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April 2022 Newsletter

Happy New Year MDA supporters,

In our first newsletter of 2022, we put the spotlight on Michelle Elias, a former MDA summer intern placed with the New York Times(2020), now a working journalist and mentor guiding the new wave of paid summer interns. We also announce the three winners of MDA’s Federal Election Political Fellowships and their placements in some of the best newsrooms in Australia. We are also thrilled to introduce MDA’s upcoming campaign #ThingsIveHeard, which focuses on raising awareness and informing others of the biases and negative comments diverse journalists often endure. Our CEO, Mariam Veiszadeh is nominated for the Pro Bono Australia #2022Impact25 awards (vote now!). And last but certainly not least, we quickly chronicle everything MDA achieved in 2021 as we step into 2022 with bigger plans and an unstoppable drive to make an impact.

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March 2022 Newsletter

Hi MDA supporters,

In our March newsletter we put the spotlight on Dania Roumieh, MDA’s new Project Manager. Applications are now open for MDA’s Women of Colour Mentorships in partnership with Crescent Foundation, University of Melbourne and Monash University. Additionally, entries for the MDA Award at the mid-year Walkleys are open. ENTER NOW to be in the running! Catch a sneak peak behind the scenes of Community Voices Melbourne 2022. We also introduce our upcoming #BeingAnAlly campaign, as a follow up to our hugely successful #ThingsIveHeard campaign. And finally, in honour of International Women’s Day we present to you MDA Impact: IWD Edition.

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February 2022 Newsletter

Hi MDA supporters,

This month, we put the spotlight on Rashell Habib, the first woman of colour in a director role in Australian television. Rashell is the head of Digital News and Strategy at Viacom/CBS. We are also delighted to announce the 13 Community Voices participants in Melbourne. Our CEO, Mariam Veiszadeh will be at our upcoming networking event in Canberra, so please come along if you can. Ever wondered what a day in the life of an MDA intern looks like? Angela Ho at 10 First News shares her daily routine with us! The Jessie Cox Audio Fellowship applications are now open. And finally, catch up on what MDA has been doing so far this year!

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January 2022 Newsletter

Happy New Year MDA supporters,

In our first newsletter of 2022, we put the spotlight on Michelle Elias, a former MDA summer intern placed with the New York Times(2020), now a working journalist and mentor guiding the new wave of paid summer interns. We also announce the three winners of MDA’s Federal Election Political Fellowships and their placements in some of the best newsrooms in Australia. We are also thrilled to introduce MDA’s upcoming campaign #ThingsIveHeard, which focuses on raising awareness and informing others of the biases and negative comments diverse journalists often endure. Our CEO, Mariam Veiszadeh is nominated for the Pro Bono Australia #2022Impact25 awards (vote now!). And last but certainly not least, we quickly chronicle everything MDA achieved in 2021 as we step into 2022 with bigger plans and an unstoppable drive to make an impact.

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December 2021 Newsletter

Dear MDA supporters,

In our December issue, we reflect on the early stages of success of the Disability Reporting Handbook and share our DRH post-launch video. We also put the spotlight on MDA’s Disability Affairs Officers, Lisa Cox (Queensland Chapter) and Briana Blackett (NSW Chapter). And as the Community Voices Sydney participants graduate, we look at their achievements and more than 100 media engagements. Oh! And there’s some photos from the MDA End of Year Celebration where we had the chance to thank our sponsors, news partners and Advisory Board and raise a glass to Mariam Veiszadeh, our new CEO as she takes the reins from Director Antoinette Lattouf.

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November 2021 Newsletter

Dear MDA Supporters,

In our November issue, we put the spotlight on our inaugural CEO Mariam Veiszadeh. We announce the 10 winners of MDA’s summer internships and their placements in various newsrooms around Australia. There are details about our upcoming Canberra-based political fellowships and MDA’s soon to be released Disability Reporting Handbook.

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October 2021 Newsletter

We put the spotlight on The Daily Aus founders to talk about the success of their social media news platform for young people. There are details about our bespoke 12 month mentorship program for women of colour. Our first reporting on China forum is around the corner, plus we’re working on round two of our research: ‘Who Gets To Tell Australian Stories’?

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September 2021 Newsletter

Dear MDA supporters,

In our September issue, Spotlight On: Nine’s Abbir Dir writes on why her scepticism “about diversity initiatives was quickly quelled.” We also delve into the paid summer internship 2022 initiative and celebrate our founder and chair Isabel Lo and Director Antoinette Lattouf on receiving a B&T Women In Media Award along with a roundup of Community Voices in Melbourne update and much more.

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August 2021 Newsletter

Dear MDA supporters,

in our August issue, Spotlight On features Courier Mail’s Sophie Foster on the impact of diversity on the Olympics. Plus, Andrea Ho on the Community Voices program, entering the Walkley awards and free reporting training!

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July 2021 Newsletter

Dear Media Diversity Insiders,

There’s lots to share with you this month, including announcing our monthly newsletter, which will put the spotlight on a different journalist with each edition. Our paid guest writer will share an issue relating to diversity that they feel passionate about and how it has impacted and shaped their career.

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