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Laurie Oakes presents: Political journalists in the digital age.

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With signs that the public prefers the immediacy of online news and fears that digital media is distorting investigative reporting have eased, a mood of optimism about the future of journalism has emerged.

Event details

Acclaimed political commentator Laurie Oakes will present a public lecture on 25 September as part of Curtin’s 40-year anniversary of journalism.

Thursday 25 September 2014
5.4 5pm for 6 pm start. A cocktail reception will follow the lecture.
Elizabeth Jolley Lecture Theatre, Building 210 Curtin University, Bentley Campus.
Free, but RSVP is essential: or 08 9266 3353 by Monday 15 September.
Laurie Oakes

But the digital age still creates many issues for journalists, particularly political journalists. Since information is so easily accessible through digital technology and social media, politicians are becoming less reliant on journalists.

Political journalism has reached a transitional period, as digital media has changed the way news is sourced and constructed.  As the political editor for the Nine Network and one of Australia’s most respected political commentators, Laurie Oakes is the ideal reporter to discuss the positives and negatives of the future of political journalism in the digital age.

Oakes’s achievements reflect the aims and purpose of Curtin’s Department of Journalism, which for 40 years has produced some of Australia’s most successful journalists, reporters, presenters and media professionals.

With a career spanning 50 years and four Walkley Awards under his belt, including the Gold in 2010, Oakes’s work as a political journalist has earned him the respect of peers, politicians, the public and aspiring journalists.

This is a free event but RSVPs are essential. Please email: or call: 08 9266 3353 by Monday 15 September.