About The Advocate – News for Changemakers

The Advocate is the first online service dedicated entirely to promoting the activities of not-for-profits and charities – organisations that sometimes find their messages swamped by the deluge of competing media releases and stories.

The vision, which started in 2014, is for the charitable sector – and those with an interest in it – to have a dedicated portal to follow campaigns and news.

The Advocate is geared towards a niche audience who care about social justice issues like poverty, the foreign aid budget and health.

Ryan Fritz - Editor

Ryan Fritz started The Advocate in 2014 to provide not-for-profits and charities another media platform to tell their worthwhile hard news stories and opinion pieces effortlessly. In 2020, Ryan formed a team of volunteer journalists to help spread even more high-quality stories from the third sector. He also has over 10 years experience as a media and communications professional for not-for-profits and charities and currently works at Redkite, a childhood cancer charity.

Sarah Jacob - Deputy Editor

Sarah Jacob is a journalist and editor and is currently The Advocate's Deputy Editor. She has written for a range of print and online publications across Australia and internationally with a focus on the environment and human rights. Previously she worked in conservation science and protected area management, and has completed postgraduate degrees in journalism and marine science.

Georgia Franc

Georgia is a media and communications student at the University of Melbourne and is pursuing a career in journalism. She also has a passion for foreign languages, writing and travel. She also currently works as an associate for an investment management company where she focuses on data research with input on various marketing processes.

Emma Lennon

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Kathy Kim

Kathy is a media & communications student at the University of Melbourne and is pursuing a career in journalism as a foreign correspondent. She also has a passion for travel, writing and reading. She is also currently undergoing internships in public relations and communications firms and gaining work experience with local newspapers.

Desiree Lobo

Desiree's writing career began as an intern at the Times of India whilst she studied for a degree in mass media and a subsequent Master's in English Literature. She was a correspondent for India's first corporate sustainability magazine SustaiNuance and served as a communications consultant at KPMG. in the department of Climate Change and Sustainability.