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Bias in the media

25 August 2014

ABC Radio National Big Ideas

Claims of political bias have been levelled at news outlets around the world for years, but is there any truth in the claims? Research associate Tom Switzer, a participant in the Centre's Public Knowledge Forum, joins an expert panel exploring objectivity and the media. Listen online

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How America changed its mind on gay marriage

27 November 2013

ABC Radio National Religion and Ethics Report

In just eight years, gay marriage has gone from a political kiss of death to a potential vote winner. US writer and Public Knowledge Forum speaker Jonathan Rauch explains this turnaround in public sentiment and reflects on his American Review essay on the subject.  Listen online

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The enduring words of John F. Kennedy

22 November 2013

ABC TV Planet America

John F. Kennedy is regarded as one of the great speech-makers of modern times, from his historic address following the moon landing to 'Ich bin ein Berliner'. Historian and Public Knowledge Forum speaker Robert Schlesinger looks at the oratory of JFK and his speechwriters. Watch online

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Robert Schlesinger on analytics and audiences

20 November 2013

In this interview, Managing Editor for Opinion at U.S. News and World Report Robert Schlesinger discusses how analytics, search engine results and third-party websites like the Drudge Report have shaped modern journalism. Schelsinger was in Australia as a speaker at the Centre's Public Knowledge Forum. He begins by weighing up the benefits and costs of intimately knowing your audience online. Watch online

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Diary: Public Knowledge Forum

16 November 2013

The Spectator

In Australia for the Centre's Public Knowledge Forum, Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson discusses his encounters with Conrad Black and I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, his disgust with the National Security Agency's espionage activities, and his sojourns to Canberra and Hamilton Island. Read article

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The threat of hacking for media

12 November 2013

SBS Radio World News Australia

Public Knowledge Forum speaker and Al Jazeera journalist Melissa Chan discusses her personal experience of hacking in China and her research into protecting journalists at Stanford, saying the threat hacking poses to the world's media organisations and to people getting their news is very real.  Listen online

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James Fallows on creating better public knowledge

12 November 2013

In this interview, convener of the Public Knowledge Forum and national correspondent at The Atlantic James Fallows discusses the future of journalism and democracy, as well as the tensions between the media business model and its public service function. He begins by discussing the changing role of journalism in civic society. Watch online

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Nicole Hemmer on the changing role of news consumers

12 November 2013

In this interview, Centre research associate and visiting associate professor at the University of Miami Nicole Hemmer discusses how the changing role of the audience in the Internet age is having a potential damaging effect on public knowledge. She begins by discussing how the dynamics between journalists and audiences have changed in recent years. Hemmer was in Sydney for the Public Knowledge Forum. Watch online

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Jonathan Rauch on the social media revolution that wasn't

12 November 2013

In this interview, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and Public Knowledge Forum speaker Jonathan Rauch discusses the impact of social media on the media industry including its effects on public knowledge. He begins by the problems facing journalism today and the early promise of social media to help solve them.  Watch online

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Diary: Public Knowledge Forum

9 November 2013

The Spectator

Will free market forces and robust competition save the media? Wall Street Journal editorial board member Mary Kissel discusses her time at the Centre's Public Knowledge Forum and the responses from audiences and fellow panellists to her advocacy for journalism's capitalistic future. Read article

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Australian notes: Public Knowledge Forum

9 November 2013

The Spectator

Author and former Fairfax owner Conrad Black was in Sydney for the Centre's Public Knowledge Forum. At the event he discussed his opinions on the US's foreign policy, penal system, and Supreme Court. Read article

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Middle class morale in the US

9 November 2013

ABC Radio National Saturday Extra

Editor-at-Large of The American Interest and Public Knowledge Forum speaker Walter Russell Mead discusses his writings on middle class morale in the United States, as well as his thoughts on the Middle East. Listen online

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Is the audience always right?

7 November 2013

ABC Radio National Media Report

Editor-in-Chief of ninemsn and Public Knowledge Forum speaker Hal Crawford discusses his project Share Wars, looking at what people share on the Internet and why important and interesting needn't be mutually exclusive.  Listen online

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Melissa Chan on being expelled from China

7 November 2013

ABC Radio National Media Report

Public Knowledge Forum speaker Melissa Chan was the first foreign correspondent in 14 years to be expelled from China when she was reporting there for Al Jazeera English. So what happened and does she think she'll ever be able to go back? Listen online

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The ABC is of the Left. It is a deceit to claim this is false or irrelevant

6 November 2013

News.com.au

The relationship between objectivity and truth came under the microscope during a panel at the Centre's Public Knowledge Forum. News blogger Andrew Bolt says this proves that even Australia's public broadcaster is susceptible to subjectivity in its reporting. Read more

