Lisa Main has joined the Judith Neilson Institute’s executive team as Director, Grants. Lisa will lead the Institute’s grants program which provides journalists and media organisations with the resources they need to produce quality journalism.
Lisa brings her deep experience of journalism in Australia and internationally, as well as entrepreneurial, strategic and business expertise.
Lisa joins JNI from PwC Australia, where she led strategic communications, specialising in large cross-sector collaborations and the firm’s Future of Work initiative, which aims to upskill workers to drive innovation. Recently, Lisa completed a Startmate fellowship and is actively engaged with Australia’s start-up community.
She is a former journalist and editor with experience across a range of news outlets in Australia and around the world. She began her career at the ABC before joining the Insight program at SBS. She covered the election of Barack Obama and the Global Financial crisis for Reuters in New York and Al Jazeera English in Washington DC. In 2010, Lisa returned to Australia for the launch of the ABC News channel. Lisa was a co-founder of ABC Fact Check and was digital editor at ABC Current affairs, which includes Four Corners, 7.30 and Foreign Correspondent.
In 2016, Lisa completed a fellowship at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University. Her paper studied the impact of data collection laws on journalism in the UK and Australia.
Lisa has a master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Sydney and is a board member of Dame Changer, which aims to create a more diverse Australian screen industry.