Pitching to the mainstream media

How do you write short, make it punchy and get your writing picked up by the mainstream media? Are you keen to see your work published in the Conversation? Pearls and Irritations? The major dailies or other outlets? Then join us for this practical workshop with DASSH Member Professor Lawrie Zion as he shares the secrets of the trade after years in the business.

The webinar will be hosted online with an invitation sent to members with a video link. If you are not yet a member and would like to get involved with NOADD then click on the button below to join the ranks of Australia and New Zealand’s up and coming university executives.

Professor Lawrie Zion

Lawrie Zion

Lawrie Zion is Associate Dean, Research and Industry Engagement of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Professor of Journalism. He also leads the ARC-funded research project, New Beats, which is investigating the aftermath of job loss for journalists whose roles were made redundant.

After graduating in History from the University of Melbourne in 1981, he completed a PhD at Monash University examining the pop music scene in Australia during the 1960s. He has over 25 years of experience in the media, including nine years at ABC radio, where he was based at Triple J, setting up the station’s Hottest 100 listener poll and presenting the arts and entertainment program, Creatures of the Spotlight. He also worked as a writer, researcher and interviewer for ABC TV documentary series ‘Long Way To The Top’ and ‘Love Is In The Air’.

From 2004 to 2006 he was the film writer for The Australian, prior to which he wrote for a range of publications including The Age, the US-based trade paper, The Hollywood Reporter, and Rolling Stone Australia. He was also a regular guest on the Ten Network’s ‘The Panel.’ He is the writer and researcher of the one-hour documentary ‘The Sounds of Aus’ that told the story of the Australian accent. In 2008 it was awarded Chicago’s Hugo prize for best international documentary. HIs 2017 book, The Weather Obsession (MUP) examined how digital media has changed the way we connect to the weather. He is also the co-editor of Ethics for Digital Journalists: Emerging Best Practices (Routledge: 2015) and Journalists and Job Loss (Routledge: 2021).