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A senior marketing leader, Skye Rugless has worked for several leading media brands including The Times (UK), The Australian and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
She works closely with content creators on engagement strategies to grow audiences, revenue and (most importantly) customer advocacy for premium news and entertainment brands. In her most recent role, Head of Subscriptions for The Australian, Rugless led a team of marketers responsible for more than 60% of total business revenue, and orchestrated hundreds of exclusive events and experiences connecting subscribers to the journalists and editors behind the stories they love.
She loves the fast-paced nature of media, and the comradery within the industry. Having just recently graduated from The Marketing Academy’s scholarship program – a highly selective leadership program for media and marketing professionals – she is thrilled to join the Women in Media NSW committee in 2020 to help bring the extraordinary women in media together.
Joanne Sanders has 15 years’ experience working across the media, theatre and entertainment industry in a variety of roles at the ABC, SBS and Screen NSW including production assistant, team coordinator, business affairs to currently working as a senior executive assistant at the ABC.
Career highlights include producing female lead creative projects for her production company Illyria Productions, graduating with a Masters of Business Management exploring the challenges of leadership within the media industry in her thesis and spending two years working at the National Theatre and the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London.
Edwina Bartholomew is a reporter and presenter on Australia’s number one breakfast show, Sunrise. She has worked in television and radio news for more than 15 years.
Bartholomew enjoys one of the most diverse roles at the Seven Network. As well as her work on Sunrise, she is part of the Olympic and Racing coverage for Seven Sport and has filed longer stories for the network’s flagship current affairs program, Sunday Night.
Her work has taken her to Peru, Canada, America, Mexico, Dubai, Spain, East Timor, the Solomon Islands, New Zealand – and right around Australia on a continuous 40,000km Lap of the Map.
She has skydived, bungee jumped and abseiled off a 33-storey building all LIVE on air.
As a reporter with 2GB and Seven News, Bartholomew has also covered major news events including the Christchurch earthquake, Brisbane floods and Vanuatu cyclone. She has interviewed the likes of Xanana Gusmao, Al Gore, Andre Agassi, Coldplay, Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth and Hugh Jackman.
She completed her journalism degree at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst and later studied a Master of International Relations at Sydney University.
She won her very first job with Channel Seven in a competition in 2003. Since then, Bartholomew has done every role at the network from making coffee to producing to hosting Sunrise, The Morning Show and the Winter Olympic Opening Ceremony.
Committee Member and National Co-patron
Caroline Jones AO Hon DLitt (University Sunshine Coast; Hon DLitt (Sydney University) is national co-patron, with Victoria Laurie, of Women in Media.
She is a veteran journalist, author and broadcaster, who has had a 50-year association with the ABC; working most recently with ABCTV Australian Story (1996-2016).
She was the first woman reporter on This Day Tonight (the first Australian national current affairs program, from 1968-72), and the first woman to anchor Four Corners (1972-81), concurrently with broadcasting on ABC Sydney morning radio.
She is a sponsor of the Mary MacKillop Tertiary Indigenous Scholarship Program, and on her retirement, the ABC created the ABC News Caroline Jones Indigenous Scholarship.
Liza-Jayne (LJ) Loch is one of Asia-Pacific’s most experienced reputation protection experts.
She brings extensive reputation management and crisis communications experience plus hands-on experience in handling just about every type of reputational crisis at an organisational and individual level.
This includes her highly effective campaign with Blackmores during and after the Pan Pharmaceuticals crisis as well as on major corporate issues; contamination issues; pharma crises; aviation incidents and numerous product safety issues.
She has also successfully managed personal reputation issues for high profile individuals.
She started her career as a radio journalist, before becoming a ministerial adviser, a corporate adviser and establishing her own business. She still loves words and their power.
Katelin McInerney is the director of the Media section of MEAA.
She graduated from the University of Wollongong in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours).
An internship at the Illawarra Mercury turned into a full-time appointment, as education reporter, and she also covered news, features and community during her time with the paper.
She won a national award for her writing on education for the Mercury.
McInerney joined MEAA as an organiser in 2009, become the national lead organiser in 2012, and stepped up as director in 2015.
She is passionate about protecting the rights of creative professionals.
Dominique Spanos has more than 15 years’ experience creating content and producing a variety of hit TV series.
In more recent years, she has produced four seasons of My Kitchen Rules for the Seven Network which airs in more than 170 countries worldwide and post produced top rating renovation show The Block for the Nine Network.
Other shows she has produced include The Biggest Loser, Shark Tank, Big Brother, RBT, Bride and Prejudice and series produced the first season of Webby Award-winning independent tech series That Startup Show.
Her keen interest in all things tech and new media sees her at the forefront of the changing media landscape and constantly looking for new and better ways to solve problems and produce content.
Originally working on the committee for Women In Media Victoria when a career opportunity took her to NSW, she was happy to transfer to the NSW branch of Women in Media.
Lexie Cartwright has been with News Corp Australia since the beginning of her journalism career, which started at the Gold Coast Bulletin seven years ago.
