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Storyology is Australia’s premier festival of media and storytelling. Register and see the full site at walkleys.com/storyology15/. Bookmark the mobile site at storyology15.sched.org/mobile. And follow the conversation on Twitter at #Storyology.

Program updates for Friday: 
- Sydney Morning Herald’s innovation editor, Stephen Hutcheon, is replacing Conal Hanna on the Tiny screen, big disruption: Mobile-first strategies, and Amy O’Leary will not be appearing.
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Monday, November 9
 

12:15

Telling Digital Tales: Lunch with Jeremy Gilbert of The Washington Post (Melbourne) - Sold out

As director of strategic initiatives at the Washington Post, Jeremy Gilbert has created unique digital products and storytelling experiences for the legendary paper. Gilbert developed the Post’s first virtual reality stories.

He has also reimagined election night experiences, built a freelance network that changed how the Post covers national stories and is working on new business opportunities for the newsroom.

Before joining The Washington Post, Gilbert helped National Geographic develop and deploy its digital strategy. He was an associate professor teaching media product design, interactive storytelling, web and print design tools and techniques at Northwestern University in Illinois.

Jeremy Gilbert is in Australia for the Walkley Foundation’s annual Storyology program, but will give his first special address to the Melbourne Press Club.

Run in partnership with the Walkley Foundation as part of its Storyology Presents series.

Cost: $45 MPC members, students and MEAA members; $65 non-members (GST inclusive). Includes two courses and a drink.

Bookings are essential. Book by Thursday Nov. 5, 2015. Book online at www.melbournepressclub.com or phone (03) 9614 2779. Special dietary requirements to be advised on booking.


Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Gilbert

Jeremy Gilbert

Director of strategic initiatives, The Washington Post (US)
Twitter @jeremygilbert, Instagram @jeremygilbert  | | As director of strategic initiatives at The Washington Post, Jeremy leads the newsroom to identify, create, and execute unique digital products and storytelling experiences. He reimagined election night experiences, created the Post‘s first virtual reality stories, built a freelance network that changes how the Post covers national stories and is... Read More →


Monday November 9, 2015 12:15 - 14:00
Mr Hive Kitchen & Bar Level 1, Crown Metropol Hotel 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank Entrance closest to Clarendon St

18:00

The Stats & the Story: Amy O'Leary and Trent Dalton in conversation (Brisbane)

One of Queensland’s best-loved writers will draw out Amy O’Leary on the art and science of storytelling in the age of viral sharing and audience analytics.

Storyology headliner Amy O’Leary is leading Upworthy’s new editorial strategy, championing resonant storytelling over empty clickbait. Having previously worked at the New York Times, including on their famous Innovation Report, Amy’s leading the worldwide discussion about where our industry is heading, and how we can interpret the data for better reporting. What can the latest tools for measuring how readers engage, teach us about being better storytellers?

This is a free event, but you must register by Thursday, Nov. 5.

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When you sign up, you'll have the option of also registering for the State Library of Brisbane for a free after-hours opening of the 2015 Nikon-Walkley Press Photography Exhibition that will start just after The Stats & the Story. More info about the photo exhibition.


Speakers
avatar for Trent Dalton

Trent Dalton

Writer, The Weekend Australian Magazine
@TrentDalton | | Trent Dalton writes for the award-winning The Weekend Australian Magazine on The Australian newspaper. A former assistant editor of The Courier-Mail, he has won a Walkley Award for excellence in journalism, been a four-time winner of the national News Awards Feature Journalist of the Year Award, and was named Queensland Journalist of the Year at the 2011 Clarion Awards for excellence in Queensland media. His journalism has twice... Read More →
avatar for Amy O'Leary

Amy O'Leary

Editorial director, Upworthy
@amyoleary | | Amy O’Leary is the editorial director for Upworthy. Previously, she worked for The New York Times in a range of roles for seven years. In 2014, she was on the team that wrote the Times‘s Innovation Report. She has been a reporter, a multimedia producer, a digital editor for news and helped manage print-digital newsroom integration. Before coming to the Times, Amy worked in public radio... Read More →



Monday November 9, 2015 18:00 - 19:00
State Library of Queensland, Auditorium 2 Stanley Place, South Brisbane
 
Wednesday, November 11
 

09:00

Deep dive: Interpreting audience data & narrative techniques for digital storytelling (sold out)
Amy is leading the way on how journalists can use data and digital technology to tell stories better, and to more people, by understanding the audience and their behaviour. What’s the best way to frame and package stories for online, and when it comes to analytics what data should you listen to and what should you ignore?

Amy will share global insights from the front line of digital innovation, while Steph brings insight into the specific challenges & opportunities of the Australian audience. This collaborative workshop will explore what works online, as our presenters deconstruct successful examples and examine story ideas from attendees. Together you’ll discuss how these stories could be approached structurally and narratively to maximise engagement. Come ready to share your ideas! This session has sold out.

Speakers
avatar for Steph Harmon

Steph Harmon

Managing editor, Junkee
Steph Harmon is founding and managing editor of Junkee, a social-first politics, pop culture and comment site which publishes work from some of the best young journalists and writers around Australia. She has spoken about the evolution of Australian digital media at New News Conference, Sydney Writers Festival, Storyology and Remix Sydney, and contributed to the 'Digital News Report: Australia 2015' by the News & Media Research Centre at... Read More →
avatar for Amy O'Leary

Amy O'Leary

Editorial director, Upworthy
@amyoleary | | Amy O’Leary is the editorial director for Upworthy. Previously, she worked for The New York Times in a range of roles for seven years. In 2014, she was on the team that wrote the Times‘s Innovation Report. She has been a reporter, a multimedia producer, a digital editor for news and helped manage print-digital newsroom integration. Before coming to the Times, Amy worked in public radio... Read More →


Wednesday November 11, 2015 09:00 - 12:30
The Old Bakery 245 Chalmers St, Redfern NSW 2016

13:30

Verification & user-generated content
Learn strategies and tools for verifying eyewitness and citizen accounts online, with the team from the world’s first social media agency, Storyful.

This workshop has a few spaces left!

$90 MEAA members, $150 non-members: Register here.

Speakers
avatar for Aine Kerr

Aine Kerr

Managing editor, Storyful
@ainekerr | | Áine Kerr is managing editor of Storyful, the first social media agency in the world. Áine oversees the company’s editorial operations in Sydney, Hong Kong, Dublin and New York across news, public partnerships, viral, trends and brands. Storyful has built its reputation in mining the social web for high value user-generated content. The agency discovers, verifies, acquires and distributes content to the... Read More →
avatar for Neil Varcoe

Neil Varcoe

Partnerships director, Australia, Storyful
@neilwrites | | Neil Varcoe is an Australian writer, journalist and social media specialist who has worked with some of the world’s largest and most respected media organisations, and is an expert at connecting media businesses with current and new audiences. Neil lives his life with a digital layer, and understands that something did not happen, unless it’s on Instagram. He most recently headed up social media at the Australian... Read More →



Wednesday November 11, 2015 13:30 - 15:30
The Old Bakery 245 Chalmers St, Redfern NSW 2016

16:30

Digital investigative skills (sold out)
Two star investigative reporters for Guardian Australia will share a range of different case studies from their work. Paul and Nick will take you through their use of data sets and FOI to build visualisations, and explain the different methodologies they used to build the investigations. This session has sold out.

Speakers
avatar for Nick Evershed

Nick Evershed

Data journalist, Guardian Australia
@nickevershed | | Nick Evershed is the data and interactive editor for Guardian Australia. After a short stint as a scientist, he switched careers and is now specialising in data-based investigations and multimedia. His work includes using data analysis to find undeclared political donations and highlight the potential misuse of political entitlements, interactive graphics on everything from dredging in the Great Barrier Reef to housing... Read More →
avatar for Paul Farrell

Paul Farrell

Journalist, Guardian Australia
@farrellpf | | Paul Farrell is a Guardian Australia journalist who reports on immigration detention, surveillance and national security. He has written extensively about the federal government’s national security legislation and the impact it will have on press freedom in Australia, and has broken major stories surrounding conditions for asylum seekers in detention. | | A career moment I’m proud of is … Reporting on... Read More →


Wednesday November 11, 2015 16:30 - 18:30
The Old Bakery 245 Chalmers St, Redfern NSW 2016
 
Thursday, November 12
 

08:00

Registration & Washington Post Storyology Breakfast

Breakfast with a copy of the Washington Post is usually out of reach for Australian readers — but at Storyology, anything is possible! Start Storyology off right, thanks to our partners at the Post. With free breakfast pastries and coffee for all ticket holders, arrive bright and early to connect with panellists (like Jeremy Gilbert of WaPo) before the festival kicks off.


