Professional Programs


The Alliance supports our members through professional development programs. Find out more here.

Alliance 2015 Elections

The Fair Work Commission has made arrangements with the Australian Electoral Commission for elections to be conducted in 2015.

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Walkleys Finalists 2008

Walkleys Finalists 2008 Finalists for the 53rd Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism were announced this week at events in Sydney and Melbourne. All finalists will now go on for judging by the Walkley Advisory Board across 34 categories in print, radio, television, photography and all media. Winners will be announced at the Walkley Award Gala Ceremony at Crown Palladium, Melbourne on November 27. View a full list here.

WA Police Powers Rejected

ImageThe Alliance has rejected an inquest finding that WA police should get new powers to silence investigative reporting. ?WA is in danger of becoming a police state where the public right to know is treated as a crime.? Alliance WA branch secretary Michael Sinclair-Jones said.


Freelancers and Pol Publications

Freelancers and Pol PublicationsThe Media Alliance has been contacted by a number of freelance members advising they have unpaid invoices from Pol Publishing. As you are already aware, Pol Publishing has closed its doors and is no longer trading.  Though it is only early stages, it is safe to say that the prospects for having those invoices paid are fairly bleak. However, it is important that all freelancers who are owed money take all reasonable steps to recover unpaid invoices.


Fairfax's Redundancy Plan Revealed

ImageFairfax management announced last week it would be axing 110 to 120 positions at The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, in its latest round of cost-cutting. The company also admitted it is targeting all staff, including sub editors, reporters, designers and photographers. The Alliance and the Fairfax House Committee will meet with the company again this week before stop-work meetings with all staff to discuss our response. Read more at the "Fair Go, Fairfax" website.

Alliance Protests Canberra Raid

ImageThe Alliance has written to Home Affairs Minister Bob Debus to protest the Australian Federal Police raid on the home of Philip Dorling, the national affairs correspondent for The Canberra Times. The Alliance said the raid is an attack on press freedom, adding that it undermines the Rudd Government's election promise to enact shield laws that adequately protect journalists and their sources.

Queensland Media Awards Announced

ImageThe winners of the Queensland Media Awards were announced at a gala presentation dinner over the weekend, following the Alliance's Brisbane Future of Journalism conference. The Townsville Bulletin's John Andersen received Queensland media's highest honour; the Most Outstanding Contribution to Queensland Journalism Award for his ?mentor qualities, commitment to the Code of Ethics and contribution not only to journalism but to his community.? The Australian's Tony Koch was also singled out for a special mention, taking home the coveted Journalist of the Year Award. Read more.