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Closing soon: Media masterclass on reporting on violence against women

Our Watch 2 mins read

As Australians grapple with the increase in violent deaths of women this year, Our Watch is urging interested journalists to apply for its prestigious masterclass series to deepen knowledge of reporting on the issue.  

Limited travel scholarships are available.  

The free professional development series takes a deep dive into understanding violence against women and explores how responsible media reporting helps to prevent violence before it occurs. 

On average, one woman every nine days is killed by a current or former partner and 13 women a day are hospitalised. The media has a crucial role to play in shaping public opinion about violence against women. 

Places are available for those from traditional and new media. Early career journalists; those new to reporting on the issue; First Nations journalists; media professionals from refugee or migrant backgrounds; those from regional or rural areas; people with disabilities and sports journalists are encouraged to apply.  

Guest speakers include award-winning investigative journalist Nina Funnell, Guardian Australia senior producer Nour Haydar, leading Indigenous family violence researcher Prof Kyllie Cripps, DART Centre Asia Pacific CEO Dr Erin Smith, and journalism researcher and educator Amantha Perera.  

The series will incorporate prior online learning, expert guest speaker panels, two-way knowledge sharing, facilitated discussions, practical exercises and networking opportunities. 

Applicants must be available to conduct four hours of self-paced online learning, attend a two-day in-person workshop in Melbourne on Thursday 13 June and Friday 14 June 2024, and attend two 90-minute online forums between August and December 2024.  

To apply visit the Our Watch website. Applications close 8 May 2024.    

This program is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.

To access guides for reporting about violence against women and their children, visitMedia Making Change. 


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