Fran Molloy

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Fran Molloy
Occupation Journalist, author, academic
Nationality Australian

Fran Molloy is an Australian journalist and author, journalism academic and founder of the Freeline forum for independent journalists in Australia.[1] She is also on the Federal Council of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance.[2] Her work has appeared in such newspapers as The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Sun-Herald as well as a range of magazines including Fast Thinking, The Walkley Magazine published by the Walkley Awards, G Magazine (Australia), Practical Parenting published by Pacific Magazines and others.

She also writes for major online publications including the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.[3] She is also a food reviewer for regular Sydney restaurant guides such as Eating out with Kids,[4][failed verification] the Good Pub Guide and Cheap Eats Sydney.[citation needed]

She blogs at Practical Parenting [5] and Fadgetry, an online gadget guide.[6] In 2007, Molloy was commended by mental health advocacy Stigmawatch for balanced reporting on mental health issues.[7]

As well as hundreds of articles, Molloy has written the books Careers in Journalism (2004) (with Helena Janson) and Extreme: jobs your mother doesn't want you to know about (2006). A former magazine editor and radio producer,[8] Molloy was previously manager of the Australian Centre of Independent Journalism and also taught at the University of Technology. She regularly comments publicly on issues related to freelance journalism [9][10][11] and is an adjunct journalism teacher at the University of Technology Sydney, New South Wales Writers' Centre and Southern Cross University Lismore and New York University's Sydney campus.[12]

Molloy was educated at De La Salle College (Cronulla, NSW) and lives in the Sutherland Shire with her husband Brendan FitzPatrick and four children.[13]


  • Careers in Journalism, John Wiley and Sons, Sydney, 2004, ISBN 0-7314-0112-3
  • Extreme : jobs your mother doesn't want you to know about , CareerFAQ, Ultimo, 2006, ISBN 978-1-921106-28-6


  1. ^ "Freeline Forum for Independent Journalists". Retrieved 30 August 2010.
  2. ^ "MEAA Federal Council".
  3. ^ "About Us: Freelance contributor - Franc Molloy". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 30 August 2010.
  4. ^ "Eating out with Kids". Retrieved 30 August 2010.
  5. ^ "Practical Parenting Blog". Archived from the original on 30 December 2010. Retrieved 30 August 2010.
  6. ^ "Fadgetry". Retrieved 30 August 2010.
  7. ^ Friends in need, 26 June 2007, archived from the original on 27 April 2012
  8. ^ "Radio to Print". Retrieved 30 August 2010.
  9. ^ "Radio National, The Perils and Pluses of Freelance Journalism". Retrieved 30 August 2010.
  10. ^ Jackson, Sally (18 October 2010). "Freelancers fight Pacific Magazines over copyright grab". The Australian. News Corp Australia.
  11. ^ "Keynote: Jonathan Tasini". Retrieved 1 December 2011.
  12. ^ "NYU Sydney Campus Faculty list". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 16 October 2012.
  13. ^ "PP Bloggers". 31 May 2010. Archived from the original on 30 December 2010.

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