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ABOUT ME

IMG_4752 (1)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!

 

CLICK PIC FOR KIMBERLEY YARNS

 

CAPE YORK ROAD FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND

CLICIK FOR FNQ STORIES


 

 

9 responses to “ABOUT ME

  1. Steven

    March 22, 2015 at 5:23 PM

    I found a northern bettong in its nest today on a property near Forsayth.
    Funny little feller even let me get very close.

     
  2. Janice

    October 24, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    Looking forward to more pics and audio from your Cape trip. We did the same trip 4 months ago. Also took so many photos that I would be hard pressed to convince my family to sit through the slide show no matter how good a feed I provided.

     
    • rdontheroad

      October 25, 2012 at 9:46 AM

      Thank you Janice: More pics and audio coming over next week or so. But like you, we’ve got so much stuff it might take a while to sift through and process. It’s THE most photogenic place I’ve ever been and I can’t wait to head back to the Cape. Cheers Rd

       
  3. Angela W

    February 25, 2012 at 8:43 AM

    Good stuff Rd, love reading about where you’ve been exploring in the great far north. Heading kind of that way in May. My daughter is telling all the time how much she’s enjoying the top end. Cheers!

     
  4. Sonya Beauchamp

    November 25, 2011 at 12:05 PM

    Loving your daily stories Richard…..great laugh everyday, still reading it with the David Attenborough accent.

     
  5. ThereseRH

    November 25, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    Hi Richard, great stories from your trip – looking forward to future posts. Theresa

     
    • rdontheroad

      November 26, 2011 at 12:08 PM

      Thanks Theresa. I never wanted to be an online reporter! But I’m getting the hang of this

       
  6. penny davies

    November 23, 2011 at 7:52 AM

    Loved it RIchard. I went up to Wallaby Creek back in September (through the Daintree) with my son Jordy & a mob of friends. It’s fabulous country. Thanks for sharing your pics.
    (penny davies)

     
    • rdontheroad

      November 23, 2011 at 10:43 PM

      Hi Penny lovely to hear from you. Wish I’d known you were up this way. Would have got u on the radio for a yarn. I’ve got loads of pics and audio to post from Cape York so there’ll be a bit more each day for a while yet. Regards to Roger

      Rd

       

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