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-in-Chief

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.

Carol Saffer - Editor

Carol Saffer is an award-winning journalist enthusiastic about creating copy that engages audiences. She is curious by nature, possesses a growth mindset and thrives on new and unusual challenges. Carol has experience as a reporter for various regional Victorian newspapers and writing for Business Day in The Age. Her previous career was in the fashion industry, and she holds post-graduate degrees in business and journalism.

Tia Haralabakos

Tia Haralabakos is a Media & Communications student at Monash University specialising in Journalism and human rights. She is interested in the multi-faceted landscape of digital media, particularly addressing challenges to online reporting like diversity and content moderation. Tia’s journalistic interests include human rights and social affairs.

Elliot Goodyer

Amelia Costigan holding thesis

Amelia Costigan

Amelia is a freelance writer and researcher who writes about the intersections of politics, the media and popular culture. In her academic research, she has studied the complex relationship between social media and democracy. Amelia also works as an English and Literature tutor and has a passion for education policy.

Carla Wijaya

Carla Wijaya is a recent journalism graduate from Monash University. She is a creative who is passionate about social media, digital marketing, and podcasting. She always seeks to bring a message of hope and positivity in a creative way. Carla is interested on individuals and organisations that are enthusiastic to bring change in the society. She is a people-person by nature, loves to have a deep conversation with others and cultivate meaningful relationships.