- Canberra Press Gallery
The Canberra Press Gallery, officially called the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery, is the name given to the approximately 180 journalists and their support staff, including producers, editors and camera crews, who report the workings of the Australian Parliament. The name derives from the press galleries, which are enclosed viewing areas above the chambers of the Senate and the House of Representatives, which the Speaker and the President have allocated to the media.
Use of the name
The expression "Canberra Press Gallery" also refers to the association of Gallery journalists which represents their professional interests in dealing with the Parliament. The current President of the Gallery is
Karen Middleton, national politics correspondent for SBS.
Apart from the one hour per sitting day of
Question Time, journalists spend little time in the actual press gallery overlooking the floor of Parliament. Another area, also named the "press gallery" refers to the office space within the Parliament building, above the Senate chamber which includes television studios and radio booths where the gallery journalists spend most of their time compiling stories and communicating with editors. [Clem Lloyd, "Parliament and the Press: A History of the Canberra Press Gallery" (1988)] [Ian Ward, "The media, power and politics," in Andrew Parkin et el, "Government, Politics, Power and Policy in Australia", Pearson Education Australia (2006)]
Role and influence
Conventional wisdom among both journalists and politicians attributes great power and influence to Gallery journalists, who are somewhat disparagingly referred to as "the pack" (as in wolf pack) by politicians. Ian Ward says: "Gallery journalists are collectively responsible for the great majority of news stories about federal politics that appear in Australian Print and broadcast media." [Ian Ward, "The media, power and politics," in Andrew Parkin et el, "Government, Politics, Power and Policy in Australia", Pearson Education Australia (2006)] Many of the best known names in Australian
political journalism, such as Malcolm Farr, Michelle Grattan, Laurie Oakes, Alan Ramsey, Glenn Milne, Paul Bongiornoand Dennis Shanahanare Gallery members.
* [http://john.curtin.edu.au/events/speeches/grattanlecture.html The Prime Minister and the Press: A Study in Intimacy] (Michelle Grattan reflects on the history of the Press Gallery)
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Press gallery — The press gallery is the part of a parliament, or other legislative body, where political journalists are allowed to sit or gather to observe and then report speeches and events. This is generally one of the galleries overlooking the floor of… … Wikipedia
press gallery — /ˈprɛs gæləri/ (say pres galuhree) noun 1. a gallery or area reserved for journalists, especially in the legislative chamber of a house of parliament. 2. the group or corps of journalists eligible to enter such a gallery: the Canberra press… … Australian English dictionary
Canberra — Canberra … Deutsch Wikipedia
Canberra — Infobox Australian Place type = city name = Canberra state = A.C.T. imagesize = 270 caption = Location of Canberra within Australia pop = 340,800 (December 2007) pop footnotes = [cite news|url=http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/2f762f95845417… … Wikipedia
Canberra — 35°18′30″S 149°07′28″E / 35.30833, 149.12444 … Wikipédia en Français
Canberra — Ciudad de Australia … Wikipedia Español
National Press Club (Australia) — The National Press Club is an association of primarily news journalists, but also includes academics, business people and members of the public service, and is based in Canberra, Australia. It was founded in the 1960s as the National Press… … Wikipedia
White House Press Corps — The White House press corps (or the White House press pool) is the group of journalists or correspondents usually stationed at the White House to cover White House press briefings and press releases.The press briefings take place in the White… … Wikipedia
Old Parliament House, Canberra — Old Parliament House as viewed from the front … Wikipedia
Parliament House, Canberra — Parliament House is the meeting place of the Parliament of Australia. It is located in Canberra, the capital of Australia. It was opened on 9 May 1988 by Queen Elizabeth II. [ The Australian Political System, p.737 ] Its construction cost was… … Wikipedia