Award-winning journalist Nick McKenzie on death threats, confirmation bias and the power of insecurity

What if your insecurity was actually your superpower? 

While confidence is critical in almost any career, it can be a secret killer for journalists. Nick McKenzie is Australia’s most decorated journalist, and he’s adamant that his natural insecurities are a big part of his success. When so much of his reputation and his competence relies on constant fact-checking and corroboration, there’s no such thing as being too nervous. 

Nick breaks down his strategies for avoiding confirmation bias, which include choosing collaborators with whom he can have “friendly fights”. He also shares his methods for coping with stress – and when he says stress, he means defamation lawsuits and death threats!

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Produced by Inventium

Host: Amantha Imber

Production Support from Deadset Studios

Episode Producer: Liam Riordan

Sound Engineer: Martin Imber