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2024 events

The Edit: Finding focus – a career in photojournalism

16 July 2024

This Edit event will discuss those challenges, starting with how to find your way in the job, to wrestling with AI, issues of verification, how to cover big events and what it takes to land that unforgettable image.

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Media Freedom and Democracy in Hong Kong: The Trial of Jimmy Lai

04 July 2024

Join our panel to discuss the case and its far-reaching implications across the region.

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Masterclass: Finding New Ways to Fight Misinformation with Neil Varcoe

02 July 2024

This special session will provide tips, insights and fresh perspectives that can help working journalists deal with the rising tide of misinformation.

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Webinar series: The battle against mis/disinformation

04 June 2024

It's the curse of the information age - the 'facts' that aren't what they claim to be, the 'statements' that seem reliable but aren't. This is the challenge for journalists and media workers - identifying and dealing with misinformation and disinformation. 

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Victorian Chamber and Melbourne Press Club present State Budget Lunch with Tim Pallas MP

08 May 2024

Join us at the prestigious CENTREPIECE at Melbourne Park for the highly anticipated State Budget Lunch with distinguished guest, Tim Pallas MP.

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AI: After the Chat

24 April 2024

In an information environment where Artificial Intelligence is becoming all-pervasive, how do journalists and the broader media industry come to terms with AI chatbots' impact on their work? What can corporate Australia's embrace of AI reveal about how the media can navigate this new era? And what do journalists need to understand about how AI impacts their relationships with organisations who traditionally rely on the media for reaching their audience?

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Masterclass: TikTok reporting with Matilda Boseley and Grace McKinnon

10 April 2024

Two years after our last TikTok discussion, the platform is more successful than ever. In this MasterClass, we bring back by popular demand our two guests, Guardian Australia’s Matilda Boseley and the ABC’s Grace McKinnon, to discuss how reporters can best use TikTok in the changed environment of 2024.

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On the Frontline: Multicultural Media's Vital Role in Public Interest Journalism

22 March 2024

A rare opportunity to convene and hear a range of speakers discuss the role of multicultural media in public interest journalism.

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29th Quill Awards Dinner

15 March 2024

Join us to celebrate the announcement of 30 individual Quill Award winners, plus the Perkin, Gordon, and Student Journalist of the Year prizes.

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The Edit: How to build your career in journalism

29 February 2024

Join Neary Ty from Nine, Lyndal Rowlands from Al Jazeera and Daniel McCulloch from the Australian Associated Press for a discussion on how to build your journalism career.

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2023 events

Melbourne Press Club Trivia Night 2023

16 November 2023

It's the inaugural Melbourne Press Club Trivia Night, an opportunity to catch-up with friends and colleagues, and test your trivia knowledge.

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The Edit: How to get a job in journalism

25 October 2023

There’s no guaranteed way to score a gig in journalism, but certain skills and experiences make candidates stand out.

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Defamation law reform: where next?

19 October 2023

It’s been two years since significant reforms to Australian defamation law. In this seminar, which builds on a forum in 2022, experts on law reform, defamation and journalism reflect on how the laws are working, and what further reforms are needed.

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The Edit | Podcasting: great journalism for the ears

05 September 2023

Hear from our three guests – Janak Rogers, Jo Lauder and Richard Baker – on what it takes to transform a podcast into a memorable piece of journalism.

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The World Cup, women’s sport and journalism: where to from here?

08 August 2023

Join us for this important discussion with a stellar panel of athletes and experts, including Gabriela Garton, Nana Owusu-Afriyie, Marnie Vinall and Dr Kasey Symons

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Nick McKenzie: telling the truth about a national hero

13 July 2023

It was a military scandal revealed in a series of stories about the real face of one of the nation’s most famous SAS soldiers and culminated in what’s been called the ‘Defamation Trial of the Century’.

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The Edit: Court reporting

11 July 2023

Our courts are filled with compelling stories of colourful characters, fights for justice and societal change - but the court reporting round also poses plenty of challenges if you’re not familiar with how the system works.

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An evening with Thomas Mayo

06 July 2023

In a special event, the Melbourne Press Club and the University of Melbourne are hosting an evening with Uluru Statement from the Heart signatory and Indigenous advocate Thomas Mayo.

