Objectivity can rebuild trust in journalism: former ABC manager in Charles Sturt lecture

Ensuring a culture of impartiality and objectivity is the key to building trust in journalism, a Charles Sturt University public lecture in Bathurst heard on Wednesday August 7.

How can objectivity rebuild trust in journalism?

Public Lecture by Former ABC Director presented by Charles Sturt

Posted by School of Communication and Creative Industries on Tuesday, 6 August 2019
Alan Sunderland is introduced about 2 minutes in. The lecture and Q&A is streamed on the Facebook page of the School of Communication and Creative Industries https://www.facebook.com/CSU.SCCI/

Alan Sunderland retired as ABC editorial director earlier this year. He had a 35-year career in journalism with the ABC and SBS. “Journalism is being squeezed and cajoled and pressured and threatened as never before, by legal actions and funding cuts and political interference,” Mr Sunderland argued. 

Mr Sunderland explained that independent, powerful journalism is under threat. “With rights come responsibilities,” he said. “If journalists want to be recognised, valued and protected for the work we do, then we have to clearly state and uphold the principles of good journalism. We have to do the job properly, that’s our side of the bargain.” 

Alan Sunderland, former editorial director at the ABC, examined trust and objectivity in journalism.