The Media Hall of Fame

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The Melbourne Press Club’s Media Hall of Fame recognises people who have made significant contributions to the craft of journalism and enhanced the history of the news media in Australia.

The Hall of Fame has been established over three years with a foundation membership of 81. In 2016 the honour roll will go national.

The foundation nominees were chosen by an independent advisory panel because they had a strong connection to Victoria and had made outstanding contributions to the media in the state.

The third foundation induction ceremony, held at a dinner at Melbourne’s Grand Hyatt Hotel on Friday 10 October, covered contemporary journalism and included 21 living “famers”.

The first induction of 20 journalists, announced in 2012, covered the 100 years from the publication of Melbourne’s first newspaper in 1838.

The 2013 inductions covered people who had started to make their mark on the Victorian media by 1970.

A limited edition book telling the stories of all 81 foundation inductees – Media Legends: Journalists who Helped Shape Australia – was launched at the dinner on 10 October. Copies can be ordered from the Club.


The Media Hall of Fame recognises people who have made significant contributions to the craft of journalism and enhanced the history of news media in Australia. Nominees must be more than quality journalists: their work must be pioneering and have in some way contributed to the broader development and character of Australian media.   The Australian Media Hall of Fame will include the 81 foundation members of the Victorian Media Hall of Fame who were inducted between 2012 and 2014. The focus of the selections in 2016 will be journalists, editors, proprietors, photographers, cartoonists and other media professionals from New South Wales. The national selection panel is chaired by former Age editor and Fairfax Group Executive Editor Michael Smith, and includes Kate Torney, the former ABC Director of News and new CEO of the State Library of Victoria, Mark Day The Australian columnist and former News Corporation editor, and Bridget Griffen-Foley, Professor in Media at Macquarie University and editor of A Companion to the Australian Media. Consultants to the selection panel include historian Geoffrey Blainey, former Fairfax picture editor Mike Bowers and women writers historian Dr Patricia Clarke of Canberra. Melbourne Press Club members and members of the public are invited to nominate individuals, giving reasons why their candidates meet the criteria for recognition in the Australian Media Hall of Fame. Submissions should be sent to