Special Event

Citizen Journalism

William Summers and Michael McGoogan In Conversation with Tim Shaw

Saturday 25 August 2018
1.00PM – 2.00PM
Common Room
University House, ANU

We live in the era of taking photographs, videos and sharing our views. What defines citizen journalism and what does it mean for professional journalists? This is a hot-topic session discussing how we navigate through the fake and the manipulated to get to the real deal. 2CC broadcaster Tim Shaw talks with Michael McCoogan, co-owner of The RiotACT, Chair of Crucial and founder of UberGlobal and William Summers, citizen journalist and finalist in the 2017 Walkley Awards about the new landscape.

William Summers is an independent writer, researcher and blogger based in Melbourne. In 2017 he was the first to uncover the dual nationality of then Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, which earned William a nomination for the 2017 Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism the first ever blogger to do be a finalist. William has since published stories with the ABC, Crikey and other media outlets, writing about politics, public policy and Freedom of Information.

Michael McGoogan is the Co-Owner and director of the new The RiotACT, Canberra’s newest and fastest growing digital media platform. At 14 Michael founded UberGlobal in his Rivett bedroom. By 27, UberGlobal had grown to become Australia’s second largest web service provider boasting over 130,000 Australian business clients nationally. Melbourne IT acquired the business for $15.5 million in April 2015.

Tim Shaw is an award-winning journalist with over 20 years’ experience in television and radio broadcasting as a highly respected host, presenter and producer, MC & Keynote Speaker. He has been a member of the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery since 2016 and was elected to the Board of The National Press Club of Australia in 2017. He was the winner of Best Current Affairs Presenter at the 2017 Australian Commercial Radio Awards. Prior to living in Canberra, Tim was the Thailand Correspondent for the Seven Network Australia. He has appeared on all commercial television networks in Australia and on current affairs programs such as the Seven Network’s Today Tonight and My Business.