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Shifting News Agendas: Reporting Violence Against Women


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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 will investigate the drivers of change in Australian newsrooms, and the connection between media coverage and community attitudes. They’ll also outline how we can do better. With Margaret Simons, Ellen Whinnett and Vanessa Born.

This event is also available as part of the Friday Day Pass.


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 ... Read more

Ellen Whinnett

Ellen Whinnett is The Australian’s associate editor. She is a dual Walkley Award-winning journalist and best-selling author, with a specific interest in national security, investigations and features. She is a former political editor and foreign correspondent who has reported from more than 35... Read more

Vanessa Born

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... Read more

Jane Gilmore

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,&... Read more


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