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

Sophie Black is a content strategist and producer at the Wheeler Centre where she has worked on the long form podcast series The Messenger, which won a Grand Trophy and two Gold Medals at the New York Festivals Radio Awards 2017, a Walkley Award for Radio/Audio Feature, a UNAA Media Award for Best Radio Documentary and a Australian Human Rights Commission Media Award. She also works across the ABC podcast and RNl program Talkfest and appears on ABC TV’s Screen Time. Previously she was Editor in Chief at Private Media, where she headed up the titles like Crikey, Women’s Agenda and SmartCompany. 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 and the human rights media outlet Right Now and is the former editor of Crikey.