Welcome to a world where the news could be confused for satire, and the White House Press Secretary thinks The Onion is real news. What’s the role of a satirist when the headlines read like a bad joke? Charles Firth is the editor of The Chaser Quarterly, Rebecca Shaw is the author of No To Feminism, and Alex Lee is a comedian, actor and satirist. Hear them reflect on the challenges facing satirists in 2017.
Sophie Black (Australian)
Sophie Black is the content strategist at the Wheeler Centre where she has also acted as head of programming. Previously she was editor-in-chief at Private Media, where she headed up the titles Crikey, Women’s Agenda, SmartCompany, StartUpSmart and Property Observer. In 2013 she delivered the Adelaide Festival of Ideas as Director. She sits on the advisory board for Melbourne University’s Centre for Advancing Journalism. She has written on subjects such as immigration, the publishing and advertising industries, climate change, the media, Indigenous affairs, US and federal politics. Sophie was also deputy editor of the weekly magazine The Reader after working in film and TV production.