Storyology 2017 – Brisbane

Day two of The Walkley Foundation’s Storyology featured an industry specific program for journalists.

The day kicked off with freelance journalist Jo Chandler, relating the highs and lows of remote field reporting; those hard to reach and hard to tell stories. US investigative reporter Aaron Glantz advocated digging beneath publicly available facts and discussed the need to share and adapt stories to reach wider audiences.

This linked to a panel of industry insiders discussing the rapidly changing dynamics of the newsroom. Google News Lab’s Irene Liu revealed the role of new technology in gaining, reinforcing and buttressing the trust of audiences. And the ABC’s Kellie Riordan advised the best true crime podcasts are those that tell a societal truth.

From there we listened to Gold Walkley Award winning photojournalist, Andrew Quilty, recounting the stories and moral dilemmas behind his seminal images to Radio National’s Paul Barclay.

BuzzFeed’s Craig Silverman then presented the identification and proliferation of #fakenews and we learnt the tips and tricks to make it work as independent journalists in a variable industry.

The day finished on a pivotal note with an all female panel of industry heavyweights Kathy McLeish, Tracey Spicer, Kay McGrath and Tonya Mosley discussing unconscious bias in the newsroom and the ever-pervasive gender pay gap.

Storyology’s line up of topics and speakers were both invaluable and inspiring for budding and seasoned journalists alike.