Tech Scribes - Telling the Stories of Digital Disruption
Pearcey Conversations online seminar 28 April 2021 looks at technology journalism and the rapidly changing landscape of technology news reporting in newspapers, magazines, special publications through to the modern day media platforms.
Just as the technology industry grew from nothing, technology journalism evolved and fought to be heard in the mainstream media. The eras of the 1980s, 1990s and into the 2000s covered lots of newsworthy developments, both in the overseas technology and the rapidly changing local industry. But technology reporting was also challenging, with deadlines, other editorial priorities, the geeky nature of the industry and building an audience. With lots of history and stories, this wide ranging discussion also touched on more general areas, such as how to properly cover ICT disruption, the role of government, the opportunities and difficulties of modern online media and the future of technology journalism.
- Seamus Byrne – Publisher, host, journalist, editor, freelance writer, including founding editor of Gizmodo Australia and APAC editor CNET.
- Beverley Head – Freelance writher, consultant and editor, including IT editor of the Financial Review
- Helen Meredith – Award winning journalist, commentator, editor including Pacific Computer Weekly, The Australian, and Global Flow International
Moderated by James Riley, Founder and Editorial Director, InnovationAus
Introduced by Martin Aungle, Director Explore Communications
(Apologies for some audio difficulties with Helen Meredith.)
Seamus was the founding Editor of Gizmodo Australia and later the Publisher of the Allure Media technology group, including Gizmodo, Kotaku and Lifehacker, and then became the APAC Editorial Director in CNET’s worldwide operations. As a freelancer Seamus has contributed to the Sydney Morning Herald, AFR, Courier-Mail, APC, and has been a regular technology guest on the Seven Network and the ABC.
He has recently worked as Editor-at-Large for the IT Journo media industry news service discussing issues around the state of opportunities for mentorship and growth of new expert journalists in the technology space. Seamus also delivers occasional lectures to his old school of Media and Communications at UNSW on carving a path in the increasingly difficult world of specialist journalism.
Now a freelance writer and consultant her journalism focuses on business and technology. In this capacity Beverley has written for a wide range of publications including AFR, The Age, Banking Day, Boss, InnovationAus, InTheBlack, Project Manager, QantasWay, TechTarget and The Sydney Morning Herald.
Beverley also acts as a panel facilitator and chair for industry conferences and seminars.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Metallurgy and the Science of Materials from Oxford University.
In 2002 Helen Meredith was the recipient of the Kester Award for lifetime achievement in technology journalism.
In addition to her role as a journalist and commentator, Helen has participated in addressing the public policy issues arising from the Information Revolution. She was active in the establishment, in 1989, of FiTT (Females in IT & Telecommunications) with the purpose of inspiring women to achieve their career aspirations and potential at all levels and disciplines within ICT, by providing support and facilitating peer networking. She also edited the notable 1993 publication “Women in Technology” – Technological Change – Impact of Information Technology.
Helen was inducted into the Pearcey Foundation Hall of Fame in 2017 recognising her significant contribution into one or more of Australia’s ICT research, industry or professional development.
Founder and Editorial Director, InnovationAus
Over a 30-year career in journalism, has worked in newspapers, industry magazines, radio and online, including lengthy reporting stints at the South China Morning Post, The Australian, and InformationWeek and has worked on editorial floors at various times in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra (Press Gallery), Adelaide and Hong Kong.
He also co-founded the pan-Asia monthly print magazine The Dataphile in Hong Kong in 1993 at the birth of the World Wide Web.
As the Editorial Director, James sets the tone and direction of InnovationAus reporting, as well as advising on building programs for business roundtables and bespoke events. James is responsible for building the InnovationAus Editorial Advisory board. He regularly moderates roundtable business lunches, panels and industry forums.
James has had a specific interest in industry development policy as it relates to the Australian technology sector.
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