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Women in Media - Marina Go

Welcome to MediaScope's profile series where we ask 'Women in Media' about their career and experiences in our industry.

This time I'm pleased to present the Publishing Director of Private Media - Marina Go.

Thanks to Marina for getting involved.

Name: Marina Go
Company: Private Media
Role: Publishing Director (appointed CEO in Oct 2013)Women in Media - Marina Go

Tell us about your industry background?

I have been in the industry for almost 30 years. I started in the industry as a newspaper journalist in 1984, then switched to magazines in 1989 before making the move to digital media in 2008.  I have been a reporter, editor and publisher.

What is your role and what do you do?

I am Publishing Director of Private Media, which means that I manage the business that includes Crikey, Smart Company, Property Observer, Start Up Smart, Leading Company and Women’s Agenda.

What are your family circumstances and how do you manage your work/life balance?

I am married with two teenage sons. I work all day and night but ensure that while working at night I am at home with my sons. I limit the amount of events that I attend in the evenings. I have had an enormous amount of family support to be able to work full-time for almost my entire career as well as be a visible parent to my children.

Please outline your views on the general media market & the position of women?

The limited coverage of female success by the mainstream media created a market gap that we filled by launching Women’s Agenda. In terms of the representation of women in leadership roles in the media? There has always been a strong pipeline of capable female leaders and yet there are very few who have reached the role of CEO of an organisation (not just a division within an organisation).

What advice can you offer to women who are considering a long- term career in our industry?

The media industry can offer a rewarding career.  It’s an industry where talent can really shine. Who you work for is more important than the brand you work on. Choose an employer with strong representation of women in leadership roles.

What challenges have you faced in your career and how have you overcome them?

My single greatest challenge was stepping out of the creative side of the industry into a management role. To maximise my knowledge and effectiveness I completed an MBA followed by the Board Director course through the AICD.

What can our industry do right now to better recognise & support women & families?

Offer flexible working arrangements and pay men and women equally for the work they do.

What’s your favourite business and personal magazine, site or program?

I hate to miss The Business with Ticky Fullerton. I read Fast Company (US), The Deal and BRW magazines. My favourite magazines for pleasure are: Vanity Fair and UK Grazia.

Favourite websites are Women’s Agenda, Leading Company and Crikey. I also read The Daily Beast, Salon, The New York Times and The Huffington Post. For pure escapism: The Robb Report, Primped and


If you know a 'Woman in Media' you'd like to see profiled please get in touch with your suggestion.


Further Resources

 - Digital People Profiles - over the past 2 and a half years we've profiled 100 of the most well-known and experienced people in the Australian digital media industry through trade site - Digital Ministry

 - Media Owner Profiles - we ask some of Australia's most successful media owners about running their business and ask them to offer advice to other media owners


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