From bogan to an­chor - Tracey tells her story

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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