Meet your South Australia committee.
Samela Harris is Convenor of Women In Media SA.
A member of the SA Journalists’ Hall of Fame and an Australia Day Ambassador, her newspaper career in the UK and Australia included years as Arts Editor, Op-Ed writer, senior features writer, Internet columnist, gossip columnist, food writer, senior theatre critic and inaugural online editor of The Advertiser.
She was the first woman employed as a full-time general reporter on The News in Adelaide and also the first female Australian Rules football columnist in Australia.
She was founding chair of the Adelaide Critics Circle.
She is the author of a humorous cookbook, On a Shoestring: Recipes from the House of the Raising Sons.
She is chair of the SA Media Awards, reviews theatre for thebarefootreview.com.au, travel blogs at SaTrek.blogspot.com and blogs when the mood strikes her at angrypenguin.blogspot.com.
Arna Eyers-White studied a politics degree at the University of Adelaide, taught communication and public relations, and currently works in the School of Creative Industries at the University of South Australia.
In the 20 years between, she was the Publishing Editor and Senior Arts Writer for dB Magazine in Adelaide.
She was awarded the Centenary Medal of Australia for Services to the Music Industry, is a founding member of the Adelaide Critics Circle, and Treasurer of Women in Media South Australia.
She also plays ukulele!
Although Karyn Foster no longer considers herself part of mainstream marketing in SA after more than 35 years in the business, she has proven herself in the Adelaide PR arena.
Indeed, Karyn Foster PR captured a niche in the South Australian marketing scene, equal to no other, and enjoyed a unique success.
Foster specialised in publicity, promotions, presentation and event management for the business sector – specialising in food, beverages and hospitality; building, construction and real estate; retail; fashion and entertainment; various government agencies and charities.
She believes public relations provides a vital link between the commercial world and the media, specific consumer markets and the broader public.
Public relations also provides clients with credibility not obtained by advertising alone.
To this end, Foster was always strongly committed to her clients and their products and services.
After completing a BA at Adelaide University and then a post-grad accountancy degree at Flinders, Foster decided on a change in career direction and worked in the marketing department at Myer.
Following this, she took up the post of PR and Fundraising Manager at the Queen Victoria Hospital. After a successful stint at the Queen Vic at the age of 24, Foster decided to branch out and create her own PR company – Foster Public Relations. The rest as they say, is history.
Five years ago she decided to re-focus on prostate cancer, after having worked for them for four years as a consultant.
During that time, she discovered three generations of her father’s family had died of prostate cancer, while four generations of her mother’s family have had breast cancer.
Genetically that is a time bomb. Foster feels if she is going to make a contribution to our community, this is the area she wants to work in – promoting awareness, creating support and raising funds for research into cancer.
As well as a strong commitment to her clients, Foster has worked on numerous boards and for numerous charities, including the Red Cross, Save The Children Fund, Flinders Medical Research Foundation, Variety Club and the Australian Paralympics Federation.
She served on the SA Wine Press Club for more than 30 years, with McLaren Vale Grape Wine and Tourism; Rob Gerard’s Quarter Club raising funds for both the Olympic and Commonwealth Games appeals; and last but not least for her aunt Geraldine Cox who is the founder of the Sunrise Children’s Orphanages in Cambodia.
Foster also served as chairman of the biggest children’s festival in the Southern Hemisphere – Come Out.
Her writing commitments included positions as a columnist for the Sunday Mail on shopping, travel, home building, gardening and gossip; a weekly restaurant review for Rip It Up magazine for over five years; and now a regular column for Winestate Magazine.
Adelaide-born, Kate Hannon has worked as a journalist in Adelaide, Melbourne and principally in Canberra covering federal politics where she won a Walkley for Best News Report in 2000.
She has also worked as a senior media adviser for a State Premier and federal Cabinet Ministers.
In more recent years, Hannon has been working in media and communications roles in federal and state government agencies and in
the not-for-profit sector including three years as media and communications manager at the Royal Flying Doctor Service (Central Operations).
She is currently Director, Media and Communications at the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.
