Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Media Challenges: Guardian Australia's Lenore Taylor at Progress 2017

Lenore Taylor, award-winning journalist and editor of Guardian Australia, gave a lightning talk at Progress 2017 in Melbourne on 7 June.



Lenore outlined some of the challenges facing the media, both old and new. In particular Google and Facebook are soaking up advertising revenue and have become publishers of news not just tech companies. However, they do not have the same accountability as other news organisations. Online advertising supports often false or fake news that goes viral but:

It increasingly difficult, extremely difficult, to fund the in-depth policy journalism or political journalism or investigative journalism that holds politicians to account or gives voters the information that they need in elections to make informed choices.

Lenore also discussed their new membership model for revenue raising.

The two-day event was organised by the Centre for Australian Progress.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Disability Activist Carly Findlay at Progress 2017

Carly Findlay, appearance activist and writer, speaks at the Progress 2017 gathering in Melbourne on 7 June:



Carly outlined the challenges facing disability feminists.

We are excluded from employment, from buildings. We are placed in group homes, separated schools. Some disabled people are paid a measly $2.79 an hour.

We are excluded from female relationships because our disability, politics and pride are too confronting. We are excluded from feminism.

She has recently been on ABC's You Can't Ask That and Cyber Hate with Tara Moss.

The event was organised by the Centre for Australian Progress.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

GetUp's Shen Narayanasamy: lessons from the campaign for those seeking asylum in Australia

GetUp's Shen Narayanasamy shares lessons from Asylum Seeker Campaigning at the Progress 2017 gathering in Melbourne on 7 June:



GetUp is an Australian progressive campaigning community.

Shen outlines three of their strategies: to change public opinion; to break the bi-partisan political consensus; and to end corporate involvement in detention centres.

One of the current campaigns is called No Business in Abuse

The two-day event was organised by the Centre for Australian Progress.

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Fight Inequality: Sally McManus' Rally Cry at Progress 2017

Sally McManus, Secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, addresses the Progress 2017 gathering in Melbourne on 7 June:

If you want to fight inequality, join us! If you think all workers, no matter who they are, deserve the right to paid sick days or paid annual leave, when they're sick or at the end of the year, join us! If you believe there should be limits on corporate greed, then join us!



The two-day event was organised by the Centre for Australian Progress. Digital Storytellers shared some highlights:



More video coming.

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