Are you freelancing as a journalist or storyteller? Content guru, perhaps? Whatever you call yourself, then this is the conference for you. Why? Because as a freelancer, you’re not always across the big picture stuff that impacts on the decisions being made by the country’s publishers. Working in isolation is great, but at least once a year, you need to get out to a conference and mingle with others in the same boat as you. And meet some of the big wig editors and clients you’ve been pitching for all this time!

Storyology is the Walkley Foundation’s annual festival of journalism and storytelling. Each year we bring together the best journalists and media makers from Australia and around the globe to have smart discussions about the media’s role and its future. Journalism affects all of us – be a part of the big conversation about the media, the role of data, diversity, technology and fake news.

This year Storyology is coming to Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne over one jam-packed week.

The Brisbane program will feature events for both journos and the general public. In a new event we’re calling Storyology After Dark (Thursday, Aug. 24), we’ll kick off the entire festival by bringing a magazine to life onstage with journalists telling stories. Friday is Storyology for Journalists, with speakers such as Gold Walkley-winning photojournalist Andrew Quilty,  investigative reporter Aaron Glantz (US) and head of Google News Lab for Asia-Pacific Irene Jay Liu (Hong Kong). And there’s programming for everyone at Storyology Saturday (Aug. 26) with talks on Queensland’s criminal history, foreign correspondence, the Trump effect and more. It’s all about reminding the broader public of why great journalism is important to all of us.

In Sydney we’ll focus on industry, innovation and the craft of journalism and storytelling over two days, Aug. 30-31. Check out sessions on revenue, design, diversity, podcasting, arts writing and a whole bunch more. International speakers include Rappler CEO Maria Ressa (Philippines), founding editor of The Wire Siddharth Varadarajan (India), Silicon Valley correspondent for KQED Tonya Mosley (US) and Facebook’s head of journalism partnerships, Aine Kerr (US).

And the Melbourne schedule is still being nutted out, so stay tuned.

Storyology runs from August 24-31, and the full program and tickets can be found here: www.walkleys.com/storyology

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