In this headline Festival event, three prominent voices team up to share their unique perspectives on the #MeToo movement – from its repercussions, to how the media have handled (and mishandled) it, and why Australia’s defamation laws may have prevented it from taking full flight at home. Sophie Black speaks to reporter and Women in Media co-founder Tracey Spicer, New York Times journalist Jenna Wortham, and Washington Post writer Irin Carmon, who broke the Charlie Rose story.
Irin Carmon (International)
Described by The New York Times as being "known for her smarts and feminist bona fides," Irin Carmon is a journalist, author and speaker. She is the co-author of the bestselling book Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and a contributing writer to the Washington Post's Outlook section. In November, she teamed up with the Washington Post's investigative team to break the long-buried story of sexual harassment allegations against Charlie Rose, which resulted in the television host's firing from CBS and PBS. Previously, Irin was a national reporter at MSNBC and NBC News and a staff writer at Salon and at Jezebel.
Tracey Spicer (Australian)
Tracey Spicer is the author of the frank and funny 'femoir', The Good Girl Stripped Bare. Over the past 30 years, the award-winning journalist has anchored national news, current affairs and lifestyle programs on Network Ten, Sky News, and ABC TV. She's also brought her sassy style to radio shows on 702 ABC Sydney and 2UE. The 49-year-old is a weekly columnist for Fairfax Media, TV presentation trainer at AFTRS, and co-founder of Women in Media, a national mentoring and networking initiative. Her TEDx Talk has been seen by almost 1.5 million people.
Jenna Wortham (International)
Jenna Wortham is an award-winning technology reporter and staff writer for the The New York Times Magazine. She is the co-host (along with Welsey Morris) of the the New York Times podcast, Still Processing. Prior to working at the Times, Jenna was a technology and culture reporter for Wired. Jenna’s work has also appeared in Matter, The Awl, Bust, The Hairpin, Vogue and Smithsonian Magazine among other publications. Pi.co calls her "one of those rare writers who is able to explain the shapeshifting culture of the younger and newer internet,” and in 2017 she was named in as one of the most powerful people in tech in Ebony magazine’s Power List. Wortham is co-writing a book with Kimberly Drew, The Black Futures Project.
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.