In 2013, we also celebrated ten years of Griffith Review with a lecture at the University of Melbourne – ‘Liar! Cheat! Plonker! How to be heard above the noise’ – where founding editor Julianne Schultz discussed the last decade in which newspapers shrunk or folded, journalists were made redundant and the surviving press seemed to be taking a lot more of the free advertorial stuff.
And readers left in droves. They may be doing most of their reading online, but this probably doesn’t account for the dramatic downturn in circulation. Is it because the quality is lousy? Not entirely. You can now get a very fast, superficial taste of what’s happening from Twitter – but not every reader and thinker has given up on long form writing, reporting and a serious analysis.
Julianne’s anniversary address was followed by conversation with Glyn Davis, Mary Delahunty and writer Maria Tumarkin.
This is a short highlight – the full video can be viewed here.