From bogan to anchor - Tracey tells her story
Best-selling author and journalist Tracey Spicer will be the keynote speaker at a women’s networking event in Warragul next week.
Tracey will offer tips on surviving in the media after rising from a self-confessed bogan to a national TV news anchor and now campaigner for gender equity in the workforce.
The Gippsland event will be jointly hosted by Women in Media Victoria, the Rural Press Club of Victoria and networking group Women in Gippsland.
Tracey has anchored national news, current affairs and lifestyle programs for several TV networks, however she kicked off her media career in Gippsland when she worked for Southern Cross Network in Traralgon in the early 1990s. Earlier this year she released a best-selling femoir The Good Girl Stripped Bare, and is the national convener of Women in Media.
Tracey said she was coming to Gippsland because regional women in media “face significant challenges”.
“They’re often expected to do twice the work of their city colleagues, on half the budget,” she said.
“Then there’s the sense of isolation, with fewer networking and mentoring opportunities.”
The September 15 event is the second jointly-hosted Women in Media event, and Tracey said WiM was established to fight for equality in the media industry and bring women together.
“As co-founder and national convenor, I want to connect rural and regional women with the support structures they need to fulfil their potential,” she said.
“Eventually, programs like this will redress the serious gender imbalance in our industry. The media reflects and shapes society, so fighting for equality in our industry will create a ripple effect across the entire workforce.
“As someone who’s worked in regional Australia, I want women to know they’re not alone in feeling frustrated by these challenges, and the sometimes glacial pace of change.”
The dinner event is on September 15 starting at 6.30pm at the Downtowner, 55 Victoria Street, Warragul. For information on the event go to ruralpressclub.com/ events or call 0438 013 114.