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. 

Alex Lee (Australian)

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Alex Lee is a writer, actor, television presenter and comedian. She’s worked at ABC News24, Buzzfeed, The Roast, and is currently appearing on The Checkout. She also plays a half-orc barbarian in a Dungeons and Dragons Podcast.

Sophie Black (Australian)

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Sophie Black is Head of Publishing at the Wheeler Centre where she has worked on projects such as The Messenger podcast (Grand Trophy and two Gold Medals, New York Festivals Radio Awards 2017; UNAA Media Award for Best Radio Documentary; Walkley Award for Radio/Audio Feature; Australian Human Rights Commission Media Award) and the ABC Radio National program Talkfest. Previously she was Editor in Chief at Private Media, where she headed up titles such as Crikey, Women’s Agenda, Daily Review 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 publication Right Now. Sophie is the former editor of Crikey and a panellist on ABC TV’s Screen Time.