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Listen at JNI is a place for stimulating discussion and rational debate of the issues shaping our world. Join journalists, writers, academics, political and community leaders, and inspirational thinkers as we dive into the biggest ideas in journalism and beyond.


Sydney Stories: True crime stories

Three of Sydney’s best storytellers — investigative journalists Kate McClymont and Amber Shultz, and Jack the Insider columnist Peter Hoysted — take us on a trip through the harbour city’s seedy underbelly. Hear the hilarious story of a botched arson job in the city’s eastern suburbs by two incredibly stupid criminals. Relive the murder of boxer Bobby Lee by Australia’s first gangster Chow Hayes. Look back on a conversation with a young priest in a Sydney seminary about addressing the crimes of the Catholic Church. This first Sydney Stories event was hosted by comedian Rebecca De Unamuno at the Judith Neilson Institute, as part of a collaboration between JNI, Phoenix Central Park and Vivid Sydney.

The Guardian’s Pacific Editor Kate Lyons

The Guardian’s Pacific Project launched in 2019, with the support of JNI, to provide more quality journalism on the region and to give talented Pacific journalists new opportunities to tell stories in their own voices. Overseeing the project is Pacific Editor Kate Lyons, who has built a network of talented journalists, photographers and filmmakers throughout the region. Listen at JNI sat down with Kate Lyons to discuss the challenges and delights of working on the Pacific Project.

SBS Audio and Language Content Director David Hua

SBS started as a radio service in 1975 broadcasting in a handful of languages. Today it broadcasts in more than 60 languages and has recently launched a new 24-hour multilingual news channel and a service to help migrants learn English. Listen at JNI spoke with SBS’ Director of Audio and Language Content, David Hua, to find out more about the new projects and how the public broadcaster’s role has changed over the decades.

Innovation highlight — The Age’s graphic novella

In this innovation highlight, JNI’s David Skapinker talks to The Age‘s social affairs editor Jewel Topsfield and illustrator Matt Davidson about creating ‘Jack’s story’, an innovative, graphic novel-style story about a teenager struggling with his sexuality and isolation during Melbourne’s Covid lockdown.

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The Editors: Anthony De Ceglie, Editor-in-Chief, The West Australian

Anthony De Ceglie is Editor-in-Chief of Seven West Media’s newspapers in Western Australia, encompassing The West Australian, The Weekend West, The Sunday Times, thewest.com.au, perthnow.com.au and 19 other regional newspapers. He delivered the second in JNI’s lecture series, The Editors, which provides some of Australia’s newsroom leaders the opportunity to take a step back from news deadlines to examine the purpose and practice of journalism.

Inside the Media Scrum: Bonus episode — Laura Tingle

7.30’s chief political correspondent Laura Tingle joined Malcolm Farr for the seventh episode of Inside the Media Scrum. This is the full recording of their discussion, in which they consider the final days of the election campaign, whether the media have covered the campaign well enough, and what Scott Morrison’s absence from ABC programs means for journalists and voters.

Breakdown of the Media Scrum

The election race has been run and won, and the media’s performance has been one of the key talking points throughout the campaign. In the final episode of Inside the Media Scrum, Malcolm Farr and Amanda Copp look back at what the media got right and, in some cases, very wrong. They also ponder the future of campaign coverage and the next moves for those who misread public opinion.

Inside the Media Scrum: Episode 7 — The final stretch

7.30’s chief political correspondent Laura Tingle joins Malcolm Farr in the latest episode of Inside the Media Scrum. Together they look at what’s ahead in the final days of the election campaign, how the media have been performing, and what the Prime Minister’s absence from ABC programs means for journalists and voters.

How to write factual longform

The Judith Neilson Institute brought together five acclaimed writers to share their longform storytelling tips — The Saturday Paper’s Rick Morton, Good Weekend’s Amanda Hooton, ABC Background Briefing’s Mahmood Fazal, author and social researcher Rebecca Huntley, and former foreign correspondent and author Nick Bryant.

How to Electrify the World with Dr Saul Griffith

Powering Earth on green electricity is not fanciful thinking according to engineer and inventor Dr Saul Griffith. He has a plan for generating enough renewable energy to fuel our vast continent. And, according to the leading scientist, with some achievable tweaks to the world of business and the way we approach global capitalism, the transition away from fossil fuels can be achieved. Listen to Saul as he charts his solution – which leans on the help of an unlikely cohort: the Country Women’s Association…

Inside the Media Scrum: Episode 6 — Bush politics

With two weeks to go in the federal election campaign, is the media missing a trick by ignoring regional and rural issues and voters? Amanda Copp speaks with political journalist Jamieson Murphy from The Land about Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce’s retail politics, and what the media is missing out on. Plus more on the gotcha moments that are putting the media at the centre of the election.

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