Team

Editor-in-chief

Roselina Press  Follow

Roselina Press is the editor-in-chief of Right Now, an Australian human rights media organisation. She is a writer, editor and communications specialist, and currently works at Oxfam Australia. She has a Master of International Relations and has written for Reuters, The Guardian and the United Nations Department of Public Information.

Managing editor

Bec Bridges
Bec is halfway through the Masters of Publishing and Communications at The University of Melbourne, and works part-time for a Melbourne-based startup helping small businesses make smarter digital marketing decisions. She wants to ensure social issues and injustices are discussed in unbiased and relatable terms to help the general community become better informed. Some day Rebecca hopes to commission, edit and translate the work of writers from around the world, helping to bring the experiences of people from diverse backgrounds to the fore. On any given Sunday she likes to catch up on 20th century fiction and imagine the world through the eyes of her cat.

Editors

Rebecca Cohen
Rebecca joined the Right Now editorial team in October 2015 and is excited to be working with writers who are also passionate about social justice. She has an Arts/Law degree from Monash University, and is currently working as a Judge’s Associate. Rebecca volunteers as a lawyer and paralegal at EasternCommunity Legal Centre, and as a Communications Officer at Women’s Legal Service Victoria. She also has a brunch addiction and has been trying to summon the courage to get her ears pierced for two decades.

Mihilini Fernando joined Right Now in March 2017 and is passionate about social justice. She is currently working as a solicitor advocate in criminal defence and regularly represents disenfranchised people in court. Prior to working in criminal law, she worked as a Judge’s Associate at the Supreme Court and in environment and planning law at a commercial firm. She has also worked in a pro bono capacity at the Senior’s Rights Legal Clinic. Outside of work, Mihilini enjoys attending the odd reformer pilates class and learning how to play new songs on the piano.

Isabella Royce is an admitted lawyer and works as a Judge’s Associate at the Federal Circuit Court. She has a BA (Hons) in Arts/Law from Monash University and managed to spend a decent amount of her degree overseas. Her passion for human rights has lead to interning at the International Commission of Jurists in Geneva, attending the 25th United Nations Human Rights Council in 2014 and volunteering at Fitzroy Legal Service.

Reviews editor

Samantha Jones Follow
Samantha Jones is a Melbourne-based writer with a passion for arts, social justice, and human rights. They have a Bachelor in Communications, Major in Journalism, from Monash University, and a Graduate Certificate in Arts (Writing) from Swinburne University. Samantha started writing reviews for Right Now in 2015 before coming on board as Reviews Editor in 2017. Their reviews have also been published in The Big Issue and Westerly, and their creative non-fiction work was featured by Melbourne UNESCO City of Literature as part of the Summer in the City of Literature series. Samantha is a member of the City of Darebin n-SCRIBE working group and works in communications in the NFP sector. When not working with words, Samantha performs with the 80s dance troupe – Real Hot Bitches.

Creative writing editor

Claire Wilson  Follow
Claire is a writer, poet and researcher. She has professional experience in the arts and resource development and has worked with international and non-profit organisations in Thailand, Singapore and Australia. She is a regular writer for Art Radar and Culture360 and has co-written the book Freelancing in the Creative Industries (Oxford University Press, 2015).

Arts and culture editor

Kevin Bathman  Follow
Kevin is a designer, storyteller, writer and social change advocate based in Sydney. He is interested in using creativity to address environmental, cultural and social justice issues, and believes that the arts is an untapped avenue for catalysing change. As the founder of social enterprise, Coalition of Mischief, Kevin has worked on numerous social justice projects with not-for-profit and arts organisations to help them communicate their message better. In 2013, he co-founded Carnival of the Bold, a movement of arts for social change and is currently a Board Member for Groundswell Arts NSW, an arts sector-driven organisation to advocate for cultural diversity within the arts and media in NSW.

General manager

Reiko Okazaki
Reiko is a barrister at the Victorian Bar and an attorney-at-law of New York state. She holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the UCLA School of Law and a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from Waseda University in Tokyo, specialising in comparative law, migration, media studies, and critical race theory. Publishing her first book at the age of 16, as a journalist she has covered topics ranging from science and education to revolutions and conflict. She has interviewed subjects worldwide regarding human rights, including Noam Chomsky and Slavoj Zizek. Reiko unwinds by practicing and teaching yoga as a qualified instructor.

Deputy general manager

Sonia Nair  Follow
Sonia is a business journalist by trade and keeps herself sane by eating her body weight in food and contributing to literary periodicals such as the Australian Book Review, Books+Publishing, Killings and ArtsHub. She won Best Review in an Express Media publication in 2012 for her write-up about a silent dinner party in a stranger’s house that took place as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival. She is especially interested in gender and race politics as well as intersectionality.

Secretary

Stephen Cremean
Stephen joins Right Now whilst studying Arts/Law at Monash University. He enjoys the research and writing component of his degrees, and combining law with broader social policy. Stephen is currently interested in the areas of microfinance and impact investment. You can catch Stephen in his spare time watching and critiquing films, reading anything and everything, and binging on the latest Netflix series.

Social media managers

Katherine Matthews
Katherine graduated from The University of Melbourne with the slightly incongruous combination of a Bachelor of Creative Arts and Law. In addition to volunteering for Right Now, she also works in communications. An avid reader, she loves writing and literature and has a strong interest in social justice. She is particularly passionate about the rights of asylum seekers, LGBTI rights and gender equality.

Ciarán McCormack
Ciaran works in community development for a local council and has a sideline as a teacher and tester of English as a Second Language. He has a wealth of experience in diverse sectors having also worked in sustainability, marketing and migrant/refugee support. One of his proudest achievements is launching a social enterprise competition in Africa securing US$1.6m of impact investment for SMEs in the process. He’s a jack of many languages and sports and still harbours ambitions of mastering at least one.

Events coordinator

Victoria Mellor
Victoria is completing her Arts/Law degree at Monash University and is enjoying still being a student. She loves travelling and hopes one day to move to France to put her language skills to use. Victoria’s interests lie in family law and achieving equality, particularly in the work place. When not studying, Victoria enjoys attending the odd gym class, reading and getting outdoors.

Founding editor

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