Thanks for keeping an eye on LINA’s progress through our monthly newsletters. We’re really pleased to have you joining us as we strive to support newsrooms around the country.
This month we have welcomed some new faces to the LINA team who will help roll out some of the programs and projects we’ve been developing in the last six months.
We’re really excited about being able to increase our hands-on support for members, drawing on the expertise of this great crew. Read more about them further down this newsletter.
ACMA Powers Exposure Draft Bill
The Government is considering an expansion of the ACMA’s powers to help address the spread of mis- and disinformation on digital platforms which can include interactive media websites, LINA considered the potential impact the proposed powers could have on its members. Read more
Murdoch Media Inquiry Bill
The Standing Committee on Environment and Communications is considering an Inquiry into the impact of media concentration in Australia and related areas of regulation and policy. LINA’s submission supports the rationale for an Inquiry and encourages the Government to undertake this work in respect to the NewsMAP and other components of policy work currently in development. Read more
Google News Initiative Summit 2023, Sydney
Claire Stuchbery attended the Google News Initiative (GNI) Summit in Sydney this month. Also present from the LINA membership were Australian Property Journal, City Hub News, Scenic Rim Media, Hills to Hawkesbury News and Yanchep News Online (Anita McInnes pictured below with Claire).
It was a good opportunity to hear the outcomes of some of newsroom experimentation Google has supported over the past year and conversations about cultural transformation in larger newsrooms.
A highlight was hearing Keer Moriarty speak about Scenic Rim Media’s learnings from the Kookaburra 2 project, focused on digital sustainability for regional publishers. Nice work Keer!
Four new staff members joined LINA in the July–August months! The new crew joins Claire Stuchbery & Claire Albrecht and will soon be completed by a Data & Insights Analyst.
Julia, Emma, Lily and Kris bring a diverse combined skillset to help LINA members. Introducing them briefly, they are:
Lily has worked across both state and local government in corporate partnerships, fundraising, sustainability, media/communications and events. Most recently, she worked for the Victorian Labor Party, primarily focused on fundraising in the lead-up to the last election. Based in Metung, Gippsland, Lily leads LINA’s government and stakeholder relationships, including funding partners. Reach out to Lily via email@example.com
Emma has a background in radio and digital content distribution. She worked as a Digital Courier Operator at Nine for 8 years, prior to which she had presenter roles at Nova and SBS Pop Asia. Emma brings expertise in social and digital platform expertise, including database systems focused on the sharing of content across media organisations. In her spare time, Emma produces podcasts. Emma is based in Macquarie Park, New South Wales. To learn more about joining LINA, if you’re an existing member with a question, or if you would like work with our members, contact Emma via firstname.lastname@example.org
Kristen has a 20-year history in the management of digital teams, including working as a developer supporting journalists at The First Post (London) and more recently as Platform Manager at Medicins Sans Frontieres. Kris splits his time between LINA and The Wilderness Society where he works as a Digital Systems Specialist. Kris is based in Wattle Flats (near Peel), New South Wales. LINA members can contact Kris for support with website bugs or issues, training support on digital tools and advice around your tech strategy. Book an appointment with Kris here, or email Kristen.email@example.com
Julia’s multifaceted background in music and the performing arts includes a career as a musician, songwriter, teacher, and arts-worker. She also worked in publishing as senior editor for a global multimedia music education publisher, and as editor for three Australian non-fiction publishers—for one of these, she was also an author coach. For several years, Julia was a freelancer in the copywriting, web and digital spaces, spanning both technical and creative roles. In her earlier years, Julia spent time in the trade union movement, based at the Trades and Labor Council of W.A. Julia is based in Seaford, Victoria and can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org
We encourage you to reach out and say hi to any of our new staff members.
Austin Robertson Sadly Missed
LINA sends our condolences to Austin’s family and friends, and everyone at Post Newspapers who knew him and his work. Our thoughts are with you.
New Member Spotlight
LINA has been hosting some fantastic Shop-talk sessions with members and guests, most recently with experts at ABC News Digital discussing SEO. The Shop-talks are a great resource and chance to interact with our community and industry across many topics important to members.
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