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.

‘I don’t do tea and coffee’

‘Discrimination is rife’

From making coffee to Sunrise

‘Sunday stunner’ had to go

From Panama Papers to Skin and Bone


OFFICIAL OPENING: CAROLINE JONES AO

WONDER WOMEN

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.

Panellists
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

MEN IN MEDIA

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.

Panellists
Peter Tonagh: CEO, Foxtel
Joe Hildebrand: Studio 10 and news.com.au
Michael Ebeid: CEO, SBS

#WOMENINMEDIAONLINE

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.

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

FUTURE PROOFING YOUR CAREER

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.

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

OUTSPOKEN WOMEN

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.

LEGALS AND LIABILITIES

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.

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

THE HURDLES

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.

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