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How to write (good) and better with Andrew Rule

29 June 2023

Andrew Rule tells big stories for a living. The end result is a decorated career – twice winner of the Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year, a Gold Quill, a Gold Walkley, a shelf full of books, from a bumper biography of a media tycoon (Kerry Stokes), to the story of a remarkable horse (Winx), and including a range of true crime books, many with John ‘Sly’ Silvester.

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John Pesutto – the Liberal vision for Victoria

14 June 2023

Since he took over the Liberal leadership last December, the Victorian Opposition leader has not only had to deal with a re-elected Labor government but also internal partyroom issues that threatened to derail his agenda.

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See the 2023 State Budget Lunch with Tim Pallas MP

24 May 2023

Presented by the Melbourne Press Club and Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

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Watch now: How to report the State Budget

18 May 2023

This lunchtime Masterclass with Richard Willingham, Heidi Murphy and Josh Gordon will give you a chance to hear all the best tips and ask questions about what to look for on budget day. 

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Pandemedia – how COVID changed journalism

02 May 2023

A special event marking the release of the book Pandemedia – how COVID changed journalism

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The Edit: How to break a story

26 April 2023

What does it take to lead the news agenda? Where do you find the angle to push a running story in a new direction? What are the tools journalists need to get their first big break?

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2023 Media Iftar Dinner

13 April 2023

The Melbourne Press Club and the Australian Intercultural Society invite you to the 4th Media Iftar Dinner on Thursday 13 April 2023.

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28th Quill Awards dinner

24 March 2023

The 28th MPC Quill Awards dinner will be held on Friday 24 March 2023

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AI and the future of journalism

22 February 2023

How much of a threat to journalism is AI? Could artificial intelligence actually drive new opportunities for journalists? And what does it mean for us as information consumers?

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2022 events

Watch now: Reporting on suicide and mental illness

15 November 2022

A Masterclass featuring Rachel Green, Osher Günsberg, Dr Jaelea Skehan & Sophie Scott

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Reporting on state elections

07 November 2022

SYN Media is partnering with the Melbourne Press Club to bring ‘Reporting on state elections’ to young journalists ahead of the 2022 Victorian election.

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The great Australian dream, riding a perfect storm

21 October 2022

An MPC corporate lunch with real estate and finance leaders on the future of Victoria's property sector.

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Defamation Nation - Current cases and the reform agenda

18 October 2022

Is defamation law reform working for plaintiffs, the media or the public?

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The Edit: How to get a job in journalism

12 October 2022

A panel of media professionals who hire staff answer your questions about getting a foot in the door.

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Bringing the T20 World Cup together

05 October 2022

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Local Organising Committee CEO Michelle Enright on this year's event.

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Webinar – Funding your important social justice story

29 September 2022

Join us to hear what judges of the Michael Gordon Journalism Fellowships look for in a story pitch, ask questions about application criteria and ideas, and learn more about Michael and the importance of this program.

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Storytelling: CALD journalist round table

28 September 2022

Join Tito Ambyo and Osman Faruqi for a frank and fearless round table conversation about the next steps we need to take beyond ‘diversity’.

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No State Of Rest – The rise and rise of Victorian racing

28 September 2022

New Racing Victoria chief executive Andrew Jones on the future of Victorian Thoroughbred Racing.

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Book club: Anita Jacoby – When truth is more fascinating than fiction

31 August 2022

Join us for a special Book Club event with Anita Jacoby, in conversation with MPC president Ashlynne McGhee, and hear the stories behind a true-life mystery and what happens when world and local history collide with family secrets.

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Bachar Houli on sport’s power to connect communities

24 August 2022

Richmond’s Bachar Houli understands the capacity sport has to promote social cohesion and bring people together on and off the field.

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Masterclass: Investigating fraud with Sarah Danckert, Matt Fehon AM & Jason Preston

28 July 2022

Find out how to find and research stories about fraud, and how to cover your own legal bases as you go, at this special MPC Masterclass event.

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Masterclass webinar: How the media can amplify young voices

13 July 2022

Learn from young people and the journalists reporting on them how the media can elevate representation of Australia's youth.

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[SOLD OUT] The Edit: Reporting on TikTok

22 June 2022

TikTok has taken the online world by storm, with a claimed one billion users tuning into the social media platform for entertainment and information. So how can journalists break through the lip syncs and loops to tell the news and knock back misinformation?

