Zara Seidler in-conversation with Phoebe Saintilan

Hear from two pioneering University of Sydney alumni changing the game in news and media: Zara Seidler, co-founder of Australia's fastest growing social-first news service, The Daily Aus; and Phoebe Saintilan, founder of new media technology company Missing Perspectives.

In only a few years, Zara Seidler with The Daily Aus has built massive Instagram and TikTok audiences, two chart-topping podcasts, and rapidly-growing digital channels. While mid-2021 Phoebe Saintilan launched Missing Perspectives to champion diverse storytellers. The platform now reaches over 1M people across 120+ countries. 

Hear Zara and Phoebe swap stories about their multifaceted careers from politics to journalism, to finding their footing in a profoundly disrupted landscape. They share insights into the industry, showing why news with purpose matters, and how young people and marginalised groups are taking the charge in shaping the narrative – as creators, consumers and politically engaged citizens.

This event was held on Thursday 21 September 2023 at the University of Sydney.


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The speakers

Zara Seidler

Zara Seidler is the co-founder of The Daily Aus, a social-first news service that engages over a quarter of a million young Australians a day.

Coming from a background in independent politics, Zara has worked as a crossbench political adviser to independent federal crossbencher Dr Kerryn Phelps and campaign manager for an independent Lord Mayoral campaign. She’s also worked at Sky News, Research Australia, and did a research stint at Georgetown University. 

In 2022, Zara was listed in the Forbes 30 under 30, and The Daily Aus’ first book No Silly Questions with Penguin Random House was released in September 2023. 

Host: Phoebe Saintilan

Phoebe Saintilan is the Founder of Missing Perspectives, a media technology company challenging the under-representation of young women in the news industry worldwide.

Established in June 2021, Missing Perspectives currently reaches over 1M people across 120+ countries. With the support of Google, the company is about to launch an app that will connect newsrooms with young female journalists.

Prior to founding Missing Perspectives, Phoebe was a Policy Advisor working at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Australian Human Rights Commission, the UN Secretariat and in the private sector. She studied a combined Bachelor of Arts/Law and a Master of Peace and Conflict Studies, all at the University of Sydney.

Header image: Phoebe Saintilan (host) and Zara Seidler on stage at Great Hall. Photography by Nicola Bailey for The University of Sydney