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Equip. Elevate. Empower! National conference program released

Hear from some of the media industry’s top talents, develop new skills, and network with colleagues from across the country at Women in Media’s third national conference held on Bond University on September 13-14, 2019.

Secure your pass here.

Delegates will receive a password to register for the concurrent workshops closer to the conference but if you have any issues or questions, please email womeninmediaconference@gmail.com.

The Women in Media conference returns to Bond University on the Gold Coast.

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 13: DAY ONE

7:45amREGISTRATION
Basil Sellers Theatre at Bond University.
8:15am OPENING
Welcome from co-chairs Cath Webber and Kathy McLeish, national co-patrons Caroline Jones AO and Victoria Laurie and Bond University Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Tim Brailsford.
9:05am THE AGE OF INFLUENCE
Everyone’s talking about side hustles, entrepreneurial storytelling and influencer culture; in the current media landscape, personal brand is more important than ever. But for those who’d rather stab themselves with a nametag than gloat at a networking event, Walkley Award winner Caroline Graham offers some unconventional tips on elevating your presence – without the cringe factor.
9:20amWONDER WOMEN
The Weekend Australian Editor Michelle Gunn, Vogue Australia’s editor-in-chief Edwina McCann, Living Black’s Karla Grant and Mahlab founder, owner and managing director Bobbi Mahlab kick off the conference.
Moderator: Women in Media special adviser Marina Go.
10:20amMORNING TEA
Basil Sellers Theatre foyer.
10:50amFINDING YOUR MOJO
Rob Layton trains journalists globally in how to use their phones professionally. He will share what he learned from two of the world’s largest mobile journalism events, MojoFest in Galway and MojoAsia in Bangkok, and how important this new era of journalism is in connecting communities and developing audience.
11:00amFEEL THE FEAR – GET PREPARED – AND DO IT ANYWAY!
Shelly Horton tells us how she transitioned from a television and radio journalist in to a risk-taking entrepreneur who now runs her own successful business. Independent journalist and filmmaker Yaara Bou Melhem has worked in the remotest corners of Australia and around the world and talks through the peaks and troughs that comes with being a freelancer. Feeling lost on her purpose, senior marketer Louise Davis risked everything leaving a successful high-flying job to move, reset and create something of her own. Career manager Margot Andersen takes you through structuring your career, how to position yourself to ask for what you want – whether it’s a pay rise, promotion or a plan to start your own company.
Moderator: Women in Media Canberra convenor Emma Macdonald.
12:00pmLUNCH WITH RACHEL BERGER – Don’t forget the fun factor!
NT convenor Jill Poulsen introduces our newest committee member from Tassie Rachel Berger. Rachel Berger is one of Australia’s best comedians and also works as a broadcaster, novelist, columnist, agitator and television entertainer who has taken four solo shows to the Edinburgh Festival. She’s had enough of feeling guilty, so while we’re having lunch she’ll be reminding us why it’s important to have fun along the way.
2:00pmCONCURRENT WORKSHOPS:
ON CAMERA SKILLS: Jillian Whiting and Suzanne Stark
DATA JOURNALISM FOR BEGINNERS: Caroline Graham
HOW TO TAKE BETTER SMARTPHONE PICTURES USING COMPUTATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY: Rob Layton
INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING: Sue Bell
SUPERCHARGE YOUR DIGITAL BRAND: Corinne Podger
BUILDING CAREER PATHWAYS: Margot Andersen
3:30pmTRUST AND TRUTH
News Corp’s national Sunday political editor Annika Smethurst, 7News Brisbane Crime Editor Paula Doneman and media lawyer Sophie Scott on the importance of press freedom and building trust with your contacts and audience, with tips on how to protect your sources.
Moderator: Network 10’s Sandra Sully.
4:30pmTHE TWINS’ PURPLE PAPERS
Financial literacy is one of the biggest opportunities facing Australians. Cathy and Sarah Bellenger drill down to find out your thoughts on how best to equip, empower and elevate women financially in this special ‘purple paper’ deep dive.
4:45pmNOW WHAT?
So, you’ve heard all these inspiring stories from fabulous women in media, you’re energised, and you’re feeling pumped! But now what?! Psychologist Peta Stapleton gives some tips on what to do with the information which has resonated with you at the conference. From positive self-talk to overcoming the dreaded perfectionist syndrome.
4:55pmIt’s time to NETWORK
Enjoy bubbles and a special performance by The Australian’s Fashion Editor Glynis Traill-Nash.
ADCO Amphitheatre
The conference will be inspiring, educational, and fun.

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 14: DAY TWO

7.45amREGISTRATION
Basil Sellers Theatre
8:15amOPEN & WELCOME
8:45amWOMEN ON WOMEN: Gender bias in news media
Virginia Haussegger AM talks about media framing of women in politics, along with media representation of women and the role and responsibility of women working in media.
9:00amLAW AND ORDER
Lawyer Steven Morris outlines the top 10 things women in media need to know about their contracts, copyright and IP. Whether you’re working full-time for a media company, freelancing, creating content as a side hustle or you’re running your own show – this will bring you up to speed with the latest in legals.
9:15amSOCIAL SCENE
Social media is crucial for owning your own message but with so much misinformation around, how do you excel at doing that – and do it safely? SBS’s Jan Fran feels passionate about using the digital space to get real information cut through, and her modern take on journalism has ensured she’s a viral sensation. Radio personality Bianca Dye embraces Instagram and Facebook with honesty and openness. Instagram gave Jules Ingall a platform to build a career from nothing and she shares her tips and tricks on how she went from being a stay-at-home mum to travelling, taking photos and getting paid for it. Troll Hunting author Ginger Gorman has encountered the dark side of social media with vicious trolling and gives practical advice to help yourself and others who are attacked online.
Moderator: Tracey Spicer AM.
10:15amCOFFEE BREAK
Grab a coffee on the way to your workshop.
10:30amCONCURRENT WORKSHOPS
TROLL HUNTING: Ginger Gorman
INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING: Sue Bell
BRAND COMMUNICATION: Jillian Whiting and Suzanne Stark
UNDERWATER IPHONE PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEOGRAPHY: Rob Layton
SUPERCHARGE YOUR DIGITAL BRAND: Corinne Podger
BUILDING CAREER PATHWAYS: Margot Andersen
PODCASTS THAT POP: Caroline Graham
12:00pmA SENSE OF PURPOSE
ABC’s RN Drive host Patricia Karvelas on why purpose and integrity are at the core of good media.
Q&A: Women in Media Queensland convenor Cathie Schnitzerling.
12:25pmSTOP MULTI-TASKING!
Why it’s bad for you and how to stop it.
Assistant Professor Libby Sander on why you need to ‘declutter’ your brain – everyone needs to stop and be present for their own health. Tips for home, work and life … and how to manage the juggle and say no.
12:40pmLUNCH – WISE WORDS
Award-winning television producer, broadcast executive, journalist and non-executive director Anita Jacoby AM sits down with one of Australia’s most experienced and respected journalists and broadcasters Jenny Brockie. SBS’s Insight host reflects on her career of more than 40 years which has spanned digital, television, radio and print – collecting a swag of international and national awards along the way.
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