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Masterclass: Public information mining with Ben Butler and Chris Vedelago

01 June 2022

Learn how to navigate the opaque – and often hostile – public information channels of freedom of information, business, property and court searches.

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The Edit: Lessons from a professional freelancer

25 May 2022

Freelance journalism may seem a daunting career choice, but once you find your feet it can be a rewarding one.

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State Budget Lunch with Tim Pallas MP

04 May 2022

The day after handing down the 2022-23 State Budget, Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas will outline its key features and impact on Victoria’s economic recovery.

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Media Iftar Dinner 2022

28 April 2022

The Melbourne Press Club & the AIS are delighted to host this annual Ramadan lftar dinner

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The future for Victorian business with VCCI's Paul Guerra

28 April 2022

How are Victorian businesses recovering from the pandemic? What challenges lie ahead? Can we boost the state’s recovery while securing its future?

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Jon Faine: A true tall tale

20 April 2022

The pitch for Jon Faine’s new book reads more like a work of fiction than a biography.

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Webinar: Resilience and reinvention after Upheaval

13 April 2022

We are used to hearing discussion of the media focus on lay-offs, shut-downs, attacks and declining revenue, but is the industry on the verge of a long-awaited uptick?

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The Edit: How to interview media trained talent

06 April 2022

Matilda Marozzi speaks with the director of Melbourne University’s Centre for Advancing Journalism, Andrew Dodd, to get tips on how to get around media trained talent.

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Sally Capp on bringing Melbourne back

06 April 2022

Melbourne has endured one of the longest COVID-19 lockdown periods of any city in the world, but the experience has only fortified its resolve.

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The 2021 Quill Awards Dinner

18 March 2022

Booking are open for our annual gala dinner celebrating exceptional journalism

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Masterclass: Data Journalism with Craig Butt

23 February 2022

Hear from award-winning journalist Craig Butt on how to create exceptional data-driven stories at this special MPC Masterclass event.

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The Edit: Responsible Reporting in the age of disinformation

08 February 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to an onslaught of misinformation and disinformation propagated by those with vested interests.

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2021 events

Signing off: Outgoing ABC news chief Gaven Morris

01 December 2021

Having stewarded ABC News for six years, Gaven Morris has announced he will soon depart the national broadcaster. What lies ahead for both him and Aunty?

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The Edit: How to pitch a story

17 November 2021

How should you approach an editor, what do you cover in your pitch, and what considerations should you make if working as a freelancer?

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Lisa Millar: Daring to Fly

10 November 2021

Join us for a special in-person Book Club event with Lisa, moderated by her ABC News Breakfast co-host Michael Rowland.

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Victoria’s Truth and Justice Process

21 October 2021

Wurundjeri and Ngurai illum Wurrung woman Sue-Anne Hunter and Victorian Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Prevention of Family Violence and Women Gabrielle Williams on the Victorian truth and justice process

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The Edit: The importance of images

29 September 2021

Join us for our upcoming Edit webinar with Chris Gillett and Tia Kass on the importance of images in print, TV, and digital journalism, discussing the similarities and differences between illustrations and the power of an image in helping a story cut through.

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Reporting, newsrooms and mental health

22 September 2021

Now more than ever journalists and news crews must take extra care of their mental health as they report on the issues of the day.

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The Media and Health Literacy

08 September 2021

What is the media's role in communicating medical news?

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The Edit: Talking Ticker with Ahron Young

11 August 2021

Hear first-hand from Ahron Young, CEO and managing editor of streaming media outlet Ticker NEWS, about his life as a reporter and how he built a next-generation online media company.

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Planning Victoria’s post-COVID Business Recovery

07 July 2021

VCCI Chief Executive Paul Guerra on Victorian business' post-COVID recovery.

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From the ground in India

06 July 2021

Perspectives of a journalist and a humanitarian

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The Edit: How to report on sexual assault

23 June 2021

Learn how to report on sexual assault sensitively, ethically, and legally while protecting yourself from vicarious trauma.

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The Girl Remains: Katherine Firkin in conversation with Corrie Perkin

03 June 2021

Melbourne journalist-turned-crime writer Katherine Firkin to discuss her new thriller.

