Simone Amelia Jordan Joins Media Diversity Australia As Project & Events Manager

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Not-for-profit Media Diversity Australia has expanded its team as it plans to grow and have more impact on an industry it sees as lacking in diversity.

Chris Vaughan has joined the team as its operations director, bringing experience from his work in the finance industry, as well as media and advertising.

Vaughan said the work Media Diversity Australia does is close to his heart.

“I moved to Australia at the age of seven from London, it took many years before I saw someone else who looked like me let alone on the TV. It was because of that and many other reasons, that I feel very passionate about playing a part in this narrative to ensure that the seven year old me today is able to see more diverse cultures represented equally across all media platforms,” Vaughan said.

Vaughan worked for the past eight years in the financial services sector as an investment strategist and has led and built domestic and international partnerships. He has also worked both in Australia and the UK as a Freelance Television Producer for Fremantle Media, ABC and the BBC.

Media Diversity Australia made headlines in August 2020, when it released landmark research on the state of representation in television news and current affairs.

The report, Who Gets To Tell Australians – led by the NGO and produced by four universities was funded by Google and the union representing journalist, The Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance. It found that at the time, every national news director in Australia was a white man, and 96.9% of those in the most senior news management roles either had an Anglo-Celtic or European background.

More than 75% of presenters, commentators, and reporters on screen in news and current affairs broadcasts had an Anglo Celtic background, while only 6% had Indigenous or non-European background.

Now in its fourth year, the not-for-profit organisation will be doubling its paid internship program to create pathways for talent from a diverse array of backgrounds to enter the industry. The organisation also plans to repeat its research on the state-of-play in television news and current affairs to measure what has changed in three years.

“We have a clear vision and strategic plan over the next three years, which will see us scale our efforts to ensure we have a stronger representation across the entire media landscape of both culturally and linguistically diverse talent and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people,” a spokesperson for the NGO said.

Also joining the team is Simone Amelia Jordan as events and project manager, whose career spans news and music journalism and music management.

“When I came home in 2016 after a decade away in New York, I was immediately hit with familiar feelings of frustration and disappointment. Why did Australia’s mainstream media look as homogeneous as when I left? It was completely disheartening,” Jordan said.

“The following year, I learned about the launch of Media Diversity Australia, and was proud to support such a crucial movement. To now work with them in an official capacity is an honour,” she said.

Media Diversity Australia was founded in 2017 by journalists Isabel Lo and Antoinette Lattouf. They are supported by an  advisory board including Indigenous journalist Stan Grant, The Project Host, Waleed Aly; veteran journalist Monica Attard, SBS head of indigenous content, Tanya-Denning Orman; philanthropist Talal Yassine, former Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphomossane; multicultural advertising advisor, Sheba Nandkeolyar and head of the Walkley Foundation, Louisa Graham.

Debut #GetInTheGame Live Event: January 2020

Today marks exactly one year since I hosted (and organised) my first live #GetInTheGame event.

The sold-out seminar featured a line-up of brilliant women I’m honoured to call my dear friends, each of them with acclaimed careers in the music and entertainment industries.

And in the spirit of true sisterhood, Lani Richmond (artist manager, Aloe Blacc), Eb Jones (then Head of Social & Influencer Strategy, WNBA), Sherin Moustafa (then artist manager, Becky G) and Prinnie Stevens (performer) immediately said they would do the event with less than two week’s notice. When I have a bright idea, I like to execute it as soon as possible!

From L: Simone Amelia Jordan, Lani Richmond, Eb Jones, Sherin Moustafa and Prinnie Stevens.

This particular experience was so exhilarating and successful that it lead me to create Higher Ground Consulting Agency mid last year, and focus on the professional development of local artists and creatives from First Nations and CaLD talent.

Our audience soaking up knowledge from the all-star panel of female powerhouses.

