Jason Edwards, National Geographic photographer

“Being compassionate and patient is incredibly important when trying to tell the story of people who are suffering. It’s not about you it’s about them.” For National Geographic photographer Jason Edwards, photography is a way of life. He talks to Derek Schlennstedt.

Liz Porter, journalist and author

“Essentially all writing is the same. It’s the story and finding something in whatever you are researching that will reach out and grab the reader.” Journalist and author Liz Porter talks to Carmen May about her varied career.



Michelle Slater, journalist at the Numurkah Leader

“They take it very, very seriously. If you misspell a name, miscue facts or write a story that someone doesn’t agree with, you will quickly find out about it.” Michelle Slater, journalist at the independently-owned Numurkah Leader in northern Victoria, talks to Anthony Pinda in a new series of Q&A interviews in which Swinburne students explore the challenges of journalism.

Ben Schneiders, investigative journalist at The Age

“If you report a story, people will criticise you, challenge the facts and the way it’s written. You get increasingly thick-skinned about it. It would be hard to survive if you were thin-skinned.” Age investigative reporter Ben Schneiders talks to Julia Hende about the challenges in the job.

Gabriella Coslovich, arts journalist and author

“It wasn’t so much the idea of journalism. It was the idea of writing. Journalism was the only way I felt I could be a writer and earn a living,” Gabriella Coslovich tells Annelise Answerth what motivated her.

Miranda Tay, features editor at The Weekly Review

“I was working at The Age and more and more print sections were let go. From then on redundancies were happening. Journalists basically had to re-invent themselves in this new social and digital world.” The Weekly Review’s Miranda Tay tells Georgia Manning about the need to adapt in changing times.

Tess Lawley, general manager at SYN Media

“This is the dream job. I did have a moment when I first got the job just like, ‘hang on a second, what do I do now since I’ve got my dream job?’” SYN Media boss Tess Lawley tells Emily Swain about her passion for community radio in a new series of Q&A interviews in which Swinburne students explore the challenges of journalism.