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Warlpiri Storyteller & 2020 Dreamtime Media Person of the Year


Rachael Hocking is a Warlpiri woman from the Northern Territory. She is a journalist, curator and presenter who is passionate about sharing First Nations stories. She currently co-manages IndigenousX's Our Truth, Our Way internship for aspiring journalists and storytellers.

Rachael's work can be found across Black media, from the national Indigenous newspaper Koori Mail to NITV. She is a director on the board for the Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma in the Asia Pacific, and Common Ground.

Photo: Matthew Moonen

Talking Points

Black Excellence

Facilitating discussions with First Nations people who are changemakers, push boundaries, and who are experts in their fields.

Advocacy and Activism

Rachael is skilled at facilitating discussions, and sharing her own ideas on the many fights taken up by First Nations people - whether in the Black Lives Matter movement, climate justice or other causes such as Aboriginal women's rights and language revival.

The Media Landscape

Rachael is a freelance journalist, moderator and presenter and in this presentation speaks to the issues confronting the Australian media; particularly the lack of diversity in newsrooms and efforts to address it, racism perpetuated by the media, and the lived experiences of First Nations journalists reporting on issues that affect their own communities.
Rachael Hocking has worked with the Biennale of Sydney across three events in 2020 and 2021 as a presenter, panel host and moderator. Her work has been outstanding: she is a highly engaging speaker who is able to connect with diverse panellists and audiences. Rachel has demonstrated dedication and commitment to understanding our organisational values, the backgrounds and personalities of the panellists she is hosting as well as navigating complex conversations on topics ranging from First Nations dialogues, science, contemporary art, curatorship, climate and sustainability, inspiration, leadership and more. Biennale of Sydney

Rachael was incredibly engaging and delivered a raw, honest and insightful presentation for our staff.

Chubb Insurance Australia Limited

Rachael was the keynote speaker at our event. She presented with confidence and a lot of heart. Her story made a lasting impact on our guests.

RMIT University
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