I spoke with each woman in-depth about their unique journeys, with our Australian-born panelists providing particular inspiration to the sold-out audience. As musicians, journalists, managers and executives, we provided a powerful look at the spectrum of vocations available to those who aspire to work in showbiz. We also encouraged those in the audience from marginalised backgrounds to keep dreaming, and make those dreams BIG.

Special thanks to my husband Duane Jordan, my amazing right-hand Erika Medina, plus the indomitable Milly Petriella (head of artist relations, APRA AMCOS) for generously sharing her pearls of wisdom on the day.

Check out a video snippet from the day, and here’s to more incredible events in 2021!

IWD 2020 Panel: ‘Women Changing The World’

On International Women’s Day this year, I spoke at a ‘Women Changing The World’ event organised by tech start-up incubator Fishburners.

The panel featured women using their entrepreneurial talents for good. Here are some takeaways.

“You’re not always right, which takes a long time to learn. Everyone has their vision, but keep focused on the common goal.” – Simone Amelia Jordan

Packed house for the ‘Women Changing The World’ panel on #IWD2020. Image: Fishburners

“Take up space and flex your voice. Make room, take a spot. At events, at board meetings, wherever you need to be.” – Sasha Sarago

“You need to build resilience. You will be disappointed every second day. Equip yourself with a strong back and a strong network that backs you.” – Carola Jonas

Attendees soaking up knowledge at the #IWD2020 panel

“Stick to your vision and mission. The point of innovation is it is different and it won’t make sense to a lot of people. A lot of it is intuitive.” – Patricia Kaziro

“Value what you bring to the world. We need male energy but we also need female energy and to date, female energy has not been equal.” – Deborah Fairfull

“It does not get easier; things get harder. There are lots of ideas out there and just because something wasn’t your idea, doesn’t mean you can’t get on board.” – Jenna Leo

Step Forward: Vision Board Workshop [March 2018]

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STEP FORWARD

Vision Board Workshop, Sydney Australia

Grab your girls and let’s celebrate Women’s History Month!

Are you in need of INSPIRATION?

Vision Boards display images that represent whatever you want to BE, DO or HAVE in your life.

In 2018, our lives are moving at a rapid pace and we’re losing sight of the GOALS and DREAMS shaping our future.

Make your ambitions VISUAL and REAL to create your reality and maintain your motivation.

Saturday, March 24 2018

11am-2pm

Redfern Community Centre

29-53 Hugo Street, Redfern NSW

Cost: $47 + booking fee (includes):

  • Lunch + Refreshments
  • Pre-Workshop Tips
  • Large Foam Vision Board
  • Magazines
  • Scissors, Glue, Tacks, Stickers, Varnish

Catch Up On The Latest Episodes Of ‘The Bridge’ Podcast

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Life comes at you fast, doesn’t it! I haven’t had a chance to post the past six episodes of our podcast as I was working hard on the Australian premiere of the Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez On Me (video and photos coming soon).

Here are the episodes below, where you can really notice the growth in chemistry between my co-host Nate Wade and myself in addition to an extremely diverse range of topics!

Episode 7 Of The Bridge Podcast: Getting Stronger

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Episode 5 of The Bridge podcast is now live!

Myself and Nate Wade chop it up about:

-Is yet *another* big Hip-Hop tour cancelled Down Under?
-Australia’s recently released Five Year Mental Health Youth Report and how action is urgently needed to stem rising youth mental illness in the country
-How race plays a huge difference between the Hip-Hop/R&B music scenes in Australia and New Zealand
-The mystery surrounding the death of former NFL player Aaron Hernandez
-A tribute to Katherine Keating and VICE Impact
and much more!Please LISTEN, RATE, SUBSCRIBE — and send feedback!

Episode 6 Of The Bridge Podcast: All For One, One For All

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Episode 6 of The Bridge is now live!

