After a pandemic-triggered hiatus, Women in Media’s national conference was back and it sold out in record time.
Hosting by our Foundation Partner Bond University, we welcomed delegates from around the country – as well as a few from overseas – to celebrate change.
Industry leaders share how they have managed change
NATIONAL CONFERENCE EVE
Women in Media is always blown away by the generosity of speakers who volunteer their time to share their insights with our community and the sponsors who support our national conference.
The Star Gold Coast hosted a special reception at the Isolette Pool Club. Photos: Meg Keene.
IT’S ALMOST SHOWTIME
Delegates arrive for the 2022 national conference at Bond University. Photos: Meg Keene
WELCOME TO THE 2022 NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Emcee Kay McGrath officially opened the national conference followed by an Acknowledgement of Country from Professor Keitha Dunstan who is a proud descendant of the Mandandanji people of south-west Queensland.
Bond University Vice Chancellor and President Professor Tim Brailsford to deliver an address to delegates, revealing the university will support the Caroline Jones Women in Media Young Journalist’s Award.
Photos: Meg Keene.
LIVING THE STORY
Dr Libby Sander examines global research into the COVID impact on the media industry, future hybrid working models, the science behind why Zoom meetings are exhausting and talks about how to ‘clear’ your brain and set up boundaries to help handle this work-from-home evolution.
We are working from home (again) Dr Libby Sander shares seven tips to boost wellbeing and productivity.
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A SPECIAL MESSAGE ABOUT LEADERSHIP
EXPLORING THE METAVERSE
Metaverse matters and so does women’s role within it
CHAMPIONS OF CHANGE
Moderator Narelda Jacobs. Photo: Emma Brasier.
Koori Mail’s Naomi Moran. Photo: Emma Brasier
How these women fought for what’s right
Award-winning journalist Adele Ferguson. Photos: Meg Keene and Emma Brasier.
Freelance journalist Virginia Tapscott. Photos: Meg Keene and Emma Brasier.
10 questions with Naomi Moran
TRIBUTE TO THE LATE CAROLINE JONES
IT’S WORKSHOP TIME
ABC INVESTIGATIONS BOSS JO PUCCINI
‘Why would I have imposter syndrome? I’m the real deal’
Tangiora Hinaki, Lisa Muxworthy, and Annabelle Hickson talk to moderator Emma Macdonald about their career paths, highlights, low points and give tips on navigating a career in media and how to truly connect with an audience.
Tangiora Hinaki, the CEO of the only indigenous media hub in the Pilbara, Ngaarda Media.. Photo: Meg Keene
10 questions with Tangiora Hinaki
Galah Editor in Chief and Publisher Annabelle Hickson. Photos: Meg Keene and Emma Brasier.
Annabelle Hickson on regional Australia, Galah and the national conference
After the challenging life circumstances many women have faced during the pandemic, psychologist Dr Peta Stapleton gave practical tips on how to move beyond resilience to reclaim creativity and meaning in their professional and personal lives.
ALL THAT JAZZ
The incomparable Glynis Traill-Nash who is a fashion editor by day and jazz singer by night. We are so grateful that she has shared her talents at every national conference. Photo: Meg Keene.
CONNECTING ACROSS THE COUNTRY
AND WE’RE BACK FOR DAY TWO
RELAUNCHING YOUR CAREER
Women in Media’s Kathy McLeish presented key takeouts from a 2022 WiM report into industry research on challenges facing women in media. Kathy was joined by project leads ‘people connector’ Jude Batrac and high-power problem-solver Michelle Francis, and Relaunch Project participants Alice Gorman and Ashlynne McGhee on the lessons they learned from the career-changing program, which are take-home lessons for every woman in media.
Jude Batrac and Michelle Francis. Photo: Emma Brasier
Alice Gorman and Ashlynne McGhee. Photos: Emma Brasier
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LET’S GET LOUD
Women in Media asked the financial guru 10 questions. Learn more.
Six steps to plan for a second career
Change comes in many shapes and for women can be a double-edged sword as they endeavour to find that work-life balance. This panel has a depth of experience in navigating career stages and fulfilling women’s potential beyond the traditional roles of carers, wives, mothers, and grandmothers. Perhaps most importantly, they revealed how to avoid burnout (and ensure longevity!). Speakers Faith Agugu, Karen Koh, Christine Jackman, and Sam Trattles shared their experiences with moderator Cath Webber.
10 questions with Karen Koh
Two of the country’s most influential and inspirational journalists Leigh Sales and Lisa Millar quiz each other about their journeys – from how they have tackled perfectionism and fear to navigating change and finding purpose.
While they have been friends for decades, it was the first time the pair had shared a stage for a chat like this one.
Three reasons Lisa Millar is looking forward to the national conference
Lisa Millar and Leigh Sales are talking to us about Life Lessons and immediately they’re SO different from their TV personas. They’re funny, ‘normal’ and women you’d like to be friends with. #wimconf22
“What we don’t talk about enough is luck, the luck to get into jobs you want… and certain privileges that open paths up for you that aren’t open to other people,” Leigh Sales said. “I never wanted to be someone who overstayed their welcome.” #wimconf22 #LeighSales
“You never remember the stories you had to miss, but your kids remember the family holiday you ruined by working. You have to put in place boundaries. Women can find it hard to say no.” Leigh Sales on setting work/life boundaries. #wimconf2022 @WIM_Aus
“You can be empathetic and decent and honest and still succeed.” Lisa Millar on the craft of journalism at @WIM_Aus conference #wimconf2022
“Mistakes aren’t career-ending, generally, and not knowing things isn’t career-ending,” Lisa Millar on what she wishes she would have known as an early-career journalist. #wimconf22 #womeninmedia #LisaMillar
A FINAL BOW
Since its inception, the national conference has offered Bond University students the opportunity to join the pop-up newsroom.
It’s a unique chance for aspiring journalists to hear from the best in the business and make connections in the industry.
The 2022 student journalists tracked down the veterans of past pop-up newsrooms to find out where they are now.
Bond graduates launch careers inspired by Women in Media
Women in Media would like to thank the team responsible for the online coverage of the national conference led by board director Danielle Cronin.
Social media: Tatiana Carter, Regina Lovic and Jacinta Rose.
Photographers: Meg Keene and Emma Brasier.
Pop-up newsroom: Jen King, Rob Layton and Julie Browning.
Student reporters: Elka Devney, Chloe Hillcoat, Ella Strange, Tamsin Read, Macey Williams, and Lilli Wyatt.