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2021 Post-Budget Lunch with Tim Pallas MP

21 May 2021

Presented by Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Melbourne Press Club

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The Edit: Talking TV and correspondence with Alexis Daish

20 May 2021

Join us for our first in-person Edit event in over a year.

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Media Iftar Dinner 2021

11 May 2021

Join us for a special Ramadan Iftar dinner hosted by the Australian Intercultural Society

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Masterclass: Court reporting with Judge Liz Gaynor and lawyer Justin Quill

27 April 2021

Hear from leading legal voices and boost your court reporting skillset at a special Melbourne Press Club Masterclass event.

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2020 events

The Social and Emotional Toll of a Pandemic

16 December 2020

With Professor Patrick McGorry and State Coroner John Cain

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Victoria's Energy Future

08 December 2020

Watch the recap of our webinar with Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio

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The High Road with Laura Tingle

04 December 2020

ABC 7.30 chief political correspondent discusses her new Quarterly Essay with Corrie Perkin-

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Creativity: A short and cheerful guide

30 November 2020

John Cleese discusses how everyone can find time to be creative.

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The Edit: How to land a job in journalism

26 November 2020

A special panel of editors talk about getting started in journalism

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Jane Harper in conversation with Corrie Perkin

25 November 2020

A special book club webinar discussing the author's new book The Survivors

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Masterclass: How to read a budget

18 November 2020

Watch our masterclass with Heidi Murphy, Grant McArthur and Richard Willingham

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The Edit: US Election Special

21 October 2020

Watch our Edit event featuring Mike Amor and a special pre-record with Ebony Bowden

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Responding to COVID-19

05 October 2020

View highlights from the discussion here

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Moving the Goal Posts

29 September 2020

View the full webinar here

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The Edit: Multicultural Media and COVID-19

24 September 2020

Watch our Edit panel discussion

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In Conversation with Sally Capp

16 September 2020

Capping off our 104th Lord Mayor’s first term

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Leigh Sales Discusses Any Ordinary Day

01 September 2020

In conversation with Corrie Perkin

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The Edit: Fighting Fakery

12 August 2020

Watch an excerpt from our conversations with Storyful’s Stephanie Hunt

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The Edit with Lisa Millar

25 June 2020

Watch our webinar with the ABC News Breakfast host

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Back in the Game: Covering Footy During COVID-19

04 June 2020

Watch the webinar recorded on the eve of football's return

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What are your rights if you are raided?

22 April 2020

Watch our webinar with ABC journalist John Lyons and senior media lawyer Peter Bartlett

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Cancelled: SLAM: Ten Years On

01 April 2020

This event has been cancelled in light of current Coronavirus-related restrictions

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Cancelled: The Edit with Lisa Millar

19 March 2020

This event has been cancelled in light of current Coronavirus-related restrictions

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2019 events

Low-carbon transition will ‘happen gradually, then suddenly’: Garnaut

13 November 2019

Ross Garnaut on his new book about our renewable future

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The Edit: Shooting the Pollies

07 October 2019

Talking shop with Canberra Press photographer Alex Ellinghausen

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Faine: ABC Needs More Mongrel, More Money

02 October 2019

Retiring ABC broadcaster in conversation with Mary Gearin

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End Parental Leave Double Standard: Crabb

10 September 2019

Author Launches New Quarterly Essay at MPC Lunch

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Banking Lobby Likely to Scuttle Hayne reforms, says Fels

04 September 2019

Fels launches new memoir at MPC media lunch

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Sundays Bloody Sundays

23 August 2019

Celebrating the launch of three Sunday papers on one day in 1989

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Sport Can 'Lead and Change our Nation': Nicole Livingstone

22 August 2019

Head of AFLW delivers 17th Bob Rose Lecture

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Google and Facebook can and must be controlled: Sims

13 August 2019

ACCC chief urges government action to defend consumers and media diversity

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The Edit: Reporting Trump's White House

29 July 2019

A special forum with The Australian's Washington correspondent Cameron Stewart

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Laws Must Protect not Punish Whistleblowers: Senator

25 June 2019

Rex Patrick calls for an end to the prosecution of former ATO staffer Richard Boyle

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Bringing Hope to the Slums

20 June 2019

A lunch with Asha Society's Kiran Martin

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The Challenge of Extremism

29 May 2019

Watch the discussion on challenging extremism and media responsibilities

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The 2019 Budget Briefing

28 May 2019

Tim Pallas MP details his fifth state budget

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The Price of the Writing Life

