New mentors revealed

NOTE: Applications for the 2018 mentor program have now closed

The value of mentors was a common theme that emerged from panel discussions at the first national Women in Media conference.

The Women in Media Queensland seized the opportunity announce the new group of mentors and call for applications for the program.

The mentors are:
Karina Carvalho
Michelle Cull
Alison Sandy
Paula Doneman
Shelley Lloyd
Elaine Ford
Madonna King
Jillian Whiting
Cindy Wockner
Kate Kyriacou
Bianca Clare
Danielle Cronin
Rachel Fountain
Kylie Lang

Karina Carvalho

Karina Carvalho began her journalism career with the BBC, working for BBC World News and HARDtalk as a producer.

Karina Carvalho

Karina headed back to Australia and began work at ABC News in Perth in 2007 as a TV and radio reporter before landing the role as Western Australia’s 7pm ABC News anchor.

In 2012, Karina moved to Melbourne and co-hosted the national daily program ABC News Breakfast on ABC1 and ABC News 24.
Karina now presents the 7pm News for Queensland. She’s presented the news from various locations around the state including Cairns and the Gold Coast.

Michelle Cull

Michelle Cull is the Public Relations Manager and spokesperson for one of the largest water utilities in Australia – Queensland Urban Utilities.

Michelle Cull

Michelle moved into public relations after a 20-year career as a journalist with the Nine Network.
Michelle managed a Brisbane PR agency for four years before joining Queensland Urban Utilities to lead its media team.

She specialises in developing strategic PR campaigns, issues management, emergency communications, digital communication, media training and proactive media.

Alison Sandy

Alison Sandy has been lodging Freedom of Information applications since starting her career 20 years ago and in May 2014, she joined the Seven Network to become the nation’s first female FOI Editor.

Alison Sandy

Alison is a fierce advocate of the media’s role in holding governments and its representatives to account.

She has successfully fought and won several appeals for access to documents under FOI laws and uncovered details that have contributed to positive changes in legislation.

This year, she was a finalist for two Walkley awards following exclusive stories on Child Brides and the extent of children being forced to marry much older men, and a year-long FOI investigation into the extent of sexual assaults across the nation’s 39 universities and state and federal police.

It was the largest FOI investigation to have occurred in the nation’s history and formed part of a key submission into the Australian Human Rights Commission’s own investigation into the issue.

Paula Doneman

A multi-award winning journalist and author, Paula Doneman is a Senior Investigative Producer with 7News.

Paula Doneman

Her 24-year career has spanned both newspapers and TV, having worked as the Chief Police Reporter and Crime Editor at The Courier-Mail.

During her stint at The Courier-Mail, she covered the story of serial killer Leonard Fraser and went on to write his biography Things A Killer Would Know.

In 2013, she helped reveal highly sensitive information showing a cover-up of the Australian Defence Force’s “Jedi Council” sex ring – under investigation for distributing details and images of themselves having sex with unwitting women.

Alongside her fellow journalist Rob Ovadia, they received a Walkley for the best TV/AV story and the 2014 NSW Media Les Kennedy award for outstanding investigative reporting in 2014.

Shelley Lloyd

Shelley Lloyd has worked as a broadcaster in both commercial and public radio and television for more than 25 years.

Shelley Lloyd

She has reported on both state and federal politics in Brisbane and Canberra.
Shelley has presented numerous programs, including the ABC’s Country Hour and the agenda-setting 612ABC Morning’s current affairs program.

For many years she was involved in the recruitment, training and mentoring of ABC regional reporters in Queensland. Currently, Shelley presents the ABC’s statewide morning news bulletins in Queensland. She is a regular guest speaker.

Elaine Ford

Elaine Ford has worked as a journalist and senior digital producer at ABC News Digital for more than 14 years.

Elaine Ford

In June 2008, she was appointed as the inaugural Queensland Digital News Producer for state coverage, based in the Brisbane newsroom.

Elaine has also been a volunteer mentor for journalism students from both QUT and Griffith University for the past 10 years and has also worked as a journalism tutor and guest lecturer at QUT.

Prior to joining the ABC in 2002, Elaine worked in various PR, marketing and executive support roles for almost 20 years in the private and public sectors.

Elaine relishes her ABC job in digital journalism producing stories from across Queensland and loves sharing her knowledge and experience for others to embrace the online rollercoaster ride.

Madonna King

Madonna King is an award-winning journalist and author. She authored the biographies of both Professor Ian Frazer and Joe Hockey and her seventh book is due out early next year.

