Adrian Atkins, former partner of the late John Newfong, accepts the induction award on Newfong’s behalf. Picture by Mat Lynn
Another 48 greats of national journalism have been inducted into the Australian Media Hall of Fame.
They include world-famous war cameramen Neil Davis and David Brill, TV legends Ray Martin and Geraldine Doogue, magazine queen Dulcie Boling, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Pat Oliphant and ground-breaking Aboriginal journalist John Newfong.
Also honoured was the celebrated former political editor of The Age and The Australian, Michael Gordon, a champion of social justice journalism who died suddenly in February this year.
The inductions were announced at a gala dinner in Melbourne that completed the national foundation of the Media Hall of Fame – a decade-long project of the Melbourne Press Club.
Launched in Victoria in 2012, the Media Hall of Fame last year expanded to include NSW. This year’s inductees include greats from Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania and the territories.
The Australian Media Hall of Fame seeks to demonstrate the importance and public benefit of journalism in the face of threats from digital disruption and political interference.
“The achievements of these extraordinary men and women shows the abiding importance of great journalism for our democracy and why we should celebrate and defend it,” Melbourne Press Club CEO Mark Baker said.
The Advisory Panel for this year’s nominations was former editor of The Age Michael Smith, former editor-in-chief of The Australian Chris Mitchell, media historian Bridget Griffen-Foley of Macquarie University and Mike Bowers, photographer-at-large for The Guardian.
The full list of November 2018 inductees
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Visit the Australian Media Hall of Fame website to see profiles of all of the inductees.