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Audio: In focus: the state of Australian journalism

  • Date recorded: 28 Jan 2015

  • Duration: 01:14:22

'If you are going to be successful in this business, you have to maintain your passion and your commitment.'

- Julie Millowick

About this recording

Photographers can get to the heart of a news story in a single shot - hear from experts in the field on the state of photojournalism in Australia and the world.

Listen as former Age editor Michael Gawenda, photojournalist Simon O’Dwyer and academics Julie Millowick and Fay Anderson discuss their professional experiences, stories from behind the lens, and wider issues from the decline of traditional newsprint to the rise of citizen journalism.

This event was held in partnership with the Walkley Foundation and complemented the 2014 Nikon-Walkley Press Photography exhibition, on display at State Library Victoria from  18 October 2014 to 8 February 2015.


Michael Gawenda

Michael Gawenda is one of Australia's best-known journalists and authors. He held the position of Editor-in-Chief of The Age from 1997 to 2004, and has won numerous journalism awards, including three Walkley awards. In June 2014, Michael was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for his service to the print media industry and his work to advance professional education and development.

Fay Anderson

Associate Professor Fay Anderson lectures in journalism history at Monash University. In 2012, she was part of a group awarded an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant to investigate the history of Australian press photography.

Simon O’Dwyer

Simon O'Dwyer has worked as a photographer and photographic editor for The Age for 18 years, specialising in news and editorial portraiture. Over the years he has covered the war in Afghanistan 2001 and Operation Slipper 2009, landmines in Cambodia and the HIV epidemic in PNG.

Julie Millowick

Julie Millowick is Senior Lecturer, Online Photojournalism, at La Trobe University. In 2007 as Vice President of MAP (Many Australian Photographers), Julie helped co-ordinate 37 photographers across Australia to produce the exhibition and book Beyond reasonable drought, published in association with State Library Victoria. Her latest Australia-wide project is the co-produced book, Remembrance: 100 years, 100 memorials, 100 Australian stories.