Freelance Focus Speakers

Noah Rosenberg_headshot_smallNoah Rosenberg is the founder, CEO and editor-in-chief of Narratively, an award-winning online publication and content studio devoted to authentic human stories. Narratively has over 2,000 leading freelancers in its global contributors network, was named one of TIME’s “50 Best Websites”. Previously, Rosenberg was a full-time freelancer for The New York Times in print, photography, and video, and he has also worked for CBS News’ documentary production unit and The Wall Street Journal. Rosenberg was also head of digital at The Queens Courier newspaper group, where he pioneered the company’s use of video and multimedia and was founding editor-in-chief of Long Island City Courier Magazine. His storytelling has been featured by GQ, Salon, New York magazine, and New York Public Radio, among other outlets, and he was a 2012 fellow at the City University of New York’s Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism. @NoahSRosenberg

Matt Condon picMatthew Condon is the author of several novels, works of non-fiction, and is the two-time winner of the Steele Rudd Award for short fiction.
His novels include The Motorcycle Café, The Pillow Fight and The Trout Opera. His non-fiction titles include Brisbane and, as editor, Fear, Faith and Hope: Remembering the Long Wet Summer of 2010-2011. In 2013 he published Three Crooked Kings – the first instalment in a trilogy on the life and times of former Queensland police commissioner Terry Lewis, and crime and corruption in Queensland and NSW over a half-century.It was awarded the John Oxley Library Award 2013, and was shortlisted for several other awards. The second volume, Jacks and Jokers, was published in April 2014 and was nominated for a Walkley Award. The final instalment in the trilogy – All Fall Down – will be published this year. Condon has worked as a journalist for thirty years both here and overseas. He is currently Adjunct Professor in the Creative Arts at the Queensland University of Technology. @MatthewCondon2
Andrew McMillen credit David Ball photographerAndrew McMillen is a freelance journalist and author based in Brisbane, Australia.
His work has been published in Rolling Stone, The Australian, The Monthly, Qweekend and BuzzFeed. Andrew’s first book is Talking Smack: Honest Conversations About Drugs (UQP, 2014), which features intimate interviews with some of Australia’s best musicians. Andrew hosts Penmanship, a podcast about Australian writing culture featuring in-depth interviews with people who earn a living from working with words. @Andrew_McMillen
Tiana TemplemanTiana Templeman is an award winning freelance travel journalist, Brisbane author, academic and tutor at Queensland University of Technology.
She is an experienced corporate trainer and has developed and delivered ‘Working with the Media’ courses for Tourism & Events Queensland and media writing training for Australia’s leading writers’ centres and corporate organisations. Tiana contributes to a diverse range of publications from The Australian to Cruise Critic, QANTAS Travel Insider and WQ Magazine. She holds a Master of Creative Industries and is currently completing a PhD on ‘The Future of Freelance Journalism in Australia’. @TianaTempleman
Kathy McLeigh headshotModerator: Kathy McLeish is one of the ABC’s Queensland correspondents.
As a senior journalist she’s reported and produced widely across ABC radio, television and online programs including ABC’s 7pm news, Lateline, 7.30, Landline, Australian Story, ABC News Breakfast, ABC 24, radio news and the ABC’s flagship radio current affairs programs AM, The World Today and PM. Kathy held the role of executive producer of Stateline, 7.30 Qld and the ABC special, 50 years of ABC Qld News & Current Affairs. As a reporter, assignments have included Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race correspondent, coverage of the Nauru detention centre riot, the last Mentoring Taskforce handover in Afghanistan in Kandahar, Tarin Kowt and Kabul, extensive coverage of Cyclone Yasi and the Queensland floods, trekking the Simpson Desert during extraordinary wet seasons and rare access to report on remarkable indigenous sites in the remote Kimberley region. @kathymcleish1

