About us


The Australian Media Hall of Fame, founded in 2011 by the Melbourne Press Club, comprises  reporters, editors, broadcasters, photographers, cartoonists and commentators that have made a significant contribution to the development of Australian media.

In highlighting the work of these media legends, the Media Hall of Fame seeks to show the historical importance of strong and independent journalism, and the importance of ensuring it continues.

The Selection panel

The Australian Media Hall of Fame project has drawn on a wealth of knowledge from experienced media figures, historians and journalism studies academics. The selection panel includes:

Michael Smith (chair)

Michael Smith was Editor of The Age from 1989 to 1992 and Group Executive Editor of Fairfax until 1994. At The Age he spent 25 years as a reporter, investigative journalist, foreign correspondent, news executive and editor. He is a Life Member of the Melbourne Press Club.

Mark Day

Mark Day's media career spanned more than five decades. He was publisher and later editor-in-chief of The Australian, editor of the Adelaide Sunday Mail and Sydney Daily Mirror. He was a New York correspondent for News Limited in the 1960s, and has long been a commentator on Australian media issues.

Professor Bridget Griffen-Foley

Bridget Griffen-Foley is Professor in Media at Macquarie University and was founding director of the Centre for Media History. She has written numerous books, including The House of Packer: The Making of a Media Empire, Party Games: Australian Politicians and the Media from War to Dismissal, and Changing Stations: The Story of Australian Commercial Radio. Griffen-Foley is the editor of A Companion to the Australian Media.

Mike Bowers

Mike Bowers is photographer-at-large for Guardian Australia. He is one of Australia's most respected photo-journalists, having covered conflicts in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific. He worked in the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery for a range of media organisations over two decades, and has published four books.


If you would like to nominate someone for consideration in the Australian Media Hall of Fame, please email admin@melbournepressclub.com with a description of how the nominee meets this criteria.

Please note: in 2018 we will be considering for induction figures from states other than NSW and Victoria. We will return to open nominations in 2019.


The Australian Media Hall of Fame honours people who have made an impact. Inductees must have helped shape the history of a significant news organisation, the craft of journalism, a  town, city, State, nation or the world. Sustained excellence helps, but is not enough. The Hall of Fame identifies game-changers. The Hall is open to journalists, editors, publishers, broadcasters, producers, artists, photographers or others who have had a significant impact by working in the media. Individuals have been inducted for a truly memorable single piece of work or for six decades of outstanding journalism; at each extreme they have made a big impact.