Margaret Simons is the director of the “Centre for Advanced Journalism” at the University of Melbourne. Famous for her gardening columns in The Age, Simons has recently been embroiled in controversy as a judge on the Walkley Awards where it has emerged that she sought to use her position to block Cameron Stewart’s award for Operation Neath.
Simon’s wikipedia entry (why does she even have one?) claims that she has been ‘nominated’ for a Walkley award. But entries for the Walkley are self-nominated so what is special about that? She nominated herself for a Walkley award and didn’t win. Now she is jealous of Cameron Stewart.
Margaret Simons is an example of how failed journalists end up trying to teach journalism. It is yet another example of a course that should not be taught at university. She it bitter because she cannot get a job in News Limited.
If Stewart’s son wants to be a journalist, he should avoid university and get a job in a media organisation. He would learn more about balance and the craft of writing for newspapers than he would learn in 20 years at a journalism school.