Trent Dalton head shotTrent Dalton writes for the award-winning The Weekend Australian Magazine on The Australian newspaper. A former assistant editor of The Courier-Mail, he has won a Walkley, been a four-time winner of the national News Awards Feature Journalist of the Year Award, and was named Queensland Journalist of the Year at the 2011 Clarion Awards for excellence in Queensland media. His journalism has twice been nominated for a United Nations of Australia Media Peace Award. In both 2014 and 2013, he was named Best Feature journalist at the annual Kennedy Awards for excellence in NSW journalism. His writing includes several short and feature-length film screenplays. His latest feature film screenplay, Home, is a love story inspired by his non-fiction collection Detours: Stories from the Street (2011), the culmination of three months immersed in Brisbane’s homeless community, the proceeds of which went back to the 20 people featured within its pages. @TrentDalton
Noah Rosenberg_headshot_smallNoah Rosenberg is the founder, CEO and editor-in-chief of Narratively, an award-winning online publication and content studio devoted to authentic human stories. Narratively has over 2,000 leading freelancers in its global contributors network, was named one of TIME’s “50 Best Websites”. Previously, Rosenberg was a full-time freelancer for The New York Times in print, photography, and video, and he has also worked for CBS News’ documentary production unit and The Wall Street Journal. Rosenberg was also head of digital at The Queens Courier newspaper group, where he pioneered the company’s use of video and multimedia and was founding editor-in-chief of Long Island City Courier Magazine. His storytelling has been featured by GQ, Salon, New York magazine, and New York Public Radio, among other outlets, and he was a 2012 fellow at the City University of New York’s Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism. @NoahSRosenberg
Rebecca SparrowRebecca Sparrow has been a weekly columnist at for the past four years.
Her first novel, The Girl Most Likely (2003), is in development to become a feature film. Her second, The Year Nick McGowan Came to Stay (2006), debuted as a stage play in 2007. Her most recent books have been non-fiction titles designed to help teenage girls navigate their high school years. Find Your Tribe (and 9 other things I wish I’d known in high school) was published in 2010 followed by Find Your Feet (The 8 things I Wish I’d Known Before I Left High School) in 2012. Rebecca’s new book Ask Me Anything (brutally honest answers to anonymous questions from teen girls) is due out in November 2015. Rebecca is an ambassador for, The Pyjama Foundation and Netball Queensland. @RebeccaSparrow
Paul BarclayParticipating chair: Paul Barclay is a Walkley Award winning journalist and broadcaster. He is currently the presenter and producer of “Big Ideas” on ABC RN. Previously he was host of the national talkback/discussion program on ABC RN, “Australia Talks”, has produced award winning radio documentaries for Background Briefing, appears from time to time on ABC TV, and has produced countless stories for most ABC radio networks. He can be seen MC-ing, and conducting interviews, forums and debates at various cultural events, festivals, bookshops, and universities. @paulbarclay / @RNBigIdeas

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Katelin McInereyKatelin McInerney is the director of the Media section of MEAA. '
She graduated from the University of Wollongong in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours). An internship at the Illawarra Mercury turned into a full time appointment, and won a national award for her writing on education for the Mercury. Katelin joined MEAA as an organiser in 2009, and is passionate about protecting the rights of creative professionals. @Katelin_Mc
Kurt FalkensteinKurt Falkenstein is the founder, chairman and Australian principal of General Standards.
As one of the leading startup lawyers in the Australia market, Kurt has been advising and involved in startups in the capacity of advisor, director and angel investor for over 10 years. Kurt has founded several successful companies himself, and held various General Counsel and positions at startups before founding General Standards. @kurtfalkenstein / @genstandards
Virginia MorrisonVirginia Morrison is a senior lawyer with Copyright Agency-Viscopy.
Prior to the commencement of a services agreement between Copyright Agency and Viscopy in 2012, she was Head of Legal at Viscopy. Virginia has many years of experience in the field of copyright law having previously worked as an independent copyright consultant and a senior lawyer with the Australian Copyright Council. She has also worked in private practice at two of Australia’s leading law firms and has lectured in entertainment law. Virginia has degrees in Arts and Law from UNSW. @VirginiaMorris2

