On 17 June, four current Woroni editors will retire. We are pleased to announce that Linda Chen, Nathalie Rosales-Cheng and James Atkinson have nominated to take over the soon-to-be-vacant portfolios on the Woroni Board. Due to there being four available general editor positions, these three nominations were automatically successful and there is no need for a 2017 mid-term election. We will be opening a casual vacancy to fill the fourth general editor position in a few days. All four positions are for a 12-month period and will commence on 18 June 2017. Congratulations to Linda, Nathalie and James! We are thrilled to welcome you to the team.
I have been working with Woroni as a reporter with their newly established TV division since the beginning of 2017. Since then, I have developed content for the video channel, guest sub-edited for the ‘Flight’ print edition and moderated their first public panel discussion for the year.
As editor, I’d like to further encourage integration and dialogue between our three main media streams and their subsections to ensure that we’re creating cohesive but non-repetitive content; continue with our push for broader, long-term student and community engagement as with our pull-out editions, especially across schools/colleges and for students based off-campus; and to further our dedication to accessibility, eg. in captioning all of our video content.
I am a second year student studying Security and Arts and passionate about ensuring Woroni is truly a mouthpiece for the student body to present their views across the multimedia platforms available. For the past semester I was the Sub-Editor of the International section and it has truly been an exceptional experience to not only discover the inner workings of editing a newspaper but to connect and engage with the student community.
There are so many incredible groups and individuals whose stories, experiences and viewpoints we have yet to hear; I truly believe the purpose of an editor is to engage with a diverse range of perspectives and encourage them to communicate with confidence so that Woroni as a newspaper, reflects the student body accordingly.
The purpose of student media is to provoke and cultivate an arena for meaningful debate. While simultaneously engaging and providing a platform for students to discuss, share, research and critique not only their environment, but society as a whole and in turn reflect on themselves. I wholeheartedly believe that student media is imperative within a university environment to inspire new ways of thinking and to be the voice of the students, with all their quirks and cross-disciplinary interests, their visions of the future and interpretation of the now.
Student media has historically pushed boundaries where traditional mainstream media can’t, or won’t. It’s been brave, it’s been daring, and it has been at the forefront of various liberation movements. This capacity comes down to the content that we produce. At Woroni, we enjoy the freedom to discuss topics that mainstream outlets would otherwise place in the ‘too hard’ basket. And, so, we should.
I’m running for Content Editor to ensure that writers feel comfortable and empowered to explore their interests, challenge social structures, and ensure people/institutions are held accountable. As Woroni Comment Sub-Editor this year, I’ve loved working with writers to develop their voice. Beyond this, my writing credentials extend to publications including Junkee, New Matilda, and local newspapers. I’ve also coordinated the media for NGOs including the YMCA NSW and the AIIA, and currently for ANU CAP’s Asia Pacific Week.
As Content Editor, I will endeavour to ensure that Woroni is representative of the ANU student body. I want to see a plurality of political perspectives and will continue to work with departments to support the voices of all students.
We acknowledge the Ngunnawal and Ngambri people, who are the Traditional Custodians of the land on which Woroni, Woroni Radio and Woroni TV are created, edited, published, printed and distributed. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and emerging. We acknowledge that the name Woroni was taken from the Wadi Wadi Nation without permission, and we are striving to do better for future reconciliation.