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.

The first annual AN Smith Lecture in Journalism was held in 1938. The lecture is presented by a leading authority on some important aspect of journalism.

A University Trust Record governs the use of the bequest fund.