Thursday November 12, 2015 08:00 - 09:00
The Foyer

09:00

Welcome
Thursday November 12, 2015 09:00 - 09:10
The Big Screen (Cinema 1) The Chauvel, 249 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021

09:10

Now add funny: Tales from the telly
Not content to write, produce and star in some of Australia’s best-loved comedies (Upper Middle Bogan, The Librarians, Little Lunch, A Very Small Business) Robyn and her creative partner and husband Wayne Hope have now turned to the big screen with their latest comic outing Now Add Honey. Robyn will share what she’s learned about storytelling from the telly - and why she loves to make ’em laugh.

Speakers
avatar for Robyn Butler

Robyn Butler

Writer, actor & producer, GristMill
Twitter @butlerandhope, Instagram @robynbutlernotes | | Robyn Butler is an actor, writer and producer who runs the highly successful Melbourne based Production Company, Gristmill, with her husband, Wayne Hope. A highly regarded content creator, Robyn co-created and produced three seasons of the multi-award-nominated and -winning The Librarians for ABC TV, in which she also starred; she also co-wrote and produced the much loved and lauded... Read More →


Thursday November 12, 2015 09:10 - 09:20
The Big Screen (Cinema 1) The Chauvel, 249 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021

09:25

Reading the readers: Putting data to work
From The New York Times to Upworthy, Amy O’Leary shares what she’s learned about the power of data – how to embrace it to figure out your best storytelling strategy and find your widest possible audience.

Speakers
avatar for Amy O'Leary

Amy O'Leary

Editorial director, Upworthy
@amyoleary | | Amy O’Leary is the editorial director for Upworthy. Previously, she worked for The New York Times in a range of roles for seven years. In 2014, she was on the team that wrote the Times‘s Innovation Report. She has been a reporter, a multimedia producer, a digital editor for news and helped manage print-digital newsroom integration. Before coming to the Times, Amy worked in public radio... Read More →


Thursday November 12, 2015 09:25 - 10:05
The Big Screen (Cinema 1) The Chauvel, 249 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021

10:10

Old dog, new tricks: The Washington Post's marriage of storytelling and tech
Legacy news must differentiate themselves. And great reporters need great tools. Gilbert shares how tech is reshaping the creation, consumption and distribution of stories at The Post -- as well as the revenue possibilities.

Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Gilbert

Jeremy Gilbert

Director of strategic initiatives, The Washington Post (US)
Twitter @jeremygilbert, Instagram @jeremygilbert  | | As director of strategic initiatives at The Washington Post, Jeremy leads the newsroom to identify, create, and execute unique digital products and storytelling experiences. He reimagined election night experiences, created the Post‘s first virtual reality stories, built a freelance network that changes how the Post covers national stories and is... Read More →


Thursday November 12, 2015 10:10 - 10:55
The Big Screen (Cinema 1) The Chauvel, 249 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021

11:00

Be funny, be fierce: Lessons from Black Comedy

Go behind the screen with the TV sketch success Black Comedy: team members take us behind the scenes of the workshop that birthed the Tiddas, Tatiana the Cultural Excuse Girl and other outrageous characters. They’ll detail how to build a program from scratch, workshop ideas from rough to ready, build a script, film with friends and stay black under pressure.

Moderators
avatar for Patrick Abboud

Patrick Abboud

Host, reporter & filmmaker, SBS TV
@PatrickAbboud | | Pat is a Walkley-nominated storyteller and documentarian. He gave birth to SBS2’s The Feed, pitching the initial concept for the show. Pat has lived and worked across Australia, the Middle East and Europe over the past 10 years reporting on everything from corruption to cosplay, politics to pop culture. Pat also moonlights as a video journalist on SBS Dateline. Often travelling alone on assignment he is a fearless and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Fa'Aoso

Aaron Fa'Aoso

Actor, ABC's Black Comedy
@faaoso_a | | Aaron Fa’Aoso is best known for his appearances in ABC’s Black Comedy, which was nominated for Most Outstanding Comedy Program at the 2015 Logies and won an AACTA for Best Direction. He first came to prominence in 2004 with his performance as ‘Eddie’ in the critically-acclaimed SBS mini-series, R.A.N., for which he received nominations for an AFI Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Television Drama and a... Read More →
avatar for Nakkiah Lui

Nakkiah Lui

Writer & actor, Black Comedy
@nakkiahlui | | Nakkiah is a writer/actor and Gamillario/Torres Strait Islander woman. She is a co-writer/star of Black Comedy (ABC) and is a monthly columnist for The Australian Women's Weekly Online. She has been an artist in residence at Griffin Theatre Company (2013) and was playwright in residence at Belvoir from 2012-­2014. In 2012, Nakkiah was the first recipient of The Dreaming Award from The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island... Read More →
avatar for Kath Shelper

Kath Shelper

Producer, Scarlett Pictures
@kathshelper | | Kath Shelper is the producer of many celebrated films, most noticeably Samson & Delilah, which won the prestigious Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2009. The film took out many other awards around the world. In 2013 Kath produced The Darkside, a hybrid documentary-drama with Warwick Thornton (Forum, 2014 Berlinale), the ABC TV feature doc Tender by artist Lynette Wallworth (AACTA Award... Read More →


Thursday November 12, 2015 11:00 - 11:55
The Theatre (Cinema 2) The Chauvel, 249 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021

11:00

The innovator's dilemma: Who has the write stuff?
How do you preserve your legacy -- and revenues -- while innovating in a digital space? Movers who are transforming major media in Australia and the U.S. talk analytics, the death of the home page, the new newsroom and more. 

Moderators
avatar for Peter Fray

Peter Fray

Incoming Head of Journalism, University of Technology, Sydney
@PeterFray | | Peter Fray has recently moved from The Australian, where he was deputy editor, to become the head of journalism at the University of Technology, Sydney. As professor of the practice of journalism, he will be driven by the need to innovate, collaborate and ensure UTS students are fit-for-purpose in this ever-changing media landscape. Fray is the founder and editor-in-chief of the fact-checking website, PolitiFact... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Gilbert

Jeremy Gilbert

Director of strategic initiatives, The Washington Post (US)
Twitter @jeremygilbert, Instagram @jeremygilbert  | | As director of strategic initiatives at The Washington Post, Jeremy leads the newsroom to identify, create, and execute unique digital products and storytelling experiences. He reimagined election night experiences, created the Post‘s first virtual reality stories, built a freelance network that changes how the Post covers national stories and is... Read More →
avatar for Darren Goodsir

Darren Goodsir

Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald
@sirgooddarren | | Darren Goodsir is the editor-in-chief of the Sydney Morning Herald and The Sun-Herald. He is also in charge of the Brisbane Times and WAtoday digital only newsrooms. ​Starting as a copyboy at News Limited in 1985, Darren spent the first part of his career as a police and crime reporter. He spent two years as a policy advisor for the NSW Police Commissioner before joining The South China Morning Post in Hong... Read More →
avatar for Amy O'Leary

Amy O'Leary

Editorial director, Upworthy
@amyoleary | | Amy O’Leary is the editorial director for Upworthy. Previously, she worked for The New York Times in a range of roles for seven years. In 2014, she was on the team that wrote the Times‘s Innovation Report. She has been a reporter, a multimedia producer, a digital editor for news and helped manage print-digital newsroom integration. Before coming to the Times, Amy worked in public radio... Read More →
avatar for Campbell Reid

Campbell Reid

Group editorial director, News Corp Australia
Campbell Reid joined News Corp Australia in 1981. He worked as reporter and feature writer at The Daily Telegraph until his appointment as chief-of-staff in February 1988. Later that year he moved to the US to head News Corp Australia’s New York bureau, which services all of the Australian group publications. Campbell took up an assistant editorship of the Telegraph upon his return to Australia in 1991, a position he held for... Read More →


Thursday November 12, 2015 11:00 - 11:55
The Big Screen (Cinema 1) The Chauvel, 249 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021

12:00

The following: Building engagement with social media
Forget follow-for-follow. Engagement is a commitment, and your readers want to know you. Learn how to harness the power of social media to build a community, and how a social presence can feed into your storytelling.

Speakers
avatar for Jim Roberts

Jim Roberts

Executive editor & chief content officer, Mashable
Twitter @nycjim, Instagram @nycjim | | Jim Roberts is Mashable’s executive editor and chief content officer. Jim manages Mashable’s editorial team and oversees editorial strategy and operations. Previously he was executive editor of Reuters Digital, where he managed the editorial news and opinion team for Reuters’ consumer sites and mobile platforms. He joined Reuters in February 2012, coming from the New York... Read More →


Thursday November 12, 2015 12:00 - 12:55
The Theatre (Cinema 2) The Chauvel, 249 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021

12:00

Short & curlies: Ethical conundrums solved before your eyes
Our panel debates curly questions in the media.