She has been on the Women in Media South Australia committee since April 2018 and has been a financial member of the MEAA since 1984.
She believes WIM gives women who work in journalism, media and communications a chance to grow professionally while providing support for one another.
Kara Jung is an award-winning journalist with more than 15 years’ media experience, including political reporter for The Advertiser and Deputy Editor-in-chief at Messenger News.
She is currently Digital Editor at Messenger News, News Corp columnist and co-chair on several editorial projects including The Advertiser’s 2019 Year of the Woman campaign.
Megan Lloyd is an experienced journalist, editor, communications practitioner and corporate affairs specialist.
In more than 20 years with News Corporation where she started as a cadet reporter, she held various roles including Editor of the Sunday Mail (SA) in 2008-2013 and Editor-in-Chief of Messenger Community News in 2004-2008.
She was also Chief of Staff for both the Sunday Mail and Messenger, where she simultaneously edited the monthly lifestyle magazine Adelaide Matters for three years. After an extensive and highly regarded media career, Lloyd made the successful transition into corporate affairs, communications and media relations in such diverse sectors as defence (with ASC), automotive manufacturing (with GM Holden) and more recently in the power and energy sector, as Corporate Affairs and Communications Manager at ElectraNet.
In between these roles, Lloyd has also run her own media, communications and issues management consultancy advising diverse clients in housing, construction, sporting and retail sectors, a coalition of residents’ and community action groups in South Australia and developing a sustainable fundraising plan for homeless women’s agency, Catherine House.
She is also a director of Ruby Union SA.
In 2018, she was a member of the 2018 Public Relations Institute of Australia Golden Target Award Corporate In-house Team of the Year and 2018 Mumbrella CommsCon In-house PR Team of the Year and finalist in Best Business to Customer Campaign for Holden’s end of manufacturing.
Lloyd sees WIM as a forum for women in media and allied communications professions to come together, nurture and learn from each other.
Louise Pascale’s media career began more than 20 years ago in radio.
Since then she has worked in Australia and the United Kingdom as a producer and journalist.
Her documentaries have been seen on televisions across Europe, the US and the UK.
As a freelance journalist, she is published locally and nationally in both print and online.
Her feature documentary, Sons & Mothers released in 2013, has won multiple awards including two AACTA Awards.
She currently runs her own media consultancy Pascale Media where she specialises in social issues and ethical products. She also delivers professional development training for women with her business partner LJ Loch with their company Outspoken Women.
Dr Collette Snowden was one of the founding members of WIM SA and remains committed to supporting and encouraging women in media through public engagement and discussion, social interaction and solidarity.
She is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Creative Industries at the University of South Australia.
Before becoming an academic she worked in a range of applied communication and media roles, as a freelance writer, musician, journalist, broadcaster, media advisor, communication manager and communication strategist.
Snowden’s research and teaching examines technology and the transformation of communication and media practices, and the effects of interaction between technology, language, society and media.
Her PhD examined the impact of the introduction of mobile communications and the consequences for media practices.
Katie Spain is a journalist, wine writer and author.
She grew up on a dairy farm in South Australia but found her writing groove (and a serious vintage clothing addiction) in London where she worked in music, travel and West End theatre journalism and hosted a digital radio show in the backstreets of Shoreditch.
She dabbled in Sydney’s world of commercial radio before heading back to Adelaide to concentrate on accumulating keyboard strokes.
Career highlights include feature writing for The Adelaide* Magazine, SA Weekend Magazine, Australian Wine Business Magazine, and food and wine writing for The Advertiser, Sunday Mail, The Advertiser Food Guide, and Gourmet Traveller’s Restaurant Guide.
She also got a kick out of donning the editor hat for Broadsheet Adelaide, Fritz Magazine and G’Day Magazine.
She is a regular guest on 5AA and ABC radio and is the author of The Producers: A Taste of South Australia and co-author of Adelaide Central Market – Stories, People & Recipes.
She likes wearing glitter, strange hats and ridiculously bright clothes and will continue to do so until she’s old and grey.
If she’s not behind her keyboard, she can usually be found scouring the country for stories in a tiny vintage caravan called Charlie.