Bec Bridges

Bec Bridges is an editor, writer and communications professional, 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 those that further conversations about education, identity and the effects of neoliberalism.

Managing editors

Janelle Koh Follow

Janelle Koh is a writer, editor and law student based in Melbourne. Formerly the Managing Editor of De Minimis, the Melbourne Law School student paper, Janelle enjoys writing critically about life and the law. Her creative work has been featured in Pencilled In Magazine, The Regal Fox, and Farrago. Her legal research interests include legal theory, criminal law, feminist jurisprudence and law and Indigenous peoples.

Non-fiction editors

Ben Callinan

Ben Callinan is a writer and editor. He is interested in local and global politics, especially regarding issues of power, free press and access to information. He has a Masters of Writing and Publishing from RMIT and is fascinated by the ways creativity, technology and politics converge. Ben has edited a book of refugee stories called Faces of FLN and The Gazette, a daily newspaper produced during the Emerging Writers’ Festival.

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

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

Media officer and Multiplatform content producer at World Vision, journalist who has written for The Age,Sydney Morning Herald, VICE, Hong Kong Free Press (HKFP), The Daily Telegraph, Herald Sun, Crikey, 

Producer of a mini-documentary and photo essay for VICE. I was nominated for a Melbourne Press Club Quill award for one of the stories I wrote about the Syrian conflict.

Holds a Masters of Journalism and Master of Communication.

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.

Reviews editors

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.


Jay von der Lippe
Jay graduated from the University of Melbourne with a B.A. majoring in history and a Juris Doctor. He has a keen interest in history and in particular the impact history has on the creation and shaping of constitutions and rights. Jay represented the University of Melbourne at the Emory Global Health Case Competition as an advisor on human rights law in the context of epidemic response. His spare time is spent digging through archives and watching horror movies.

Community managers

Katherine Matthews
Katherine Matthew 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.

Filiz Casey

Founding editor

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