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Plunging into the Deep Web

6 November 2013

ABC TV The Drum

Public Knowledge Forum speaker and TIME Washington correspondent Jay Newton-Small discusses her investigations into the murky, anonymous and often criminal world of the Deep Web as well as the latest in US politics. Watch online

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Life beyond the US government shutdown

6 November 2013

Sky Business

Convener of the Public Knowledge Forum and national correspondent for The Atlantic James Fallows discusses the implications of the US government shutdown on the global economy and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Watch online

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Ted Cruz's global pomposity

6 November 2013

US News & World Report

US News & World Report managing editor Robert Schlesinger is visiting Australia to speak at the Centre's Public Knowledge Forum. While in Sydney, he heard word of a telling 1995 encounter between Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and Australia's shadow minister for finance Tony Burke. Read more

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Chasing the holy grail of balance in news reporting

6 November 2013

Fairfax Media

The digital revolution is ushering in a return to older styles of journalism. That was one of the many insights Public Knowledge Forum panellist Jonathan Holmes heard discussed during the day, which also explored the role of a public broadcaster in a democracy. Read article

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The changing face of journalism

5 November 2013

ABC TV The World

New York University professor Jay Rosen discusses the changing face of journalism and what that means for democracy based on his presentations and discussions at the Public Knowledge ForumWatch online

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China lashes out at foreign media

5 November 2013

Australia Network Newsline

China's foreign ministry has lashed out at international media for linking a fatal car crash to China's treatment of Muslim Uighurs. Al Jazeera America journalist and Public Knowledge Forum speaker Melissa Chan, who was expelled from China last year, discusses the challenges of reporting on the country.  Watch online

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Turning back the clock on keeping governments accountable

5 November 2013

ABC News Radio and Radio Australia

Public Knowledge Forum speaker and Al Jazeera America reporter Melissa Chan discusses the challenges of reporting from China and how revelations about the surveillance state in America have changed how journalists work and keep governments accountable.  Listen online

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Reasons for optimism in journalism's future

5 November 2013

ABC TV The Drum

The Centre's Public Knowledge Forum has revealed that although some segments of the media like local accountability journalism and investigative reporting are in decline, the business continues to thrive. PKF convener and national correspondent at The Atlantic James Fallows discusses the forum and the latest in US politics. Watch online

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NSA scandal 'more heat than light'

5 November 2013

Sky News Agenda

Public Knowledge Forum speaker Mary Kissel from the Wall Street Journal discusses the latest in US politics from the broadening NSA spying scandal to the troubled roll-out of the Affordable Care Act, as well as her view on the future of journalism.  Watch online

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Conrad Black sums up the US: It's become a silly country

5 November 2013

The Sydney Morning Herald and Fairfax Media

Although Public Knowledge Forum speaker Conrad Black is no declinist, he says the US has suddenly become a very "silly country." In a lunch time conversation with former Australian foreign minister Bob Carr at the forum, Black expounded on US foreign policy, debt, and the justice system. Read article

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Navigating the boundaries between journalism and activism

5 November 2013

ABC Classic FM Midday with Margaret Throsby

In a wide-ranging interview, speaker at the Centre's Public Knowledge Forum and Brooking Institution scholar Jonathan Rauch discusses his life and work, including his writing on topics from gay marriage and intorversion to public policy and number inflation. Listen Online

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Media baron Black approves of Abbott

5 November 2013

Australian Financial Review

George W Bush was a "bonehead" president and the US an increasingly "silly country" with an "incoherent foreign policy", according to Public Knowledge Forum speaker Conrad Black, but the author and former owner of Fairfax likes what he sees in Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Read more

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Fight the power

5 November 2013

The Australian

The Australian's Strewth column covers the ins and outs of the Centre's Public Knowledge Forum, including author and former Fairfax owner Conrad Black's thoughts on the US justice system and former Australian foreign minister Bob Carr's take on Mitt Romney. Read article

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Making journalism public

4 November 2013

ABC Radio National Late Night Live

Speakers at the Centre's Public Knowledge Forum and veteran US journalists Jay Rosen and John B. Judis discuss how the recent US shutdown augers for the future of both political parties, as well as how the media can serve the public interest when the public themselves are now becoming involved in the media. Listen online

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US spying scandal widens to Australia

4 November 2013

Sky News Late Agenda

Australia may now be implicated in the NSA espionage scandal that has already seen the alleged tapping of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's phone and large-scale surveillance of US citizens. Public Knowledge Forum speaker Eugene Robinson from the Washington Post discusses the domestic and global implications. 


