MEAA Media is the union and industry advocate for Australia’s media professionals.
• improving the wages and conditions of our members,
• campaigning for press freedom and the public’s right to know,
• promoting high quality journalism through MEAA’s Journalist Code of Ethics,
• rewarding excellence and promoting professional development through the Walkley Foundation, and
• working with other media unions through MEAA’s membership of the International Federation of Journalists.
As a MEAA Media member you are part of a vibrant, active and independent professional association bringing the people who work in the media industry together under a single banner.
All financial members of MEAA Media are entitled to a free Media Pass card, which identifies you as a member of the working media and is only available to genuine media professionals. To have your photo included on the card, you need to supply us with a passport-style photograph (head shot only).
Karen Percy was elected President of MEAA Media in 2022.Shas been a journalist for 35 years. She has worked for the ABC as a local reporter in Adelaide, Alice Springs, Darwin, Sydney and Melbourne, as well as the national broadcaster’s South East Asia Correspondent from 2006 to 2009. From 2010 to 2013 she was a freelance correspondent based in Moscow working for a number of clients including Radio NZ, SBS, Deutsche Welle, CBC, Radio France, RTE. She is a director of the Walkley Foundation and chair of the Dart Centre Asia Pacific. She tweets at @PercyKaren
Adam Portelli is the director of the Media section of MEAA. Adam is also the union’s Victoria/Tasmania Regional Director. Prior to joining MEAA, Adam worked in a variety of roles including as an employment lawyer and with the National Union of Workers (now the United Workers Union) as a National Industrial Officer. He tweets at @PortelliAJ
“I’m a member because – now, more than ever – journalists need to back each other and use this unity to keep our craft strong and independent. When I have needed help, the union’s been there for me.” Nick McKenzie is a multi-Walkley Award winner and investigative reporter for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald and occasional reporter for ABC 4 Corners.
“To me, union means supporting one another in good times and bad. It means speaking out clearly on our ethics as an industry.” Anton Enus, a broadcast journalist with more than 25 years’ experience, has been presenting SBS World News bulletins since 1999.
“Being an MEAA member strengthens my brand as a freelancer: by agreeing to abide by the MEAA’s code of ethics I can demonstrate to publishers and readers that I’m committed to quality and honesty.” Paula Matthewson is a freelance journalist.