Many high-profile television journalists have contributed to the NFSA's Oral History program.
These interviews highlight the importance of preserving news coverage and their recollections underline the value of journalistic integrity in a digital age.
The Oral History program collects contemporary interviews with key professionals, practitioners and established and emerging artists in the Australian audiovisual industry.
Barrie Cassidy is a veteran Australian political journalist with a long history in radio and television broadcasting. In this clip from an oral history with Geoff Gardner we hear about his very first foray into print journalism at the age of 13.
Journalist and Today show host Lisa Wilkinson on the pros and cons of journalism in the digital era, the best interview she’s ever done, her favourite Australian journalists and the importance of on screen role models for women interested in a career in media. Ms Wilkinson recently visited the NFSA office in Sydney to record an in-depth interview for the NFSA Oral History program.
Journalist Mal Walden talks about his experience covering Cyclone Tracy in December 1974. In this interview he explains how he came to be sent to Darwin; talks of interactions with Major General Alan Stretton, the devastation, how the crew got the news film/story back to Melbourne (it was the first television news story broadcast on Cyclone Tracy).
Journalist Steve Liebmann discusses how the news reports of the day become a historical chronicle of the times, and the work he did covering the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States. Mr Liebmann visited the NFSA office in Sydney in 2015 to record an in-depth interview for our Oral History program.
Excerpt from interview with George Negus as part of the NFSA's Oral History program. He talks about the secret to producing good news stories, his experience interviewing Margaret Thatcher and how he broke the dress code for journalists.
Journalist Sandra Sully remembers the experience of reporting the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York, and talks about the importance of preserving news coverage. Sully is a journalist and newsreader with over 20 years of service to the Ten Network. She visited the NFSA to record a comprehensive interview for our Oral History program.