Ed Giles headshotEd Giles as reported as a freelancer from hot spots in the Middle East and South East Asia.
He has filed for the ABC, Sydney Morning Herald, Der Spiegel, The Financial Times, The New York Timesand The Wall Street Journal. Awarded a Walkley for Online Journalism (2011) Ed was also a nominee for the Nikon-Walkley Award for Feature Photography (2013). Ed helped set up the Frontline Freelance Register, an independent organisation dedicated to supporting the physical and mental well-being of international freelance journalists. He is currently working as a reporter/producer for ABC’s “The World” program based in Melbourne and is working towards a PhD in Politics and International Relations at Monash University. @edgiles
Tim Page Dili 2 (2)Tim Page is a photojournalist whose work has taken him around the world, from his native England to Europe, the Middle East, India, Nepal, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and beyond.
He shot some of the most iconic images of the Vietnam War and other conflicts, but more recently his work has focused on the consequences of war and the quest for peace. Tim Page is the subject of many documentaries, two films and the author of nine books. Recently he was listed as one of the “100 Most Influential Photographers of All Time”. He spent five months in 2009 as the Photographic Peace Ambassador for the UN in Afghanistan. Since arriving in Australia in 2002 Tim has also covered East Timor and the Solomon Islands. He is a co-founder of the photographic collective Degree South and an adjunct professor at Griffith University. He lives in Brisbane.
Cindy Wockner 2Cindy Wockner has worked as a newspaper journalist for the past 28 years, initially in Brisbane, Canberra and Sydney, Australia before moving to Jakarta, Indonesia to work as a correspondent for Australian newspapers.
After seven years there, she moved, with her family, to live in Abuja, Nigeriain 2012-2014. Since late 2014 Cindy has been based in Brisbane, Australia where she works as an international correspondent and investigations editor for News Corporation Network, filing stories for News Corp newspapers across Australia. Cindy has co-authored two non-fiction books and commentated widely, on television and radio, about the Asian region and about legal and political issues in Australia. She was the deputy chief-of staff of a major Australian newspaper and also the legal affairs editor.
Mark Willacy picMark Willacy spent a decade as a foreign correspondent for the ABC, reporting from more than 30 countries.
As the ABC’s Middle East correspondent he won a Walkley Award for his coverage of the 2003 Iraq War. As the national broadcaster’s Tokyo correspondent he won his second Walkley for his reporting of the 2011 Japan earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdowns. In 2010 he was named Queensland Journalist of the Year and was awarded the prestigious Eureka Prize for Environment Reporting for exposing corruption in Japan’s so-called whaling program. He is the author of two books – a memoir of his time in the Middle East and a Walkley-nominated investigation into the Fukushima nuclear disaster. @markwillacy

Nathan BurmanNathan Burman is head of PR and communications for Twitter Australia.
Nathan is passionate about helping people understand how Twitter can be used to discover great content, connect with others, and express themselves. As the head of PR and communications, Nathan is responsible for managing all external communications and public affairs for Twitter in Australia. @NBurman

John BirminghamJohn Birmingham is a columnist for a Fairfax, a freelancer for everyone, and a writer for Pan MacMillan in Australia, and Penguin Random House in New York.
He wrote features for magazines in a decade before publishing He Died With A Felafel In His Hand, working for Rolling Stone, Playboy and the Long Bay Prison News amongst others. He won the National Award For Non-Fiction with Leviathan: An Unauthorised Biography of Sydney. He started writing airport novels because they were more fun. His most recent series of books that improve with altitude are the Dave Hooper novels. He blogs at @JohnBirmingham
Michelle LawMichelle Law is a Brisbane writer whose work has appeared in Women of Letters (Penguin, 2011), Growing Up Asian in Australia (Black Inc., 2008), Destroying the Joint: Why Women Have to Change the World (UQP, 2013), and numerous Australian literary journals.
She is an AWGIE award-winning screenwriter whose films have screened internationally and on the ABC. In 2014 she co-authored the comedy book Sh*t Asian Mothers Say (Black Inc.). In 2015, she is working on her first stage play with La Boite Theatre. @ms_michellelaw
Natalie Bochenski picModerator: Natalie Bochenski is a 13-year veteran of radio and online journalism, currently at Brisbane Times, the sister publication to The Age and Sydney Morning Herald. Until recently she was an arts/entertainment specialist, but her role is now changing to reflect the increasing impact of the internet and social media on the news agenda. Yes, that does mean she’s on Facebook for work. She is perhaps best known as a Game of Thrones tragic, writing weekly recaps of the fantasy epic while it’s in season. Natalie remains baffled as to how her rambling, often expletive-laden, essays about Jon Snow’s brooding beauty and the Boo Hiss Boltons became popular, but she’s mighty chuffed they did. @girlclumsy

