What I’m reading this week

Posted August 10th, 2010 by in

This is part of a fortnightly series that will give you an insight into some of the key articles and discussions I have been reading and think are worth passing on.

IN AUSTRALIA:

Margaret Simons, who chairs the Public Interest Journalism Foundation, will be part of the team hosting the New News 2010 conference at the upcoming Melbourne Writers Festival this month. She describes the conference as an optimistic look at the future of journalism and media and you can read more about her perspective on the event here

Leading journalist Miranda Devine quits the Sydney Morning Herald to move over to News Ltd, meaning her column will be read by 3 million more readers across Sydney, Melbourne and elsewhere. Read more here

Peter Fray discusses new ways of reporting and how the internet is changing the way news and stories should be written. His take on how print and online can and must work together. Who moved my pyramid?

The Walkleys conference is on this week. Follow their live blog documenting key events and discussions here. Alternatively, follow the conversation through their Twitter account @walkleys.

AROUND THE WORLD:

London based multimedia journalist Adam Westbrook explains the importance of blogging for journalists, including freelance writers: Why journalists must blog and how

South African editors and journalists have spent the past week debating a battle plan in the face of the proposed Protection of Information Bill. There is widespread fear that the Bill is the government’s attempt to clampdown and muzzle media. Read more here.

 

QUOTES OF THE WEEK:

“There is no doubt that the past two years have been tough for journalism, and for journalists”– Chris Warren #walkleys

The challenge is to redefine what we think we know about print. We have no ‘do nothing’ option. We do need to change #walkleys


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