While the external assaults on journalism and newsrooms – politicised attacks on ‘fake news’ or an ‘enemy of the people’ – have a damaging effect on confidence and trust, the internal battles in mastheads and media companies are proving even more explosive. Often presented as a generational divide, questions around the role and responsibilities of journalism are acute. A panel of journalists and media experts – Osman Faruqi, Alan Sunderland and Ariel Bogle – come together with host Erik Jensen to thrash out the differences in sensibility and mores that are causing conflict within media organisations.
Supported by the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas.
Osman Faruqi (Australian)
Osman Faruqi is Editor of Schwartz Media’s daily news podcast, 7am. He has worked as an editor at the ABC and was an award-winning reporter with the flagship audio documentary program Background Briefing. He has judged the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and is writing a book on race in Australia with Penguin Random House.
Ariel Bogle (Australian)
Ariel Bogle is an analyst with ASPI’s International Cyber Policy Centre, where she researches online influence and disinformation campaigns, among other topics. Most recently, she was a technology reporter with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. She has won various awards for her work, including for a 2020 Radio National series on health misinformation. She was also technology editor at The Conversation and associate editor with Future Tense, a partnership of Slate, New America and Arizona State University. Her reporting has been published in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Atlantic and Slate.
Alan Sunderland (Australian)
Alan Sunderland has been a broadcast journalist for more than 40 years. He was a reporter for both the ABC and SBS in Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney and won two Walkley Awards. He retired in 2019 from his position as Editorial Director of the ABC and continues to write and speak about the ethics and future of journalism. He is the Executive Director of the Organization of News Ombudsmen. In another life, he also writes children's fiction.
Erik Jensen (Australian)
Erik Jensen is the award-winning author of On Kate Jennings; Acute Misfortune, which was developed into a film; and the Quarterly Essay The Prosperity Gospel. He is Founding Editor of The Saturday Paper and Editor-in-Chief of Schwartz Media. His latest book is the debut collection of poems I said the sea was folded: Love poems.