The news cycle has seemingly accelerated from 24 hours to warp speed. But what happens when nothing matters long enough to matter anymore? From Trump’s scandals to homegrown ministerial fiascos, digital outlets are breaking news to our screens with increasing velocity – and we’re posting and tweeting commentary into ever more partisan echo chambers. Sydney Morning Herald journalist Kate McClymont, Vanity Fair correspondent Gabriel Sherman, NBC News reporter Katy Tur and ABC 7.30’s Monique Schafter talk to the Wheeler Centre’s Sophie Black about what’s being lost in the churn and how it’s reshaping society.
Supported by UNSW Arts & Social Sciences.
Katy Tur (International)
Katy Tur is a correspondent for NBC News and an anchor for MSNBC. Tur is the recipient of a 2017 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism. Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History became an instant New York Times Bestseller. She lives in New York City.
Gabriel Sherman (International)
Gabriel Sherman is a special correspondent for Vanity Fair and a regular contributor to NBC News and MSNBC. Until last year, Gabriel served as national-affairs editor at New York Magazine. He is the author of the 2014 New York Times bestseller The Loudest Voice in the Room, about the late Fox News C.E.O., Roger Ailes.
Kate McClymont (Australian)
Kate McClymont is an investigative journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald. She is a five-time Walkley Award-winner. She was named the 2012 NSW Journalist of the Year for her investigations into the Health Services Union and the business activities of former NSW Labor minister, Eddie Obeid. Kate is also the recipient of numerous other awards including six Kennedy awards and the George Munster Award. She is a member of the Senate of Sydney University.
Monique Schafter (Australian)
Monique Schafter is a Walkley Award winning journalist and documentary filmmaker who reports for the ABC’s flagship current affairs program, 7.30. She has interviewed icons such as Academy Award winner Jodie Foster, Russian feminist punk collective Pussy Riot and rock legend Iggy Pop, and has sought out the voices of young asylum seekers, LGBTQI warriors, domestic violence survivors and indigenous trailblazers. Previously, Monique co-hosted the ABC’s ground-breaking current affairs comedy program Hungry Beast, produced by Andrew Denton.
Sophie Black (Australian)
Sophie Black is the content strategist at the Wheeler Centre where she has also acted as head of programming. Previously she was editor-in-chief at Private Media, where she headed up the titles Crikey, Women’s Agenda, SmartCompany, StartUpSmart and Property Observer. In 2013 she delivered the Adelaide Festival of Ideas as Director. She sits on the advisory board for Melbourne University’s Centre for Advancing Journalism. She has written on subjects such as immigration, the publishing and advertising industries, climate change, the media, Indigenous affairs, US and federal politics. Sophie was also deputy editor of the weekly magazine The Reader after working in film and TV production.