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 Bridges is at the end of the Masters of Publishing and Communications at the University of Melbourne, and works part-time in magazine publishing. Bec wants to show political issues and social injustices in unbiased and relatable terms to forge a better-informed society. She dreams of translating fiction from Brazilian authors one day, and wants to live as a feline for a day. She has been working at Right Now since October 2015.

Editors

Simon Farley
Simon Farley is a writer from Melbourne. Zir work has appeared in the pages of Voiceworks and on stage at La Mama Theatre. Ze also edits, directs, acts and plays music. Ze yearns for a more equitable and compassionate society and has a particular interest in issues of ecology, gender and sexuality.

Mihilini Fernando
Mihilini Fernando is currently working in criminal law. Prior to that, Mihilini 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.

Jennifer Jones
Jennifer Jones has been an editor with Right Now since October 2015. Jennifer holds a BA(hons)/LLB from Victoria University of Wellington and a LLM from the University of Melbourne specialising in discrimination, employment and human rights law.  She is admitted as a lawyer in both New Zealand and Australia, and lends her trans-Tasman experience to the Right Now crew. If you let her, she will talk for hours about the New Zealand political environment and the virtues of the MMP voting system.

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.

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 writing editor

Claire Wilson  Follow
Claire Wilson 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 Bathman 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.

Non-fiction editors

Kelly Walker
Kelly Walker has a BA with a double major in Creative Writing & Professional Writing and Publishing from Curtin University. She is now a Melbourne based writer with both fiction and non-fiction pieces published on topics including environmentalism, LGBTQI rights and being a millennial. When she is not writing or editing for Right Now, she is playing roller derby and blogging about self-care in the sport at @selfcareinderby.

Anika Baset
Anika is a Melbourne based lawyer and advocate with an interest in public law, corporate accountability, human rights and equal opportunity issues. She started writing for Right Now in 2016. She has previously worked with the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Liberty Victoria, the International Commission of Jurists (Victoria) and the United Nations in Cambodia.

Surya Prabhu Matondkar

Surya is an international student getting a degree in writing and literature. She enjoys building word-towers and is interested in writings that shine a light on the ‘Other’ side of literature—voices and circumstances which haven’t been touched upon before. She is also one of those people that refuses to grow up and is passionate about children’s literature. She hopes to someday work in this field.

General manager

Sonia Nair  Follow
Sonia Nair has been volunteering at Right Now since 2012 in various capacities, a highlight of which was programming a social-justice focused day at the 2017 Melbourne Writers Festival called Protest and Persist. She is a writer and critic who has been published by The Wheeler Centre, The Lifted Brow, Meanjin, Time Out, Kill Your Darlings, Metro and the Australian Book Review, among others. Sonia currently serves on the board of literary journal Going Down Swinging, is a regular featured critic on the literary and cultural podcast Rereaders and blogs about how she never follows her food intolerances at www.whateverfloatsyourbloat.com.

Secretary

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 manager

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.

Founding editor

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