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.

Sunrise’s Edwina Bartholomew

Edwina Bartholomew is a reporter and presenter on Australia’s number one breakfast show, Sunrise. She has worked in television and radio news for more than 13 years.

Edwina enjoys one of the most diverse roles at the Seven Network. As well as her work on Sunrise, Edwina is part of the Olympic and Spring Carnival coverage for Seven Sport and has filed longer stories for the network’s flagship current affairs program, Sunday Night.

Her work has taken her to Peru, Canada, America, Mexico, Dubai, Spain, East Timor, the Solomon Islands, New Zealand – and right around Australia on a continuous 40,000km Lap of the Map. She has skydived, bungee jumped and abseiled off a 33-storey building all LIVE on air.

As a reporter with 2GB and Seven News, Edwina has also covered major news events including the Christchurch earthquake, Brisbane floods and Vanuatu cyclone. She has interviewed the likes of Xanana Gusmao, Al Gore, Andre Agassi, Coldplay, Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth and Hugh Jackman.

Edwina completed her journalism degree at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst and later studied a Master of International Relations at Sydney University. She won her very first job with Channel Seven in a competition in 2003. Since then, Edwina has done every role at the network from making coffee to producing to hosting Sunrise, The Morning Show and the Olympic Opening Ceremony.

An accomplished presenter, Edwina has hosted corporate events for the Royal North Shore Hospital, Metcash and the NSCA Foundation. Edwina is an Ambassador for the Nelune Foundation and Y House in Melbourne.

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

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