23 May 2019

Half the Perfect World authors talk about George Johnston and Charmian Clift's legacy with Martin Flanagan

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The Edit: On Documentary and Journalism

20 May 2019

Documentary makers Simon Kurian and Hollie Fifer discussed their craft and the intersection between journalism and documentary

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The Edit: Making Sense of Data

29 April 2019

A discussion with two data journalists on finding interesting ways of telling stories with numbers

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Australian Cricket's New Pitch

28 March 2019

CA Chief Kevin Roberts on rebuilding public trust

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Hayne Didn't Go Far Enough: MPC Panel

02 March 2019

Experts say tougher penalties and more sweeping reforms are essential.

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The Edit: Encryption, Data and the Law

25 February 2019

At the Edit's first event for 2019, we spoke data, privacy and encryption with tech and legal experts

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C.E.W. Bean symposium in Canberra

30 August 2018

On the 50th anniversary of his death a panel of experts will commemorate "the real Charles Bean".

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2018 events

Archbishop: Church must earn back trust

30 August 2018

Melbourne’s new Catholic leader meets the Press

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The Edit: The Art of Freelancing

27 August 2018

At this Edit event in August 2018, our guest panel dove into the nitty-gritty of freelancing

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The Edit: with Anthony Dowsley

25 July 2018

Anthony Dowsley has been on the beat for NewsCorp for more than two decades

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The Great Thrall of China

25 July 2018

China’s ascendence and influence demands robust media attention, the expert panel agreed.

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Standing up for the ABC

19 June 2018

ABC chief Michelle Guthrie calls on critics to stop using the broadcaster as "a punching bag"    

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Jobs After Journalism

06 June 2018

A global view of the fallout from newsroom redundancies

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The Great Australian Airport Bite

25 May 2018

Lunch with Professor Graeme Samuel AC

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The ABC of News in the Age of Fake

10 May 2018

Lunch with ABC News chief Gaven Morris

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Pallas Budget Briefing

01 May 2018

A joint VECCI - Melbourne Press Club budget briefing with Tim Pallas

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Melbourne’s Mayoral Candidates Meet the Press

26 April 2018

Forum details policy priorities in city by-election.

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The Fight to Defend Quality Journalism

19 April 2018

Meet the new Press Council Chair Neville Stevens

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The Edit: Podcasting with Rachael Brown

16 April 2018

Rachael Brown and producer Sophie Townsend to discuss her landmark podcast series Trace

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Celebrating Ron Tandberg's life and career

05 March 2018

Speeches from the launch of 'A Year of Madness' book and exhibition

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The Global Correspondent

02 March 2018

John Pilger in conversation with Michael Bachelard

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2018 C.E.W. Bean Foundation Dinner

22 February 2018

Read Paul Kelly's speech "Chester Wilmot: war correspondent, historian, interpreter of worlds"

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The Rabble Rousers

01 February 2018

Lunch with three of Australia's best news columnists

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2017 events

The Edit: with Caro Meldrum-Hanna

27 November 2017

At this special year-end edition of The Edit Caro joined us for an exclusive off-the-record briefing on how she cracked some of the biggest scandals of recent years – and gave tips for handling stories

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Coasting to Gold in 2018

27 October 2017

Watch the video: Commonwealth Games chiefs and star athletes preview next year's event    

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Cybersecurity in our Age

11 October 2017

Lunch with Luke Dembosky

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Lunch with Laurie Oakes

14 September 2017

Laurie Oakes' retirement address - on media, politics and the past.

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Fake News Fightback

29 August 2017

Tonya Mosley and Aaron Glantz on the impacts of the Trump presidency on US media and society.

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The Edit: with Andrew Quilty

29 August 2017

At a very special Edit event we spoke to Afghanistan-based photojournalist Andrew Quilty

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Donating the Gift of Life

02 August 2017

Transplant surgeon Bob Jones with three journalists who made the cut

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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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2017 events

The Future of News

25 July 2017

Michael Miller on the challenges and opportunities ahead 

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The Defamation Threat

17 May 2017

Facing a real challenge to free speech

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The Budget Briefing

03 May 2017

Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas discusses his third budget

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The Edit: FOI Masterclass

01 May 2017

Herald Sun FOI Editor Fiona Hudson answers all your FOI-related questions

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The Edit: FOI Masterclass with Fiona Hudson

01 May 2017

At our first Edit event for 2017, Herald Sun's FOI Editor Fiona Hudson answered all manner of questions about FOI journalism

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What Next for ABC News?

