|Welcome to this week's AAP Medianet, where we are celebrating the amazing achievements of women in media this International Women's Day. Featuring notable career moves, our Editor's pick for news release of the week, journalist spotlight and upcoming events.
This Week's Media Movements
Tiffany Dunk has been named as the managing editor of Foxtel's lifestyle.com.au. She was previously an editor at DOLLY magazine and a national TV editor at News Corp. Tiffany has been freelancing for Mamamia, Marie Claire, WHO, The Australian Women's Weekly and other publications in the last few years.
Jac Bowie has joined 94.7 The Pulse as a breakfast co-host in Geelong. She was an online content manager (Victoria and South Australia) and a drive announcer at Grant Broadcasters until 2017. Jac is currently the CEO at Soar Collective, a networking venture for women in business, and CEO of Darling Don't Panic, a wedding styling and planning business.
Bianca O'Neil will be Furst Media's new content lead as of Monday 12th March, working across titles Fort, Mixdown, Beat Magazine and Fashion Journal Magazine. She was previously an editor at The Urban List in Melbourne and has been freelancing as a journalist contributing opinions, fashion, food and travel stories to various publications.
Remy Varga, currently a deputy social media editor at The Australian, will move to the role of a reporter at the publication on the 12th March. Prior to her commencement at The Australian in 2016, Remy was freelancing, writing articles, reviews and producing videos and photography.
Julia Naughton has moved from her role as a deputy editor of 9TheFIX to deputy editor of 9Honey. Julia was an associate editor at The Huffington Post for almost two years before starting at Nine Entertainment Co. and has also written for Cosmopolitan magazine in the past.
Rebecca Caratti has begun her new role as editor of Vogue Living magazine. She was previously an editor at Buro247, a News Corp lifestyle site.
Editor's Pick: Press Release of the Week...
Push for education to leave no women or girl behind
Image: Opportunity International Australia
Opportunity International Australia says International Women’s Day on 8 March 2018 is a tremendous opportunity to reaffirm the pivotal role of education in helping the most marginalised women and girls progress on the pathway out of poverty.
'We’ve taken great strides during the last decade in getting more kids into school to receive the education they need to break the cycle of poverty in which their families have been trapped for generations. However, 263 million children and youth are still missing out on an education—74 per cent of whom live in Africa and South Asia,' says Robert Dunn, Opportunity International Global Executive Director
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Heather Catchpole, Head of Content & Co-founder of Refraction Media
Heather Catchpole co-founded STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) specialist media company, Refraction Media, in 2013 with a view to create a smarter future – one in which everyone has access to the skills they need to make a better planet. She previously worked as an editor, science news journalist and producer at the ABC, Cosmos
magazine and CSIRO. Refraction Media have distributed over 1 million magazines to students across the USA, Australia and New Zealand through the Careers with STEM brand. In 2015 the company was awarded as Publish Australia’s best small publisher and was twice shortlisted best startup in the Telstra Business Awards. Her Twitter handle is @hcatchpole
What was the initial point of inspiration for starting Refraction Media?
My business partner Karen Taylor-Brown and I met at Cosmos magazine where I was managing editor and she was the associate publisher. The business changed hands and we were made redundant, but we saw an opportunity to found a custom publishing company which continued to specialise in the high-quality journalism Cosmos was known for. We also knew that science and technology had an image problem that needed a content solution – fewer mainstream news services were reporting on science, and science journalists were losing their jobs. This opened an opportunity for us to develop creative solutions to tell science stories in a way that connected with audiences.
Are there many challenges for women working in STEM fields?
There are many challenges for women in STEM with ‘leaks’ all through the pipeline – from getting more girls into STEM studies, to women dropping out of STEM careers and being slower to receive tenured positions, grants and industry funding. Female enrolments in ICT have crept up from a baseline of 10,000 or below, which stagnated over the last decade, to 12,000 in 2015 (the latest DET stats available). Over the same period, engineering enrolments shifted to 18,000 women nationally. It’s still a ratio of just 1 in 6 women to men for ICT and 1 in 9 for engineering – stats that make for uncomfortable reading when you’re imagining being the ‘only girl in the class’.
In the Careers with STEM platform we represent gender equity as we want to see it – as 50/50 across STEM fields – and it’s not hard to find women working in leadership areas that are willing to share their story. The challenge is changing the system to create tools for greater equity, from a more holistic approach to academic evaluation criteria, to creating networking opportunities beyond the ‘old boy’s club’ in the industry – particularly when hiring for boards.
How can we encourage more women to pursue careers in STEM and other historically male-dominant jobs?
We need to emphasise that science, tech, engineering and maths are critical tools for our society and set about smashing the stereotypes set up by pop culture like The Big Bang Theory. Girls of the centennial generation are deeply interested in social change and in making a difference. STEM gives women the skills, tools and mindset to solve many of the critical challenges of the 21st century – in creating equity, adapting to water shortages and climate change, in developing and working with technology across all areas and in every career. Plus with many universities and companies developing diversity policies, there are great opportunities to carve a fast-moving, interesting career for yourself.
What does a press release have to contain to be relevant to you?
We focus on pathways into careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (CareerswithSTEM.com), industry-research partnerships and Australian STEM start-up stories (ScienceMeetsBusiness.com). So, I’m looking for stories specifically in these areas. A good press release will quickly indicate what is new or different, include the relevant interview contact (rather than the media comms contact), and include images. We’re looking for stories where we can quickly identify opportunities and see how we can make the story unique to our platforms and connect with our audiences.
If there has been one BIG lesson in getting to the stage you're at now, what would that be?
Maintain your integrity, and do what you believe in. As a journalist you are always in the public eye – your work is immediately evaluated by your readers. And they pay close attention to detail. Also, never underestimate your audience, and keep it real!
Upcoming Media Events
Network with businesswomen in Northwest Sydney
Thursday, 8th March, Sydney
Guest speaker Judith Robinson will present this networking event which aims to bring together local business owners and discuss women's achievements in the corporate world. Judith has served as an Acting High Commissioner to Fiji and Tuvalu, represented Australia at the UN, and managed aid programs in South Asia and Africa.
International Women's Day at Melbourne Central
Thursday, 8th March, Melbourne
To show support for women all over the world, join the city of Melbourne at Melbourne Central. Grab your free "The Future is Female" t-shirt from Casa Amuk and enjoy the celebration of women.
UN International Women's Day Breakfast
Friday, 9th March, Sydney
Presented by TV journalist Tracey Spicer, the UN Women National Committee Australia is hosting a breakfast to discuss actions needed to continue pushing for global gender parity.
Lights! Canberra! Action!
Friday, 9th March, Canberra
This free, one-day event returns to Canberra's Enlighten festival for the 15th time to showcase the year's most creative films. Local filmmakers are given a list of ten items to feature in their movie and only ten days to produce and edit a seven-minute film.
Parramasala (pictured above)
Friday 9th March to Sunday 11th March, Paramatta New South Wales
This three-day event in Parramatta will feature food, music and entertainment from over 30 different nationalities and cultures in a celebration of cultural unity.
Symphony in the Park (pictured left)
Sunday 11th March, Canberra
Bask in a night of Queen classics performed by the Canberra Symphony Orchestra accompanied by Queen tribute band 'Killer Queen Experience', hosted at the Commonwealth Park.