Margaret Simons

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Margaret Simons (b 1960) is an Australian academic, freelance journalist and author. She was previously the media commentator for Crikey[1] and has written ten books.

She is currently Director of the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, the University of Melbourne.[2]


Simons was a finalist for a Walkley Award for journalism in 2007 for the story Buried in the Labyrinth, about the release of a pedophile into the community, published in Griffith Review and her book The Content Makers – Understanding the Future of the Australian Media was longlisted for the 2008 non-fiction book Walkley award.

Simons also writes for The Age, the Sydney Morning Herald and The Monthly. For many years, she wrote the "Earthmother" gardening column for The Australian.

Simons has a doctorate from the University of Technology, Sydney[3] and was co-founder, with Melissa Sweet, of the community-funded news site YouComm News.[4] She lives in Melbourne.



  • The Ruthless Garden, Port Melbourne: Minerva, 1993
  • The Truth Teller, Port Melbourne: Minerva, 1996
  • Wheelbarrows, Chooks & Children: a gardener's life, Frenchs Forest, N.S.W.: New Holland Publishing, 1999
  • Fit to Print: inside the Canberra Press Gallery, Sydney: UNSW Press, 1999
  • The Meeting of the Waters: the Hindmarsh Island affair, Sydney: Hodder Headline : c2003
  • Latham's World: the new politics of the outsiders, Melbourne, Vic.: Black Inc., 2004
  • The Rich and Fertile Story of Compost: resurrection in a bucket, Crows Nest, N.S.W.: Allen & Unwin, 2004
  • The Content Makers: understanding the media in Australia, Camberwell, Vic.: Penguin Books, c. 2007
  • Faith, Money & Power: what the religious revival means for politics, North Melbourne, Vic.: Pluto Press Australia, 2007
  • Malcolm Fraser: the political memoirs (with Malcolm Fraser), Carlton, Vic.: The Miegunyah Press, 2010