Michael Short has an extensive background in journalism, leadership and management. He is currently The Age’s chief editorial writer, as well as a columnist and opinion editor for The Sunday Age.
In 2010, he created The Zone, a widely followed multimedia forum for ideas for change across a range of issues. The Zone runs in The Age and across Fairfax Media’s national suite of online news and current affairs websites and apps.
He is a board member and ambassador of a number of organisations and is a regular public speaker.
Before launching The Zone, he was Editor, New Media at The Age, as well as regularly editing the newspaper and overseeing a third of its editorial staff. For four years from early 2005 he was executive editor of The Age’s Business section. He was a member of the editorial board for five years, until he moved from executive duties to establish The Zone.
From late 2002, he was in charge of the Melbourne operations of The Australian Financial Review.
For more than 25 years he has been involved in print and broadcast media as an executive editor, commentator, reporter and interviewer, including a two-year stint as chief political reporter of The ABC’s flagship current affairs program, The 7:30 Report. In 2002, he was invited to write and deliver a post-graduate course on journalism and media at the Political Sciences Institute in Paris.
From 1999 until early 2001, he was founding European chief executive of NewsAlert, a company that created real-time information channels of news and applications for websites. From 1997, he was multimedia director for Bloomberg News in Paris, where he coordinated the broadcast activities of the bureau and delivered live daily television analyses and studio interviews. Prior to that, Michael Short was founding editor-in-chief of Bloomberg Television, France. He graduated from the University of Melbourne with majors in economics, philosophy and commercial law.