She won News Corp’s Young Journalist of the Year Award in 2016, and as a result was sent to London on a three-month secondment where she covered global news events including the London Bridge terror attack, the Manchester Arena terror attack and the Grenfell Tower fire.
Cartwright is particularly excited about digital media, which has led to her current job in Sydney as a journalist at news.com.au – Australia’s number one news website.
She is also a contributor to Sky News.
From day one, Jodi Clark has steered her career into different directions (within tourism) to not only broaden her skills but to satisfy her curiosity. She started her career with a degree in journalism from QUT and ended up working on the dark side in PR.
To that end, Clark has promoted roo in stew, bush in the tucker and helped make the Fraser Coast the home of Australian fishing. She hasn’t run an Amazing Race, but has hosted a finale on Queensland’s Fraser Island.
She has dealt with wombats, pumas, rollercoasters and clowns in a day’s work, and showcased epic whale migrations on the world’s stage.
Clark has held up her share of enormous casino cheques (in the 90s) and helped use unclaimed Gold Lotto millions to set up a foundation for medical research. She has seen Illusionists disappear on stage and helped them reappear in the press.
She has taken tracks less travelled on trains through Queensland’s heartland. She has woven eco tales on World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, blogged about the Queensland outback, and has even swapped the Coral Sea for a stint in the Indian Ocean promoting ultra-luxe resorts for the rich and famous.
In life, as in travel, Clark collects and savours moments. At work, she spins moments into tales that inspire others to see the world. These adventures have seen Clark work with media to tell incredible stories about a diverse and passionate bunch including Conrad Jupiters (Hotel Casino), Dreamworld, Queensland Rail’s Tourism arm (Traveltrain Holidays), the Kingfisher Bay Resort Group (in World Heritage-listed Fraser Island), Tourism and Events Queensland, and most recently with Minor Hotels’ five-star PER AQUUM properties in the Maldives, Tourism NT in Darwin and TFE (Toga Far East) Hotels in Sydney.
She is head of PR at TFE Hotels.
Nadia Daly is an award-winning journalist for 7.30, the ABC’s flagship news and current affairs TV show.
Based in Sydney, she reports from the field, interviews newsmakers and delves into the biggest issues facing Australia for the nightly program.
Prior to her national role with the 7.30 report she was a TV news reporter with the ABC in Sydney, filing stories and reporting live for the prime time evening news bulletin.
Daly has also worked as an anchor and reporter for the ABC in Darwin, as well as a journalist with CNN International in Hong Kong, Euronews in France and The Australian based in the Press Gallery of Parliament House, Canberra.
In 2017 she won Best Scoop/Newsbreaker at the NT Media Awards for her investigative report for 7.30, which exposed a series of appalling medical errors in Australia’s health system. The judges described her work as “reporting of the highest merit”. In 2020 she won the Star Prize for Rural Broadcasting for her in-depth report for 7.30 on the devastating impacts of Australia’s drought.
Nadia is passionate about improving the lives of women in the media industry, especially those with extra hurdles to overcome.
Wendy Fitzgibbon is currently Associate Editor, Digital at the Daily Telegraph in Sydney.
She has worked in the media for more than 25 years as an editor and journalist across both online and print for some Australia’s largest and most respected news organisations including News Corp Australia, Fairfax, NewsLocal and Rural Press.
A proud country girl hailing from Tamworth in northern NSW, Fitzgibbon earned an Arts degree majoring in Communications and Politics at the University of New England.
She began her career as a cadet journalist at the Armidale Express newspaper in 1995 before spending two years in London on a working holiday.
After returning to Australia in 2000, she joined the Courier Newspaper group in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, eventually being promoted to the role of Editor of the Southern Courier in 2003, the youngest to have ever taken the helm at the paper. She joined News Corp in 2007 and has since held senior editorial roles at the Daily Telegraph, the News Corp Network and NewsLocal.
Prior to her current role at the Daily Telegraph, Fitzgibbon was the Head of Digital at NewsLocal for three years where she oversaw the digital and social media strategy for NewsLocal’s 23 community websites across Sydney and the Central Coast and spearheaded the launch of five successful digital-only community websites in areas including Newcastle and the Illawarra.
She is passionate about breaking news and serving her audience, is a voracious reader and podcaster and a mad traveller and Instagrammer in her downtime.
Stephanie Famolaro is a senior executive at The Trade Desk and leads the business development team in ANZ, as well as the API/Platform Customisation initiative in APAC.
In her role, she is responsible for building relationships with leading agencies and brands in the region to develop intellectual property that helps solve each advertisers’ unique challenges. Prior to joining The Trade Desk in 2017, she worked at leading media technology company AOL (now Verizon Media) as Head of Platform Sales.
Famolaro brings over a decade of industry-related experience working in publisher, network and ad technology business.
She holds an Executive Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Sydney Business School and a Bachelor of Media and Communications from the University of Technology Sydney.