Moderators
avatar for Richard Aedy

Richard Aedy

Presenter, ABC RN, The Media Report
@richardaedy | | Richard Aedy has worked as reporter, producer, executive producer and presenter in Australia and overseas. He has covered crime, aviation, industrial affairs, science, health, technology, education, economics, epidemiology, Indigenous issues, social change and the media. He has made award-winning documentaries in Colombia, East Timor, the United States and the UK. After more than 20 years, he remains interested in everything... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Gunn

Michelle Gunn

Editor, The Weekend Australian
avatar for Alex Lee

Alex Lee

Politics reporter, BuzzFeed News
@alex_c_lee | | Alex Lee is the politics reporter at BuzzFeed Australia, and was a writer/presenter on the daily satirical news show The Roast (ABC2) as well as a producer at ABC News 24 and presenter of News Exchange. She has appeared on The Checkout (ABC), Media Circus (ABC), Story Club (ABC2) and ABC radio.
avatar for Hugh Riminton

Hugh Riminton

Political editor, Network Ten
@hughriminton | | Hugh Riminton presents TEN Eyewitness News in Sydney. In a 35-year career, he has been a foreign correspondent with CNN and the Nine Network, reporting from nearly 50 countries. He was political editor at TEN from 2009-2014. He has reported from numerous war and conflict zones, from Afghanistan and Iraq to Somalia, Rwanda, South Sudan, East Timor, the Balkans and Israel’s wars with its neighbours among others. Career... Read More →


Thursday November 12, 2015 12:00 - 12:55
The Big Screen (Cinema 1) The Chauvel, 249 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021

13:00

Lunch break!
Grab sandwiches and snacks at the Chauvel's Candy Bar, or try the offerings on Oxford Street.

Thursday November 12, 2015 13:00 - 13:25
The Foyer

13:00

Audio editing with Hindenburg (booked out)
Learn how to make a 5-8 minute audio feature with Hindenburg Journalist for the purpose of embedding into an online article or contributing to a radio program. Iain will take you through the steps of recording audio into Hindenburg; basic editing; mixing your narration with interview clips, music and sound effects; and outputting and uploading to SoundCloud for embedding online. This session is booked out.

Speakers
avatar for Iain Wilson

Iain Wilson

Audio producer, FOTW Audio Productions
Iain Wilson is the head (and only) honcho of FOTW Audio Productions, a Sydney-based audio production company. With a background in community radio, his first major project was the documentary That Doctor Who Sound in 2013 for Radio National’s Into the Music program. He is currently working on a handful of audio stories and a long-term project about music in horror films.


Thursday November 12, 2015 13:00 - 15:00
Director's Suite (Downstairs) The Chauvel, 249 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021

13:30

Digging, dead-drops and data: Investigative journalism skills
A one-hour masterclass in the format of a discussion between four top investigative journalists. Topics will include digital security for reporters and their sources, how to build an investigation from the ground up and source development.

Speakers
avatar for Ross Coulthart

Ross Coulthart

Investigative reporter, Nine Network, 60 Minutes
@rosscoulthart | | Ross Coulthart, 53, has worked as an investigative journalist for over 30 years. He joined 60 Minutes as a reporter in May 2014. He has won five Walkley journalism awards, including the top award for Australian journalism, the Gold Walkley. His broadcast television investigative journalism also won a Logie award. He is the author of four books – his fifth will be published in 2016. He has worked for The Sydney Morning... Read More →
avatar for Paul Farrell

Paul Farrell

Journalist, Guardian Australia
@farrellpf | | Paul Farrell is a Guardian Australia journalist who reports on immigration detention, surveillance and national security. He has written extensively about the federal government’s national security legislation and the impact it will have on press freedom in Australia, and has broken major stories surrounding conditions for asylum seekers in detention. | | A career moment I’m proud of is … Reporting on... Read More →
avatar for Kate McClymont

Kate McClymont

Investigative journalist; Chair of Walkley advisory board, Fairfax Media
@Kate_McClymont | Kate McClymont is an investigative journalist with the Sydney Morning Herald. She graduated from the University of Sydney in 1981 with a BA (Hons) in English Literature and joined the Herald in 1985 as a graduate cadet. She later worked at the National Times followed by a two-year stint as a researcher at the ABC’s Four Corners before rejoining the Herald in 1990. She is a five-time... Read More →
avatar for Caro Meldrum-Hanna

Caro Meldrum-Hanna

Investigative journalist, ABC TV, Four Corners
@caromeldrum | | Caro Meldrum-Hanna is an investigative reporter with ABC TV’s Four Corners program. In August 2015 Meldrum-Hanna was awarded NSW Journalist of the Year by the Kennedy Awards Foundation for her body of work on Four Corners, including the shocking expose on the greyhound racing industry. Prior to joining Four Corners in 2014, Caro reported for the ABC’s nightly current affairs program, 7:30, from 2011 &ndash... Read More →


Thursday November 12, 2015 13:30 - 14:25
The Big Screen (Cinema 1) The Chauvel, 249 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021

13:30

How ancient storytelling techniques can help you go viral

Storytelling is an ancient art, but often as we are overwhelmed with new platforms, formats and social media strategies, it’s easy to lose sight of what makes a great story in the first place. In this talk, Amy will connect narrative techniques that have stood the test of 2,000 years to our modern day news ecosystem, to inspire you to take a lesson from the ancients to consider what works best in today’s digital age.


Speakers
avatar for Amy O'Leary

Amy O'Leary

Editorial director, Upworthy
@amyoleary | | Amy O’Leary is the editorial director for Upworthy. Previously, she worked for The New York Times in a range of roles for seven years. In 2014, she was on the team that wrote the Times‘s Innovation Report. She has been a reporter, a multimedia producer, a digital editor for news and helped manage print-digital newsroom integration. Before coming to the Times, Amy worked in public radio... Read More →


Thursday November 12, 2015 13:30 - 14:25
The Theatre (Cinema 2) The Chauvel, 249 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021

14:30

Building a world: Immersive visual storytelling
Dan Archer is a graphic journalist who recently created a virtual and interactive recreation of the scene of Michael Brown’s fatal shooting in Ferguson, Missouri – made up of 3D simulations and web comics. From that Oculus Rift-driven virtual space to his more analogue live-sketched interviews, Dan is creating a new form of journalism. He’ll talk about how his experiments could creep into newsrooms, and what skills journalists creating this kind of work will need.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Archer

Dan Archer

Comic artist, Freelance (UK)
@archcomix | | Dan Archer is a graphic journalist who uses comics and immersive storytelling to report on human rights issues in situations where video or photographic equipment is inappropriate or, at worst, traumatic for those involved. Archer is a 2014 Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellow and was a 2011 Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University, where he also taught non-fiction graphic novel writing 2008-14. He has produced... Read More →


Thursday November 12, 2015 14:30 - 15:05
The Big Screen (Cinema 1) The Chauvel, 249 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021

14:30

Short stories: Innovate
Quick and dirty 10-minute tales from behind the scenes of new approaches and models.

Chantal Abouchar, Epic Labs
Strength in numbers: the value of co-working spaces

Nina Hendy

How The Freelance Collective will transform the hunt for top Australian creative freelance talent

Luke Pearson, IndigenousX
IndigenousX: from Twitter to an independent Indigenous media platform

Melanie Perkins, Canva
Design for success: The Aussie startup taking on the world

 

 


Speakers
avatar for Chantal Abouchar

Chantal Abouchar

Founder, Epic Labs
@EpicLabsAu | | Chantal Abouchar has three decades of media and entertainment industry experience, both nationally and internationally, producing work for major international broadcasters and all Australian broadcasters. Specialising in factual and documentary, Chantal has worked as a producer, director, cinematographer, journalist and researcher. In the last decade she has also worked in digital media with startups and enterprise companies. She... Read More →
avatar for Nina Hendy

Nina Hendy

The Freelance Collective
@NinaHendy | | Nina Hendy is an Australian business journalist and wordsmith who writes about business, marketing, entrepreneurs, startups, money and finance. Nina and a small group of like-minded professional freelancers created a website unlike anything else seen before in the world. The Freelance Collective gives creative Australian freelancers a chance to create a profile on the site listing all their skills and add samples of their work... Read More →
avatar for Luke Pearson

Luke Pearson

Indigenous X
@LukeLPearson | | Luke Pearson is a Gamilaroi man, teacher, public speaker, and trainer. He is best known as the founder of @IndigenousX, a rotating Twitter account which sees a new Indigenous host take control of the account to tell their own stories in their own words. IndigenousX is also seen in the Guardian's Comment Is Free section where each host is given an opportunity to write their own op-ed piece; IndigenousX is also involved in... Read More →
avatar for Melanie Perkins

Melanie Perkins

Co-founder, Canva
@MelanieCanva | | Melanie Perkins is CEO and co-founder of Canva, an online platform which makes graphic design simple for everyone. Since launching two years ago, Canva has grown to 4 million users who have created more than 30 million designs. It is now used daily by social media marketers, bloggers and small business owners in 179 countries around the world. Melanie first came up with the idea for Canva while studying a Bachelor of Arts... Read More →

Sponsors

Thursday November 12, 2015 14:30 - 15:05
The Theatre (Cinema 2) The Chauvel, 249 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021

15:10

Meet the makers: Behind a smash hit podcast
The team behind Science Vs spill the beans on the secrets to nurturing a must-hear podcast. Wendy Zukerman (Science Vs) and Kaitlyn Sawrey (First Run producer) talk through the development and production process. ABC Radio digital product manager Angela Stengel explains the audience-first approach and the original research behind the commissioning process. First Run EP Ian Walker surveys the emerging podcast environment and steps us through what’s next.

