The Conversation and the Future of Journalism

Andrew Jaspan, Editor The Conversation

Co-presented with the Sydney Democracy Network


19 August, 2014

In the opening event of this year’s Festival of Democracy, Sydney Democracy Network and Sydney Ideas are excited to host a public lecture by co-founder and editor of The Conversation, Andrew Jaspan. Launched at a time of major upheavals within mainstream media, The Conversation is a unique initiative: a world's first attempt to create a new type of web-based collaboration between academics and journalists, a commitment to publish materials with 'academic rigour, journalistic flair'. Andrew Jaspan will share his thoughts about the emerging role of The Conversation,the 21st-century challenges it facesand the long-term public importance ofopen access information.

Andrew Jaspan’s presentation will be followed by comments by Dr Fiona Martin, a media and communications specialist at the University of Sydney, and Peter Hartcher, political editor and international editor of the Sydney Morning Herald.



Andrew Jaspan founded The Conversation in 2011. He previously edited The Age, he Observer (London), The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday. He was Editor-in-Chief of The Big Issue (London), and he founded and edited the Sunday Herald in Scotland. He is the Asia-Pacific Director for Innovation Media.






Dr Fiona Martin is an ARC Discovery Early Career Research fellow, researching the uses, politics and regulation of online media (internet, web and mobile) and the implications of technological change for media users and industries. She has a particular interest in the evolution of public service media online.





Peter Hartcher is the political editor and international editor of The Sydney Morning Herald. He is a Gold Walkley award winner, a former foreign correspondent in Tokyo and Washington, and a visiting fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy.