Journalism Versus the Big Banks: Reporting where Regulators Fear to Tread

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Journalism Versus the Big Banks: Reporting where Regulators Fear to Tread

Kathleen Fitzpatrick Theatre
Arts West


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The 2019 AN Smith Lecture in Journalism

The Royal Commission into the banking industry has demonstrated that regulators have failed us, while the role of protecting the public from corporate greed has often been performed best by journalism. This is despite the fact that the news media has faced major disruption and the kinds of financial constraints that make consistent and forensic analysis of big business much more challenging.

In her AN Smith lecture, investigative reporter Adele Ferguson – who many credit as the initiator of the Royal Commission – asks why it is that journalism stepped up while regulation failed? And what can be done to strengthen journalism to ensure it keeps on performing this vital role?

As a journalist and columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, and columnist for The Australian Financial Review, Adele Ferguson AM has won eight Walkley Awards (including the Gold Walkley) as well as two Gold Quill awards.

About the AN 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 AN Smith Lecture in Journalism is presented each year by a leading authority on some aspect of journalism.

VENUE CHANGE: The 2019 A.N. Smith Lecture will now be held in the Kathleen Fitzpatrick Theatre, Arts West


  •  Adele Ferguson
    Adele Ferguson, The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald