Trust and truth in the digital age: challenges facing news organisations


University of Technology Sydney, Great Hall, 15 Broadway, Ultimo, NSW 2007. Access to the Great Hall is via the main stairs in the level 4 foyer or via the lifts to level 5

The ABC, University of Technology Sydney and First Draft invite you to a free public lecture on one of the most important issues facing journalism today: Trust and truth in the digital age.

This discussion will be hosted by Walkley Award-winning journalist Paul Barclay, host of ABC Radio National Big Ideas, with a welcome address from UTS Professor of Journalism Practice Peter Fray.

Tickets are free but are strictly limited and booking is essential. Access to the Great Hall is via the main stairs in the level 4 foyer or via the lifts to level 5

Guest speakers on the panel include:

Malachy Browne, a journalist and editor who has pioneered international investigative reporting via eyewitness media and community engagement. In April 2016, he joined the video team at the New York Times to work on its breaking news and off-platform initiatives. Before joining The Times, Malachy was Managing Editor at where he led exclusive investigations into the active export of Italian arms used to bomb Yemen, and the relocation of asylum seekers in the Calais ‘Jungle’ camp around France. Malachy also worked as News Editor at the news agency Storyful for almost four years. He is also a member of the Technology Advisory Board of the Prosecutor’s office at the International Criminal Court.

Kim Bui, a “journalist, nerd and future-thinker” and until recently,’s deputy managing editor. She’s also an Adjunct Professor at the Annenberg School for Journalism and Communication at the University of Southern California and co-founder of #wjchat, a weekly Twitter chat for web journalists. Previously, she worked at Digital First Media on the Breaking News team. She has also worked on mobile projects for South California’s Public Radio station KPCC, bridging the gap between the editorial and technologists. In the past, she’s managed KPCC’s ongoing commitment to social media and engagement on and off the Web.

Andy Carvin, the former head of, the global reporting team at First Look Media. Prior to First Look, Andy was senior strategist at NPR’s social media desk, where he led NPR’s efforts to integrate social media into the newsroom. Since 2006, Andy has pioneered NPR’s use of Twitter and Facebook in its reporting, most notably during the Arab Spring, during which he used social media to become a virtually embedded reporter among revolutionary groups. For this work, Andy won a 2012 Knight Batten Award for journalism innovation and was named Best Journalist on Twitter during the 2012 Shorty Awards. He was also a finalist for the TIME 100 list of the 100 most influential people in the world. He is also the author of Distant Witness, a book about his experiences using social media to cover the Arab Spring.

Claire Wardle, who leads Strategy and Research at First Draft. She was previously the Research Director at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School, head of social media for the UN Refugee Agency and Director of News Services for Storyful. She developed the social media curriculum for BBC News, training over 4000 journalists around the world. She has led two substantial research projects investigating how user-generated content is handled by news organizations and co-funded Eyewitness Media Hub. She also sits on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Information and Entertainment.