mins

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Rank #2: Politics and The Press

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When it comes to our democracy, journalism has a vital role to play in interpreting policy and “keeping the bastards honest”. Hear from editors and political journalists about how they report on the corridors of power, from local councils to state governments and the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery.

Speakers:
Lenore Taylor, editor, Guardian Australia
Lanai Scarr, federal political editor, The West Australian
Nathan Hondros, political reporter, WA Today
Moderator: Gary Adshead, state political editor, Nine News

This talk was recorded at the State Library of Western Australia on November 2, 2019, as part of our journalism festival in Perth, “Shining a light on the Truth”. Thanks to our presenting partner the State Library of Western Australia, and with support from major event partner Edith Cowan University, and event partner Curtin University.

Nov 14 2019

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Rank #3: Press freedom & investigative journalism

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This year in Australia we’ve seen unprecedented attacks on journalists: from raids and digital surveillance to court suppression orders and pressure to reveal sources. Hear from an all-star panel of award-winning journalists about how important sources and whistleblowers are to investigative journalism; why this kind of reporting is critical to our democracy; and the risks journalism faces in the current climate.

Speakers:
* Hedley Thomas, The Australian, 2018 Gold Walkley-winner for The Teacher’s Pet
* Oliver Gordon, ABC Alice Springs & 2019 Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year
* Alison Sandy, Freedom of Information Editor, Seven News
Moderator: Dr Joseph Fernandez, Associate Professor, Curtin University

This talk was recorded at the State Library of Western Australia on November 2, 2019, as part of our journalism festival in Perth, “Shining a light on the Truth”. Thanks to our presenting partner the State Library of Western Australia, and with support from major event partner Edith Cowan University, and event partner Curtin University.

Nov 10 2019

1hr 7mins

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Rank #4: Telling our stories: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander journalists

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In this episode you’ll hear a panel of brilliant Black journalists and editors discussing the issues and stories of Indigenous Australia, and the journalism that covers it best. They’ll talk about why it’s essential to have Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices in Australian newsrooms, where we’re currently at with representation, how things can be improved and the pathways into media for young Indigenous journalists.
Speakers:
Natalie Ahmat, presenter, NITV News (moderator)
Shannan Dodson, UTS & Media Diversity Australia
Rae Johnston, editor, Junkee
Yale Macgillivray, producer, ABC
This talk was recorded at the State Library of New South Wales on September 26, 2019, as part of
our regular Walkley Talks series there.
This podcast is produced by Kevin Suarez with help from the 2SER studios in Sydney, Australia.

Resources:
Media Diversity Australia’s handbook on reporting on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People
and Issues: https://www.mediadiversityaustralia.org/indigenous
Interview with Yale MacGillivray in The Walkley Magazine: https://medium.com/the-walkley-magazine/spotlight-on-yale-macgillivray-ab0d8c82814a
First Languages Australia: https://www.firstlanguages.org.au/
Subscribe to the Walkley email newsletter: https://www.walkleys.com/subscribe

Oct 01 2019

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Rank #5: What Price Would You Pay? A Conversation about why journalism matters

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Presented by the Walkley Foundation and RMIT

Journalists work relentlessly to give the most vulnerable people in society a voice, but at what price? The Walkley Foundation developed a national public awareness campaign themed “What Price Would You Pay?”, asking Australians to re-evaluate the price they’d pay for quality journalism that impacts everyday lives. It highlights the price journalists pay, from legal pressure to death threats, and features award-winning journalists.

In this feature-length episode you’ll hear from award-winning journalists, about what it takes to make great journalism and why this work matters.

The panelists are:
Zena Chamas, cross-platform journalist & documentary filmmaker
Lisa Martin, The Guardian
Louise Milligan, Walkley-winning journalist, ABC
Grant McArthur, Walkley-winning health editor, Herald Sun
Caroline Wilson, Walkley-winning journalist, The Age
Moderator: Lauren Molan, editor, INQ

This talk was recorded at RMIT’s Melbourne campus on August 15, 2019, at an event presented in partnership with RMIT. You’ll also hear an introduction from Louisa Graham from the Walkley Foundation.

Content warning: The panelists cover some heavy topics including mention of sexual assault. There is also some swearing. If you have kids around, save this one for your headphones.

This podcast is produced by Kevin Suarez with help from the 2SER studios in Sydney, Australia.

Aug 25 2019

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Rank #6: Changing the conversation on violence against women

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Statistics show that in Australia, on average, one woman a week is murdered by her current or former partner. With gender-based violence at such critical levels, how influential can the media be in educating Australians, and ultimately changing behaviours to prevent violence?

