Woroni Elections 2020: Nominees

During the week of 19-23 October (week 11), students will be given the opportunity to elect editors to the ANU Student Media Board. 

The link to vote will be emailed to all ANU students on Monday 19 October. All ANU students are members of ANU Student Media and are therefore eligible to vote.

Any questions relating to the election process should be directed to Returning Office Roxanne Missingham at Roxanne.Missingham@anu.edu.au

The nominees for each position and their bios are listed here:

 

Managing Editor

 

Ben Rowley

Over the past year I have fallen in love with ANU Student Media (Woroni). I began as a Social Media Manager at the beginning of 2020, continuing in to Semester 2, and in Semester 2 I became a Video Editor. In my roles, I have witnessed the importance that Woroni has to the student population, through providing students with relevant campus news, and information. I’ve seen first-hand how Woroni’s job of providing a voice to students is vital the student experience and the functioning of our community. I understand the importance of good budgeting and SSAF, gained through my involvement in both ANUSA and Woroni. As Managing Editor, I will strive to move both the organisation forward and responsibly manage the finances of the organisation. My background in economics and politics means that I am qualified for this role. I have a deep understanding of finance and the SSAF process. As well as this, my attitude towards teamwork, ensuring everyone is heard, is one that I feel Woroni would benefit from managerially. Ultimately, I believe that with the COVID-19 recovery, and unavoidable SSAF cut in the coming year, that I am the best candidate for Managing Editor.

 

Ronan Skyring

I have enjoyed my time at Woroni immensely over the past year-and-a-half and would like an opportunity to give back. Not only have I found the work extremely interesting and intellectually engaging but I also relish in the various opportunity it has provided to support and promote student led media. As a result, I would look forward to an opportunity to advance, so as to provide the same opportunities to a new generation of students. The relationships I have developed across the organisation, as well as my involvement in a variety of Woroni run events, has given me a deep appreciation for the organisations culture. As such, I believe I am very well suited to take on either of the roles as I not only appreciate the breadth of the commitment required but their importance in the wider functioning of Woroni. If successful, I would look to further modernise the organisation, utilising the plethora of social media tool available to increase Woroni’s presence within the university. With this, I would hope to further develop the culture of accountability – to ensure that ANU students are kept aware of any changes which may impact their experience of university life.

 

Content Editor

 

Aditi Dubey

I am an international student doing my masters in linguistics here at the ANU. As a current student of linguistics and a former student of literature, I have a deep love for words. This is what prompted me to join Woroni at the beginning of the year, and I have now been a sub-editor for almost two whole semesters. Being a sub-editor has been an incredible experience. Not only have I really enjoyed writing, sourcing and editing content, I have also enjoyed being a part of the Woroni team and seeing all the incredible things the people at Woroni do. I now have the desire to be even more involved with Woroni, which is why I am applying to be Content Editor. I believe that I have the passion, determination, organisational skills and leadership qualities that the role demands. I would also be bringing to the table creativity and fresh perspectives. At its core, I believe that this role is meant to help people voice their own ideas and showcase their unique ways of looking at the world. I think I can be the right person to make that happen.

 

Eammon Gumley

I am interested in the content editor position as I believe that a range of incremental changes could make the publication more relevant to the student experience and bring it more in line with its past as a conduit for ‘outrage and activism’. A change in sub-editor roles to emphasize satire and incentivize writing on a broad range of topics would boost the magazine’s relevance. The online portfolio really expanded this year, and I want to build off of it to provide more frequent and structured content on the website. Further, training for contributors and sub-editors that focuses on writing on topics that people want to read would boost the readership and relevance of Woroni for ANU students.

I have a couple of years of experience as both a regular contributor, sub-editor, and regional editor for both Woroni and other similar student publications. I can use this experience to bring positive changes along these lines to the magazine. I am a believer in an interesting and engaging student media and think that with a few changes Woroni is the best way to provide this.

 

Lily Pang

I am interested in being the Content Editor for Woroni because I am passionate about continuing to grow Woroni’s online and print presence. I have been with Woroni since 2019, starting off as Comment Sub-Editor, before working as a Senior Sub-Editor for the last two semesters. I personally have worked in the Content team with three different organisational formats, and I have found the current Online/Print split to be the most effective in promoting student engagement, managing portfolios, and generating content. I am eager to continue this organisational format and fine tune the processes by having a regular content schedule across all portfolios so that we continue to produce quality media by students, for students.

My vision is to further strengthen Woroni’s online presence to better cater to how students now consume media. As COVID-19 has demonstrated, the ability to engage students online is critical to staying relevant during uncertain times. Apart from regularly posting content online, I intend to also co-ordinate with Woroni’s social media officers to build our online presence. This can include linked articles on Woroni’s Instagram, a reformatting of Woroni’s website to be more user friendly and major pieces that highlight and support student activism. 

 

News Editor

 

Ronan Skyring

I have enjoyed my time at Woroni immensely over the past year-and-a-half and would like an opportunity to give back. Not only have I found the work extremely interesting and intellectually engaging but I also relish in the various opportunity it has provided to support and promote student led media. As a result, I would look forward to an opportunity to advance, so as to provide the same opportunities to a new generation of students. The relationships I have developed across the organisation, as well as my involvement in a variety of Woroni run events, has given me a deep appreciation for the organisations culture. As such, I believe I am very well suited to take on either of the roles as I not only appreciate the breadth of the commitment required but their importance in the wider functioning of Woroni. If successful, I would look to further modernise the organisation, utilising the plethora of social media tool available to increase Woroni’s presence within the university. With this, I would hope to further develop the culture of accountability – to ensure that ANU students are kept aware of any changes which may impact their experience of university life.

 

Charlotte Ward

Student media is vital in ensuring that stories are told, and students are heard. I believe that creating and sharing timely and accurate information is integral to maintaining an accountable and informed University environment. 

I am currently a Senior News Reporter in Woroni’s News Team, and am excited to run for the position of News Editor. I joined Woroni as a News Reporter in 2019, and quickly adapted to the role of Senior News Reporter this year, embracing the extra responsibilities involved. I have been inspired by the dedication, drive and passion of the News Team in ensuring students are informed. My time as a Senior News Reporter has strengthened my ability to work in a team, and I am confident that I will be able to successfully lead a team of reporters and provide them with support and encouragement. It has also highlighted the importance of collaboration, communication and respect – all of which are paramount in an organisation such as Woroni

Woroni has an important role in promoting student voices. In 2021, I hope to report on a more diverse range of articles, telling stories from those that have not yet been heard and increase the diversity within Woroni.

 

TV Editor

 

Matthew Donlan (Elected Unopposed)

I have been with Woroni for a year and a half now; first as a Producer, then Executive Producer and currently as the TV Editor. In each of these roles I have worked hard to bring new ideas and perspectives to Woroni TV. I would love to return to my role as TV Editor next year to continue expanding the portfolio. This year, TV has implemented a number of content changes that have resulted in greater engagement online and a better showcase of student voices and issues. It is important that Woroni always provides a platform for ANU students to share their stories and ideas, and TV provides that service through a visual medium.