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Hashtag Successful: Building a Presence Online


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Over the past few years, it’s become all but essential for journalists to build a strong social media presence.  Social media also provides  exciting spaces for regular citizens to practise their own forms of journalism. What are the many creative ways that professionals and amateurs alike use social media?

Hear from our panellists, who use social media in drastically different ways. They’ll discuss how social media differs from IRL reporting and the continuing impact social media is having on the mainstream media.

Hosted by Tim Dunlop with Ash Witt, Amy McQuire, Phoebe Montague and Isabelle Oderberg.


Tim Dunlop

Tim Dunlop writes about the media and politics for a number publications, including a regular column for the ABC at The Drum. His PhD is in political philosophy. He convenes a course in new media at the University of Melbourne in the Centre for Advancing Journalism. He is the author of the book, T... Read more

Ash Witt

Ashleigh Witt works as a doctor in Melbourne’s public hospital system. She is passionate about end of life care, including conversations about dying and ageing. She plans to specialise in geriatric medicine and palliative care. Witt believes doctors have a duty to contribute to public dia... Read more

Amy McQuire

Amy McQuire is a Darumbal and South Sea Islander woman from Rockhampton in central Queensland. She is currently completing a PhD at the University of Queensland into media representations of violence against Aboriginal women. She is also a freelance writer and journalist. Amy has been the editor of ... Read more

Phoebe Montague

As editor of Melbourne-based fashion blog Lady Melbourne, Phoebe Montague’s fashion commentary has earned her a reputation as one of Australia’s key fashion bloggers. Having founded Lady Melbourne in 2007, the blog has grown to include a substantial social media reach across multiple p... Read more

Isabelle Oderberg

Isabelle Oderberg is a journalist, writer and editor. She has worked for the Herald Sun, News Corp, Reuters, Dow Jones and Business Spectator and is currently the acting editor of Pro Bono News. Her first book Hard to Bear: Investigating the science and silence of miscarriage will be released in Apr... Read more


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