Madonna King

She writes a weekly column in Brisbane Times and regular, larger pieces, for Good Weekend magazine in the Sydney Morning Herald and Age newspapers.
After completing the Australian Institute of Company Directors course for directors, Madonna is on two university not-for-profit boards.

She also travels Australia facilitating hypotheticals and emceeing events. She has two gorgeous daughters and a spunk of husband.

Jillian Whiting

Jillian Whiting is a journalist, TV presenter and mother of two girls who’s enjoyed a successful 20-year media career in Queensland.

Jillian Whiting

As a television newsreader and reporter, Jillian currently works as a presenter on Channel Seven’s popular lifestyle program, The Great South-East and also as a reporter for ‘Sunrise’.

Her extensive experience and high profile have now led to a role as director at Media Potential, working with businesses and individuals in media and presentation training and communication workshops.

Cindy Wockner

Cindy Wockner has been a journalist for 30 years, starting as a cadet at The Courier-Mail.

Cindy Wockner

After stints in Canberra and then at The Daily Telegraph in Sydney, where she worked as the legal affairs editor and deputy COS, Cindy moved to Indonesia. She spent seven years based in Indonesia, covering the arrest and trials of Schapelle Corby, the Bali Nine, the Bali bombers, natural disasters such as the 2004 tsunami and terrorist bombings.

In 2012 she moved to Nigeria to live, working for News Corp and The Times in London for two years before returning to Brisbane to live, continuing to cover events in Indonesia, including the execution of two members of the Bali Nine and the recent release from parole of Schapelle Corby.

Kate Kyriacou

Kate Kyriacou has been a crime journalist for more than 15 years, working for newspapers in South Australia, Victoria and Queensland.

Kate Kyriacou

She has won awards for her writing at both a state and national level and is the author of The Sting: The Undercover Operation That Caught Daniel Morcombe’s Killer.

Kate has been The Courier-Mail’s chief crime reporter since 2012.

Bianca Clare

Bianca Clare is a multi-award winning journalist and the Chief of Staff for ABC Sunshine Coast. She began her career as a cadet for the Coffs Coast Advocate in 2003 and has since worked across print, online, social media, radio and TV in regional bureaus in ACT, NSW and QLD.

Bianca Clare

Her specialist round was health and medical reporting and in 2009 she led an investigation into bungled unsupervised surgeries which led to changes in international doctor registrations.
She was news director at the Sunshine Coast Daily when it was awarded PANPA Newspaper of the Year in 2012.

Madonna King was Bianca’s Women in Media mentor in 2016, where she learnt the value of multi-skilling, networking and branding. When she’s not wrangling a newsroom, she’s wrangling a toddler.

Danielle Cronin

After a long career in newspapers including seven years in the federal press gallery, award-winning journalist Danielle Cronin is the first female editor of the Brisbane Times – Fairfax Media’s metropolitan news site recognised for innovative digital journalism.

Danielle Cronin

As a senior reporter for The Canberra Times, she spent seven years in the federal press gallery reporting on stories ranging from the coup that ended Kevin Rudd’s prime ministership to the Canberra firestorm. She was part of the team that won a Walkey award for coverage of the disaster that claimed four lives and destroyed about 500 homes.

A University of Queensland graduate with majors in journalism and political science, Danielle has worked as a journalist in Ipswich and Bundaberg as well as Africa when she was selected as the inaugural Independent Newspapers fellow for Australia.

Danielle is a volunteer on the Women in Media Queensland committee.

Rachel Fountain

Currently the senior producer of Brisbane’s Number 1 Breakfast show (ABC Radio Brisbane’s Breakfast with Craig Zonca), Rachel has worked across the country, broadcasting from big cities, beaches, bridges, music festivals and the dustiest, most far-flung outposts.

Rachel Fountain

Before the ABC she covered every round that regional newspapers could throw at her including, council, cops, crocs, Charolais and gossip.

After benefitting from the advice of seriously talented senior journalists, Rachel knows how important it is to have reliable, experienced people as a sounding board.

She’s currently obsessed by podcasts and audio on demand.

Kylie Lang

Kylie Lang is Associate Editor of The Courier-Mail newspaper. Her award-winning opinion column appears on Friday and previously ran for five years in The Sunday Mail.

Kylie Lang

She is also a leader writer for The Courier-Mail.

In 2014 she won the Clarion Award for Opinion, Critique and Analysis and presented a talk at TEDxNoosa on “Being Authentic in a Digital World”.

Kylie has edited Q-Weekend magazine, Brisbane News magazine and been a features editor of The Courier-Mail.

She began her journalism career in Sydney at The Australian and The Daily Telegraph and holds a Master of Arts degree in Mass Communication from the University of Iowa, a Honours degree in Japanese from Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Queensland.

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