Q&A with the Speakers

2017 CONFERENCE

The speakers have been introduced and the program has been revealed. Now read what they think about some key issues in the media.

We hope to see you at our first national conference at Bond University and The Star Gold Coast on October 27 and 28, 2017.

Rachel Hancock
Kim Porteous
Tracey Spicer
Christine Middap
Nassim Khadem

Question Time with Kathy Lipari: Executive Editor at News360

What is your view on the future of the media?
I think the media has a bright future, sure it will continue to evolve and we have had to absorb a lot of change in a short space of time. There are fewer jobs in some parts of the industry but there are still lots of opportunities for talented, passionate and committed journalists who strive to create amazing content.

Kathy Lipari

As everyone and anyone continues to explore and dabble with their ability to become a “publisher”, credibility and trust is and will become increasingly important.
This means traditional media companies who have invested in and continue to invest in quality journalism will hold their places in the ongoing shakeup within the turbulent world of content creation.

The secret to thriving in the media?
Focus on delivering quality content. Be flexible, engaging, dynamic across all platforms. At the end of the day it is still all about telling people amazing stories about people.

If you could have three guests to lunch who would they be and why?
Ivanka Trump to ask please explain
Justin Trudeau – obvious reasons – when he was asked about Cabinet gender equality his answer was blunt and simple “because it’s 2015”
Jamie Oliver so he can cook and I don’t have to and he is amazing, stands up for what he believes in, exceptionally passionate and a great role model for young people

Tip for women in media
Stand up for yourself, back yourself, if you don’t do this for yourself how can you expect anyone else to.

 

Question Time with Nassim Khadem: Business Deputy Editor at Fairfax Media 

What’s your view of the media?
In a world of instantaneous tweets and fake news, the role of the Fourth Estate is becoming more important than ever. Those media organisations that can hold people and organisations to account will continue to play an integral role.

Nassim Khadem

What’s the secret to surviving in the media?
Stay passionate. I personally became a journalist because of a curiosity about the world around me and a desire to make a positive change with what I write. This still drives me.

If you could have three guests to lunch who would they be and why?
I would like to have Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama to lunch at once. I think the ‘why’ is evident…

 

 

Question Time with Christine Middap: Weekend Australian Magazine Editor

What’s your view on the future of the media?
Cautiously optimistic

Christine Middap

The secret to thriving in media?
Keep generating ideas

If you could have any three guests to lunch, who would they be and why?
The authors/writers Margaret Atwood, Rachel Cusk and Helen Garner. Think of the conversation!

Top tip for women in media?
Go for it

 

 

Question Time with Tracey Spicer: Journalist and author

What’s your view on the future of the media?
I’m optimistic about the future, despite the increasing fragmentation of the industry. Yes, it’s a tragedy that jobs are being lost in traditional media, but exciting new roles are emerging in the digital space. At the start, many of these jobs paid little. Now, they’re part of the mainstream. These platforms are amplifying women’s voices like never before. This is why I believe the future of media is female. Diversity improves the bottom line, and that’s good for everyone.

Tracey Spicer

The secret to thriving in media?
Work bloody hard, stand up for yourself, and find your unique voice.

If you could have any three guests to lunch, who would they be and why?
U.K. writer Caitlin Moran, because she reaches the centre in the fight for equality by using humour.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who uses plain language to explain feminism to an African audience.

And Christine Amanpour because – well, I think that’s self-explanatory. She’s a goddam living legend.

Top tip for women in media?
I have three. Asking for pay rises is like vote-rigging: ask early and ask often. There’s no such thing as sororal cannibalism: sisters should support sisters. And call out everyday discrimination: fight the good fight for all women.

 

Question Time with Kim Porteous: Award-winning digital pioneer

What’s your view on the future of the media?
It’s bright – we’ve never had as much access to the current range of reporting tools, from technologies which help us mine massive unstructured datasets to the various storytelling technologies enabling us to engage the public with journalism like never before. We’re still awaiting the killer business model to make more of it sustainable, however.

Kimberley Porteous

The secret to thriving in media?
Stay curious, consume widely, always ask how you can make your stories more relatable and comprehensible.

If you could have any three guests to lunch, who would they be and why?
Barangaroo: who refused to be shamed by the English colonisers into wearing clothes and who purportedly intervened during the flogging of a convict (who was being punished for stealing from the Aboriginal community, no less) by snatching the executioner’s stick and menacing him with it.

Bennelong: because I’d love to hear what it was really like navigating the two cultures and his adventures being paraded around London, and what he makes of Sydney Harbour now.

Jane Austen: to enjoy her skewering all the pretentious hypocrites in contemporary life.

Top tip for women in media?
Always do what you can to help out other women in the news media because this is still very much a man’s world.

 

Question Time with Rachel Hancock: Deputy Editor of The Courier-Mail and The Sunday Mail.

What’s your view on the future of the media?
I get asked this a lot, usually preceded with “newspapers are heading for extinction”. But to be honest, I believe there’s never been a better time to work as a journalist. What a journalist can do today to bring a story to life, across many platforms, is amazing and the developments in digital continue to amaze me. So in short, the future is very bright!

Rachel Hancock

The secret to thriving in media?
Demonstrating passion and always with the consumer in mind. And being adaptable to change at a very fast rate. I also think being able to market your story across social media platforms and get it in front of as many people as possible is key. And underpinning all this is credibility. People have to trust your brand, therefore they will trust what you are delivering.

Top tip for women in media?
Find a great pack of women. Connect with these women regularly, whether it’s within the same industry or in other industries. These connections are invaluable when you need to call on them, for advice, just a general “get stuff off your chest” chat, or face-to-face get-togethers where everything discussed is in-confidence.

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