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Spotlight on media diversity. Whose voices are silent?

28/06/2021 @ 7:30 pm 9:30 pm AEST

You can’t be what you can’t see. Women in Media Canberra invite you to discuss diversity in media at their July networking event.

As the saying goes: You can’t be what you can’t see.

A major academic study released last year analysed more that 19,000 news and current affairs items broadcast on free-to-air television. The paper found more than 75 per cent of presenters, commentators and reporters have an Anglo-Celtic background, while only six per cent of presenters, commentators and reporters have either an Indigenous or non-European background.

What are we going to do about this problem?

The Canberra branch of Women in Media invites you to come and consider this topic over with an all-star cast at the National Press Club on Wednesday, 28 July.

Hosting the discussion will be Shalailah Medhora, Political Reporter for triple j’s current affairs program, Hack.

She’ll moderate a robust and lively discussion, delving into these questions and many more with:

Gabrielle Chan, political journalist and author of Rusted Off. Her upcoming book is Why You Should Give a F**k About Farming (to be released later this year)

Paula Kruger, former presenter and producer with the ABC. She’s currently the ABC’s Talent Manager, a role that supports efforts to attract, develop and retain talent.

Aarti Betigeri, Canberra correspondent for Monocle magazine and contributor to the Lowy Institute. She is also a former international correspondent.

Dan Bourchier, multi-award winning, multi-platform journalist with the ABC, where he anchors ABC Canberra’s flagship 7pm news. Dan has Indigenous heritage. He has reported across the country and around the world for more than 20 years.

WHEN: Wednesday July 28, 2021 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

WHERE: National Press Club.

COST: $52.78, which includes wine and hors d’oeuvres.