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Jam Sponges and Jillaroos: Survival Tips for Your Country Stint

Women in Media, Western Australia

Thursday, 29 October 2015 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm (AWST)

Jam Sponges and Jillaroos: Survival Tips for Your...

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Ever wondered what your colleagues in regional WA get up to? 

Why is a journalistic stint out bush an important rite of passage? Come to our final Women in Media event for the year, at the ABC Perth studios, as we find out! 

Meet your colleagues working in country media jobs; hear how they got there, join them for a typical day on the job, and learn about their passion for their patch of regional Western Australia. Could it be for you too?

Hosted by Hilary Smale and Lucie Bell, hear guest speaker Tara De Landgrafft and a panel discussing the future of regional reporting. 

Students, lecturers, and media colleagues welcome. 

Networking 6-7pm
Panel discussion 7-8pm

Special Offer

Introduce a colleague, contact or peer who's never attended a Women in Media event before and we'll welcome you both with ticket discounts! Use the code WIMPLUSONE at the checkout.  



Our Speakers

The discussion will be led by ABC radio broadcaster and producer, Hilary Smale. Now based in Bunbury producing WA Drive, Hilary moved to the regions after casual work with 720 ABC Perth and RTRFM 92.1. She started her regional career in Broome at the beginning of the wet season in 2011, and after nearly three years moved to Karratha to present the local North West Mornings show. Through being in the regions she has learnt about the quirks of living with colleagues at the ABC house in Karratha, produced and presented stories on native title determinations, discovered the history of the Noonkanbah shearing shed, and met the billygoats of Fitzroy Crossing.

Based out of Karratha for the ABC Rural Reporter, Lucie Bell has been covering rural issues across the Pilbara, Gascoyne and Indian Ocean Islands since 2013. Her patch is roughly the size of France and just as diverse in its industries, landscapes and outback characters. In 2014 she was named Best New Entrant to Rural Communications at the WA Rural Media Awards. Before moving to WA, Lucie worked in Darwin and Sydney, reporting for ABC Rural and producing for ABC NewsRadio. She’s also flogged pies, sold stationery, been a barista, worked for a Missouri newspaper, volunteered in a Mexican orphanage and lived on a German pig farm - none of which helped her one iota when she found herself part of a goanna muster! You’ll usually find her on the road, making her way to a campdraft, rodeo or remote cattle station.

Tara De Landgrafft joined ABC Rural in 2006 as an assistant producer on the WA Country Hour before being sent to Geraldton to begin her first gig as a Rural Reporter. In early 2007 Tara went to Esperance to cover a major flood event and almost nine years later, she is still there in her role as the Rural and Resources Reporter for the Goldfields, Esperance, Mid West and Wheatbelt region. Despite studying Agribusiness Marketing at university, Tara never intended calling regional WA her home, but now, couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. Tara says the diversity of stories, people and landscapes in regional WA are second to none and the freedom of reporting in the bush is something everyone should experience at least once in their career. She is also quite the jam sponge connoisseur and enjoys keeping her boots dirty.

Further speaker information to come - watch here for updates. 


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When & Where

ABC Perth Studios
30 Fielder Street
East Perth, WA 6004

Thursday, 29 October 2015 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm (AWST)

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Women in Media, Western Australia

Women in Media is a not-for-profit networking group for journalists and communications/public relations/marketing and media specialists in Western Australia.

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