Nassim is an award-winning journalist at ABC News. She began working at The Age in 2003 covering courts, state politics and urban affairs before becoming its economics correspondent. She wrote for Fairfax Media’s BRW magazine, The Australian Financial Review and was the deputy business editor for both The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.
Russell is the executive officer at the National Ethnic and Multicultural Broadcaster’s Council (NEMBC). He has 30 years’ experience in journalism, media production and management. He has worked with the United Nations for international and national NGOs on media projects and was a senior media advisor for East Timor’s national broadcaster.
Prior to commending her Juris Doctor candidature in 2020, Jessica developed a career in journalism beginning with KTVXNews4 Utah as an Assignment Editor during the 2002 Winter Olympics. Jessica later relocated to the Middle East and returned to Australia with ABC in 2011. Whilst reporting in Canberra, she completed a Master of Islam in the Modern World from the ANU’s College of Arab and Islamic Studies. After developing a fifteen-year career in journalism, intercultural and Islam/West relations, Jessica made a career pivot into law to pursue her interest in how the law can be used to make change. She currently holds the roles of Communications and PR Specialist with the national workplace compliance platform Safetrac and is undertaking the Human Rights Law Program as Paralegal Volunteer with the Asylum Seeker Resources Centre. She is also Press Officer with the Morocco Australia Friendship Association.
Zena is a journalist, filmmaker and documentary producer who fell in love with storytelling after spending time in the Middle East and learning about her heritage. She is a fluent Arabic speaker and has worked as a journalist at the ABC, the Australian Associated Press (AAP) and as a TV reporter and producer at Network 10 and The Project.
Madeline is a Gomeroi Yinarr (woman) and award-winning Indigenous affairs, journalist. Currently freelance, she has worked across both Indigenous and commercial media, including Fairfax Media, Deadly Vibe Magazine, SBS/NITV, and 10 News First Melbourne.
Madeline is a passionate advocate for diversity in the media, especially the representation of First Nations communities and voices.
Waqar is a journalist and digital producer who works at the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS), including SBS Urdu, SBS News, SBS Australia and other SBS language programs. He also does content production, curation and distribution for podcasts, social videos, web series, and cinematography and photography services.
Zain is journalist and producer at SBS, for radio and digital, since 2014. He has reported for its World News program and is now a media trainer. He is also a member of the Development and Operations Grants Advisory Committee at the Community Broadcast Foundation. He graduated with a master of journalism and master of international relations at Monash University.
Dr Usha Rodrigues is a former journalist and senior academic in journalism at Deakin University. She researches, teaches, writes and commentates on issues on contemporary media practices, globalisation of the media and cultural diversity in India and Australia, and has co-authored three books on the subject as well as several peer-reviewed journal articles.
Tito is an award-winning Indonesian journalist, writer and lecturer. After moving to Australia, he worked at the ABC before switching to journalism research and training. Since then, he has worked for the Asia Pacific News Centre, Australia Indonesia Centre, La Trobe University and the University of Melbourne. He now teaches data journalism and journalism technologies at RMIT University.
Andrea is a communications professional, freelance journalist, and the writer and producer of award-nominated podcast The Art of Inclusion. She previously worked for BBC London and her other work has featured in the Guardian, Spectator, Huffington Post and New Scientist magazine.
Straddling multiple cultures of his native Malaysia, enriched by his 30 years resident in Melbourne, K.C. lives and works diversity in his personal and professional life. Drawing from his experience as editor of a bimonthly business magazine in Malaysia and as editor of a news daily, K.C. brings managerial and additional line perspectives as a former journalist at The Age to his role in MDA Victoria. A student of politics and culture from Monash University, K.C. is writing freelance out of Melbourne for The Malaysian Insight portal.
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