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Congratulations to the 2021 Our Watch fellows

December 16, 2020 / Our Watch media team

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Sixteen outstanding journalists from throughout Australia have been selected as the 2021 Our Watch Fellows. The journalists, from a wide range of backgrounds and media organisations, will attend a series of retreats in 2021.

The 16 selected journalists for the Our Watch fellows

Fellows will build and refine their knowledge of best-practice reporting on violence against women. The Our Watch Fellowship program is administered by the Walkley Foundation.

The successful fellows are:

  • Drew Ambrose, Al Jazeera English
  • Bridget Brennan, ABC
  • Alana Calvert, Central Western Daily
  • Avani Dias, Triple j Hack, ABC
  • Lea Emery, Gold Coast Bulletin
  • Lin Evlin, SBS News
  • Mary Gearin, ABC News
  • Rachael Hocking, NITV
  • Emma Kirk, Busselton Dunsborough Mail
  • Mary Konstantopoulos, Ladies who League
  • Laura Murphy-Oates,  Guardian Australia
  • Nicole Precel, The Age
  • Drew Rooke, Freelance
  • Lane Sainty, News Corp Australia
  • Helen Sullivan,  Guardian Australia
  • Michael Vincent, ABC

Our Watch CEO Patty Kinnersly said Our Watch was impressed by the exceptional quality of applications for the Fellowship

“It’s terrific to see committed journalists wanting to deepen their skills in reporting on violence against women, and better understand how their work can help shape and inform the public conversation,” Ms Kinnersly said.

Across three retreats, journalists will learn how widespread the issue is, what drives violence and how it can be prevented, as well as develop practical techniques for producing more nuanced stories and effective approaches for trauma-informed interviewing.

Fellows will engage in conversations with peers, veteran and award-winning journalists and violence against women experts, as well as learn about the complexities for women who experience multiple forms of discrimination and systemic inequalities.

“Given the impact the pandemic has had on violence against women – which was already a national emergency before COVID – there has never been a more important time for media to better understand and accurately report on this issue,” Ms Kinnersly said.

Thanks to the selection committee:

  • Belinda Hawkins, ABC
  • Karla McGrady, Our Watch
  • Jodan Perry, NITV
  • Alina Thomas, Engender Equality
  • Chad Watson, Australian Community Media

If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au

About Our Watch

Our Watch is a national leader in Australia’s work to stop violence against women and their children before it starts. The organisation was created to drive nation-wide change in the practices, norms and structures that lead to violence against women and children.

Media contacts

Our Watch, Senior Media and Communications Advisor Shannon McKeogh:  shannon.mckeogh@ourwatch.org.au / 0412 612 039

Walkley Foundation, Event Organiser Gemma Courtney: gemma.courtney@walkleys.com / 0425 202 651

Find out more about our work to end violence against women in Australia.

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