Ethics, Democracy and Journalism

A panel discussion with award-winning journalists

In an era of so-called fake news, where world leaders malign the media and Facebook can determine election outcomes, is journalism still the lauded Fourth Estate? As business models collapse, reality television stars hold the public spellbound and media managers decide who will be interviewed and what they’ll be asked, is news still ‘what somebody does not want you to print’? Has news become advertising? Or do we live in a world that, thanks to the ability to reach millions with a single post, has never been more democratic, and never more able to expose truth, hypocrisy and folly?

WHEN: Postponed
WHERE: Old Boys Lecture Theatre, Newington College
COST: Free
BOOKINGS: via Eventbrite

Moderated by



Helen Pitt is a journalist and Walkley award-winning author

Helen Pitt is a senior culture journalist at The Sydney Morning Herald and a Walkley Award-winning author of The House, the story of the Sydney Opera House. She has edited the opinion and letters pages, Spectrum and over a nearly 40-year career has worked extensively in the US at New York Times Digital and in Europe at TV station Euronews.

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Antoinette Lattouf is a multi award-winning journalist, and a Walkley finalist.

She has worked on a range of news and current affairs programs at the ABC, SBS, Network 10 and triple j. In 2019 she was named among AFR’s 100 Women of Influence. In 2021 Antoinette received a Women’s Agenda Leadership award and the B&T Women in Media Champion of Change award. She is also the co-founder of Media Diversity Australia – a not for profit that seeks to increase cultural and linguistic diversity in mainstream media.

Hugh Riminton is an awardwinning journalist, humanitarian, news presenter and foreign correspondent.

Currently a senior reporter for Network Ten, Hugh has been a foreign correspondent for CNN and the Nine Network and the political editor at Channel Ten. He is a foundation board member of Soldier On, which supports Australian Defence personnel who have suffered through their service in recent wars, and a foundation board member of the John Mac Foundation, a charity set up by NSW Australian of the Year Deng Adut to honour his brother by promoting peace in South Sudan and providing scholarships for people from refugee backgrounds. Hugh has received numerous awards, including two Walkleys, a Logie, honours from the Human Rights Commission and the UN Association Media Award.

Dr Kerrie M Davies is an author, lecturer, and researcher

Dr Kerrie M Davies is the author of A Wife’s Heart (2017), an auto/biography of Henry Lawson’s wife, Bertha Lawson, separation and single parenting. At UNSW, Kerrie teaches journalism in both postgraduate and undergraduate degrees including applied media law and ethics in an international media environment. Her areas of research are life writing; literary journalism/creative non-fiction and new media. Her peer reviewed research has been published in Literary Journalism Studies, the Australian Journalism Review, Ethical Space and Celebrity studies, as well as The Law Society Journal, Meanjin and the Conversation.

Kerrie has appeared at the Sydney Writers’ Festival; the Brisbane Writers Festival and the National Folk Festival. In 2021 Kerrie interviewed author Kate Grenville for SWF. Kerrie’s teaching and research is underpinned by over a decade’s professional practice in national media publications including the Sunday Telegraph, the Weekend Australian, Marie Claire, Vogue Australia and other national monthly and weekly magazines.