Fake news and banking integrity explored in twilight sessions

How has the digital revolution transformed journalism practices? Can the professionalisation of banking restore its integrity?

These questions will be explored in two twilight sessions as part of the Professional Futures Conference at Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University on February 6 and 7.

“While journalists have a critical role in holding governments to account, they have never professionalised in the way other occupations have,’’ says conference convenor Professor Charles Sampford.

“It now faces new challenges in loss of media revenue, casualisation, fake news and ‘echo-chambers’.”

Meanwhile in banking he said the Hayne Royal Commission, reporting this week, has highlighted serious, comprehensive and systemic wrongdoing.

“The litany of revelations has shocked even those with a low opinion of banks. Public trust in bankers and banking is plumbing depths not seen since the 1890s and 1930s depressions. Is professionalisation of banking part of the answer — as is currently being attempted with Financial Advisors?”

Feb 6 — 5pm-6.30m

Twilight Session: Challenges to the Professionalisation of Journalism


  • Cathy van Extel – ABC
  • Madonna King – journalist, author,
  • Professor Stan Grant — ABC and Griffith University
  • Mathew Ricketson – Deakin University (former Deputy Commissioner in Finkelstein Inquiry into the media)


Feb 7 — 5pm-6.30pm

Twilight Session: Should banking and finance professionalise after Hayne?


  • Professor Graeme Samuel – Monash University, former executive director — Macquarie Bank and ACCC Chair
  • Professor Dimity Kingsford Smith – University of New South Wales
  • Stephen Glenfield, Chief Executive Officer – Financial Advisor Standards and Ethics Authority
  • Christine Cupitt – Executive Director, Policy, Australian Banking Association