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Why Bob Carr loves Fox News

4 November 2013

The Sydney Morning Herald and Fairfax Media

Public Knowledge Forum speakers Bob Carr and Conrad Black had much to discuss during their lunch time session at the forum. Among the topics: why Carr, the former Australian foreign minister, is so delighted with Fox News. Read article

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The business of business journalism

4 November 2013

2SER The Fourth Estate

In a wide-ranging discussion, a panel of media commentators and experts discuss the issues raised by the Public Knowledge Forum in Sydney and discuss the thriving business of business journalism, including comments by the Wall Street Journal'Mary Kissel. Listen online

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After Canberra, Bob Carr lets loose

4 November 2013

Sky News Online

The Iraq War and a 2012 encounter with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney were among the topics former Australian foreign minister Bob Carr turned his attention to the lunch time session of the Centre's Public Knowledge Forum. Carr was joined in conversation by author and former owner of Fairfax Media Conrad BlackRead article

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Objective journalism unprofitable in new media age

4 November 2013

The Australian

Thomas Paine would be a blogger if he were alive today, "Old Testament" style journalism is making a comeback, and viewers don't seem to want impartial reporting. These were some of the insights from Walter Russell Mead, Jay Rosen, and Jonathan Holmes at a session on the nature of journalism at the Centre's inaugural Public Knowledge Forum. Read article

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Ending Obama's 'out of control' surveillance

4 November 2013

ABC Radio The World Today

Centre visiting professor James Fallows discusses the Public Knowledge Forum he's convening on the future of journalism and democracy, and calls on President Barack Obama to rein in the US government's surveillance of its citizens, saying it is now 'out of control'. Listen online

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Conrad Black endorses digital future

4 November 2013

The Australian

The future of journalism and its impact on democracy came under scrutiny at Life After Truth, a Festival of Dangerous Ideas event co-sponsored by the Centre. Public Knowledge Forum speaker Conrad Black considered this issue, along with the US justice system and whistleblower Edward Snowden, at the event. Read article

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No end in sight for Washington crises

4 November 2013

Sky News AM Agenda

TIME Washington correspondent and Public Knowledge Forum speaker Jay Newton-Small looks at the cycle of dysfunction in Congress and says the manufactured crises will most likely continue well into the new year. Watch online

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What makes a compelling story?

4 November 2013

ABC Local Radio Melbourne

Narrative, angle, reliability, personality, headlines, timing, facts – these are just some of the myriad of factors that can make the difference between journalism that changes government and society and stories that fall by the way side. Public Knowledge Forum speaker and journalism professor at NYU Jay Rosen looks at what makes the future of ‘important’ journalism. Listen online

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NSA revelations do international damage

4 November 2013

ABC TV News Breakfast

Public Knowledge Forum speaker and Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson discusses the domestic and international damage the NSA surveillance revelations have done to the Obama presidency and changing role of the media that the scandal has revealed. Watch online

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Old testament and new testament journalism

3 November 2013

PressThink

In this preview of his presentation at the Public Knowledge Forum, New York University professor Jay Rosen explains the difference between "old testament" and "new testament" journalism, and why reporters like Glenn Greenwald represent the old tradition. Read more

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In Conversation with Mary Kissel

1 November 2013

The Conversation

Despite the gloom surrounding the future of media, technological changes present new opportunities for quality journalism, says Wall Street Journal editorial board member Mary Kissel. Kissel is a research associate at the Centre and is in Australia to speak at the Public Knowledge Forum. Read more

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The decline of print doesn't mean the end of journalism

29 October 2013

The Guardian

Traditional journalists now have to contend with a host of web-based rivals, but research associate Mary Kissel, who will appear at the Centre's Public Knowledge Forum, argues the competition will do them good. This article is an extract from an essay published in the current issue of the Centre's quarterly journal American Review. Read article

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Democracy and the media: Leaders debate the future

29 October 2013

The future of democracy and the changing face of journalism are under the spotlight at the Sydney Opera House this week, as leading international experts arrive in Sydney for the inaugural Public Knowledge Forum. Read more

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Conrad Black in Sydney for Public Knowledge Forum

21 October 2013

Former Fairfax owner and author Conrad Black will return to Australia for the first time in more than a decade to speak at the opening of the Public Knowledge Forum at the Sydney Opera House next month. Read more

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New media buying old media

19 September 2013

ABC Radio National Media Report

What happens when a wealthy new media business person buys a distinguished old newspaper in financial decline? Senior reporter at The Washington Post and PKF speaker Eugene Robinson talks about Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' USD $250 million purchase of one of America's most famous newspapers. Listen online

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