Since making the 2017 Women in Games list, Rae Johnston was made Editor of Gizmodo Australia. She appointed Tegan Jones her Deputy Editor, making Gizmodo Australia the only all-female Gizmodo in the world. Gizmodo Australia’s female readership was increased to 40% (from 11%) when starting the publication.
Rae is a mentor for The Working Lunch – an initiative launched by Ally Mclean and IGEA to support entry-level women and connect them with established women in the industry.
She started hosting That Start Up Show, a weekly program featuring upcoming business in gaming, technology and science. Rae also hosts Rewired, an Indigenous science, technology and gaming children’s show launching in Science week. Her media appearances also include advocating the benefits of video games, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander inclusion and female role models in the games industry on ABC News 24, The Feed, A Current Affair, The Project, The Point, Today Tonight, Download This Show, 2SER., ABC Radio, Triple J.
She also hosted The Australian Game Developer Awards for the fourth year running, Hybrid World Adelaide’s Start Up Lab featuring VR gaming, a Sydney Writer’s Festival talk with an Artificial Intelligence Expert, a panel on Indigenous technology at the Australian Museum, and a discussion about gaming and health at the The International Digital Health Symposium, and spoke on numerous PAX Australia panels.
Rae was also nominated for People’s Choice and a finalist for Journalist/Producer of the Year awards in the B&T Women in Media Awards. She was also a finalist for Best Technical Journalist and Best News Coverage in the ACS IT Journalism Awards.
Rae told MCV, “It is such an honour to be included on this year’s list for the fourth year running, with these simply incredible women. These are the women who inspire me in this industry, whose work I look up to every day. I am privileged to have them in my life as colleagues, role models, and friends. I hope their inclusion increases their visibility, and many more people can see what an outstanding contribution they make to the industry. To be a finalist for two awards (Outstanding Achievement and Journalist of the Year) as well? That’s just mind-blowing. I can’t thank my peers enough; your recognition and support mean more to me than I can express.”