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Misogyny Much? The gendered newsroom


Most of the people at the head of Australia’s news media are male, and most people quoted on the front page are also men. Yet in the past year, mainstream media outlets have changed the way they report important issues such as violence against women. Does misogyny haunt public life, and the newsroom? How does gender affect the news?

With Kate Torney, director of News, ABC, Ellen Whinnett, national political editor, Herald Sun and Patricia Karvelas, The Australian. Chaired by Gael Jennings, Centre for Advancing Journalism.


Patricia Karvelas

Patricia Karvelas is a prominent Australian journalist, beginning her professional career at the ABC and SBS 20 years ago. She currently presents Radio National’s flagship radio current affairs programme RN Drive­ – a role she took up in January 2015. Patricia co-hosts the ABC’s popular week... Read more

Kate Torney OAM

Kate Torney has extensive experience in the Australian media, cultural and philanthropic sectors, having spent 20 years at the ABC, including six as News Director, six years as Chief Executive of the State Library of Victoria and now as CEO of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation Opened in 1856, th... Read more

Ellen Whinnett

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. She has won numerous journalism awards including a Walkley award for news reporting, and specialises in political,... Read more

Gael Jennings

Gael Jennings is an award-winning national TV and radio broadcaster with 25 years’ experience as presenter, reporter and TV executive. She was the ABC’s first national science and medical reporter for TV News, and for the 7.30 Report, presenter of 7.30 Report, reporter of ABC TV’s Quantum and ... Read more


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