A.N. Smith Lecture in Journalism

Arthur Norman Smith was a founder of the Australian Journalists' Association, served as its first general president and for five years as its general secretary. Thanks to a generous bequest from the Smith family, the prestigious A.N. Smith Lecture in Journalism is presented each year by a leading authority on some aspect of journalism.

Lecture archive


  • Freedom From Information: Australia's war on transparency
    Sarah Ferguson, Journalist, ABC
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  • The Net Effect: An Optimist in the News Business
    Morry Schwartz, Publisher 'The Saturday Paper'
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  • The rise of the reader: journalism in the age of the open web
    Katharine Viner, deputy editor of the Guardian and editor-in-chief of Guardian Australia
    Watch the video | Read the transcript (210kb pdf)



  • If you ask me about the future of newspapers you have asked the wrong question
    Greg Hywood, CEO Fairfax Media
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  • The Fall of Rome: Media after Empire
    ABC Managing Director, Mark Scott discusses the future of journalism in an age when the media moguls have fallen, private equity dominates and increasing numbers of people access news and entertainment online.
    Watch the video | Read the transcript (135kb pdf)


  • Do newspapers have a future?
    Michael Gawenda's 2008 A.N. Smith Lecture
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The first A.N. Smith Lecture in Journalism was presented in 1938. Details of previous lectures from 1997-2006 are available on the University's Speeches and presentations A. N. Smith Lecture in Journalism web page.