Speakers
avatar for Kaitlyn Sawrey

Kaitlyn Sawrey

Producer, ABC Radio First Run
Twitter @KaitSaw, Instagram @KaitSaw | | Kaitlyn is the Editor of Hack Digital (triple j) – a pilot project to make current affairs relevant to young Australians online. Previously she was Hack’s Executive Producer, and can still occasionally be heard on the radio as Hack’s fill-in presenter. Earlier this year, Kaitlyn was the producer behind the launch of First Run – ABC Radio’s... Read More →
avatar for Angela Stengel

Angela Stengel

Digital product manager, ABC Radio
Twitter @angelastengel, Instagram @angelastengel | | Angela Stengel is Digital Product Manager for ABC Radio and EP of the first series of ABC First Run alongside Kaitlyn Sawrey. Angela joined ABC in 2008 working for ABC Innovation, testing boundaries in content and experience delivery and breaking new ground producing projects such as Campaign Pulse, a site tracking social media trends in the 2011 Federal election. Since graduating from... Read More →
avatar for Ian Walker

Ian Walker

Executive producer, ABC Radio First Run
@thatsmrwalker2u | | Ian Walker is executive producer of First Run, ABC’s digital-first podcast project. In a media career spanning 35 years, Ian has worked as a newspaper reporter, Triple J newsreader and in various senior editorial roles across different platforms at ABC. He has made award-winning TV documentaries and produced numerous radio features for Radio National. His writing has appeared in magazines, online and in two books. He... Read More →
avatar for Wendy Zukerman

Wendy Zukerman

Presenter, Gimlet Media's Science Vs
@wendyzuk | | Wendy Zukerman is a science journalist who regularly discusses science and technology on radio and TV. She is the creator and host of the internationally acclaimed podcast Science Vs and regularly appears on triple j and 702 ABC Sydney. Wendy previously worked on ABC’s Catalyst and The Checkout. She was the Asia Pacific reporter for New Scientist Magazine, and appears on Channel... Read More →


Thursday November 12, 2015 15:10 - 15:55
The Theatre (Cinema 2) The Chauvel, 249 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021

15:10

Lightbulb moment: Five lessons you can learn right now from Storyful
When Aine Kerr saw big news stories playing out on social media rather than the prestigious newspapers that employed her, she jumped ship for the Dublin-based startup Storyful. There she’s had the full startup experience – from being unable to replace the lightbulbs to having more than 90 staff globally. In pursuit of new revenue streams, Aine led Storyful’s expansion into viral video. She’ll talk about what media companies can learn about sustainability from Storyful’s growth story, and about journalists’ role in the business side in the new media economy.

Speakers
avatar for Aine Kerr

Aine Kerr

Managing editor, Storyful
@ainekerr | | Áine Kerr is managing editor of Storyful, the first social media agency in the world. Áine oversees the company’s editorial operations in Sydney, Hong Kong, Dublin and New York across news, public partnerships, viral, trends and brands. Storyful has built its reputation in mining the social web for high value user-generated content. The agency discovers, verifies, acquires and distributes content to the... Read More →


Thursday November 12, 2015 15:10 - 15:55
The Big Screen (Cinema 1) The Chauvel, 249 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021

16:00

When Kate met George: Getting nasty and nice with our political masters
Take a ringside seat when these two Walkley-winning reporters sit down to compare notes on how to get unrehearsed responses from the most exposed people in Australian public life, the challenges involved in navigating conflicting views and how to construct a visual narrative from interviews.

Update: Kate McClymont, Fairfax Media investigative journalist, has replaced Sarah Ferguson in this panel.

Speakers
avatar for Kate McClymont

Kate McClymont

Investigative journalist; Chair of Walkley advisory board, Fairfax Media
@Kate_McClymont | Kate McClymont is an investigative journalist with the Sydney Morning Herald. She graduated from the University of Sydney in 1981 with a BA (Hons) in English Literature and joined the Herald in 1985 as a graduate cadet. She later worked at the National Times followed by a two-year stint as a researcher at the ABC’s Four Corners before rejoining the Herald in 1990. She is a five-time... Read More →
avatar for George Megalogenis

George Megalogenis

Author & journalist, Freelancer
@GMegalogenis | | George Megalogenis is an author and journalist with three decades’ experience in the media. The Australian Moment won the 2013 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for non-fiction and the 2012 Walkley Award for non-fiction, and formed the basis for the ABC documentary series Making Australia Great. He is also the author ofFaultlines, The Longest Decade and Quarterly Essay 40: Trivial Pursuit... Read More →


Thursday November 12, 2015 16:00 - 16:40
The Big Screen (Cinema 1) The Chauvel, 249 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021

16:00

Choose your own adventure: Audience engagement & telling complex stories online
What are the challenges when the narrative is released from its linear structure? If creativity is what happens at the intersection of innovation, story, journalism and technology – where does that juncture take you? How do you get into that creative space and what skills will you need to bring or who do you need to collaborate with to realise the immersive world of interactive storytelling?

Speakers
avatar for Kylie Boltin

Kylie Boltin

Executive producer, Documentaries & Drama Online, SBS, SBS TV
@kylieboltin | | Kylie Boltin is executive producer of Documentaries & Drama Online at SBS, where she commissions and produces online exclusive documentary and drama programs as part of the SBS interactive team as well as multi-platform work for flagship SBS TV shows. She is the producer for Cronulla Riots: The Day that Shocked the Nation, which won the 2014 Walkley for Best Multimedia Storytelling together with numerous national and... Read More →
avatar for Matt Huynh

Matt Huynh

Artist
@matthuynh | | Matt Huynh is a Vietnamese-Australian artist based in New York City. His comics and illustrations are informed by sumi-e painting and shodo calligraphy. His clients include the New York Times, Esquire, Rolling Stone, Lucky Peach and Adobe. Creative Sydney Festival named him one of Sydney’s most innovative cultural contributors for his graphic novel work. His work appears in the Museum of Modern Art’s collection and his... Read More →


Thursday November 12, 2015 16:00 - 16:40
The Theatre (Cinema 2) The Chauvel, 249 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021

16:45

Twitter for professionals
Engaging on Twitter is increasingly a career must — a tool as essential to detecting breaking news and sources as it is for building an audience. Learn the tools, strategies and techniques behind some of the world's most influential accounts and how you can put their best practices to work for you.

Speakers
avatar for Tony Broderick

Tony Broderick

Acting director of media partnerships, Twitter Australia
@brod


Thursday November 12, 2015 16:45 - 17:40
The Theatre (Cinema 2) The Chauvel, 249 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021

16:45

Short stories: Create
Dynamic 10-minute presentations from projects that have pushed the boundaries of storytelling forms. More speakers coming!

