Journalists often talk about the documents and data that can be the building blocks of an investigation. But what about the people? Four of the best share their strategies and best practices for finding and cultivating sources – and the ethics of protecting them and sharing their stories. Join Walkley Award winners Ben Doherty, Sarah Ferguson and Debra Jopson as they discuss sources with Kate McClymont.
In partnership with the Walkley Foundation.
Sarah Ferguson (Australian)
Sarah Ferguson is a Gold Walkley winner who began her career working for UK newspapers. Moving to Paris, she became a fixer for quite pretentious British arts programs being made in France. An interlude in current affairs changed everything. The arts producers said she would hate journalism as the people involved with it ‘had no manners.’ It was a perfect match! After working for European broadcasters she moved to Washington DC and then Australia. Following stints at SBS and Channel 9, she later became a reporter for (and now the anchor of) ABC TV's Four Corners. She has won three Walkleys, four Logies and many other awards.
Ben Doherty (Australian)
Ben Doherty is Immigration and Asia-Pacific Correspondent for The Guardian. He was formerly Southeast Asia Correspondent for The Guardian, and South Asia correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. He is a three-time Walkley Award-winner, and was 2008 Young Australian Print Journalist of the Year. He holds a Master of International Law and International Relations from the University of New South Wales, and in 2015 was a Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford. He is the author of Nagaland.
Kate McClymont (Australian)
Kate McClymont is an investigative journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald. She is a five-time Walkley Award-winner. She was named the 2012 NSW Journalist of the Year for her investigations into the Health Services Union and the business activities of former NSW Labor minister, Eddie Obeid. Kate is also the recipient of numerous other awards including six Kennedy awards and the George Munster Award. She is a member of the Senate of Sydney University.