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Brisbane Walkley Media Talk panellists (L to R): Professor Stephen Stockwell (Griffith University), Steele Tallon (News Ltd), Cathie Schnitzerling (Ten Network), Charmaine Kane (ABC Gold Coast)

Brisbane Walkley Media Talk: Editorial pressures and spin city Audio production for 4ZZZ and CitizenJ

“The number of public relations professionals in Australia is due to match the number of working journalists by the end of this year and might even outstrip them, according to employment data produced by Economic and Market Development Advisors,” The Australian reported last year.

It seems the word on the street is that journalism, upholder of truth and democracy, may be increasingly at the mercy of advertising clients, political and commercial pressure, and the directives of media owners.

How does a journalist balance editorial content against public relations spin?

Professor Stephen Stockwell (L) hosts the March Brisbane Walkley Media Talk, Editorial pressures and spin city.

On the scales (L to R) are News Queensland’s Steele Tallon, Ten Network’s Cathie Schnitzerling and ABC’s Charmaine Kane. Photo by Shirley Way.

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