By Kate Doolan
The current Australian media landscape is rich with influential women, working towards equal representation for women in media. In an uphill battle that has been fought for many decades, four trailblazing women have already made their mark on the industry and work to continue to shape the future of Australian media.
One of the most distinguished Australian investigative journalists of all time, Kate McClymont has been responsible for exposing some of Australia’s biggest stories of corruption and political scandal. McClymont currently reports for The Sydney Morning Herald, where she publishes her many exposés, uncovering colossal injustices and corrupt behaviour in various sectors. With five Walkley Awards, six Kennedy Awards and the George Munster Award under her belt, McClymont has no intention of stopping any time soon; “I can’t see me retiring. I think one day I’ll just fall over and clunk my head on my laptop.”
In 2017, McClymont was added to the Australian Media Hall of Fame for her hefty role in shaping the investigative journalism industry in Australia.
Recently appointed head of editorial for VICE after her humble beginnings as an intern for the publication, Wendy Syfret has made it her ambition to ensure the voices of Australia’s youth and minorities in the media are heard. Since commencing her most recent position in 2017, Syfret has overseen a number of published works across various platforms such as video, digital and print. The projects headed by Syfret generally reach an audience of over 2 million viewers a month.
Syfret is passionate about empowering the next generation of media professionals, running writers workshops and endorsing charities that support struggling youth in Australia.
Associate editor of HerCanberra, Emma Macdonald has worked in journalism for over 20 years. Macdonald has reported on issues stretching from politics and social affairs, to women’s health issues. The recipient of the John Douglas British Prize for Journalism, the Vincent Fairfax Ethics in Leadership Fellowship and the Paul Lyneham Press Gallery Journalism Award, Macdonald’s accomplishments in the industry are rivalled only by her passion for promoting women in media.
Macdonald’s works have been internationally recognised, published in foreign print magazines The Times (UK) and Business Standard (India).
Trailblazer Daniella Cronin is the first female editor of the Brisbane Times and a champion for women in media through her role as national digital convenor for Women in Media. Following a long career in print journalism, with a heavy focus on political reporting, Cronin has recently shifted her focus towards digital storytelling and building online communities through social media.
Previous winner of the Independent Newspapers Fellowship for Australia Award and the German Prize for Journalism, Cronin now has her sights set on empowering other women with a keen interest in the media. Cronin is set to run a workshop at the 2018 Women in Media National Conference.