Hedley Thomas pic late 2013Hedley Thomas is The Australian’s national chief correspondent. He is the author of Sick to Death, a book revolving around surgeon Dr Jayant Patel who was tried for manslaughter and grievous bodily harm in Brisbane after working as a director of surgery in Queensland. Hedley is the winner of the inaugural Sir Keith Murdoch award in 2005 for his body of work on Dr Patel, and he won the award again in 2013 for his investigations into fraud and a slush fund involving Julia Gillard and the Australian Workers Union. Brisbane-based, Hedley first joined The Australian in 2006 after working for The Courier-Mail, The South China Morning Post and the Gold Coast Bulletin. Hedley has won five Walkley awards including the Gold Walkley, in 2007, for his investigations into the fiasco surrounding the Australian Federal Police investigations of Dr Mohamed Haneef. In 2012 Hedley was named Queensland Journalist of the Year.
Andrew FowlerAndrew Fowler is an award-winning investigative journalist and a contributing reporter for ABC’s Foreign Correspondent and Four Corners programs. He has been chief of staff and acting foreign editor of The Australian newspaper and a reporter with SBS Dateline and Channel 7, as well as heading up the ABC’s Investigative Unit. Andrew began his journalism career in the early 1970s covering the IRA bombing campaign for the London Evening News. He first interviewed Julian Assange for Foreign Correspondent in early 2010 and went on to write the bestselling book, The Most Dangerous Man in the World, which has been translated and published in countries as diverse as China, South Korea, the USA, Russia, Indonesia, Romania and Taiwan. Andrew Fowler currently spends his time between Paris and Sydney, writing and making documentaries. His latest book is The War on Journalism. @AndrewJFowler
amanda Gearing2Amanda Gearing is a freelance Brisbane based journalist who has pioneered collaborative work with journalists and media in Australia and overseas: Specifically her work uncovering sexual abuse in the Church of England evolved from ‘just me in the suburbs’ into a multiplatform publication with both The Times of London and The Australian newspaper forcing an investigation by the Church’s hierarchy. Amanda won a Walkley Award for Best Radio Documentary in 2012 for her ABC documentary “The day that changed Grantham”. She also completed an MA Research and her first book The Torrent was published by UQ Press. She is currently enrolled in a Journalism PhD at QUT @AmandaGearing
Peter TaggartPeter Taggart is a writer and podcaster based in Brisbane, Australia. Peter has written for The Big Issue, the Courier Mail, Meanjin, Filmme Fatales and ArtsHub. He has featured on triple j’s Debate Night with Tom Ballard and has contributed to various programs on 612 ABC Brisbane and Brisbane’s alternative radio station, 4ZzZ. From 2014-2015 he produced specialist programming for Star Observer Digital and 2SER in Sydney. With Rebecca Shaw, he hosts comedy podcast “Bring A Plate”. In June, Peter and Bec hosted the podcast’s first live event at The Wheeler Centre in Melbourne for Emerging Writers Festival 2015. @petertaggart
Skye DohertySkye Doherty is an academic researching how interaction design can help journalism innovate.
Her project, the NewsCube, won a Walkley Grant for Innovation in Journalism. She is a former journalist and has worked in newsrooms in Australia, South-east Asia and the UK, and currently lectures in digital journalism at the University of Queensland. @skyedoherty
Matt-LiddyMatt Liddy is the editor of the ABC’s Interactive Digital Storytelling team, which tells stories with code, maps, data, visuals and more. Matt has been working in digital journalism since 1997 and is a long-time believer that telling stories online can be much more than 800 words and a stock photo. He played a central role in the ABC’s Vote Compass project, which got more than 1.4 million Australians thinking and talking about policy during the 2013 election. His team has created interactive graphics explaining what Ebola is and how it spreads, “now and then” photo sliders of famous Gallipoli battlegrounds 100 years ago and today, and analysed nearly 2,000 At The Movies reviews to reveal what Margaret and David really think. @MattLiddy
Rebecca RowlingRebecca Rowling is a solicitor in Brisbane and is also the Australian Red Cross research volunteer for the Queensland International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Program. Rebecca has had a keen interest in IHL since she was an undergraduate representing the University of Queensland (UQ) in the Australia Law Students’ Association (ALSA) Mooting Competition in Canberra in 2007, and now currently sits on the Qld IHL Committee. After graduating from UQ in 2009, she commenced her career as an intern in the Judge’s Chambers at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in the Hague, the Netherlands. Rebecca has experience in the private and public sectors. She was the Associate to the Honourable Justice
Margaret Wilson of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2010- 2011, and saw cases in the Trial Division and the Court of Appeal.
She worked for a number of years in a top-tier law firm in Brisbane, and has recently taken up a position at Crown Law.
Hamish Sewell 2Hamish Sewell was short-listed for the Queensland premier’s literary awards in 2006 and in 2009 he was a winner at then Third Coast International Radio Festival. Over the years he’s worked with ABC Radio National, local ABC radio, the Queensland State Library and the National Library of Australia. He believes in the power of well-crafted audio, is passionate about location-based sound experiences, and his radio works have aired in New Zealand, Australia and America. He lives in the Sunshine Coast of Australia, has first class honours, a Masters of Philosophy, and is a founder of the oral history company, The Story Project. @hamishsewell