In this episode you’ll hear from journalists who are leading the way in this space:
* Gina Rushton, Buzzfeed News, 2019 Our Watch Fellow
* Sarah Malik, SBS Life, 2019 Our Watch Fellow
* Alison Dance, 10 Daily, 2019 Our Watch Fellow
Moderator: Eryk Bagshaw, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, 2017 Our Watch Award winner for Best journalism campaign

You’ll also hear introductory remarks from Jan Earthstar, a senior advisor at Our Watch.

This talk was recorded at the State Library of New South Wales on July 18, 2019, as part of our regular Walkley Talks series there.

This podcast is produced by Kevin Suarez with help from the 2SER studios in Sydney, Australia.

If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, family or domestic violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000.

Resources:
To access Our Watch’s guides for reporting about violence against women and their children, visit: www.mediamakingchange.org.au

Relevant stories from The Walkley Magazine: https://medium.com/tag/our-watch

Subscribe to the Walkley email newsletter: https://www.walkleys.com/subscribe

Jul 23 2019

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Rank #7: What Price Would You Pay?

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Carrying the trauma of reporting on death, destruction and abuse. Being pursued through the courts to reveal a confidential source. Going up against the biggest institutions in the country to reveal the truth.

Journalists work relentlessly to give the most vulnerable people in society a voice, but at what price? The Walkley Foundation is running a national public awareness campaign, developed in partnership with Naked Communications, across TV, print, online and outdoor advertising. The campaign is themed “What Price Would You Pay?” and asks Australians to re-evaluate the price they’d pay for quality journalism that impacts everyday lives. It highlights the price journalists pay, from legal pressure to death threats, and features award-winning journalists.

In this episode, hear from award-winning journalists about what it takes to make great journalism and why this work matters. Please note, this discussion covers topics that may be disturbing for some listeners, including sexual assault.

Speakers:
Sarah Dingle, reporter and presenter, Audio Current Affairs, ABC
Nina Funnell, freelance journalist
John Lyons, Walkley Award-winning head of Investigative and In-depth Journalism, ABC
Moderator: Clare Fletcher, communications & editorial manager, the Walkley Foundation

This talk was recorded at the State Library of New South Wales on June 20, 2019, as part of our regular Walkley Talks series there.

This podcast is produced by Kevin Suarez with help from the 2SER studios in Sydney, Australia.

What Price Would You Pay campaign information: https://www.walkleys.com/what-price
MEAA Journalism Is Not A Crime campaign information: http://journalismisnotacrime.org/
Subscribe to the Walkley email newsletter: https://www.walkleys.com/subscribe

Jun 28 2019

48mins

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Rank #8: Media & Politics: Leading The Times

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As president and CEO of The New York Times Company since 2012, Mark Thompson has overseen the digital transformation of one of the world’s most respected media companies. Mark gave an agenda- setting address when he visited Australia in April, and was interviewed by Paul Barry, the host of Media Watch on ABC.
This talk was recorded at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney on April 12, 2019, at an event presented in partnership with The New York Times.
This podcast is produced by Kevin Suarez with help from the 2SER studios in Sydney, Australia.

Apr 17 2019

45mins

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Rank #9: New voices in Australian Journalism

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What does it take to break in to a media career in 2019? How important is it that our media includes voices from a range of backgrounds and perspectives? You’ll hear from a panel of talented young journalists about opportunities and pathways into the industry. Speakers include:
● Samara Gardner, Journalist, WIN News Wollongong
● Nour Haydar, NSW Political Reporter, ABC News
● Lydia Bilton, Associate Producer, 9 News
● Moderator: Rob Stott, Managing Editor, Junkee Media
This talk was recorded at the State Library of New South Wales on April 11, 2019, as part of our regular Walkley Talks series there.
This podcast is produced by Kevin Suarez with help from the 2SER studios in Sydney, Australia.

Apr 16 2019

33mins

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Rank #10: Walkley Fund Dinner Panel

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A star-studded panel of senior Australian journalists take you behind the scenes of some of their biggest stories… and explain the difference that quality reporting can make to our nation and our people.

Content warning: This podcast contains explicit language.

Speakers:
● Mark Burrows, Walkley-winning senior correspondent, Nine News
● Joanne McCarthy, Gold Walkley-winning journalist, Newcastle Herald
● Caro Meldrum-Hanna, Gold Walkley-winning investigative journalist, ABC
● Helen Pitt, Walkley Book Award-winner for The House & Sydney Morning Herald journalist
● Hedley Thomas, Gold Walkley-winning journalist, The Australian/The Teacher’s Pet podcast
● Moderator: Emma Alberici, Chief Economics Correspondent, ABC

This talk was recorded at the Ivy Ballroom in Sydney on April 5, 2019, at the Walkley Fund for Journalism Dinner. If you’d like to support the cause you can find out more and make a donation at www.walkleys.com/donate.

This podcast is produced by Kevin Suarez with help from the 2SER studios in Sydney, Australia.

Apr 09 2019

53mins

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