28 March 2017

ABC executive Gaven Morris talks about the future of digital news

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Women's AFL: A League of Their Own

01 March 2017

Lunch with Gillon McLachlan, Aasta O’Connor & Sam Lane

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Giving up a Lifetime of Crime: Ron Iddles with John Silvester

22 February 2017

Watch video of Ron Iddles' '25 years of homicide investigation in 25 minutes'

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The Voters in Revolt: Lunch with Bob Katter

02 February 2017

Video of Bob's lunchtime talk now online

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2016 events

Media Hall of Fame cartooning exhibition opens

07 December 2016

'The Premier and the Pen' launched with a powerful political message from John Cain.  

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Gender in Media: Lunch with Madeline Di Nonno

02 December 2016

Leading the campaign for gender balance in the entertainment industry.

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The Edit's Crime Night: with Sly & Rule

14 November 2016

Throughout their illustrious careers, John Silvester and Andrew Rule have turned the torch on some of Melbourne's seediest scenarios

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'The Newsman': Lunch with Mal Walden

27 October 2016

Celebrating the launch of The Newsman: 60 Years of Television

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14th Bob Rose Lecture with Brian Nankervis

08 September 2016

The 14th Annual Robert Rose Lecture was presented by writer, film and TV producer, and comedian Brian Nankervis. 

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The Edit discusses journalism and trauma

05 September 2016

An important discussion of the toll exposure to trauma can take on reporters and sources

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Fighting for our Copyright

17 August 2016

Lunch with Copyright Agency chairman Kim Williams

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Behind the Panama Papers

09 August 2016

Gerard Ryle and Nick McKenzie on one of the biggest scoops of the decade

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Derryn Hinch takes on Canberra

05 August 2016

The new Victorian Senator discusses details of his parliamentary agenda

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Paul Farrell at The Edit

25 July 2016

Paul Farrell of the Guardian spoke to young journalists at our most recent Edit event.

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Lunch with Monash VC Professor Margaret Gardner

08 June 2016

Monash University Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Gardner AO joined us for a lunch address in June 2016.

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Peter Doherty & Sharon Lewin on fighting global diseases

01 June 2016

Nobel Laureate Professor Doherty and Doherty Institute director Professor Lewin on the continuing threat of infectious diseases and the importance of science communication.

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The Edit: with Adele Ferguson

23 May 2016

Edit guests got a rare insight into her Walkley and Quill award winning investigations when Adele joined us in May to talk frankly about leaks, sources, relationships and how she got into the investigative business.

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Anna Nemtsova & journalism in the post-Soviet states

09 May 2016

Russian journalist Anna Nemtsova on the challenges of working in Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

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Blowing the Whistle on Corporate Corruption

14 April 2016

A panel on the scandals exposed by the work of tenacious journalists and courageous whistleblowers.

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Rewriting the Media Rules, lunch with Mitch Fifield

30 March 2016

Senator Fifield on reforms that would free the media from ‘the cast-iron shackles’ of outdated laws.

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Cocktails with Cleese

17 March 2016

Comedy legend John Cleese joined 774 ABC presenter Jon Faine at an evening event to talk about the state of the media, those tabloids, Cleese's autobiography and his belief that the world is falling apart.

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Digital Invaders in our media patch

28 January 2016

Recent technological evolutions have allowed for a rush of ambitious new players, challenging the strongholds of established media.

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The Edit: with Leigh Sales

18 January 2016

The Edit kicked off for 2016 in January, when industry veteran and legend Leigh Sales

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2015 events

The Edit: Christmas Party with Hamish Macdonald

14 December 2015

The Edit celebrated the end of the year and Christmas with foreign correspondent Hamish Macdonald, a veteran of Al Jazeera and Channel Ten

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Telling Digital Tales: Lunch with Jeremy Gilbert

10 November 2015

As Director of Strategic Initiatives, Jeremy Gilbert has created unique digital products and storytelling experiences for the legendary <em>Washington Post</em>.

