Team

Editor-in-chief

Bec Bridges Follow

Bec Bridges is an editor, writer and communications professional working in community philanthropy, she has edited print and digital magazines for non-profit organisations, peak industry bodies and the local government sector. She is interested in contemporary art of all forms, especially work that further conversations about education, identity and the effects of neoliberalism.

Non-fiction editors

Garima Sharma

Garima is a writer and editor and has graduated from the University of Melbourne with major in human rights law. She is passionate about the rights of women and children, and her research interests revolve around gender equality and social justice in general, and sexual abuse of vulnerable women in particular. In addition to volunteering for Right Now, she also works in academic services.

Charmaine Manuel Follow

Charmaine is a writer and historian from Melbourne. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours in History) and is interested in the intersection of law, history and philosophy. Her published work has appeared in Idiom, The Cambridge Journal of Education, History Australia and Revue d’histoire des textes. She has previously worked in various library roles and as a research assistant at Monash’s Centre for Religious Studies.

Angus Smith Follow

Angus is a journalist, editor and media advisor who contributes regularly to leading Australian and International publications. His work has appeared in The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Hong Kong Free Press (HKFP), Crikey, News.com.au, The Guardian, Surfing Life Magazine and much more. In 2018, he traveled to the Beqaa Valley to cover the Syrian conflict with World Vision and VICE

James Atkinson 

James is a writer and editor based in Canberra. He is a previous editor-in-chief of Woroni and currently works in the NGO space. James is interested in the human rights implications of climate change, new technology and economic inequality. He holds a Bachelor of Development Studies and a Bachelor of Arts from the ANU.

Arts editor

Kira Hartley
Kira Hartley is currently undergoing a Masters of Publishing and Communications at the University of Melbourne. She also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and an honours degree in Art History. Kira is particularly interested in creating dialogue through the visual and performing arts, as well as the various histories of art practices around the world.

Creative editor

Sara Navissi

Sara is an editor and writer with an interest in fiction and poetry that elevates diverse experiences. She holds a Master of Creative Writing, Publishing & Editing from the University of Melbourne, where her research interests centred around literary trauma theory. In particular, the traumatogenic effects of oppression and the ways in which literary representations of trauma can disrupt and embellish narrative. In her spare time, she volunteers at 100 Story Building and is a fiction reader for Overland.

General manager

Rachel McFadden
Rachel is a writer, curator and social justice advocate. Prior to joining Right Now she was a journalist reporting on the social sector and covering indigenous affairs in Alice Springs and New Zealand, making radio documentaries in India and working for a grassroots artivist (art + activism) organisation in Nepal. She has founded a documentary film festival in Nepal, programmed speakers and curated human rights talks for the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival and run an arts and activism space in Melbourne. She currently works as a policy advisor for Aboriginal community-controlled organisations.

Community manager

Filiz Casey

Founding editor

Henrietta Zeffert
Right Now Inc (2005), Right Now Radio (2008).