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Walkley Media Talks 2014
Walkley Media Talks is a free public event series bringing leading Australian and international journalists together with members of the public to discuss and debate hot topics, journalism and media issues.
A Queer Thing Happened on the Way to the Newsroom
We’re getting into Mardi Gras spirit for our first Media Talk of 2014
Please join us for our first Walkley Media Talk of 2014 and a fascinating discussion about the media coverage of LGBTI issues on Thursday February 27 at the State Library of NSW.
As political and mainstream media debate rages over marriage equality, alternative media is left to wrestle with other critical issues and conflicts in the LGBTI community: bullying and suicide rates, discrimination against and the experience of intersex and trans-gender people and protection of rights for gay refugees, the homeless, poverty-stricken and those living with HIV. What does the more frequent coverage of high-profile LGBTI issues in the mainstream and advances in gay rights mean for the space traditionally occupied by queer press? Why do some issues dominate over others – and what are journalists doing to challenge this situation and inform community views?
In celebration of the 36th annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, the Walkley Foundation presents this fantastic panel of award-winning talent to discuss media coverage of LGBTI issues: Monique Schafter (ABC 7.30/Hungry Beast), Senthorun Raj (Sydney Law School) and Elias Jahshan (Star Observer) moderated by Patrick Abboud (SBS2 The Feed).
After the discussion, join us at Bar Europa, 88 Elizabeth St, for the opportunity to network with like-minded media and creative professionals.
THIS EVENT IS FREE, BUT BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL
VENUE: Metcalfe Auditorium, State Library of NSW
TIME/DATE: 6.00pm, February 27, 2014
MEET THE PANEL...
Patrick Abboud (@PatrickAbboud) is a storyteller working across television, radio, online and the arts. Pat currently presents, reports and produces documentary features for The Feed on SBS2 – a nightly news, technology and culture program which he pitched the initial concept for. In 2013 Pat was nominated for a Walkley award for excellence in journalism (best multi-media storytelling) and reported from The Middle East and Asia. Before coming to SBS, Pat was cross media reporter on ABC Triple j's popular current affairs program HACK. 2014 will see Pat continue his work on The Feed, while also joining the SBS Dateline team of video-journalists reporting international current affairs. This year Pat is also collaborating as a commissioned film-maker and installation artist with ground-breaking documentary theatre company Version 1.0. producing innovative political performance. He writes a column for SX magazine and the national Gay News Network and has directed numerous arts events at venues across Australia including the Sydney Opera House. He once had the gig of a lifetime traversing the globe working for Lonely Planet. A self-confessed music nut, Pat’s been known to moonlight as a DJ in his spare time.
Monique Schafter (@MoniqueSchafter) is a Walkley Award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker. Monique produces stories for the ABC’s nightly current affairs program 7.30 and recently directed a documentary, Our Little Secret, exploring the motivation behind child sexual abuse for ABC2. Monique formerly co-hosted the ABC's ground-breaking current affairs program Hungry Beast. Her story ‘Trapped In Your Own Body’ about a woman who has Locked-In Syndrome and can only communicate by blinking, won the 2011 Walkley Award for Best Current Affairs TV Reporting (less than 20 minutes). Monique also writes a column for Australian LGBT news outlet, Star Observer.
Senthorun Raj (@senthorun) is an advocate with a passion for social justice, popular culture, and politics. Sen is currently completing his PhD at the Sydney Law School and is a contributing writer for The Guardian. He has published numerous articles on topics ranging from refugee law to social networking. Sen is also an Advisory Board Member of the sexuality, gender and diversity studies journal Writing from Below. In a governance capacity, Sen serves as the NSW President of Amnesty International Australia and as a Director of ACON Health. He is a former Churchill Fellow and has worked as the Senior Policy Advisor for the NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby.
Elias Jahshan (@Elias_Jahshan) is the editor of Star Observer, Australia's biggest and most respected LGBTI newspaper. Previously, he worked as a journalist for News Ltd, with the most recent masthead being the Parramatta Advertiser. There, he was instrumental in giving the often-overlooked western Sydney LGBTI a voice in mainstream media, and also exposed a controversial homophobic incident with Parramatta Council and youth group Twenty10 in January 2012 that became national news. He knows all too well what it's like being part of a minority in Australia, thanks to being gay, hearing impaired and of Arabic-speaking background. Oh, he also has a not-so-secret love of Mariah Carey.
Morgan Carpenter (@morgancarpenter) is the president of intersex organisation OII Australia and has been published by ABC's The Drum, The Guardian Australia, and the Star Observer and other community media. Morgan is also an analyst for an IT company, with a social and economic policy research background. Morgan wrote OII Australia's submissions to Senate Inquiries on anti-discrimination legislation, and submissions to the Senate Inquiry on the 'Involuntary or coerced sterilisation of intersex people in Australia’.
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About Walkley Media Talks
Walkley Media Talks is a free public event series bringing leading Australian and international journalists together with members of the public to discuss and debate hot topics, journalism and media issues. Topics have included everything from the future of newspapers to Olympic Games coverage and definitions of the "public interest" to the perils of foreign correspondence and more.
Walkley Media Talks began in March 2012 with journalist David Marr discussing his book 'Panic' with fellow Gold Walkley winner, ABC journalist Marian Wilkinson.
This was followed by Gold Walkley alumni Kate McClymont and Richard Ackland discussing 'The Public Interest' with popular broadcaster and columnist Mike Carlton in April. Foreign correspondents Nick Bryant (BBC), Walkley Award winner Brian Thomson (SBS) and Gold Walkley-winning journalist Monica Attard shared their experiences covering world events at 'Foreign Correspondence' in May, followed by 'Going for Gold' featuring 2011 Gold Walkley winners Sarah Ferguson, Mark Davis and Liz Jackson discussing the demands of award-winning journalism in June.
July's 'Journalism at the Crossroads' edition of Walkley Media Talks featured Penny O'Donnell and David McKnight discussing their new report 'Journalism at the speed of bytes: Australian newspapers in the 21st century' with News Ltd's national tablet editor David Higgins.
A special Olympic edition of Walkley Media Talks in August featured ABC journalist Karen Barlow, veteran sports broadcaster Gordon Bray and The Australian cricket writer Mike Coward.
'Writing the Wrong' was in September, a discussion of crime writing by Geesche Jacobsen and Michael Duffy, author of 'Bad' and other popular true-crime crime novels, moderated by acclaimed former Sydney Morning Herald journalist Mal Brown.
The Australian photographer an Nikon-Walkley Award finalist Dan Himbrechts joined senior news photographers Mike Bowers and John Donegan to discuss photography and photojournalism for 'Walkley Media Talks - Shoot First, Ask Questions Later' in October.
The final Walkley Media Talks for 2012 was a special Stars and Stripes Edition featuring New York Times interactive editor Aron Pilhofer, Sydney Morning Herald politics and international editor Peter Hartcher and The Global Mail editor Lauren Martin discussing the US election.