Jamila is the Editor in Chief of the Mamamia Digital Network. Under her leadership Mamamia was named Brand of the Year in 2013 and has grown from 20,000 readers a day in 2012 to more than 200,000 a day in 2014. Jamila was a finalist for Best Newcomer in the Women in Media Awards 2014, and named one of Cosmopolitan magazine’s most influential women under 30. She appears regularly on television and radio, including The Project, ABC News Breakfast, Paul Murray Live, Journo’s Forum and Hack. Before becoming a writer, Jamila worked in politics, advising on youth, women, child care and media issues for then Minister Kate Ellis and former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. She holds a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Commerce from the Australian National University, where she was the student body president while an undergraduate.
Hi, what’s your name?
Where do you hail from?
Originally from Canberra, I now split my time between Sydney and Melbourne.
Who do you work for?
The Mamamia Digital Network
Tell us a bit about you – how did you get to where you are today?
Following university I went into politics, working for former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and then Minister Kate Ellis. Then the fabulous Mia Freedman convinced me to come and give digital media a go and it’s been the best decision I’ve ever made.
What are your career highlights?
The 2010 election result was stressful, exhausting and hard fought but ultimately a success for the Government I worked for. Since then, growing Mamamia’s readership by upwards of 800% in two years and winning Media Brand of the Year in 2013 have been exciting highlights.
Who or what inspires you to get out of bed in the morning?
The brilliant women I work with everyday at Mamamia mean that coming to work is a joy not a chore.
Which other storytellers do you admire?
There are so many people telling stories of different kinds and in different ways in Australia right now. I love Australian Story for intimate portraits of people’s lives, the Guardian are shedding much-needed light on political stories we don’t always hear and song writers like Clare Bowditch are telling beautiful romantic stories through music.
What do you plan to share at Storyology?
I’m looking forward to discussing the role of digital in the future of media and of storytelling, as well as exploring the future of media by women for women.
Where can we find you?
LinkedIn: Jamila Rizvi
Facebook: Jamila Rizvi