Tasmania

Meet your Tasmanian committee.

Convenor

Sue Bell

Linda Hunt
Committee Member

Linda Hunt

Deputy Convener

Megan Macdonald

Josie Hobart
Committee Member

Josie Hobart

Sue Bailey
Committee Member

Sue Bailey

Ingrid Harrison
Committee Member

Ingrid Harrison

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.

Linda Hunt

Committee Member

Linda Hunt

Linda Hunt is an Associate Lecturer in media and communication at the University of Tasmania.

She is the media program’s News and Journalism coordinator and course
coordinator of the Master of Strategic Communication.

Linda is affiliated with the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research, and the Institute for Social Change.

Linda is conducting PhD research into news media representations of Antarctica.

Before joining the University of Tasmania, Linda was a broadcast journalist for ABC News.

Deputy Convener

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

Sue Bailey

Committee Member

Sue Bailey

Sue Bailey is based in Hobart and works two days a week for The Advocate and The Examiner newspapers.

She began her cadetship in radio and television at the ABC in 1978 and has worked in many different media roles including at The Mercury newspaper where she pioneered job sharing in 1993.

Sue was the first female secretary of the former Australian Journalists’ Association and was awarded the union’s highest honour, a gold honour badge in 1991.

She worked in politics for 13 years and was head of the Tasmanian Government Media Office for three years from 2010.

Ingrid Harrison

Committee Member

Ingrid Harrison

Ingrid Harrison is director and co-owner of strategic public relations and marketing communications company of Bright Company.

She is the previous co-owner and director of Corporate Communications (CCTas), corporate affairs manager of ABC Tasmania and corporate affairs director of the University of Tasmania. She began her professional career as a journalist with the Mercury newspaper, was a political journalist for the Examiner newspaper (in Hobart) and with ABC Radio and TV in Hobart.

Ingrid is a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Australia, a former state president of the Public Relations Institute of Australia, a former national director of the Public Relations Institute of Australia, a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Tasmania, a former director of Common Ground Tasmania homelessness project and a former director of Catholiccare Tasmania.

She edited a number of publications and several community newspapers including the CCTas-owned Eastern Shore Sun and is currently editor of Brighton Community News published byBrighton Council.


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.

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.

Applications close August 31, 2019.