New News 2015: Shifting News Agendas: Reporting Violence Against Women
Violence against women is the biggest contributor to ill health and premature death for Australian women aged 15-44, yet has only gained widespread media coverage relatively recently.
Why has it taken so long for the Australian media to cover this issue? Our panellists investigate the drivers of change in Australian newsrooms, and the connection between media coverage and community attitudes. They also outline how we can do better. With Margaret Simons, Ellen Whinnett and Vanessa Born.
Margaret Simons is Associate Professor in the School of Media, Film and Journalism, Monash University. In 2015, she won the Walkley Award for Social Equity Journalism. Her recent books include Six Square Metres, Self-Made Man: The Kerry Stokes Story, What's Next in Journalism?, Journalism at the Crossroads and Malcolm Fraser: The Political Memoirs, co-written with former Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Fraser. The latter won both the Book of the Year and the Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction at the NSW Premier's Literary Awards 2011.
In addition to her academic work, Margaret regularly writes for the Saturday Paper, the Age, the Sydney Morning Herald, Griffith Review, the Monthly and other publications.
Ellen Whinnett is National Political Editor for the Herald Sun. Prior to this she was deputy editor of Sunday Herald Sun. She co-authored the book A Premier’s State with Steve Bracks.
Vanessa Born is the Media Projects Manager at Domestic Violence Victoria, the peak body for Victorian family violence services. Since 2010, Vanessa has led a suite of projects that focus on prevention of violence against women (PVAW) with news and social media. These projects focus on engaging media, community leaders and spokespersons to improve news media reporting of this issue, and to impact positive social change in community understanding, awareness and action.
Jane Gilmore is a freelance journalist, with a strong focus on data journalism and male violence. She was the founding editor of The King’s Tribune, and now writes regularly for the Sydney Morning Herald. She has been published by the Guardian, Meanjin, the Age, the Saturday Paper, News.com.au and Junkee, among many others.