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Stop blaming the political media

Phil Coorey, Niki Savva and Peter Hartcher

Press freedom. Entertainment versus information. Scandals and clickbait. Australian's most experienced reporters tackle political media's biggest challenges and discuss how the public can trust journalists again.

In the Playhouse

“Trust in the media in Australia is at a record low of just 31%”

Amanda Meade, The Guardian


Meet the minds that hold powerful politicians to account

Political journalists have a vital job: to inform citizens. This panel will give an exclusive eye into the media's approach to journalism—from One Nation to Barnaby Joyce, we'll be asking the hard questions about ethics, entertainment, and elected personalities in a media-saturated world.

Join some of Australia's most seasoned reporters—Phil Coorey, Niki Savva, Peter Hartcher—to explore the processes and motives behind political scoops. What makes a story blow up? How can serious topics exist in a cycle of sensationalism? And how do reporters navigate complex relationships with politicians and staffers?

Don't miss this brilliant opportunity to explore how media shapes the way we think about democracy.

More about the speakers...

Phillip Coorey began covering federal politics in 1998 as Chief Political Correspondent for Adelaide's The Advertiser. In 2003 and 2004 he was New York bureau chief for News Ltd. Coorey joined the Sydney Morning Herald in 2006 and was the paper's Chief Political Correspondent for seven years. In 2013 he became Chief Political Correspondent for The Australian Financial Review and in 2018 he succeeded Laura Tingle as Political Editor. Coorey is also a regular panelist on ABC’s Insiders.

Peter Hartcher is a leading Australian journalist and author. The political editor and international editor of the Sydney Morning Herald, Hartcher is the paper’s main commentator on national politics and international affairs. He is also a visiting fellow at the leading Australian think tank on foreign affairs, the Lowy Institute for International Policy, and a commentator on Sky News TV and ABC TV. An award-winning journalist, he has been writing about politics, economics and international affairs for 35 years.

Niki Savva is one of the most senior correspondents in the Canberra Press Gallery. She was twice political correspondent on The Australian, and headed up the Canberra bureaus of both The Herald Sun and The Age. She was Peter Costello’s press secretary for six years and then on John Howard’s staff for three, and is a regular columnist for The Australian. The Road to Ruin, her book on Tony Abbott and Peta Credlin, won the 2016 General Nonfiction Book of the Year Award.

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