Meet your Victorian committee.


Jane Canaway

Jane Canaway served a cadetship in England on regional broadsheets before moving to Australia.

Since then she has worked as a writer, sub-editor, and editor across a range of community newspapers (Fairfax titles, The Weekly Review) and magazines (New Idea, Your Garden, Home Beautiful), as well as freelancing for several years.

She has edited the book Plants of Melbourne’s Western Plains. It’s more interesting than it sounds.

She now writes for the ABC, mostly for Gardening Australia but also for ABC Life online.

Throughout her career she has held roles as a union delegate, serving on the Federal Council of MEAA for many years and as president of the media section in Victoria.

Canaway was a founding member of Women in Media Victoria and has served as secretary and convenor.

Committee Member

Sue Ahearn

Sue Ahearn is a media consultant and journalist specialising in the Pacific and Asia region.

She has lived and worked as a consultant on international media development projects in 10 countries in the region, including Myanmar, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. This work involved advising on the reform and change management of media organisations along with training journalists in editorial, digital and social media skills.

Her career also includes 25 years at the ABC where she worked in a variety of senior editorial roles. She is a former Editor of ABC International, Network Manager of Radio Australia, Asia Editor of Radio Australia and Executive Producer of Radio Australia News and Current Affairs. She is an Asialink Fellow.

Ahearn is currently working as a communications consultant with the International Finance Corporation, part of the World Bank Group, on renewable energy projects in the Pacific.

Committee Member

Joanne Crompton

Joanne Crompton has more than 20 years’ experience in journalism, media relations, strategic communications and government relations.

She is the Media Manager at Monash University in Melbourne.

Originally from Queensland, Crompton holds a Bachelor of Communications (Journalism) from the Gold Coast’s Bond University, where she was a John Burton Cadetship Scholar.

She has held senior roles as an adviser to government ministers and in the public service.

Committee Member

Isabelle Oderberg

Isabelle Oderberg was Australia’s first social media editor, at Melbourne’s Herald Sun, before becoming national social media editor for News Corp.

This came after years working in the newswire and online space at Reuters and Dow Jones (London), followed by AAP and then becoming the founding news editor of Alan Kohler’s Business Spectator.

Oderberg sat on the Melbourne Press Club board for five years and is a founding committee member of Women In Media Victoria.

She currently works in the not-for-profit sector as a communications, media and risk adviser.

Committee Member

Kristine Ziwica

Kristine Ziwica is a journalist and consultant based in Melbourne with more than 20 years of experience as a writer and feminist activist in a career that has taken her from New York to Berlin, London and now Australia.

She started her journalism career at Ms. Magazine in New York in 1997 before moving onto editorial roles at various magazines, including Travel & Leisure.

She was a 2002 Burns Journalism Fellowship recipient from the International Centre for Journalists, spending three months in Munich working for the weekend magazine of one of Germany’s largest daily newspapers, The Suddeutsche Zeitung.

She stayed on in Berlin to complete her Masters degree in European Politics while working as a freelance journalist for Germany’s public broadcaster Deutsche Welle and contributing to a variety of US media outlets.

More recently, she has led media and campaigns for the UK’s Equality and Human Rights Commission, served as an adviser to the UK’s End Violence Against Women Coalition, and established the media engagement program for Our Watch, Australia’s national foundation to prevent violence against women.