First Speakers Announced

We’re pleased to announce the first speakers for our national conference – a champion of media diversity, a living treasure and an award-winning journalist who brings us the big headlines at breakfast time.

Diversity Champion Antoinette Lattouf

Antoinette Lattouf is the co-founder and Director of Media Diversity Australia, a not-for-profit organisation that is working to make our news media more reflective of all Australians.

Lattouf is a multi-award-winning journalist whose career spans television, radio and online.

She is a senior reporter who has worked on a range of programs in both commercial and public broadcasting media including AM, PM and The World Today, Ten Eyewitness News, Hack on triple j, Studio10, SBS ‘s Insight, ABC’s 7pm News and Media Watch.

She is a journalism lecturer at Macleay College and an Ambassador for the Gidget Foundation.

Award-winning journalist Virginia Trioli

Two-time Walkley Award winner Virginia Trioli is one of Australia’s best-known journalists, with a formidable reputation as a television anchor, radio presenter, writer and commentator.

For the past decade, she has fronted the ABC’s News Breakfast program.

She has also hosted prime-time radio programs on 774 ABC in Melbourne and 702 ABC in Sydney and held senior positions at The Age newspaper and the Bulletin Magazine.

In 1995, Trioli won Australian journalism’s highest honour, the Walkley Award for business reporting.

Several years later, she won a second Walkley for her interview with the former Defence Minister Peter Reith over the Children Overboard Affair. She famously asked him how a picture of child asylum seekers in the water proved their parents had thrown them overboard.

Living Treasure Caroline Jones

Caroline Jones AO is a writer and broadcaster with a 50-year association with the ABC.

She was the first woman reporter on This Day Tonight (1968-72), and the first woman to anchor Four Corners (1972-81), concurrently with broadcasting on ABC Sydney morning radio.

For eight years on ABC Radio National (1987-1994), Jones presented The Search for Meaning programs, in which hundreds of Australian men and women told of their lives. Books and tapes of the conversations were widely distributed around Australia.

Jones’s fifth book, An Authentic Life, Finding Meaning and Spirituality in Everyday Life, became one of the best-sellers of 1998.

The Search for Meaning programs provided one of the inspirations for Australian Story on ABC TV. Jones contributed to and presented Australian Story from its inception (1996-2016).

Jones has won numerous media awards, including a Logie in 1972,  a Walkley Award for outstanding contribution to journalism in 2013, and several Media Peace Prize Gold Citations. She was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1988.

The National Trust of Australia voted Jones one of Australia’s Living Treasures in 1997.

Antoinette Lattouf, Virginia Trioli, and Caroline Jones will speak at the 2018 Women in Media conference.

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