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The Edit: with Michael Bachelard & Louise Milligan

09 November 2015

In November 2015, Age Investigations Editor Michael Bachelard & ABC 7.30 Investigative Reporter Louise Milligan joined The Edit to talk sources and stories.

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The Edit launches with Nick McKenzie, Ruth Lamperd & Sam Clark

24 August 2015

The Edit launched in August 2015 with a fascinating informal discussion by three leading Melbourne-based investigative journalists.

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David Weisbrot, chair of the Australian Press Council

04 August 2015

Since taking over as chair of the Australian Press Council in March, Professor David Weisbrot has proved an 
energetic and outspoken supporter of journalism at a time of great challenges to the industry.

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State of Suppression: Justice served or hidden?

09 July 2015

The use of suppression orders by courts to stop publication of the sensitive details of legal proceedings has grown rapidly in recent years – especially in Victoria.

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Fighting for Justice: Lunch with Peter Greste

24 June 2015

Journalist Peter Greste was freed from an Egyptian prison in February after being held for 14 months on discredited terror charges – but his fight for justice is far from over.

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Labor's Plan for Victoria: Lunch with the Premier

17 June 2015

Premier Andrews joined us to talk about the 'shake-up' he says Victoria needs, focusing on the state's new jobs and investment panel, the government's 'China strategy' and its tourism and major events focus.

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The Waiting Room – Lunch with Kylie & Alan Trounson

07 May 2015

Ahead of the MTC's premiere of The Waiting Room, playwright Kylie Trounson and her father, Prof Alan Trounson, joined us to talk about IVF.

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2014 events

A Fair Australia – Worth Fighting For with Bill Shorten

20 February 2014

In his first visit to the Melbourne Press Club since being elected Labor Leader, Bill Shorten outlined his priorities for 2014.

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2013 events

Futures of Investigative Journalism Public Lecture

17 December 2013

Investigative journalism is one of the few independent checks on the excesses of government, corrupt officials and corporate scoundrels. Such journalism is expensive to produce, takes a long time and risks expensive legal proceedings. 

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The new News chief - safe hands or a visionary?

04 December 2013

Julian Clarke is said to have been entrusted with the CEO role at News Corp Australia because he provides stability in tough times.

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Gerard Ryle in conversation with Bill Birnbauer

26 November 2013

In April 2013, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists published the first of a series of astonishing reports revealing the secret financial records of tens of thousands of people in more than 170 countries linked to offshore companies and trusts. What became one of the biggest multi-country investigations in history started in 2011 when then-Fairfax Media investigative journalist Gerard Ryle received a mysterious package in the post: a hard drive containing 2.5 million digital files.

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Ashes to Bashes – Too much cricket or never enough?

13 November 2013

ANOTHER Ashes series is just weeks away. A much anticipated KFC T20 Big Bash season is also upon us, and this time it’s free on our TVs. 

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Spring Racing book launch: They Hit the Line

17 October 2013

Celebrate the romance of racing and some of the greatest horses to have graced the track at The Melbourne Press Club’s Spring Racing Carnival luncheon. 

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John Bertrand - America's Cup 30 years on and lessons for leadership

18 September 2013

It was hailed as the greatest team performance in two centuries of Australian sport.  On 26 September 1983, John Bertrand and his crew aboard Australia II won the 7th and final race of the America’s Cup series off Newport, Rhode Island, and ended 132 unbroken years of American domination of the event. 

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Media Puzzle: is politics more than a two-horse race?

22 August 2013

Does the media report politics accurately and fairly? Has political coverage of election campaigns become more about spin and headlines than detail?

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Faine & Smith - Talkback titans go head to head

01 August 2013

In their very first public appearance together on stage, the ABC's Jon Faine and 3AW's Justin Smith talk about the art of broadcasting, how they hold politicians to account and how they're adapting to the digital age. 

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The New Rivers of Gold - How the dot coms cornered the classifieds

21 July 2013

Three Melbourne based businesses – Carsales, Seek and REA Group – redirected them to create what are now the dominant online brands in this market.

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Russel Howcroft media lunch

05 June 2013

Through his appearances on ABC1’s hugely successful show The Gruen Transfer Russel Howcroft has become the very public face of brand marketing and advertising in Australia. 

