Talks and Ideas
Friends of the ABC presents

200th Anniversary of Australian Independent Journalism

Sun 2 Jun 2024 1:30 pm
Ian Potter Recital Hall at The Hedberg

Join us on Sunday, 2 June from 1:30pm to 3:30pm at The Hedberg for a thought-provoking panel discussion on the future of public interest journalism.

As we celebrate the 200th anniversary of Australian independent media, spearheaded by Andrew Bent's courageous publication in 1824, we confront the pressing question: what lies ahead for journalism and its indispensable role in nurturing democracy?

Guiding the conversation will be Professor Alana Mann, Head of Discipline for Media at UTAS School of Creative Arts and Media, ensuring a rich exploration of the challenges and opportunities facing journalism in the digital age.

This panel marks not just a commemoration of past achievements but a critical examination of the evolving media landscape. In an era of heightened polarization and misinformation, the role of journalism in fostering informed debate and democratic values is more vital than ever. With traditional business models strained and the rise of social media altering the dissemination of information, we must confront these challenges head-on to safeguard the integrity of public discourse.

Join us in envisioning a future where journalism thrives as a cornerstone of democracy. Don't miss this opportunity to contribute to the dialogue shaping the future of Australian media.


Greg Barns | Esteemed lawyer, former government adviser, and seasoned commentator on Australian social and political issues.

Professor Julianne Schultz | Founding director of the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism, founding editor of the Griffith Review, former senior ABC executive and Board member and distinguished author on Australian society including the acclaimed The Idea of Australia.

Michael West | Award-winning journalist and founder of Michael West Media, renowned for his dedication to journalism serving the public interest.

Alan Whykes | Editor of The Tasmanian Times, a bastion of independent media providing news, analysis, and creative content for Tasmanians.


General Admission

Full $10

Concession / Student $5



60 mins (no interval)

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