Longlisted for the 2017 Stella Prize

The Media and the Massacre – Sonya Voumard

Nonfiction · Transit Lounge

Media and Massacre

About the book

“It’s both a compelling story and a humane and scrupulous investigation into the responsibilities of journalists.

– 2017 Stella Prize Judges

About the author

Sonya Voumard

Further Reading

“[Voumard ]is frank and exhaustive in the search for answers, openly grappling with the temptation to delve deeper and the risk of re-traumatising her subjects… Voumard interviews a wide network of people, and intersperses extracts from the public record with her own experiences as she revisits landmarks and reflects on the trauma of the massacre. The result is a compelling and engaging book that speculates on the role of the journalist and more widely on the industry itself, raising questions that linger in the mind of the reader.” Anaya Latter, Readings

“A  fascinating case study in media betrayal… An intelligent reflection on the two faces of journalism: a noble pursuit of truth and an exploitation of individual rights.” Carol Middleton, Australian Book Review 


Read an extended consideration of The Media and the Massacre by Jason Wilson for the Sydney Review of Books

Read a reflection from Sonya about journalistic ethics in the wake of the Port Arthur massacre

Listen to an interview with Sonya on the Australian Writers’ Centre podcast

Judges’ report

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