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A record number of workshops at the national conference

At our first two national conferences, delegates were keen on more workshops and we have listened. Women in Media will be running concurrent workshops on Friday and Saturday for conference delegates.

The workshop topics have been selected to EQUIP, ELEVATE, EMPOWER!

Before you get started, review the workshop descriptions and select one for each day. Three of the classes are offered on both days to offer more flexibility and places are limited on a small number of workshops so register early to avoid disappointment.

NOTE: Online registration has now closed. If you are yet to select workshops, you can still do so at the conference venue on the day. For some workshops, numbers are capped so please have a back-up selection just in case.


ON-CAMERA SKILLS with Suzanne Stark and Jillian Whiting

Feel more confident in front of the camera with tips from Suzanne Stark and Jillian Whiting.

On-camera skills is an accelerated program to give you the confidence and professional skills required to make an impact on camera. We’ve identified the key elements every good presenter needs and created a fast-track workshop for the Women in Media conference.

With the rise of digital marketing and social media – many professions require strong and memorable on-camera communication skills. In this practical workshop, you’ll learn the ropes on all aspects of presenting including voice, body language and performing pieces to camera.


  1. Messaging – How to connect with your audience effectively. Is your language right? Who’s your audience? And how will they remember you?

  2. Voice – Develop the fundamentals of good speech. Breathing, Articulation, Resonance, Tone, Projection, Pitch – learn the tricks of the trade to build your vocal potential.

  3. Body Language – How do you come across on camera? We look at hand movement, eye contact, energy levels and on-camera presence.

This session will be filmed with participants each performing a piece to camera.


Develop your data skills with Caroline Graham.

Being maths-adverse doesn’t mean you can’t tell good data-driven stories.

This workshop takes you through the basics of finding, analysing and interrogating and visualising data, with a focus on how core reporting skills can easily be applied to data-driven storytelling. You’ll also leave with a list of handy tools and resources.


Rob Layton will offer tips to improve your smartphone photography.

The leap-frogging space race among smartphone camera manufacturers and developers has led to a new era of photography as profound as the advent of the 35mm camera.

What smartphones lack in physical hardware is being compensated for computationally – often surpassing DSLR and mirrorless cameras – and placing once-elite photography practices into the hands of everyday users.


Learn more about interactive storytelling with Sue Bell.

What is interactive storytelling and how can you use this in your work? This introductory workshop will show you how to create graphics, video, audio, text and images to combine into an interactive story.

Increase online audience engagement by exploring new and interesting ways to tell a story and share on your website and social media pages.

Participants must be able to use a computer, mouse and keyboard and be able to work online. For this workshop please bring in your own laptop.

We will be using Adobe Spark. This is a free program but you will need to create an account before the workshop. Visit this website and follow the prompts. To do this go to the following webpage and follow the prompts.

If you need any help prior to the workshop then please contact the facilitator via email To familiarise yourself with interactive storytelling and linear and non-linear stories please these articles: Linear and non-linear storytelling and What is interactivity.


Join the masterclass with digital educator Corinne Podger.

We’ve all heard the phrase ‘imposter syndrome’, and how it challenges us to fully value our skills, abilities and ideas, and communicate our professional worth to others. This can carry over into our digital platforms – even though we know that having a strong and coherent personal digital brand can help build relationships with our peers in Australia and abroad and land our next job.

In this 80-minute masterclass with digital educator Corinne Podger, you’ll receive clear and practical tips on creating assertive, empowered and consistent personal brand messaging for LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. This will include:

  1. An overview of the pros and cons of each platform so you can make more informed decisions about whether they’re worth the time and effort;

  2. How to carry out a ‘competitor analysis’ of people with similar brands to you and how to improve your own branding in response;

  3. What types of platform-specific information and multimedia content work best on each platform;

  4. Practical guidance on using the back-end settings of these platforms to make them work harder for you; and

  5. Tips on proactive digital networking to get your work on the radar of people who need to see it.


Margot Andersen is obsessed with helping others create career momentum.

What we do matters! So does where we do it and who we do it with! Creating rich and rewarding careers don’t just happen. It requires us to take ownership.

To build real career ownership we need to understand what it is that creates meaningful value for ourselves and the organisations that we work for or aspire to work for.

This workshop explores the three key areas you need to consider and provides some practical frameworks to help you take action with confidence and purpose:

Clarity: Understanding the Business of You. Demand: Building relevance in your organisation, industry and network. Transferability: How to leverage your skills for the future.

TROLL HUNTING – beat the bullies with Ginger Gorman who wrote the book on cyber bullying

Go “Troll Hunting” with Ginger Gorman.

The online world is full of perils, not just for children, but for anyone who ventures into public forums such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

In fact, research shows women in the media are three times as likely to be attacked online as their male counterparts. We have to be online for work – and yet it’s an unsafe worksite.

Australian journalist and author of the book Troll Hunting, Ginger Gorman knows this firsthand. She’ll introduce you to some predator trolls, explain their motivations and give you practical tips to help yourself and others who are attacked online.


Rob Layton takes students through the finer points of underwater photography.

Using an iPhone for underwater photography may still be niche but there is a growing interest and in this workshop.

Rob Layton will take you through the gear, the apps and the techniques needed to take great underwater images and vision. This workshop will involve a presentation and a demonstration in a swimming pool so bring your swimsuit and towel – you’re likely to get wet.

PODCASTS THAT POP with Caroline Graham

Award-winning podcaster Caroline Graham.

The Australian podcast audience is growing by 56% a year and the medium gives reporters an opportunity to tell stories that have an enduring cultural presence.

This workshop looks behind the scenes of the true-crime podcast Lost in Larrimah and covers the basics of podcasting, from pitching to recording, scripting, editing and publishing.

BRAND COMMUNICATION with Suzanne Stark and Jillian Whiting

The workshop focuses on how to represent yourself.

Your brand is how people think and feel about who you are, and what you do. What are your values and how are you communicating them?

This workshop concentrates on the fundamentals of communication and how you represent yourself professionally and personally.

It’s designed to heighten your self-awareness, by recognising the kind of communicator you are and then identify practical ways to sharpen your communication skills whether it’s in meetings, presentations or “on-air”.

The aim: to give you the tools to present your own authentic messages with confidence.

  1. Values: Who are you? What are your personality traits? How do you want to come across? How to build confidence in who you are.

  2. Communication skills: Overcoming nerves and building a strong voice, confident body language and good eye contact.

  3. Presenting style: Finding the right language to be an engaging speaker. How to bring the right energy and presence to speaking in front of any audience.



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