National Conference 2017

From wonder women to future-proofing your career, the first Women in Media national conference held in 2017 centred on the theme “The media is changing … you can too”. Here are the highlights.

Keep a file, and perhaps someday it will keep you

The national average gender pay gap stands at 16 per cent. In the media industry, it’s 23 per cent. During the ‘Future Proofing Your Career’ panel at the 2017 national Women in Media Conference, Sageco career transition specialist Alison Monroe’s statistics shocked the audience.

‘Go with your gut’

In a digital world where there’s an app for everything, the most powerful tool is yourself.

‘I don’t do tea and coffee’

High-profile female journalists have been asked to make coffee, overlooked for promotions and criticised for emotional responses in the workplace.

Discrimination is ‘rife’

“I know a lot of people would like me to straighten my hair and have the newsreader bob but it’s not me. This is me,” says Karina Carvalho.

From making coffee to Sunrise

“Being a journalist just opens doors to such incredible opportunities and incredible experiences.”

Sunday Stunner ‘had to go’

“As a female editor, I felt like I couldn’t continue with that in the paper.”

Panama Papers to Skin and Bone

Kimberley Porteous covered 9/11, worked on the Panama Papers, and now is content strategist for the ABC, changing the way news is delivered to the Australian people.



Some of the nation’s most successful women in media tell how they made it to the top and share their advice for other women who want to crash through the glass ceiling.

Christine Middap: Editor, The Weekend Australian Magazine
Sandra Sully: Presenter, Channel 10 News, Sydney
Karina Carvalho: Presenter, ABC News, Brisbane
Claire Bradley: Associate Publisher Homes – NewsLifeMedia
Anita Jacoby: Broadcast executive


Some of the nation’s top MIM (men in media) share their strategies on how to boost gender equality in the workforce. They’re armed with personal anecdotes and ideas on how best to help break down the barriers for women in the workplace.

Peter Tonagh: CEO, Foxtel
Joe Hildebrand: Studio 10 and
Michael Ebeid: CEO, SBS


Digital doesn’t have to mean disruption, it can also spell opportunity. The rise of social media has turned the media industry upside down, but how can you best embrace it and use it to your – and your employer’s advantage.

Kim Porteous: Content strategy, ABC
Sandy Bresic: Creative Director, The Weekend Australian Magazine
Rachel Hancock: Deputy Editor, The Courier-Mail and Sunday Mail.


In a volatile media industry, it is more important than ever to future-proof your career. How do you plan a long-term career path? Can you move between journalism and PR/Communications? And what’s the best way to ask for a pay rise? All the practical questions answered on transitioning through the media and being more confident in the workplace.

Virginia Trioli: Presenter, News Breakfast ABC
Nassim Khadem: Business journalist, Fairfax
Alison Monroe: Sageco, career transition specialist


WIM NSW convenor and co-founder of Outspoken Women Tracey Spicer on how to ensure you are pitch perfect the next time you have to present, interview for a dream job or win a contract. With this advice from Spicer and LJ Loch, you’ll learn why first impressions on your body language, voice and messaging can be a deal maker or breaker.


From maternity leave and legal loopholes in contracts to superannuation must-dos and how to protect yourself as a freelancer, this is the toolkit you’ll need to make sure you’re covered financially and legally.

John Laxon: Media Lawyer, Laxon Lex
Jennifer McSpadden: Media Super
Steven Morris: Special Counsel, Smith Leonard Fahey Lawyers


A top panel of female talent discusses the major obstacles women still need to overcome, including equal pay, the need for more women in senior roles and how to manage the work/life juggle.

Tracey Vieira: CEO, Screen Queensland
Leila Gurruwiwi: Presenter, Marngrook Footy Show
Michelle Tapper: Producer, 60 Minutes
Kathy Lipari: Executive Editor, News360