Journalism

Jill Stark is well known for her campaigning, award-winning journalism.

With a passion for human rights and social justice, she is a fierce advocate for equality and a strong believer in the power of storytelling as a vehicle for social change.

Jill has used her platform to shine a light on injustice and give voice to the voiceless. During her decade on staff at The Age and Sunday Age, she put compassion and integrity at the heart of her reporting as a health reporter and senior writer. She now contributes a regular column to The Age and Sydney Morning Herald, focusing on the life, love and the human condition.

In 2014, she was named Straight Ally of the Year at the Globe Melbourne awards, recognising her extensive media advocacy for the LGBTI community

Her championing of inclusion also led to her winning a Victorian Sport Award in 2012 for her work highlighting homophobia in football. It followed a series of articles kick-started by her exclusive profile of Jason Ball, the first openly gay Australian Rules footballer to come out at any level of the sport, which was seen as a game changer and prompted a seismic shift in AFL policy on LGBTI inclusion.

In 2008, and again in 2011, Jill won the National Drug and Alcohol Awards media excellence award for her reporting on Australia’s binge drinking crisis, recognising a body of work that spanned more than 50 articles in a series which forensically examined our nation’s love affair with booze.

Jill is also a passionate mental health advocate and has written extensively on the gaps in the system, Australia’s suicide epidemic and the complexities of the human condition. She was a long-term member of the Mindframe Media Advisory committee which encourages more responsible reporting of mental illness.

As a freelance journalist, Jill regularly writes for The Saturday Paper, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, SBS Life, SBS Sexuality and ABC Online.

She also works as a lecturer in journalism, teaching political reporting at Macleay College in Melbourne.

"Jill told my story, and the stories of so many LGBTI people with grace, sensitivity and passion. She is one of our community's most courageous allies."

Jason Ball, Young Australian of the Year (VIC) 2017

A Sample Of Jill's Writing

The Age |

In this photo I am living my best life. The reality was very different

This photograph of a smiling, carefree woman at a ball #lovinglife masked a darker truth. Just weeks earlier I’d been writing suicide notes.

The Age |

‘New Year, New You’ is built on a lie, and I’m not buying it

It’s a lie built on one of the most destructive human emotions – shame. It implies that there’s something wrong with the ‘old you’

Sydney Morning Herald |

I am staying home on New Year’s Eve, and I’m totally fine about it

One of the unexpected gifts of getting older has been letting go of what I feel I should be doing with my life, and pursuing…

Sydney Morning Herald |

I spared myself 400 hours of screen time … and got to read 52 books

I wanted to slow down the chatter in my head. The frenzied anxiety of digital overload had left me longing for quiet and the ability…

Sydney Morning Herald |

Let’s fact check the ‘go to a tropical paradise to find yourself’ hype

Despite what the wellness gurus would have us believe, we can’t outsource our emotional labour to a travel agent.

Sydney Morning Herald |

Mindfulness is fine, but staring at a raisin won’t cure anxiety

For many people with ongoing mental health issues, mindfulness is a simplistic “magic pill” solution to a complex problem.

The Age |

My gratitude journal helps me see the light on the darkest of days

In an age where we’re bombarded with bad news, sometimes it’s the simplest pleasures that help keep us afloat.

The Age |

You don’t need one true soul mate to ‘complete’ you

The hunt for our missing piece starts from that first bedtime story. We’re taught that if we want our “Happy Ever After” we must find…

Sydney Morning Herald |

When the answer to R U OK is ‘no’ and there’s nowhere to go

“Many people are no longer here because they couldn’t afford their mental illness. Our complex emotional pain is being treated with six-minute medicine.

Sydney Morning Herald |

How our happiness pursuit is making us more anxious than ever

Jill Stark was living the fairytale. She should have been happy. So why was she hemmed in by crippling anxiety?

The Age |

Life after #MeToo: Christie Whelan Browne is moving on

When Christie Whelan Browne decided to speak out about alleged sexual misconduct, she was thrust into the glare of the global #MeToo movement

sbs.com.au |

OPINION: DEAR STRAIGHT PEOPLE, SPEAK OUT AND STEP UP – HISTORY IS WATCHING

Now is not the time to be silent. If you’ve ever asked yourself, “What would I have done during the civil rights movement?”, what you…

abc.net.au |

For some transgender students, the school bathroom is a battleground

In the face of daily humiliation and bullying, going to the toilet had become an act of enormous courage.

The Saturday Paper |

Jeff Kennett on his beyondblue legacy

Jeff Kennett is an unlikely teacher. But today he’s schooling me on the meaning of life.

sbs.com.au |

AUSTRALIA’S WAR ON DRUGS IS FAILING. WE MUST CHANGE COURSE

If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, Australia’s war on drugs is madness in…

thesaturdaypaper.com.au |

Exclusive: White Ribbon splits on direction

It was a potent spectacle: a Hercules airlifter thundering above the lawns of Parliament House, a white ribbon painted on its tail, a breakfast of…

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