New News by the Centre for Advancing Journalism

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Straight White Men’s News

News is still dominated by straight white men. Would genuine diversity – in senior as well as junior positions – change the news we report, and how we report it? Are we seeing recruitment of diverse junior journalists – and are the attitudes of experienced reporters changing when it comes to representation?

Chaired by Jo Chandler, with Adolfo Aranjuez, Gautam Mishra, Jane Gilmore and Charis Palmer.


New News is presented in partnership with the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne, and Monash University.


Portrait of Adolfo Aranjuez

Adolfo Aranjuez

Adolfo Aranjuez is editor of film and media periodical Metro and editor-in-chief of sexuality and gender magazine Archer. He is also a freelance writer, speaker and dancer. Adolfo’s nonfiction and poetry have appeared in Meanjin, Overland, Right Now, the Manila Review, Cordite and elsewhere, and he has worked with and performed for various organisations including the Melbourne Writers Festival, Midsumma, ABC TV and the Melbourne International Film Festival.

Portrait of Gautam Mishra

Gautam Mishra

Gautam Mishra is the CEO of inkl, a premium news service that unlocks articles from the world's best news titles.

Prior to inkl, Gautam was the director of strategy, data and research at Fairfax Media, where he launched and ran online subscriptions for the Sydney Morning Herald and the Age.

Portrait of Charis Palmer

Charis Palmer

Charis Palmer is deputy editor and head of digital strategy with the Conversation Australia.

After undertaking a Bachelor of International Business, Charis started her career in marketing and product management working for a bank before deciding to throw it all in to start her own publishing and events business. She has been a freelance reporter and also held roles as editor of Business Spectator, Technology Spectator and iTnews. She is particularly interested in new media business models.

Portrait of Jo Chandler

Jo Chandler

Jo Chandler is an award-winning freelance Australian journalist, author and editor. She has filed news and features from assignments across sub-Saharan Africa, Papua New Guinea, rural and remote Australia, Antarctica and Afghanistan. She has earned distinctions as an essayist, profile writer and narrative journalist, and is recognised across a range of specialty areas: science; environment; health; human rights; aid and development.

Jo teaches journalism at the University of Melbourne and is editor of The Citizen.

Portrait of Jane Gilmore

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 and Junkee, among many others. 

New News by the Centre for Advancing Journalism

How do you pick true news from fake news? How would diversity in senior and junior positions change the news we report – and how we report it? And does state politics need to be theatrical to be interesting to journalists?

Hear from some of the brightest minds in the media at this three-day series of discussions and workshops on the present and future of journalism. Including Brett McLeod, Katharine Murphy, Emma Alberici, Julian Burnside and more.

New News is presented in partnership with the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne, and Monash University.



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