Nick McCallum, Yahoo7
Band of brands: Maintaining unity and solidarity in a changing and increasingly individualised industry

Melanie Dinjaski, Fox Sports Australia
Kicking off a web series: Seizing online opportunities for sport reporting

Charlotte Harper, Editia
Slow stories, printed in fast forward: Digital & on-demand publishing

Matt Huynh, artist
Rocking the boat: An illustrator’s journey from lone wolf to multimedia dream team

Jennifer Wilson, The Project Factory
What storytellers can learn from video games 

 


Speakers
avatar for Melanie Dinjaski

Melanie Dinjaski

Journalist and producer, Fox Sports Australia
@MelanieDinjaski | Melanie Dinjaski is a sports journalist at Fox Sports Australia and creator and co-host of Hard Count, a weekly web series about the NFL. The only show of its kind in the country, the program is now in its second season. It’s a fast and fun look at American football, aimed to inform and entertain the sport's growing number of Australian fans. While American sports are growing in popularity thanks to the rise of Aussie... Read More →
avatar for Charlotte Harper

Charlotte Harper

Founder and publisher, Editia
@editia | | Charlotte Harper is founder and publisher of Canberra-based Editia.com, a digital first publishing business specialising in longform journalism and non-fiction books. Charlotte began her career as technology writer and went on to become a (shared) Walkley Award-winning web producer (for her contribution to The Sydney Morning Herald’s online coverage of the 2000 Olympics), literary editor of The South China Morning Post... Read More →
avatar for Matt Huynh

Matt Huynh

Artist
@matthuynh | | Matt Huynh is a Vietnamese-Australian artist based in New York City. His comics and illustrations are informed by sumi-e painting and shodo calligraphy. His clients include the New York Times, Esquire, Rolling Stone, Lucky Peach and Adobe. Creative Sydney Festival named him one of Sydney’s most innovative cultural contributors for his graphic novel work. His work appears in the Museum of Modern Art’s collection and his... Read More →
avatar for Nick McCallum

Nick McCallum

Associate editor, Yahoo7
@nkmccallum | | Nicholas McCallum is an associate editor and the national social media deputy editor at Yahoo7. He previously worked at ninemsn after getting a start at the South Sydney Herald. He earned his Master of Journalism at Melbourne University after completing his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Sydney. Recently Nicholas attended the Media Workers Unite conference in Louisville, Kentucky, as MEAA delegate.
avatar for Jennifer Wilson

Jennifer Wilson

Director, The Project Factory
Jennifer is a director of The Project Factory, a producer of creative multiplatform/transmedia projects across web, mobile, social media, games and virtual worlds. She is the author of several books and papers exploring the digital space: actively encouraging the telling stories through digital. She also works on digital solutions in the health and wellness space to help support positive behavioural change.  | | Jennifer is... Read More →


Thursday November 12, 2015 16:45 - 17:40
The Big Screen (Cinema 1) The Chauvel, 249 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021

17:45

MC wrap and close conference sessions
Thursday November 12, 2015 17:45 - 17:50
The Big Screen (Cinema 1) The Chauvel, 249 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021
 
Friday, November 13
 

08:00

Registration & coffee
Friday November 13, 2015 08:00 - 09:00
The Foyer

09:00

Welcome
Friday November 13, 2015 09:00 - 09:10
The Big Screen (Cinema 1) The Chauvel, 249 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021

09:10

Deep impact: When making great journalism makes a difference
Winning a Gold Walkley is just the cherry on top when your investigations effect change for thousands of Australians. Adele Ferguson’s reporting has led to institutional and cultural change for bank customers, exploited workers, and more. Here, she shares what drives her search for the truth.

Speakers
avatar for Adele Ferguson

Adele Ferguson

Investigative journalist, The Age
@adele_ferguson | | Adele Ferguson is a multi-award winning senior business writer and columnist for leading Fairfax newspapers The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian Financial Review. She is also the author of best-selling unauthorised biography Gina Rinehart: The Untold Story of the Richest Woman in the World. Prior to joining Fairfax, Adele was a senior commentator with The Australian. She has also worked at BRW magazine... Read More →


Friday November 13, 2015 09:10 - 09:20
The Big Screen (Cinema 1) The Chauvel, 249 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021

09:25

Keep the change: The power of embracing disruption
From an enviable background in legacy media, Jim Roberts now considers himself lucky to be experimenting in a purely digital environment with Mashable. He’ll talk about embracing change in life and in publishing, and how a spirit of experimentation – testing, measuring, iteration, interpreting audience - can make us better storytellers in the modern age.

Speakers
avatar for Jim Roberts

Jim Roberts

Executive editor & chief content officer, Mashable
Twitter @nycjim, Instagram @nycjim | | Jim Roberts is Mashable’s executive editor and chief content officer. Jim manages Mashable’s editorial team and oversees editorial strategy and operations. Previously he was executive editor of Reuters Digital, where he managed the editorial news and opinion team for Reuters’ consumer sites and mobile platforms. He joined Reuters in February 2012, coming from the New York... Read More →


Friday November 13, 2015 09:25 - 10:05
The Big Screen (Cinema 1) The Chauvel, 249 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021

10:10

Storytelling for a cause: Non-profits, advocacy and public interest
Non-profits and NGOs rely on telling their stories to achieve their goals – be it fundraising, advocating for policy or change, or raising awareness. While digital and social media offer brilliant new ways to connect directly with stakeholders and potential supporters, you have to find a way to stand out. What role can rich multimedia storytelling play, and how can you do it on a non-profit budget? Our panel will explore the importance of trust and brand personality, and present some best-practice examples.

Moderators
avatar for Kim McKay AO

Kim McKay AO

Executive director & CEO, Australian Museum
@kimcoral | | Kim was appointed Director & CEO of the Australian Museum in April 2014, the first woman to take up this role in the history of Australia’s first museum. Immediately prior to this she served for two years as one of the Museum’s Trustees. Kim’s international career in social innovation, marketing, communications and management spans over 30 years. She is an environmentalist, the co-author of five books and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Matt Levinson

Matt Levinson

Communications manager, Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore
@matt_levinson | | Matt Levinson is Communications Manager for Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore. With experience in media, campaigning and politics, he spent two years as Communications Director for Australia’s top digital campaigner GetUp, after a previous stint with the Lord Mayor. His previous roles include managing communications for CSIRO’s climate and cities research, and as a radio broadcaster for FBI Radio and Radio National... Read More →
avatar for Kate Moore

Kate Moore

Media and Communications Manager, UNICEF Australia
@katiecrackernut | | Kate Moore is UNICEF Australia’s media manager. She has spent 20 years in print and online news, starting as a country journalist and working through the ranks to be a sub editor, section editor and news producer, most recently for News Limited’s stable of Sydney community titles. She also holds a non-executive director role and key leadership position within Girl Guides NSW & ACT. Kate is a step-parent to... Read More →
avatar for Isabelle Oderberg

Isabelle Oderberg

National social media lead, Australian Red Cross
Twitter @yodaberg, Instagram @isyode | | Isabelle Oderberg is national social media lead for Australian Red Cross. Previously she was National Social Media Editor, News Corp Australia and Australia’s first social media editor (for Melbourne’s Herald Sun) with a severe emotional dependence on Twitter and Facebook and an unparalleled background in online and real-time news. Her previous roles include founding news editor... Read More →

Sponsors

Friday November 13, 2015 10:10 - 11:05
The Theatre (Cinema 2) The Chauvel, 249 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021

10:10

Tiny screen, big disruption: Mobile-first strategies
Sixty percent of Australians use their smartphones to access news, social’s the main driver, and most of us want it all for free. Four news execs talk about how they’re tackling vexing questions of making the news for mobile users, and how they think we’ll consume our news tomorrow.

Moderators
avatar for Gaven Morris

Gaven Morris

Director, ABC News
@gavmorris | | Gaven Morris was appointed Director of News in October 2015. Previously he was Head of News Content, overseeing all of ABC News’s digital and broadcast news output – scheduled television and radio news bulletins, News 24, NewsRadio, the Asia-Pacific News Centre and online and mobile news services. Gaven has extensive experience as a news executive, news editor, reporter and producer.  He spent almost a decade... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Alisa Bowen

Alisa Bowen

Group director, Digital Product & Development, News Corp Australia
@Alisa_redux | | Alisa Bowen is an experienced digital product and consumer technology executive with 18 years global experience in the media and business information industries. Alisa is a former senior Dow Jones executive and General Manager at Wall Street Journal Digital Network, and is now Group Director, Digital Product and Development at News Corp Australia. Her leadership focus is on building new product and technology capabilities, teams... Read More →
avatar for Tim Duggan

Tim Duggan

Publisher, Junkee Media
@timduggan | | Tim Duggan is the publisher and co-founder of Junkee Media, one of Australia’s fastest growing and most innovative new media companies, reaching over 2 million young and engaged Australians every month. Formerly known as the Sound Alliance, Junkee Media creates highly shareable content about the things that matter (and sometimes the things that don’t) and continually strives to add to the conversation, not just the... Read More →
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Stephen Hutcheon

Innovation editor, Sydney Morning Herald
@lewgus


Friday November 13, 2015 10:10 - 11:05
The Big Screen (Cinema 1) The Chauvel, 249 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021

11:30

Writing the #longread: Modern long-form storytelling techniques
Even as the news cycle accelerates, people are craving more long reads. Boston University professor and veteran storyteller Mark Kramer will teach a seminar on crafting long-form narratives. Kramer founded Harvard University’s Nieman Program on Narrative Journalism and has written four books, plus articles for the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic and more.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Kramer

Mark Kramer

Writer & professor, Boston University
Mark Kramer is Clinical Professor of Practice in Narrative Journalism and writer-in-residence in Boston University’s journalism department. He is also founder and director of the Power of Narrative Conference​, which will convene April 1, 2016​ for its 18th session. He is the co-editor of two leading texbooks/readers on narrative nonfiction, Telling True Stories and Literary Journalism, and is completing a book about... Read More →


Friday November 13, 2015 11:30 - 12:25
The Theatre (Cinema 2) The Chauvel, 249 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021

11:30

Election stories: Are we getting the politics we deserve?
Politicians and their advisers are savvier than ever when it comes to crafting an image, a voice, and a campaign. They’re using social media to sidestep journos and engage directly with voters – and voters and advocates are engaging right back in a way once reserved for lobbyists. It’s all rich pickings for journalists to construct their own narratives from. So why do so many believe the system is broken?

