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2017 Student Journalist Award: entries open

Entries are open for the 2017 Student Journalist of the Year Award.

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Media Legends of New South Wales

Twenty-eight pioneers inducted into the Australian Media Hall of Fame.

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Young journalists report back on US conference

02 August 2017

2016 Quill Award winning Young and Student Journalists Bridget Judd and Tess Ikonomou, reported back on the International Reporters and Editors conference.

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MPC members win flight prizes

Three members of the Melbourne Press Club have each won $1000 in travel credits with Virgin Australia.

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AFL in new partnership deal with MPC

The Melbourne Press Club has a new corporate partner  – the Australian Football League.

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MPC expresses support for striking Fairfax journalists

The Press Club declares sympathy for journalists at The Age and Sydney Morning Herald who have called a week-long strike in the face of staff cuts.

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MPC membership drive: $3000 in flights to be won

Join the Press Club, renew or maintain your membership for a chance to win one of three $1000 Virgin Australia flight credits.

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Welcome to MPC's new digital home

A space to celebrate Victorian journalism and keep abreast of all the latest Club developments.

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MPC signs new sponsorship deal

The Melbourne Press Club has a new sponsor in dynamic communications consultancy Six O'Clock Advisory.

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Prize-winning young journos report back on US trip

The 2015 Melbourne Press Club YJOY and SJOY recall their time at the Investigative Reporters and Editors Conference

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Adele Ferguson wins the Gold Quill

An expose of the multi-million dollar financial advice scandal at the Commonwealth Bank has won Adele Ferguson the highest honour in Victorian journalism – the Monash Gold Quill.

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Journalist Phillip Knightley dies in Britain

Sunday Times reporter Phillip Knightley has died in England, aged 87.

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Fair dinkum race to the bottom

The immeasurable contribution of tens of thousands of Lebanese Muslims to our country is a story not told often enough by the mainstream media, writes Jim Stiliadis, of Six O'Clock Advisory.

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Vale Mary Owen, feminist champion and Club friend

Feminist, working women’s champion and Melbourne Press Club friend Mary Owen has died, aged 96.

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Vale Peter Luck, Broadcast journalist and writer

"True pioneer of Australian TV journalism" Peter Luck remembered

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Cambodia Daily closes, crackdown intensifies

Independent newspaper The Cambodia Daily closes as government crackdown worsens

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Threatened closure of Cambodian paper a press freedom issue

The Overseas Press Club of Cambodia condemns "lack of due process" in government's threatened closure of paper over tax bill.

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Vale John Allin

Long-time MPC member, journalist and public relations practitioner John Allin has died after an eight-week illness.

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MEAA Timor-Leste press freedom fundraiser

Raimundos Oki narrowly avoided jail over an article he wrote about the Timor-Leste Prime Minister. Hear him speak about press freedom in Timor alongside John Milkins and Damien Kingsbury at the Trades Hall on 31 August.

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Political cartooning - the end of an era

Newspaper cartoons are no longer major components of the central forum that they were in the era of mass media, Robert Phiddian and Haydon Manning write in The Conversation.

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Legendary South Pacific reporter dies

Long-term PNG-based journalist Angus Smales has passed away aged 87.

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Australian Press Council chair resigns

Australian Press Council chair David Weisbrot has announced his resignation after fierce media criticism of the Council's decision to appoint Indigenous activist Carla McGrath as a public member.

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Columnist Mark Day calls it a day

Veteran journalist Mark Day has announced his retirement from daily journalism

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Journalist Jill Singer has died

Melbourne journalist and broadcaster Jill Singer has died after a long career in television, radio and journalism education.

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Mark Colvin dies aged 65

Respected ABC journalist, PM presenter and former foreign correspondent Mark Colvin has died after struggling with a rare auto-immune disease for over 20 years.

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Life after redundancy

The latest round of Fairfax redundancies come as a huge blow to the industry. The New Beats research project looks at what's likely to come next for the staff who'll be leaving.   

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Peter Isaacson memorial

Legendary independent publisher and World War II bomber pilot Peter Isaacson remembered.

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MEAA releases 2017 Press Freedom Report

'The Chilling Effect' details numerous challenges, some old, some new, to the free operation of media in contemporary Australia

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Press Council condemns Australian press freedom erosions

The Australian Press Council is calling on media to stand firm against the alarming erosion of access to information, privacy and protection of sources.

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Feminist champion Mary Owen celebrated

Around 250 people turned out at Melbourne Tow Hall to remember former Press Club member Mary Owen OAM.

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Australian Press Council scholarship to prepare freelancers for war zones

Applications sought for scholarship in hostile environments safety training

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A seriously funny man: vale John Clarke

The death of John Clarke has robbed us of a comic genius

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Panama Papers wins a Pulitzer Prize

The global Panama Papers investigation led by Australian journalist Gerard Ryle has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting.

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Pioneer of community journalism dies

Publisher Peter Isaacson has died, aged 96.

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Press freedom is under attack, not least in Australia

The MEAA's Mike Dobbie paints a grim picture of the situation of the media worldwide in the lead-up to the alliance's annual press freedom report.

