In honour of International Women’s Day over the weekend, Mediaverse’s latest blog post is shining a spotlight on three women who are making their mark on Australia’s media landscape.
From producing documentaries to creating online videos for The Frant, so far, Jan Fran has had a wide-ranging and varied career – one that notably includes winning a Walkley Award, Australian journalism’s highest honour. After getting her start as a cadet journalist for SBS and hosting their series The Feed for six years, Jan Fran has gone on to appear across a range of shows as a panellist and commentator including The Project, Q & A and The Drum. Beyond taking the Australian media landscape by storm, Jan Fran is an advocate for the rights of girls and marginalised young people as an ambassador for Plan International Australia, hosting the podcast Sexism and the City as part of this role. Adding further to her podcasting duties, Jan Fran is currently educating Australians on the business of death for the ABC podcast The Pineapple Project.
After gaining recognition as Triple J’s resident morning newsreader since 2016, Gamilaroi Gomeroi woman Brooke Boney made the move from radio to TV taking on the challenge of becoming Channel 9’s TODAY entertainment reporter in 2019. As the first Indigenous presenter on Australian commercial breakfast television, Boney entered the role with a breadth of experience, with political reporting for NITV in addition to her role at Triple J under her belt. Boney has been vocal in speaking on Indigenous issues and her own experiences as an Indigenous woman in Australia. This includes generating widespread support for beginning her news bulletins on Triple J with ‘Yaama’, which translates to ‘hello’ in Gamilaroi, and expressing her view that the Australia Day date be moved. Currently, you can catch Boney delivering Australians their morning entertainment news in her continuing capacity as TODAY’s entertainment reporter in 2020 alongside a new cast of presenters.
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love supporting women who take the plunge and go out on their own to start their own businesses. I met the lovely @stephycalla at a wedding in Mexico a few weeks ago. I loved the dress she was wearing and she told me it’s her own label @foxiedox … I obvs went and bought it straight away. Go check it out and support other women doing excellent things… if you’re one of the women looking to do something legendary on your own but you don’t know where to start or you’re just plain terrified check out my podcast with @futurewomen … every week I talk to a woman who’s done just that! They all have incredible advice ❤️💘💖💟 (link in bio)
Alice Workman cemented her place in Australian media as a political commentator across a varied range of programs and as Buzzfeed’s political editor until 2019. That year saw Workman change tracks from Buzzfeed to take on the role of political reporter and Strewth columnist at The Australian. Workman has been responsible for bringing to light important stories in the Australian political sphere that saw her honoured as both the National Press Club’s Young Journalist of the Year and Mumbrella Publish Awards’ Journalist of the Year in 2018. Her proven understanding of the Australian political landscape has also landed her appearances on ABC’s Insiders and Q&A. With Workman just a year into her role at The Australian there’s no doubt she’ll continue to scale new heights and make significant contributions to political reporting for years to come.
At Mediaverse women make up 57% of the team and we see the benefits of a gender diverse workforce everyday. As a team, a commitment to furthering gender equality in our professional lives and beyond is something that we are constantly striving for. #EachforEqual #IWD2020
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