The 2017 Brian Johns Lecture, 4 May in Sydney
Start Date/Time: Thursday, 4 May 2017 5:30 PM
End Date/Time: Thursday, 4 May 2017 7:30 PM
Recurring Event: One time event
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The 2017 Brian Johns Lecture
Amanda Wilson will be giving the lecture on How the internet killed my business model: Saving news that matters in a time of information overload.

Time and date: 5.30 for 6.00pm, Thursday 4 May 2017
Location: Metcalfe Auditorium, State Library of New South Wales, Macquarie Street, Sydney



Those who mourn the death of newspapers and the journalism that print ad revenue supported need to get over it. Everything wasn’t all rosy back when the rivers of gold funded public interest journalism and it’s not all bad today. Many talented journalists are passionate about using new and better ways to keep the powerful accountable.
Keen consumers of news media enjoy the technology which delivers it wherever and whenever, but there are complaints of a news desert. Where is the public interest journalism they ask? Why must they plough through acres of click bait to find the buried nuggets of expert coverage? News Corp and Fairfax Media claim they’ve never had more eyeballs on their journalism, yet they continue to lose both money and influence. In this age of instant information in the palm of your hand, general ignorance is spreading. Social media with its rivers of fake news has become the sole information source for many and the key influencer of their perceptions.

The transition to digital is not quite complete in Australia and the hunt continues for a sustainable business model that reclaims much-needed ad revenue from Google or Facebook to keep home-grown journalism strong. How did we get to this point and where to next for journalism?

About Amanda Wilson
Amanda Wilson is a journalist and communications professional. She was appointed the Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald in 2011, the first woman in the paper’s long history to hold this role. Amanda has also worked for The Australian and the Sunday Telegraph; in Britain for the Financial TimesThe TimesThe Sunday Times and the Sunday Express; and in Hong Kong for The South China Morning Post. She is a founding committee member of NSW Women in Media NSW, and a former board member of the Paris-based Global Editors Network. Amanda is a non-executive director, and the Executive Director of Community Engagement and Communications for Barangaroo Delivery Authority.

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