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 an author, broadcaster and co-founder of Outspoken Women. Her TEDx Talk, The Lady Stripped Bare, has been seen by more than 4 million people, and her memoir The Good Girl Stripped Bare is a best-seller. Tracey is spearheading the #metoo investigation in Australia.
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 this, 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 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 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.