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.
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.”