Tasmania

Meet your Tasmanian committee.

Convenor

Catherine Zengerer

Catherine Zengerer was bitten by the radio bug as a listener a long time ago and as a producer and presenter in 2006.

She’s still in love with the story-telling medium, though these days she listens on an app on her phone or to a variety of podcasts.

Now with more than 10 years’ experience in the industry, she has worked at Radio Adelaide, 2SER in Sydney and ABC in Launceston before settling in Hobart where she is Senior Producer on ABC Radio Hobart’s Statewide Mornings Program.

A political animal, Zengerer relishes being immersed in current affairs because every day is a new challenge.

She loves getting new projects off the ground and started a journalist and PR Collective in Adelaide called Uncanny Media and was a founding member of the South Australian Radio Collective who ran podcast listening parties.

Now she’s the founding Tasmanian convenor of Women in Media.

Deputy Convenor

Sue Bell

Sue Bell is a digital learning consultant and an interactive media specialist.

She designs, develops, and delivers digital media, design thinking, and cyber entrepreneurship training for private organisations, tertiary institutions, and media professionals.

Her passion is to up-skill women in the digital technology space and to expand people’s online engagement using interactive storytelling for social media platforms.

She also teaches micro-credentialed courses on how to write stories for new and emerging technologies, including virtual, augmented, and mixed reality.

Sue is the founder and director of the successful Launceston Freelance Festival where Australia’s top freelancers converge for several days of workshops, networking, and fun.

Deputy Convenor

Rhiana Whitson

Rhiana Whitson is State Political Reporter for ABC News in Tasmania, based in Hobart.

Like many overworked journalists these days, she files for across TV, online and radio.

Her work has been recognised by the Tasmanian Media Awards, the Melbourne and National Press Clubs.

Whitson joined the ABC in 2012, previously working in Victoria. She started her career at Fairfax’s community newspaper The Melbourne Times.

Committee Member

Linda Hunt

Linda Hunt is a Lecturer and PhD Candidate at The Media School at the University of Tasmania.

Her research is investigating news media framing of Australia’s interests in Antarctica and how this influences public discourse and policy development.

She also works as a part-time science communicator for the ARC Centre for Forest Value at the University of Tasmania.

Hunt’s media career has spanned 30 years.

As a journalist, she has reported for all news media platforms including television, radio, print and digital.

As a senior journalist for ABC News in Hobart from 2007 to 2018, Hunt reported, produced and presented news on radio and television.

She has covered major news events from state elections to natural disasters; and has produced original journalism which has garnered numerous awards.

Science, environment and health stories have been a particular focus of her news career, with two assignments to Antarctica among the highlights.

Committee Member

Nina Hendy

Nina Hendy is a freelance business and finance journalist writing for a core group of editors who rely on her to feed them stories that matter to their respective audiences.

She’s been a regular contributor to The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian Financial Review and INTHEBLACK for more than a decade.

Hendy also crafts branded content for various publications and brands such as Qantas magazine, Westpac, RMIT University, Prospa, Commonwealth Bank, CPA Australia and Steadfast.

She started as a cadet journalist in newspapers more than two decades ago.

She has worked as a police reporter in regional Victoria and was a senior reporter in a business magazine based in Melbourne for five years.

Hendy is also the founder of The Freelance Collective – a vetted online community of Australian creative freelancers who promote their skills on the platform to get found by clients seeking their expertise for projects.

Committee Member

Megan Macdonald

Megan Macdonald is a social media producer for ABC Hobart.

She is Tasmanian-born, and studied journalism and media at the University of Tasmania.

She previously worked in magazine publishing and digital communications in Melbourne, Victoria, and is personally interested in pop culture and the changing ways in which audiences are interacting with new media.

She is passionate about gender equality in media industries.

Josie Hobart

Committee Member

Josie Hobart

After moving to Tasmania from NSW Josie completed her studies at UTAS with majors in Journalism, Media and Communications, and Sociology. After time spent travelling throughout Europe and the US, Josie returned to real world living and started her career with Metro Tasmania in their Marketing and Communications team.

Josie now works with the ABC, looking after local radio marketing across Tasmania as well as in NSW and the ACT. Having always had a strong interest in media and journalism, she couldn’t be happier working in communications and marketing within a public broadcaster like the ABC.

Having now lived in Tasmania for over a decade, Josie believes she now holds ‘local’ status – though some say it takes a lifetime! She is very pleased to be a part of the new Women in Media chapter, and is looking forward to seeing the Tasmania chapter’s aims and objectives come to life

Committee Member

Claire Fitzgerald

Claire Fitzgerald is currently Director of Corporate Affairs and Public Relations at Tasmania’s Mona (Museum of Old and New Art). A senior corporate affairs advisor, Claire has diverse experience developing and delivering strategy in a range of in-house, consultancy and board/director roles. 

Prior to moving to Tasmania for Mona, she worked in-house for National Australia Bank, Australia Pacific Airports Corporation (Melbourne Airport and Launceston Airport) and Museums Victoria (Australia’s largest public museum organisation where the portfolio included Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks and an influential science research centre). In consultancy, her clients spanned tourism, accommodation, business and boutique food and beverage brands. 

Claire holds a B.Communication (Public Relations) from RMIT. Her core skills are in strategy, government relations, change management, reputation management, project management and stakeholder communications. 

Claire loves community radio. She was a Director, volunteer representative and program advisor at Triple R Broadcasters in Melbourne for four years, and a volunteer producer and presenter for eight.


Brancher CEO Holly Brailsford talks mentoring

Brancher CEO Holly Brailsford talks to the ABC’ s Jane Longhurst about the launch of the Women in Media mentoring project in Tasmania. The program is open to all women working in the media who want to take their career to the next level, and it’s a great opportunity for established professional women wanting to give back and support other women.
ABC interview with Holly Brailsford


Applications for our 2019 mentoring program

NOTE: Applications for our 2019 mentoring program are now closed. If you would like to be the first to hear about our next mentoring program opportunity, please complete this short form. 

Are you a driven woman working in media wanting to take your career to the next level, or an established media professional wanting to give back to the industry and support other women?

Women in Media and Brancher are collaborating to bring women working in media (and Tasmania) a fresh, transformative, and evidence-based mentoring program.

About the program:

  1. We have partnered with Brancher, a mentoring platform that uses research and evidence-based assessments, to match compatible mentees and mentors;
  2. We help find you the ideal match and provide you with support and resources;
  3. It’s free – there are no costs involved for mentees or mentors;
  4. All women working in media and Tasmania are eligible to apply; and
  5. It’s a 12-month program, kicking off in October 2019.

Interested in finding out more?

Apply now by completing an online application form:

Applications close August 31, 2019.