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Premier Denis Napthine's MPC address

17 May 2013

Since taking over as Premier in early March, Dr Denis Napthine has moved quickly to reposition the state government and recast the political contest in Victoria.

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Antony Catalano media lunch

08 May 2013

On April 29 2010, Antony Catalano's Metro Media Publishing launched the first edition of The Weekly Review.

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Book launch: Galbally's Lore

18 April 2013

David Galbally QC has many more strings to his bow than a life with the law and its rich tapestry of anecdotes. His family has also been involved with the Collingwood Football Club for 70 years, and Galbally spent time on the committee. He knows where the bodies are.

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TV News Directors Panel

06 March 2013

They said it was dying - TV News would be eaten up by new media and viewer apathy and disappear from our screens.

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Victorian Media Hall of Fame dinner 2012

06 December 2012

The first 20 inductees to the Victorian Media Hall of Fame were announced at a special invite-only dinner on Thursday 6 December at the Monash Law Chambers in Melbourne.

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Corporate Lunch with Kim Williams

28 November 2012

Kim Williams discussed the profound changes sweeping through the media landscape, and the implications of these changes for quality journalism, media companies and policy making in Canberra. 

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2012 events

Media Lunch with Derryn Hinch

21 November 2012

Derryn Hinch has been sacked 15 times, but he is always welcome at a Melbourne Press Club gig.

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Corporate Lunch with Daniel Andrews

16 October 2012

After two years in office, the Baillieu Government was facing an electoral backlash as budget pressures drive deeper cuts in state services and programs. An audit commission report urged a further withdrawal of government from the delivery of health, education and aged care. Labor believed in an alternative approach.

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Corporate Lunch with Tony Ellwood

22 August 2012

A lunch with the National Gallery of Victoria director Tony Ellwood.

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Investigative Reporters Panel

08 August 2012

What is the future for investigative journalism in an era of shrinking newsrooms, budget cuts and digital deadlines?

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Corporate Lunch with ACTU President Ged Kearney

26 July 2012

After five years in power - two of them in a hung parliament - the federal Labor government was trailing badly in the polls and speculation mounted about the future of Prime Minister Julia Gillard. A crucial element in the fortunes of Labor was the party's relationship with the trade union movement - particularly the Australian Council of Trade Unions.

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One Month To Go Olympics Lunch

22 June 2012

As the world's attention turned to the London Olympic Games, the Melbourne Press Club held a 'One Month To Go' Olympics Lunch.

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Adele Ferguson Media Lunch

21 June 2012

Senior business writer and columnist for The Age & The Sydney Morning Herald and author of a new book on Gina Rinehart.

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Margaret Simons Media Lunch

31 May 2012

Journalist, author, blogger and academic Margaret Simons is one of Australia’s most prolific and most commented on journalism communicators. Strongly independent, she is fearless and articulate when discussing the shortcomings of Australia’s media or the future of journalism.

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Lunch with Harold Mitchell

27 April 2012

Harold Mitchell is one of Australia's most important media buyers and knows better than most whether the media’s new online ventures will attract the advertising support they need to support quality journalism.

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Birthday Special Event: The Future of the Media

14 February 2012

In February 1972, Melbourne’s three newspaper editors held a panel discussion to discuss the future of the Press.

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Lunch with Chairman of the ACCC, Rod Sims

10 October 2011

Rod Sims discussed aspects of the ACCC’s approach to enforcing Australia’s competition and consumer laws and the importance of appropriately regulating monopoly infrastructure.

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2011 events

Football Finals Feast

22 September 2011

This 2011 annual Melbourne Press Club AFL Finals Feast was held at Etihad Stadium's Crest Room on September 22. It featured AFL boss Andrew Demetriou, coach extraordinaire Kevin Sheedy and popular spearhead-turned-commentator Matthew Richardson.

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Robert Rosenthal on Saving Investigative Journalism

20 September 2011

Renowned US editor and Centre for Investigative Reporting executive director Robert Rosenthal delivered a free public lecture at Monash University on Tuesday 20 September, 2011.

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Lunch with Greg Hywood

08 September 2011

Mr Hywood spoke about his start in journalism, how Fairfax is adapting to new challenges and the company's "technologically agnostic" nature. After his speech the floor was opened up to questions, which covered everything from the role of radio and the suspension of 2UE's Mike Smith to media enquiries and ways Fairfax could expand.

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