Moderators
avatar for Laurie Oakes

Laurie Oakes

Political editor; Walkley trustee, Nine Network
@LaurieOakes | | Laurie Oakes is one of Australia’s foremost political commentators with a distinguished career in journalism that spans more than 50 years. His incisive political commentary and news-breaking ability has earned him the respect of peers and politicians alike. Renowned for his probing interviews and Canberra-shaking scoops, in 1997 he broke the travel rorts saga that ended the careers of three ministers and government... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Eamonn Fitzpatrick

Eamonn Fitzpatrick

Former adviser to Rudd & Gillard; Director, Hawker Britton
@EamonnFitz | | Eamonn has worked in the Australian media for the past 25 years, as a journalist and as an adviser. A former Sydney Morning Herald reporter, he made the switch to politics more than a decade ago and has worked with numerous Labor leaders. He was the senior press secretary to Prime Minister Julia Gillard and then Kevin Rudd and was Bill Shorten’s director of strategy. Eamonn has also advised Premiers in NSW, Queensland... Read More →
avatar for Samantha Maiden

Samantha Maiden

National political editor, News Corp. Sundays
@samanthamaiden | | Samantha Maiden is national political editor for News Corp Sundays, publications including the Sunday Telegraph, Sunday Herald Sun, Sunday Mail (Qld & SA), Sunday Times, Sunday Tasmanian. Adelaide born, Samantha has been a journalist since 1994. She is a former political correspondent and columnist for The Advertiser and The Australian newspaper. Based in Canberra since 1998, she is a regular contributor to Sky News and... Read More →
avatar for George Megalogenis

George Megalogenis

Author & journalist, Freelancer
@GMegalogenis | | George Megalogenis is an author and journalist with three decades’ experience in the media. The Australian Moment won the 2013 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for non-fiction and the 2012 Walkley Award for non-fiction, and formed the basis for the ABC documentary series Making Australia Great. He is also the author ofFaultlines, The Longest Decade and Quarterly Essay 40: Trivial Pursuit... Read More →
avatar for Julian Morrow

Julian Morrow

Journalist & comedian, The Chaser
@julesmorrow | Julian Morrow is a co-founder of The Chaser, a satirical media empire which rivals Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp in all fields except power, influence, popularity and profitability. He now works as part of the Chaser creative team and, for his sins, its Managing Director, as well as working independently in the media. After working as an employment and industrial lawyer for several years, Julian sabotaged his legal career by... Read More →


Friday November 13, 2015 11:30 - 12:25
The Big Screen (Cinema 1) The Chauvel, 249 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021

11:30

Harnessing analytics, engagement and social media (booked out)
Become the digital first media operator your organisation needs to understand its audience. Do the terms “top line metrics” and “deeper data” leave you cold and confused? Overwhelmed by “page views”, “unique browsers”, and “time on site”? Learn what data really matters – and why. Dave Earley gives you the tools, terminology and tactics to interpret the data. What you do with it – that’s journalism. This session is now booked out.

Speakers
avatar for Dave Earley

Dave Earley

Audience editor, Guardian Australia
@earleyedition | | Dave Earley is audience editor for Guardian Australia, a role that involves ensuring The Guardian’s quality content reaches the widest possible audience across all platforms. This is done by combining traditional news judgement with extensive use of editorial analytics to deepen engagement with readers, and keep the newsroom informed about how to best connect every piece of content with the right audience. Dave joined... Read More →


Friday November 13, 2015 11:30 - 12:30
Director's Suite (Downstairs) The Chauvel, 249 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021

12:30

When to sit back, and when to bite: The art of the interview
When two of Australia’s most accomplished journalists sit down to interview each other about interviewing techniques, will it be confronting or comfortable? Will they have each other by the throat or in the palm of their hand? Watch, and learn.

Speakers
avatar for Ellen Fanning

Ellen Fanning

Journalist, Freelancer
@ellenmfanning | | Ellen Fanning spent a decade at the ABC as presenter of the AM and PM radio programs and as U.S. correspondent for ABC Radio, she later worked as a reporter for the Nine Network’s 60 Minutes and presented the Sunday program. In the past few years, she has been a freelance journalist. She is a two-time Walkley finalist.
avatar for Lisa Wilkinson

Lisa Wilkinson

Walkley advisory board member; journalist and presenter, Nine Network, Today
@Lisa_Wilkinson | | For more than three decades, Lisa Wilkinson has blazed a trail through the Australian media landscape, first in publishing, then on to radio and television. Lisa’s media career got off to an astonishing start when she was appointed editor of the national young women’s magazine Dolly at the tender age of 21. Four years later, after almost tripling the circulation, Lisa was head-hunted by the late Kerry... Read More →


Friday November 13, 2015 12:30 - 13:10
The Big Screen (Cinema 1) The Chauvel, 249 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021

12:30

Your future book: The next chapter in publishing
Our panel of experts - a publisher, agent, literary editor and writer - take stock of where the book industry is up to. As a writer or journalist, what options and opportunities are open to you in publishing - and how do you make that break?

Moderators
avatar for Susan Wyndham

Susan Wyndham

Literary editor, The Sydney Morning Herald
@SusanWyndhamSMH | | Susan Wyndham is literary editor of The Sydney Morning Herald. Since beginning her 35-year career in journalism as a Herald cadet, she has worked as a news reporter, feature writer, Good Weekend editor, New York correspondent for The Australian and a deputy editor of theHerald. She is the author of Life In His Hands: The True Story of a Neurosurgeon and a Pianist (2008), contributing editor... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Selwa Anthony

Selwa Anthony

Literary agent, Author Management Agency
Selwa Anthony started her career in the book industry in Australia, managing a chain of bookshops in Sydney she was regarded as the most successful bookseller. In 1985 she started her literary agency, Selwa Anthony’s Author Management Agency, and is proud to say she has pioneered Australian popular writing since then. Selwa’s agency has over 60 published authors with the Australian rights remaining in Australia.
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Rebecca Kaiser

Editorial director, Allen & Unwin
Rebecca Kaiser is the editorial director at Allen & Unwin. She has worked in the book publishing industry for nearly thirty years as an editor and publisher. Her particular areas of interest are biography, military history and current affairs. She considers herself very lucky to have worked with authors such as Chris Masters, Kerry O’Brien, David Marr, Paul Barry, Michael Kirby, Barry Jones, Wayne Swan, Ross Gittins and Tom Keneally.
avatar for Sue Williams

Sue Williams

Author
Sue Williams is the author of a number of best-selling books, including Women of the Outback, Outback Spirit,Father Bob: The Larrikin Priest and Getting There – Journeys of an Accidental Adventurer. Other books includePeter Ryan: The Inside Story; Mean Streets, Kind Heart: The Father Chris Riley Story; Welcome to the Outback;No Time For Fear – the story of shark attack survivor Paul de Gelder &ndash... Read More →


Friday November 13, 2015 12:30 - 13:10
The Theatre (Cinema 2) The Chauvel, 249 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021

13:15

Lunch break!
Grab sandwiches and snacks at the Chauvel's Candy Bar, or try the offerings on Oxford Street.

Friday November 13, 2015 13:15 - 13:55
The Foyer

14:00

The new 140: How global news is breaking on Twitter

Rishi Jaitly led Twitter’s news and government strategy for the Indian elections, and will share insights about the role social media is playing in emerging media markets. With photos, video and Periscope live-streaming, we’ve moved on past just 140 characters. Rishi talks about what these changes mean for how news is distributed and consumed, opportunities for journalists and storytellers, and how to curate when perspective matters just as much as content.