Myself and Nate Wade chop it up about hot topics:

-The recent incidents of racial abuse towards Aboriginal players in the AFL
-How minorities must heal issues among themselves before they can create a powerful united front
-Why “reverse racism” doesn’t exist
-Stevie Wonder getting married for the third time at age 67
-If playing music during sex makes it better
-A psychologist in Australia recommending some child sex offenders be forgiven for their crimes and trusted once again by their communities

and much more!

Please listen, like, share, rate and subscribe!
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/…/…/the-bridge-podcast/id1218197763

Episode 5 Of The Bridge Podcast: “Talk That Talk”

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Episode 5 of The Bridge podcast is now live!

Myself and Nate Wade chop it up about:

-The meaning behind the term “Aussie Swassie”
-The recent United Nations report blasting Indigenous conditions in Australia as “appalling”
-An update on our conversation with Krit
-The Sydney Film Festival
-A spotlight on 90s “urban” film soundtracks
-Fresh rumours on Suge Knight’s possible involvement in 2Pac’s murder
-Tribute to Aussie hip-hop pioneer “Spice”

and much, much more!

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-bridge-podcast/id1218197763

Episodes 3 and 4 Of The Bridge Podcast

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During Episodes 3 and 4 of The Bridge podcast, Simone and Nate cover a wide variety of topics including:

-Repeal of Section 18c in Australia’s Racial Discrimination Act,

-Professional athletes’ conduct in relationships

-Pharrell Williams becoming the first male face of Chanel

-Former MTV Australia V “Krit” calling out racism in Australia’s media

-Tribute to the late Garnet Reid, a New York music industry veteran

and more!

Episode 2 Of The Bridge Podcast: Sexual Healing

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On the latest episode of The Bridge, Simone Amelia and Nate Wade chop it up about:

-The growing (and interesting) phenomena of asexuality
-If a man ever *really* wants to get married
-An explosive blog published by former MTV Australia VJ Krit about systemic racism in Australia’s media
-The rumoured remake of Coming To America
-How “urban” radio is failing in Australia
-Upcoming Hip-Hop tours Down Under

and more.

Be sure to subscribe on iTunes!

The Debut Episode Of The Bridge Podcast

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What a HELLUVA year it has been.

Enduring a serious flare up with my Crohn’s Disease that literally forced me to leave my home for the past 10 years, New York City, and head back to Sydney, I’ve experienced a rollercoaster of emotions these past 365 days (and will hopefully be able to get into more details at a later date).

Now I’ve settled back into a slower-paced lifestyle in Australia and it was time for me to leap back into doing what I love most: hosting. I’ve just started my first podcast with my longtime friend Nate Wade called “The Bridge” and we couldn’t be more excited.

The Bridge is aimed at being a much-needed BRIDGE between cultures, a BRIDGE between knowing and experiencing Hip-Hop in America then translating it to Australia, and an exploration of international news, views — and some ratchetry, of course.

We rushed this episode out to time it with Harmony Day in Australia yesterday on Tuesday, March 21, a holiday that celebrates cultural diversity. Harmony Day coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Our special guest is The Honourable Linda Burney MP, the first Aboriginal woman elected to the Australian House Of Representatives. In celebration of The Bridge being recorded in the historic area of Redfern and kicking off during Women’s History Month, Linda talks about the scary rise of Pauline Hanson’s popularity in Australia, her experiences as an Indigenous woman, why young people need to understand the importance of the political process and much more.

Talking The Source, Racism In Australia, Hip Hop & More On The Karen Hunter Show, SiriusXM

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Yesterday [Monday, March 28] I had the absolute pleasure of stopping by The Karen Hunter Show on the UrbanView channel on SiriusXM.

An esteemed journalist and author with a very inspiring career, Karen congratulated me on my new role at The Source Magazine and my first full issue: our current #RealRecognizesReel diversity in Hollywood special. We also talked about the legacy the brand has and how we’re continuing it today with an all new “MindSquad.”

We then touched on the beauty and controversy of Hip Hop music and culture, the influence of acts like Kanye West, the differences between The Source and a media title like Complex and more.