Program and speakers

Keynote speakers

Laura Tingle, chief political correspondent, 7.30 program, ABC TV

Laura Tingle headshot
Laura Tingle

How media convergence has helped create virtual politics
- and how the Press Gallery has responded

K.S. Inglis Address, Friday November 29, 2019


Journalist, essayist and author Laura Tingle has reported on Australian politics and policy for more than 35 years. In 2018, she joined the Australian Broadcasting Corporation as chief political correspondent for its flagship current affairs program, 7.30. She was previously political editor at the Australian Financial Review, and before that held senior reporting roles with other major Australian mastheads.

A multi-award-winning journalist, Laura is the author of Chasing the Future, a book about the early 1990s recession, and of three Quarterly Essays: Great Expectations (2012), Political Amnesia (2015) and Follow the Leader (2018). An assembly of her essays, In Search of Good Government, was published in 2017.

She regularly appears on Insiders on ABC TV and Late Night Live on ABC Radio.

Professor Alexis Weedon, University of Bedfordshire

Convergence of publishing and media: Insights from the present into the past

Professor Alexis Weedon
Professor Alexis Weedon

International keynote address, Thursday November 28, 2019

The revolution in communication technologies of the past 30 years has caused us to look into the history of the media for historical antecedents, to earlier periods when there was an upheaval in the forms of communication and storytelling. For me this is the interwar epoch when the technologies of film, radio, and television changed rapidly and challenged the ascendency of print. Reconstructing the struggles of some of the early pioneers of authorship across media who had to learn the requirements of different media, to work collaboratively foregoing literary acclaim, and who strove to retain property rights and manage income streams, I will draw insights relevant to contemporary media publishing and illuminate the cross-currents which contemporary professionals have to navigate. In the talk I will explore the continuities and change in media convergence by comparing the 1920s and 1930s with the New Media (1995-2012) and authorship in the twenty-first century.


Alexis Weedon is Professor of Publishing and UNESCO chair of New Media Forms of the Book. She co-founded and co-edited Convergence: the International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies from 1995 to 2017, and is author of Victorian Publishing: The Economics of Book Production for the Mass Market (2008), Elinor Glyn: Novelist, Glamour Icon and Businesswoman with V. Barnett (2014) and editor of the five-volume History of the Book in the West series (Ashgate). Her research articles range from quantitative analysis of the historical costs of book manufacture to the history of media conglomerate publishing in Britain, and the psychological and cultural function of storytelling in society. More recently she has focused on unearthing the stories of lesser-known authors who were pioneers of cross media storytelling and is currently writing The Origins of Transmedia Storytelling. She is Director of the Research Institute for Media, Art and Performance at the University of Bedfordshire, UK.