Jeff Sparrow: Who Decides What News is Worthy? | Melbourne Writers Festival

In the face of urgent crises – be it the climate collapse, deaths of First Nations peoples in custody, or sexual abuse in the highest halls of power – newsrooms are tasked with making crucial decisions about what to report and how. But what values underpin news coverage today? Do media outlets really serve the public interest or are there more commercial motives at heart? And how do newsrooms report responsibly without overwhelming readers?

ABC Indigenous Affairs Editor Bridget Brennan, journalist Sarah Malik (Desi Girl), Guardian Australia‘s political reporter Amy Remeikis (The Reckoning) and political writer Jeff Sparrow (Crimes Against Nature) consider the duties of our newsrooms, with Sophie Black.


Jeff Sparrow is a writer, editor, broadcaster, and Walkley award-winning journalist. He is a columnist for The Guardian Australia, a former Breakfaster at Melbourne’s 3RRR, and a past editor of Overland literary journal. He lectures at the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne.

Crimes Against Nature

A polemic about global warming and the environmental crisis, which argues that ordinary people have consistently opposed the destruction of nature and so provide an untapped constituency for climate action.

Crimes Against Nature uses fresh material to offer a very different take on the most important issue of our times. It takes the familiar narrative about global warming — the one in which we are all to blame — and inverts it, to show how, again and again, pollution and ecological devastation have been imposed on the population without our consent and (often) against our will. From histories of…

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