Speakers
avatar for Rishi Jaitly

Rishi Jaitly

Vice president of media partnerships, Twitter Asia-Pacific
@rsjaitly | | As Vice President of Media Partnerships (APAC) for Twitter, Rishi Jaitly is responsible for leading media partnerships throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to this role, he led Twitter's market development efforts in India and Southeast Asia. Previously, he led public-private partnerships in India for Google, and served as an aide to aide to then-CEO Eric Schmidt. Earlier, he was a director at both the Knight Foundation and... Read More →


Friday November 13, 2015 14:00 - 14:35
The Big Screen (Cinema 1) The Chauvel, 249 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021

14:00

I want my Game of Thrones NOW! And other copyfight issues
Bringing together a bunch of writers, artists, musicians, composers, filmmakers, gamers etc to talk about creativity, copyright and the internet. And how we might earn a living in a world where we’re told everything wants to be free. Presented by Copyright Agency Limited.

Moderators
avatar for Phillipa McGuinness

Phillipa McGuinness

Executive publisher, NewSouth Publishing
Phillipa McGuinness has been a non-fiction book publisher for more than twenty years. She is now Executive Publisher at UNSW Press/NewSouth Publishing where she has published a number of prize-winning books of Australian history, politics, biography and memoir, including the acclaimed ‘city’ series of books. She is editor of the book Copyfight, published in 2015.

Speakers
avatar for Greg Waters

Greg Waters

Television writer, script editor and producer, Freelance
@gregnwaters | | Greg Waters is a freelance television writer, script editor and producer. He was development manager at ABC TV Fiction where his projects included Rake, Secret River, Janet King, Anzac Girls, Crownies, Hiding, Devil’s Dust, Paper Giants, The Straits, Dangerous Remedy and An Accidental Soldier. He is currently script producer of Secret City a political thriller made by Matchbox Pictures for Foxtel and is about to produce... Read More →
avatar for Sherman Young

Sherman Young

Pro vice-chancellor, Learning and Teaching, Macquarie University
@shermanyoung | | Sherman Young is Macquarie University’s Pro Vice Chancellor for Learning and Teaching and a Professor in the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies where he teaches and researches in the area of new media theory and production. He is the author of The book is dead, long live the book (UNSW Press, 2007), co-author of Media Convergence (Palgrave, 2012) and Beyond 2.0 - the Future of Music (Equinox... Read More →

Sponsors

Friday November 13, 2015 14:00 - 14:35
The Theatre (Cinema 2) The Chauvel, 249 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021

14:40

From Middle Class Problems to Newsnight scoops
BuzzFeed UK proved readers love humorous lists AND big news investigations. Luke Lewis, Executive Editor for BuzzFeed UK, will talk about finding the right voice and tone for BuzzFeed in the UK and across the globe. He'll also speak to the similarities across the U.S., UK and Australia, as well as the differences – same language, different approaches – and reveal some of the things British people love to share.

Speakers
avatar for Luke Lewis

Luke Lewis

Executive editor, BuzzFeed UK
@lukelewis | | Luke Lewis was BuzzFeed’s first employee outside the US, launching BuzzFeed UK in March 2013. He now holds the position of executive editor, with responsibility for all UK entertainment content, video, as well as expansion into continental Europe. In 2014 he was named Editors’ Editor of the Year by the BSME. | | Tell us a bit about you. How did you get to where you are today? What led you to become a storyteller? I... Read More →


Friday November 13, 2015 14:40 - 15:25
The Big Screen (Cinema 1) The Chauvel, 249 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021

15:30

Interactive storytelling demo
From idea to storyboard to building a 3D visualisation, see an interactive story come to life.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Archer

Dan Archer

Comic artist, Freelance (UK)
@archcomix | | Dan Archer is a graphic journalist who uses comics and immersive storytelling to report on human rights issues in situations where video or photographic equipment is inappropriate or, at worst, traumatic for those involved. Archer is a 2014 Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellow and was a 2011 Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University, where he also taught non-fiction graphic novel writing 2008-14. He has produced... Read More →


Friday November 13, 2015 15:30 - 16:25
The Theatre (Cinema 2) The Chauvel, 249 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021

15:30

Past tense: Intepreting histories
Stories from our past inform our present and future – from the screen to the stage, memoir to historical tomes. Who has the right to tell another’s history, and is it ever OK to fiddle with the facts?

Moderators
avatar for Natalie Ahmat

Natalie Ahmat

Presenter, NITV News
@nat_ahmat | | Natalie Ahmat is the presenter of NITV News, Australia’s only Indigenous television news bulletin. She is a proud descendent of the Mudburra people, from Wave Hill in the Northern Territory on her grandmother’s side, while her grandfather was born on Mabuiag Island in the Torres Straits. Natalie began her media career with ABC Radio in Darwin in 1999. Since then, she has worked for Channel 8 (now Channel 9) in... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Wesley Enoch

Wesley Enoch

Artistic director, Sydney Festival
Wesley Enoch has been artistic director of the Queensland Theatre Company since 2010, where he has directed Black Diggers (co-production with Sydney Festival), Design For Living, Trollop, Mother Courage and Her Children, Managing Carmen, Head Full of Love, Elizabeth, Bombshells, Fountains Beyond, The Sunshine Club, Blacked Up, Radiance (co-production with Kooemba Jdarra... Read More →
avatar for Peter FitzSimons

Peter FitzSimons

Author & journalist, Freelancer
@Peter_Fitz | | Peter FitzSimons is a journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald and Sun-Herald. He is also a regular TV commentator, a former radio presenter (very successfully, with Mike Carlton on Radio 2UE) and is also a former national representative rugby union player. Peter is the author of over 20 books – including Gallipoli, Tobruk,Kokoda, Batavia, Mawson and the Ice Men of the Heroic Age, Ned... Read More →

Sponsors

Friday November 13, 2015 15:30 - 16:25
The Big Screen (Cinema 1) The Chauvel, 249 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021

15:30

Making your content work on social (booked out)
Everyone has a story to tell. But what works? What doesn’t work? What do people want? There’s always a way to work out how to make your story work on social media platforms. Key takeaways will include case studies into content that works, and things to consider when devising campaigns/editorial. This session has booked out.

Speakers
avatar for Isabelle Oderberg

Isabelle Oderberg

National social media lead, Australian Red Cross
Twitter @yodaberg, Instagram @isyode | | Isabelle Oderberg is national social media lead for Australian Red Cross. Previously she was National Social Media Editor, News Corp Australia and Australia’s first social media editor (for Melbourne’s Herald Sun) with a severe emotional dependence on Twitter and Facebook and an unparalleled background in online and real-time news. Her previous roles include founding news editor... Read More →


Friday November 13, 2015 15:30 - 17:00
Director's Suite (Downstairs) The Chauvel, 249 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021

16:30

Hey mister VJ: Videojournalism structure, style and stories
The one (wo)man band is an increasingly popular format for shooting video stories, and it can pay off with access and intimacy - but how do you go it alone? Two leading videojournalists who’ve covered stories from the Bush to Burma share their tips, from visual composition to narrative configuration.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Davis

Matt Davis

Shooter/producer, ABC TV, Foreign Correspondent
Throughout the worldʼs metropolises and backwaters, Matt has worked as a producer, journalist and cameraman on a wide variety of both Australian-based and international media projects. Whether tackling frontline journalism, producing factual television or creating a revealing documentary, strong storytelling skills, a cinematic eye and a dynamic list of contacts ensures he is an effective operator in any environment.Recent projects include... Read More →
avatar for Danny Teece-Johnson

Danny Teece-Johnson

Videojournalist, NITV
@dannynitv | | A Gamilaraay man from Moree NSW, Danny has been studying and working in film for nearly 15 years. After releasing his award winning short film “Mah” Danny moved into documentary filmmaking working alongside some of the country’s best filmmakers and production houses. In 2012 Danny worked with Indigenous youth in Kakadu to write and direct Songline to Happiness, receiving Best Short Documentary at the 2012... Read More →


Friday November 13, 2015 16:30 - 17:25
The Theatre (Cinema 2) The Chauvel, 249 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021

16:30

Short stories: Inspire
Tasty little 10-minute bites to whet your appetite and leave you hungry to innovate in your own storytelling.

Simon Jankelson 
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a song is worth a million

Scott Downman
The Change Makers Project: Reimagining the journalist

Lyndal Byford
Not just for nerds: Science stories that sell and share

Kavita Bedford
Paging the periphery: Giving voice to Western Sydney


 

Speakers
avatar for Kavita Bedford

Kavita Bedford

Mapping Frictions
@Bekavita | | Kavita Bedford is an Australian writer and creative producer of Mapping Frictions: Stories from Western Sydney. She is the recipient of the Walkley Foundation for Journalism Women in Media mentorship and the Westwords Under 30 Western Sydney Writers’ Fellowship developing a series of literary non-fiction essays on place. | |
avatar for Lyndal Byford

Lyndal Byford

Media manager, Australian Science Media Centre
@AusSMC | | Lyndal has an Honours Degree in biotechnology from Flinders University and a Graduate Diploma in Science Communication from the Australian National University. She has over 15 years’ experience in communicating science in a range of settings including science museums, within the pharmaceutical industry and in media relations. Lyndal worked at the UK Science Media Centre as its inaugural engineering press officer before... Read More →
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Scott Downman

Lecturer/The UQ Change Makers project, University of Queensland
@Onelifeatatime | | Scott Downman is a journalist and lecturer in journalism at the University of Queensland. For the past 10 years he has been involved with community development projects Southeast Asia aimed at addressing human trafficking, labour exploitation and work migration. From 2007-2009 he worked as a fieldworker for the Thai-based NGO Mekong Minority Foundation, in an AusAID-funded project in northern Thailand examining the role... Read More →
avatar for Simon Jankelson

Simon Jankelson

The Human Sound Project
As founder of The Human Sound Project, Simon works to empower groups of all sizes, cultures and musical skill levels to come together and create songs. After years of writing music for critically acclaimed bands and directing an award winning interactive media company, Simon set out to answer the question that drives him — how to help people around the world connect via story, song, silence and sound. The Human Sound Project was born... Read More →


Friday November 13, 2015 16:30 - 17:25
The Big Screen (Cinema 1) The Chauvel, 249 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021

17:30

MC wrap and close conference sessions
Friday November 13, 2015 17:30 - 17:35
The Big Screen (Cinema 1) The Chauvel, 249 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021

17:30

Storyology Social
We'll buy the drinks (til the tab runs out) — you bring the sparkling anecdotes. The Storyology Social is the best networking all year, and it's included in two-day tickets.

Individual tickets are on sale now! Buy yours today.

Friday November 13, 2015 17:30 - 19:00
The Foyer
 
Saturday, November 14
 

09:00

Cracking code & interactive storytelling (sold out)
The focus of the three hour workshop will be an introduction to coding for the web. Participants will walk away being be able to set up their own website and post an interactive story, and will get resources for learning more. This session has sold out.

Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Gilbert

Jeremy Gilbert

Director of strategic initiatives, The Washington Post (US)
Twitter @jeremygilbert, Instagram @jeremygilbert  | | As director of strategic initiatives at The Washington Post, Jeremy leads the newsroom to identify, create, and execute unique digital products and storytelling experiences. He reimagined election night experiences, created the Post‘s first virtual reality stories, built a freelance network that changes how the Post covers national stories and is... Read More →


Saturday November 14, 2015 09:00 - 12:30
The Old Bakery 245 Chalmers St, Redfern NSW 2016

13:00

Storyboarding and sketching (sold out)
Draw out your inner visual storyteller with an intensive workshop with Dan Archer. Over 3.5 hours, Dan will take 15 students through his creative process and share tips on how
to approach non-linear and visual storytelling, including storyboarding, the rudiments of sketching and tips for rapid visualisation. Even if you think you can’t draw, you’ll walk away with a sense of how to capture a visual moment. Drawing can help editors envision story packages or websites, and it can help reporters to frame a narrative or communicate better with editors. This session has sold out.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Archer

Dan Archer

Comic artist, Freelance (UK)
@archcomix | | Dan Archer is a graphic journalist who uses comics and immersive storytelling to report on human rights issues in situations where video or photographic equipment is inappropriate or, at worst, traumatic for those involved. Archer is a 2014 Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellow and was a 2011 Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University, where he also taught non-fiction graphic novel writing 2008-14. He has produced... Read More →


Saturday November 14, 2015 13:00 - 16:00
The Old Bakery 245 Chalmers St, Redfern NSW 2016
 
Monday, November 16
 

10:00

From notebook to manuscript: Effective narrative non-fiction (Brisbane)

This event is also being held in Melbourne.

So you have a story you know deserves a deep, long-form treatment. What do you have to do transform that idea into a publishable manuscript? How do you make it better – and get it published?

This full day workshop will be divided into two parts:

  1. Reporting differently for storytelling: How to come back from the field with a notebook full of great quotes and incisive observations that will allow you to construct a narrative.
  2. Writing: Organising and synthesising your notes. Finding your voice, structure, sense of place, pace, description, sentence crafting. Editing and polishing.

In this age of writing on screen, Mark says that revision begins when you are only a paragraph into your text.  How does the alchemy of composition work? You can’t make it easy, but you can learn to break down the process into doable stages, just like all good writers. Under consideration will be:

  • Choosing topics
  • Reporting strategies – how long form differs from other genres in the field
  • Note coding and processing
  • Drafting – the process begins
  • Concepts of revision
  • The power of informality
  • Tips for collaborating with editors
  • Adapting your writing for digital and multimedia pieces
  • Pitching your story to editors

To prepare for the deep dive into the narrative process, Mark will share some pieces of narrative non-fiction for participants to read in advance. There will also be an opportunity for participants to present their own writing for critical analysis. Writers who want feedback should send their pitch, book proposal or sample text (not more than 1,000 words) no later than November 2.

Who should attend: Writers and journalists ready to explore long form narrative non-fiction, looking for an intensive workshop with a master of the craft.

What you’ll take away: Tips on reporting so you return from the field with a notebook full of narrative – and what to do next (reporting, synthesis, writing and collaborating). A plan for how to work toward getting long form narrative proposals and manuscripts into shape.

BYO writing materials (laptop, tablet or good old notebook and pen as per your preference)

Register on Eventbrite: $195 for MEAA members, $245 for non-members.


Speakers
avatar for Mark Kramer

Mark Kramer

Writer & professor, Boston University
Mark Kramer is Clinical Professor of Practice in Narrative Journalism and writer-in-residence in Boston University’s journalism department. He is also founder and director of the Power of Narrative Conference​, which will convene April 1, 2016​ for its 18th session. He is the co-editor of two leading texbooks/readers on narrative nonfiction, Telling True Stories and Literary Journalism, and is completing a book about... Read More →


Monday November 16, 2015 10:00 - 17:00
MEAA Boardroom Level 4, 16 Peel Street (The TLC Building), Brisbane
 
Wednesday, November 18
 

10:00

From notebook to manuscript: Effective narrative non-fiction (Melbourne)

This event is also being held in Brisbane.

So you have a story you know deserves a deep, long-form treatment. What do you have to do transform that idea into a publishable manuscript? How do you make it better – and get it published? 

This full day workshop will be divided into two parts:

  1. Reporting differently for storytelling: How to come back from the field with a notebook full of great quotes and incisive observations that will allow you to construct a narrative.
  2. Writing: Organising and synthesising your notes. Finding your voice, structure, sense of place, pace, description, sentence crafting. Editing and polishing.

In this age of writing on screen, Mark says that revision begins when you are only a paragraph into your text.  How does the alchemy of composition work? You can’t make it easy, but you can learn to break down the process into doable stages, just like all good writers. Under consideration will be:

  • Choosing topics
  • Reporting strategies – how long form differs from other genres in the field
  • Note coding and processing
  • Drafting – the process begins
  • Concepts of revision
  • The power of informality
  • Tips for collaborating with editors
  • Adapting your writing for digital and multimedia pieces
  • Pitching your story to editors

To prepare for the deep dive into the narrative process, Mark will share some pieces of narrative non-fiction for participants to read in advance. There will also be an opportunity for participants to present their own writing for critical analysis. Writers who want feedback should send their pitch, book proposal or sample text (not more than 1,000 words) no later than November 2.

Who should attend: Writers and journalists ready to explore long form narrative non-fiction, looking for an intensive workshop with a master of the craft.

What you’ll take away: Tips on reporting so you return from the field with a notebook full of narrative – and what to do next (reporting, synthesis, writing and collaborating). A plan for how to work toward getting long form narrative proposals and manuscripts into shape.

BYO writing materials (laptop, tablet or good old notebook and pen as per your preference)

Register on Eventbrite: $195 for MEAA members, $245 for non-members.


Speakers
avatar for Mark Kramer

Mark Kramer

Writer & professor, Boston University
Mark Kramer is Clinical Professor of Practice in Narrative Journalism and writer-in-residence in Boston University’s journalism department. He is also founder and director of the Power of Narrative Conference​, which will convene April 1, 2016​ for its 18th session. He is the co-editor of two leading texbooks/readers on narrative nonfiction, Telling True Stories and Literary Journalism, and is completing a book about... Read More →


Wednesday November 18, 2015 10:00 - 17:00
Queens Collective 20 Queen Street, Melbourne