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The explosion of information and new platforms is making it harder than ever for journalists to keep up with the news. Objective facts have become less influential in shaping public opinion in this era of 'post truth', with more than 1 in 10 people using social media as their main source of news.

With the dramatic increase  in live news video, messaging apps and User Generated Content, how are traditional news services coping with this rapid onslaught of digital disruption? Can the fact checkers run faster than the fake news creators? Are traditional news  organisations remaining relevant to a younger generation used to bite-sized coverage online or will they eventually go the way of the dinosaurs? What are the opportunities for journos and news organisations to future-proof and stay ahead of the social tsunami?

Join us for TV Talks this month as Anita Jacoby explores these questions and more with three heavy-hitters from the Networks.


Josie MacRae: Head of News Digital, Nine Network

Gaven Morris:  Director of News, ABC TV

Jason Morrison: Director, News and Public Affairs, Seven Network

MC: Anita Jacoby

Guest bios:

Josie MacRae is the Head of News Digital at the Nine Network. Josie joined Nine as the Executive Producer of the Sydney 6pm News in 2009, a role she held for 4 years, before becoming the Deputy News Director.

From 1997 to 2009 Josie was based in London, where she held senior roles including Deputy Editor of Five News and Executive Producer of the Sky News breakfast programme Sunrise.

Prior to this Josie worked as a news reporter in Australia, including positions with Channel Ten and Radio 2GB's Canberra bureau.

Gaven Morrison has extensive experience as a news executive, news editor, reporter and producer.  He spent almost a decade in international news, first at CNN in London as an online and television reporter and as a roving international news producer and senior editor. Prior to his appointment as Director ABC News in 2015, Gaven was Head of News Content for ABC News, a role that saw him 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. His other previous roles include ABC National Editor for ABC News Online and ABC Head of Continuous News.

Jason Morrison is Director of News and Public Affairs at the Seven Network. He originally trained at 2GB in a journalism cadetship program and later completed the Commercial Radio course at AFTRS.

Jason was Director of News at 2GB and on-air Drivetime presenter for several years. He then moved to 2UE as Drivetime presenter for three years before switching to TV when he became newsroom Chief of Staff at Network Ten for five years from 2000, and then News Editor.

Jason returned to radio but regularly appeared in short opinion slots of various national morning television shows including Sunrise. He joined the Seven Network in his current position in 2015.

MC Anita Jacoby has created award-winning content across most genres for every FTA broadcaster and Foxtel. Most recently she was Managing Director of ITV Studios Australia where she was responsible for the implementation of new digital, commercial and content strategies as well as the commissioning of ‘The Chase’ and ‘I’m A Celebrity’. Prior to that she managed Zapruder’s others films for ten years alongside Andrew Denton, co-creating hundreds of hours of original programming including ‘Enough Rope’, ‘The Gruen Transfer’ and ‘Elders’.

Anita has worked as a news journalist/reporter and produced for ’60 Minutes’, ‘Sunday’ and ‘Witness’.

She currently sits on the ACMA (Australian Communications & Media Authority), Women in Media and is a non-executive director on a number of boards. In 2013 she established the annual Jacoby Walkley Scholarship for young broadcast journalists.

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