I’m a journalist, broadcaster, foreign correspondent, writer, blogger, trainer – a communications all-rounder with 33 years experience, 27 of those with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. I started in a time before computers, e-mail & social media. In 1983, newsrooms had typewriters, telex machines and overflowing ashtrays. Audio editing was done on reel to reel tape with a chinagraph pencil, sticky tape and a razor blade.We still managed to get news out quickly, even though the ingredients that made up that news took much longer to gather, and the gathering was much more labour intensive.
But there were great lessons to be learned in those mechanical, rather than digital, processes. The key was, and remains – a good story, well-told, accurate and authentic, is a powerful thing. Story-telling has always been at the heart of societies and cultures. It’s how we define who we are, explain how we got here, and determine where we’re going. There are many strings to my bow, but first and foremost, I’m a story-teller.
These days, I’m a consulting media & communications adviser and trainer, based in Sydney but available for assignments across Australia & around the Pacific region. I help people and organisations tell their stories. I have a particular specialty in media and communications during emergencies and disaster recovery. Please contact me to talk about what I can do for you.
This blog began as a chronicle of my journeys in northern Australia for the ABC.The stories of far north Queensland and the Kimberley are all still here. Click the left hand photo for Kimberley stories, and the right hand photo for FNQ yarns. Happy reading!