Margaret Simons
BornMay 1960 (age 61)
United Kingdom
OccupationJournalist, academic

Margaret Simons (born 1960)[1] is an Australian academic, journalist and author. Her essay Fallen Angels won the Walkley Award for Social Equity Journalism.[2] She has written thirteen books, including co-authoring the memoirs of Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser.

Until 2017 she was director of the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne. She is currently an Associate Professor of journalism at Monash University.[3]

Career

Simons was a finalist for a Walkley Award for journalism in 2007 for the story Buried in the Labyrinth, about the release of a pedophile into the community, published in Griffith Review and her book The Content Makers – Understanding the Future of the Australian Media was longlisted for the 2008 Walkley Book Award for non-fiction.

She was previously the media reporter for Crikey[4] and is a regular media commentator in The Guardian.[5] For many years, she wrote the "Earthmother" gardening column for The Australian.

In 2011 Simons she was appointed as director of the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne.[6]

In 2015 she won the Walkley Award for Social Equity Journalism for her essay Fallen Angels, published in The Monthly.[2] The essay is an investigation of sex tourism in the Philippines and the children that have been abandoned there by their Australian fathers. The award was shared with photographer Dave Tacon.

In 2017 she moved to the School of Film, Media and Journalism at Monash University.

Her book, Penny Wong, was longlisted for the 2020 Walkley Book Award.[7]

Simons has a doctorate from the University of Technology, Sydney[8] and was co-founder, with Melissa Sweet, of the community-funded news site YouComm News.[9] She lives in Melbourne.

Bibliography

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References

  1. ^ "Simons, Margaret". The Australian Women's Register. 14 November 2007. Retrieved 25 October 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Margaret Simons, David Tacon « The Walkley Foundation". www.walkleys.com. Retrieved 2 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Award-winning journalist Margaret Simons joins Monash Journalism". Monash University. Retrieved 2 July 2017.
  4. ^ "The Content Makers - Margaret Simons on Media". The Content Makers. Retrieved 2 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Margaret Simons". the Guardian. Retrieved 2 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Margaret Simons new Director for the Centre for Advanced Journalism". The Melbourne Newsroom. Retrieved 2 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Walkley Book Award 2020 longlist announced". Books+Publishing. 15 October 2020. Retrieved 16 October 2020.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 8 November 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 27 August 2010. Retrieved 8 November 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)