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What’s news? Not much…

Six O'Clock Advisory's Mitchell Hunt ponders our choices as consumers and publishers of news

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2016 Student Journalist of the Year

Tess Ikonomou of Monash University has won the 2016 Student Journalist of the Year Award.

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Television pioneer Dan Webb dies

Television pioneer and spaghetti farm reporter Dan Webb has died, aged 92.

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Cartoonist Bill Leak dies, aged 61

Cartoonist Bill Leak has died in hospital of a suspected heart attack.

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Former MPC President Noel Tennison dies

Veteran journalist, raconteur, PR maestro and former Melbourne Press Club president Noel Tennison has died after a short illness.

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Trevor Grant, sports writer and humanitarian, dies

Trevor Grant, one of the finest sports journalists of his generation and a relentless advocate for refugees, has died after a two-year battle with cancer.  

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Facebook to fact-check and adapt standards

Facebook signals change in approach to moderation and misinformation.

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Should this image be photo of the year?

World Press Photo judge Stuart Franklin  strongly opposed to the jury's choice of assassination image

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Monash Vice Chancellor condemns Trump's order banning entry to Muslim migrants

Monash University VC Professor Margaret Gardner says the US President's action "threatens to impede our ability to support the diversity we champion".

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Trump: Lies, damn lies and "alternative facts"

Donald Trump has launched his presidency with a declaration of war on the media and further brazen assaults on truth.

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Trump's insults of journalists must be taken seriously

Alexandra Ellerbeck analyses the threats to journalism and press freedom posed by the incoming Trump administration.

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Legendary WW2 correspondent dies at 105

Clare Hollingworth – the legendary British war correspondent who broke the news of the German invasion of Poland in 1939 – has died in Hong Kong at the age of 105.

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Rinehart loses costs case against Adele Ferguson

A company owned by Gina Rinehart will have to pay Adele Ferguson's legal costs after the failed attempt to force her to reveal her sources for a book about the family.  

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Publisher and journalist found in contempt of court

Yahoo!7 and journalist Krystal Johnson found to have published prejudicial information that caused a murder trial to be aborted.

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Former Age editor Greg Taylor dies

John Tidey pays tribute to the former Age editor and David Syme managing director.   

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Greste calls for repeal of 18C

Journalist Peter Greste has weighed in on section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, calling for "a free and untramelled media".

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APC endorses European call for Facebook dialogue

As a global publisher in all but name, Facebook needs to review and reveal its editorial policy, the Australian Press Council says.

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UN expert slams Australian secrecy laws

A UN special rapporteur has slammed the Australian government's secrecy laws and threats to whistleblowers and journalists in a recently released report.

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Journalists’ sources: free speech under attack

Journalists sources under attack, writes lawyer Justin Quill.  

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Winning streak continues for Adele Ferguson

Adele Ferguson named NSW Journalist of the Year.

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Visiting editor sounds hopeful note on Egypt

If Peter Greste hadn't been arrested, most Australians would never have heard about the media crackdown in Egypt, according to Egyptian journalist Lina Attalah.

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MPC student winner heading to Oxford

Former Melbourne Press Club Student Journalist of the Year Matt Pierri is headed to Oxford University after winning a Rhodes scholarship.

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'Criminalising the Truth': 2016 MEAA press freedom report

On the MEAA 2016 press freedom report Criminalising the Truth, Suppressing the Right to Know

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Australian ‘war on journalism': MEAA press freedom report

Inside the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance 2015 press freedom report.

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Archive

Alexis Daish reports on the IRE conference in Philadelphia

2014 Young Journo of the Year Alexis Daish at the Investigative Reporters and Editors Conference.

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Press Club urges support for Lindt Café memorial charity

The Melbourne Press Club is promoting support for the Katrina Dawson Foundation.

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Four on shortlist for Journalist of the Year

A short list of four entrants has been announced for the 2014 Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year Award.

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Great news of Greste’s release

Journalists around the world have cheered the release after 400 days in Egyptian prisons of Australian journalist Peter Greste.

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Harry Gordon Tribute

Harry Gordon, one of the greatest war correspondents, sports writers and newspaper editors of his generation has died at the age of 89.

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New prize to honour Harry Gordon

The Melbourne Press Club will create a new national journalism prize – the Australian Sports Journalist of the Year Award – to honour Harry Gordon.

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Greste and colleagues mark a year behind bars

Australian journalist Peter Greste and his Al Jazeera colleagues Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed are still trapped in an Egyptian prison – a year after their arrest for doing their job as journalists.

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Eileen Berry Trust to sponsor Press Club

The Melbourne Press Club has a new major media sponsor – The Eileen Berry Trust.

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Press Club denies Greens exclusion

The Melbourne Press Club has denied a claim that Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber was excluded from the recent election debate on transport policy issues between State Transport Minister Terry Mulder and Shadow Minister Jill Hennessy.

