Price includes a two-course breakfast and panel discussion.

We are living in uncertain but interesting times. As our communities become technologically-saturated and hyper-connected, the truth seems to be a victim in this new paradigm. Now we are confronted with ‘alternate facts’, fake news and Presidential tweets, whilst the war on terror plays out on social media. What does it all mean and where’s it all going?

Join a panel of academics, subject experts, opinion shapers and industry practitioners who will endeavour to unravel this ‘modern media’ world and the alternate reality, and try to make sense of it all.


Dr Tauel Harper

Dr Tauel Harper is a Lecturer in Media and Communication at UWA. His research focuses on the impact of technology on public communication – notably in his two books Democracy in the Age of New Media (2011) and Media After Deleuze (2016). He has also published on topics such as the merits of using social networks in education, the political potential of play and why digital live music can never truly replicate live music experience. His next book (tentatively titled Humans vs Zombies) uses critical theory to explore the zombie trope in light of smart phones, big data and targeted media.

Ms Gemma Tognini

Gemma Tognini  is part of the Sky News Australia commentary team, writes a column for The West Australian and has a weekly segment on ABC radio’s  breakfast program.  She is the founder and MD of gtmedia – strategic communications, a full service media relations, PR and reputation management advisory firm, established in 2003.  In 2014 Gemma was named WA’s Business Owner of the Year in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards. Gemma spent 11 years with the Seven Network as a senior Chief of Staff and reporter, covering industrial relations, legal affairs and health.

 Dr Michael Jetter

Dr Michael Jetter is an Economics Lecturer in the UWA Business School. He also holds positions at the Centre for Economic Studies, Munich, and is an IZA Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labour in Bonn, Germany. A large part of Michael’s research focusses on the drivers of terrorism and civil conflict, with a particular emphasis on the causal link between media coverage of terrorism and terrorism itself. More generally, Michael works on research projects related to political economy and public economics, also including corruption and gender differences.  Michael received his PhD from the University of Memphis (USA) in 2011. He spent four years at the Universidad EAFIT in Medellin (Colombia), first as an Assistant Professor and later as a Full Professor in Economics.

Mr David Harrison

David was appointed UWA’s Chief Adviser Corporate and Government Affairs,  in 2012 after a five year career with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, where he served as the General Manager of Advocacy. Prior to this position, David had a nine year career with ABC News as a senior radio and television reporter based in Perth and Sydney, specialising in State and Federal politics. David is also a 2011 Graduate of the Leadership WA signature program; a member of the CEDA State Advisory Council’ and a member of the Falls Road Primary School Board.

Dr Paul Harrigan

Dr Paul Harrigan is a Senior Lecturer in Marketing in the UWA Business School. His research, teaching and consultancy focuses on the strategic role of social media in marketing.  This has led him to publish and present his research in international journals and at international conferences, author a major marketing textbook, contribute to media pieces on social media in politics and industry, and advise many local businesses on how to use social media. He teaches at undergraduate through to executive levels.

Paul received his PhD from Ulster University (UK) in 2008. He spent four years at the University of Southampton (UK) and he is also currently a Visiting Professor at IESEG School of Management (France).