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A Text Revision Lecture Fine Line. Episode 1 Topic explored – The Interview Key Theme – how should journalists treat their subjects? Frank Walker – Trinity.

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1 A Text Revision Lecture Fine Line

2 Episode 1 Topic explored – The Interview Key Theme – how should journalists treat their subjects? Frank Walker – Trinity Grammar Persuasive techniques “the art of persuasion.” Determination Quote “It takes a little bit of a mongrel, I suppose, in a human being.”Sally Loane

3 Episode 1 (cont.) Liz Jackson – match fixing – interview gains trust outside Feels no guilt in manipulating subjects this way ‘Cop It Sweet’ – Jenny Brockie Police in Redfern – seduction and betrayal – Kate McClymont Closeness between journalists and interviewees Who does the journalist owe allegiance to? Brockie feels ‘uneasy’ Quote “…your job isn’t to save them from themselves.” “the business of winning trust…always carries with it the possibility of betrayal.”

4 Episode 1 (cont.) Toni McCrae, John Cleary and the Jim Cairns ‘confession’ 2003 Cleary interviewed Cairns previously Federal Treasurer (1975) Junie Morosi was an influential member of his staff - supposed affair McCrae never asked Cairns about the affair Cleary got the story from Cairns and refused to edit it out after finding out about perjury Quote “.. Sometimes decency and ethics in journalism can appear, from the outside, to lead you right into the gutter” Fanning to Cleary

5 Episode 2 The Interview Pauline Hanson interviews – Fanning and McKew discuss interviews with Hanson McKew’s ‘hostile’ interview with Hanson – Hanson was ‘diminishing the process’ Hanson uses inaccurate statistics and ‘facts’ Fanning says she ‘never intended to be fair’ wanted to expose inaccuracies in Hanson’s public statements Audience reaction McKew tells about not knowing her audience

6 Episode 2 (cont.) Virginia Trioli interviews Peter Reith Children Overboard affair Reith went on the attach to stop Trioli interviewing him – he made it seem as if she was calling him, and the navy, liars Some of the audience sided with Reith Audience does not like aggression in female interviewers Hysteria in public about refugees Trioli caught on back foot

7 Episode 2 (cont.) Sally Loane and Philip Nitschke Euthanasia – Crick Case bowel cancer – none found Loane aggressively attacked Nitschke Loane admits that she “crossed an objectivity line” Personal experience of suicide in family ‘Don’t strive to be objective, strive to be fair’ – Syd Deamer Kerry O’Brien – allegations of bias against him – favouring Labor politicians He gives himself 10 out of 10

8 Episode 5 Theme – Taboos Sexism in Aboriginal communities - McKew at Aurakun Went to Cape York to report on self determination movement and found violence and sexism Agonised over report – didn’t report on it and regrets it Tony Koch interference in black communities - “a blind desire to address the problem immediately”. Seagulls Andrew Rule – Geoff Clark Fanning says that the story probably “did more than any other to break the taboo around reporting of the abuse of Aboriginal women and children by Aboriginal men.” Clark accused him of racism

9 Episode 5 (cont.) Ray Martin and Wilcannia – went to report on school Found abuse in community Background is Hanson – Martin says reconciliation ‘had been dear to him for many years’ Elders consulted before story told Teachers had to leave their jobs Peter Charlton – Terry Lewis The Courier-Mail paid Lewis$30,000 for his exclusive story. Charlton says cheque “changes everything” and was “easily the worst thing” he’d ever done Jennifer Byrne – Chequebook Journalism Witches of Warwick

10 Important Quotes – Episode 1 “I actually don’t have a big problem with knocking on someone’s door…and offering the opportunity for them, if they’re in the news, to put their side of the story…” (Peter Lynch) “You are trying to work out what it is that might persuade people that they want to tell the story that you want told.” (Liz Jackson) “If you start doing that you start being a player…It’s certainly not in the public interest.” (Jenny Brockie) “I thought about it… but very quickly said no.” (Toni McRae) “…the ethics and the decency coincide as closely as possible.” (John Cleary)

11 Important Quotes – Episode 2 I had never intended to be fair to the woman; I had only wanted to appear to be so.” (Ellen Fanning) “I’m a journalist. I’ll question anything until I get the truth.” (Virginia Trioli) “…I think still you have to strive to be objective, I really think you do.” (Sally Loane) “I’ve tried very hard to walk a straight line…and I suppose I am my own biggest critic.” (Kerry O’Brien)

12 Important Quotes – Episode 5 “I saw the much bigger issue of racism…” (Maxine McKew) “Indigenous people in communities call us - politicians, journalists - seagulls, because we fly in, shit on them and leave. And that’s what you’ve got to avoid.” (Tony Koch) “The basic ethics is you have to treat everybody the same.” (Andrew Rule) “You are on the edge of a dilemma. At what stage do we say, “We’ll turn a blind eye to that domestic crime…to the fact that these kids are being abused, and are being raped.” (Ray Martin) “It was easily the worst thing I had ever done, and I don’t ever want to go through that kind of experience again.” (Peter Charlton) “I would prefer never to interview anyone who had received any money at all.” (Jennifer Byrne)


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