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New News: Changing the Story: Reporting on Violence Against Women

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How did violence against women progress from its position on the fringes of newsworthiness … and move to prominence on front pages and news bulletins? Our team of researchers and journalists shed some light.


Portrait of Denise Ryan-Costello

Denise Ryan-Costello

Denise Ryan-Costello is a journalism lecturer at Swinburne University, who also writes for the Age and the digital magazine Issimo. Denise has won many journalism awards in her 30 year career as an editor, writer and lecturer. Research interests include refugees and digital journalism.

Portrait of Miki Perkins

Miki Perkins

Miki Perkins is a senior writer at the Age who reports on social affairs. Her stories cover topics like family violence, mental health, gender and disability. She has won national and Victorian awards for her stories on family violence. 

Portrait of Margaret Simons

Margaret Simons

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 HeraldGriffith Review, the Monthly and other publications.

Portrait of Loni Cooper

Loni Cooper

Loni Cooper is a journalist with more than ten years' experience in radio and television. She has spent the past three years working as a researcher on ABCTV's Media Watch and is currently a producer and presenter with ABC NewsRadio. Her work has been published in the Sydney Morning Herald, New Matilda and the Prague Post.

Loni is establishing a website as part of a Centre for Advancing Journalism-led ARC-funded research project into Australian media coverage of violence against women.

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