Journalists often talk about the documents and data that can be the building blocks of an investigation. But what about the people? Four of the best share their strategies and best practices for finding and cultivating sources – and the ethics of protecting them and sharing their stories. Join Walkley Award winners Ben Doherty, Sarah Ferguson and Debra Jopson as they discuss sources with Kate McClymont.
In partnership with the Walkley Foundation.
Ben Doherty (Australian)
Ben Doherty is a foreign affairs correspondent for The Guardian and has spent a decade reporting across the Asia-Pacific, including postings in South-East Asia and South Asia. He is a three-time winner of a Walkey Award, Australia’s highest journalism honour, and has also won three United Nations Association Media Peace Prizes. Ben holds master’s degrees in international law and international relations from the University of Oxford and the University of NSW. He is the author of a novel, Nagaland, a love story for modern India.
Kate McClymont (Australian)
Kate McClymont is an investigative journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald. She is a seven-time winner of journalism’s most prestigious award, the Walkley, including the Gold Walkley for her coverage of the Bulldogs salary cap rorts. She was named the 2012 NSW Journalist of the Year for her investigations into the fraudulent activities of Michael Williamson, the head of the Health Services Union, and the business activities of former NSW Labor minister, Eddie Obeid. In 2017, she was inducted into the Media Hall of Fame for her contribution to the industry. Her latest book, Dead Man Walking, tells the complete story of the lives and shoddy business deals of Michael McGurk and Ron Medich. It was Kate in whom millionaire businessman Michael McGurk confided that he feared for his life, just one week before he was fatally gunned down outside his Sydney home.