Brian Johns Lecture 2018

7 May 2018

5:30 pm - 8:15 pm

Metcalfe Auditorium, State Library of New South Wales, Macquarie Street

Morry Schwartz AM on “SLOW NEWS: Thinking in Public”

‘Fast news’– day-to-day journalism, speeding on its never-ending treadmill, is in all sorts of trouble. Whilst information is becoming ubiquitous, the newspaper business is in trouble. Newsrooms are depleted, papers are closing down, fake news abounds, a torrent of unverified information assaults us on social media.

In this context, ‘slow news’ takes on an important function: to assist the failing press, to slow down the news cycle and to make sense of key events and issues in depth. ‘Slow news’ does not refer to the speed or means of its delivery, rather the time given to formulate it. Like slow food, cooked slowly. Slow news explains, analyses, and offers background and considered opinion on events and movements. It informs the public in depth and gives it access to our best and brightest in the process of ‘thinking in public’.

This carries the positive functions of the press: to shine a light onto the way we are governed, to consider the policies made on our behalf, to report on the doings of power and big business – to give maximum knowledge and understanding to the public, thereby giving them the tools to be effective, participating citizens.

It could be argued that slow news is better at all this than fast news! Slow news has always been with us, carried by all forms of media: books, journals, magazines, newspapers and all forms of electronic media. This talk will address the challenges that thinking in public faces today.

The Brian Johns Lecture is supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.

When: 7 May 2018

Where: Metcalfe Auditorium, State Library of New South Wales, Macquarie Street, SYDNEY

Time: 5:30PM – 8:15PM

RSVP: Register online before the 2nd May to secure your place

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