Have you ever felt frustrated about the representation of women in journalism? I have! I’d love to see more women journalists reporting in all fields but I know there are serious structural forces working against this. I also think there’s a problem with selecting women as subjects and experts, with the same long-held ideas that women only know certain things, or that audiences don’t trust female voices.
Recently we’ve had national discussions about harassing women journalists at work (Mel McLaughlin, Monica Radulovic) the integrity and intelligence of competing women journalists has been called into question (Samantha Armytage, Virginia Hausegger), and columnists have gone public about the abuse they receive just for doing their job (Van Badham, Clementine Ford).
So it has real issues, and is undergoing massive changes, but journalism is still one of the major ways we make sense of the world. Like many sectors it can be hugely difficult for women, both as practitioners and subjects, but also genuinely empowering, so we’re going to spend the next CLF talking to some incredible women journos about their experiences and insights.
Join me as I welcome to the CLF stage:
Giselle A. Nguyen: columnist, activist, feminist
Amy K. Middleton: editor, writer, feminist
Laurel Irving: television reporter, broadcaster, feminist
With your host, Karen Pickering.
Tuesday 1 March 6 for 6.30 start
The Melba Speigeltent
35 Johnston St Collingwood (next to the Tote)
Tickets $15 prebooked online $20 on the door
Wheelchair accessible, kid-friendly
Food truck on site, bar open all show
Would love to see you there!
We’d love to see you!