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Journalists’ voices must be heard not stolen: Thomson

News Corp chief executive Robert Thomson has called on journalists to fight pomposity and content theft to ensure the future of their craft. Here is the prepared text of his address to the Melbourne Press Club’s 2014 Hall of Fame dinner on Friday, 10 October:

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Journalists on first Anzac convoy remembered

A special commemoration was held in Melbourne on Sunday 19 October to mark the centenary of the first Victorian convoy to embark for World War I.

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Hall of Fame to go national

The new Australian Media Hall of Fame will be formed as soon as possible with the support of industry leaders in other states and territories.

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Melbourne’s first newspaper back in print

The Melbourne Press Club has reprinted Melbourne’s first newspaper as part of the establishment of the Victorian Media Hall of Fame.

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Obama and Abbott press for Peter Greste’s release

US President Barack Obama and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott have personally urged the release of jailed Australian journalist Peter Greste in meetings with Egypt’s leader.

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Press Club gains new sponsor

One of the newest players in Melbourne’s media scene, Mediaxpress, has signed up as a sponsor of the Melbourne Press Club.

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Journalism No Crime

Australian journalist Peter Greste and his Al Jazeera English colleagues Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed have been jailed in Egypt in an outrageous assault on press freedom and the cornerstone of democracy: the right to free speech.

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Statement by Michael Rowland, President of the Press Club

The Melbourne Press Club deplores the jail sentences imposed on Australian journalist Peter Greste and his Al Jazeera colleagues.

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Les Carlyon awarded an AC

Editor, historian and racing writer Les Carlyon has been appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday honours.

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Greste says jailing sends global message on freedoms

Australian journalist Peter Greste has declared his detention with al-Jazeera colleagues in an Egyptian jail is a powerful symbol of press freedom worldwide.

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John Kiely’s novel approach to the world of journalism

Lifetime Melbourne journalist John Kiely has written a fiction novel Press Gang about, yes, the dramatic life of a journalist — exposing political corruption, sex crime, the perils of covering a foreign battle, internal newspaper intrigue, and of course his own love life and family difficulties.

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Wilson wins Australian Journalist of Year award

Veteran football writer Caroline Wilson of The Age won the 2013 Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year Award, the richest prize in journalism, for her outstanding coverage of the Essendon Football Club’s drugs scandal.

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Journalists jailed then bailed as Thai court hears defamation charges

Taking a stand against attempts to silence the media in Thailand, former Age and News Limited senior journalist Alan Morison spent five hours in a small prison cell crowded with 90 prisoners, including a man who admitted killing his girlfriend.

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Chris Reason wins Graham Perkin Award

Seven News senior reporter Chris Reason won Australia’s richest journalism prize for his outstanding coverage of the Lindt Café siege.

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Aliyah Stotyn wins 2013 Student Journalist of the Year

The 2013 Student Journalist of the Year is Aliyah Stotyn from Melbourne University. The award, presented by The Melbourne Press Club and sponsored by the Vizard Foundation, was announced at the Club’s annual Quill Awards dinner on Friday, 21 March.

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Secret Tapes Expose wins Herald Sun Top Victorian Journalism Award

The publication of secret tapes revealing deep divisions within the state government which led to the downfall of Premier Ted Baillieu, has won Herald Sun reporter James Campbell, Victoria’s top journalism prize—the $5000 Monash University Gold Quill.

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Australian editor and partner face jail in Thailand

Former senior Age editor and News Corp journalist Alan Morison says he has been overwhelmed by support he has received over a defamation lawsuit launched by the Royal Thai Navy, including from supporters in Melbourne.

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Media shield survives Rinehart’s opening barrage

Let there be no confusion. Journalists’ sources are under unprecedented challenge. In 2007 we saw two Herald Sun reporters convicted of contempt of court for refusing to disclose sources.

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Legal Update for Journalists - 2013 Press Freedom Report

Melbourne Press Club committee member and senior partner at Minter Ellison, Peter Bartlett, has written a review of events in media law as part of the 2013 Walkley Press Freedom Report. Here is his summary of how media law is developing.

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The truth about online news

We hear so much about the imminent death of traditional media. Newspapers being replaced by online sites and TV reporters overtaken by so called video journalists. But I’m urging people, don’t be so quick to happily bang that final nail into the coffin and immediately jump ship to online sites. By far the best results for businesses are seen when they’re featured in a print article in a daily or a TV story during a 6pm bulletin.

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‘Babes’ bite back: there’s no glamour in TV news

In a recent article, retired scribe Geoffrey Barker lambasted perky, blonde reporters for dumbing down television journalism. Not surprisingly, the ‘news babes’ in his sights were unimpressed, not to mention insulted and angry.

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Redundancies herald a new age

Like so many in Melbourne’s media, Seven News reporter Kate Osborn was shocked when people she’d admired and worked alongside began snapping up redundancies. The loss of experience was impossible to fathom. So, a few months on, how has the industry fared? And what hope remains for the future and those of us left?

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Shedding light on the dark side

There are times in most journalists’ careers when they glance over the fence at the greener grass of public relations and wonder what it would be like to jump. Former Seven News reporter Alicia Hall switched teams eighteen months ago, and offers valuable perspective.

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