No journalist should have to report on their friend’s murder.

JILL Meagher’s death is an unfathomable tragedy. Her family remains in a state of shock and despair. My heart goes out to them. But I want to pay tribute to Jill’s ABC colleagues. My former colleagues. This has undoubtedly been one of the toughest weeks of their lives – both personally and professionally. Journalists dealContinue reading “No journalist should have to report on their friend’s murder.”

PM Julia Gillard’s unspoken ACL speech.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has been widely applauded for cancelling an appearance at an Australian Christian Lobby event because its leader controversially claimed a homosexual ”lifestyle” was more dangerous than smoking. But I think this is a missed opportunity. Instead of playing it safe, Ms Gillard could have attended the function and used it toContinue reading “PM Julia Gillard’s unspoken ACL speech.”

My long lost TV debut, age 11.

My mum recently digitised all our home videos. Gone are all those boxes of VHS tapes — my entire childhood now fits on a single external hard drive. Amid the tedious hours of birthdays and backyard working bees, I found my very first ‘TV appearance’. The year was 1995, I would have been about 11.Continue reading “My long lost TV debut, age 11.”

Fathers – a tribute in image, text and song.

PLEASE excuse this break in regular programming as I tip my hat to the fathers of the world. The below image is a beautiful representation of the father-child relationship that requires little explanation. Keep scrolling down for A Letter To My Hypothetically Gay Son, a heartwarming note penned earlier this year by John Kinnear. DearContinue reading “Fathers – a tribute in image, text and song.”

The courtroom Twitter ban sham

I AM eagerly awaiting the Victorian Magistrates’ Court’s comprehensive strategy to hold back the tides and unscramble eggs, after today announcing a ban on journalists tweeting from court. The court’s new Use of Electronic Devices Policy prohibits the use of “any electronic device where such use constitutes instantaneous publication (for example social media, such asContinue reading “The courtroom Twitter ban sham”

When journalists become the story, only their egos win.

So 3AW heavyweights Derryn Hinch and Neil Mitchell have come out swinging over the decision of their employer to give Steve Vizard some temp work. Vizard, you’ll recall, is spending 10 years in the company director’s sin bin after being found guilty of abusing his position as a Telstra director. “If he’s not a fitContinue reading “When journalists become the story, only their egos win.”

Welcome

THIS website will soon be filled with the media and musings that fill my life, including from my time in various positions across the Melbourne media sector. I’ve worked as a political and general reporter across TV, print and online for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, in communications at the University of Melbourne and as a private social media consultant. (VEXNEWSContinue reading “Welcome”

Crimes in the home, lessons in the newsroom?

This article and image first appeared on the ABC’s The Drum. Many Victorians were surprised when that state’s latest crime statistics showed a dramatic, 15 per cent increase in domestic violence. Many journalists were not. And the media must shoulder some of the blame for that disconnect. One of the first tasks for a journalistContinue reading “Crimes in the home, lessons in the newsroom?”

Meanwhile in Victoria the old paradigm rules

This article and image first appeared on the ABC’s The Drum. I have a breaking news story. Make sure you’re sitting down. Here it is: governments spin, twist and contort events to suit their party political ends. OK, so it mightn’t be a huge revelation. But what’s interesting is that a senior Labor spin doctor hasContinue reading “Meanwhile in Victoria the old paradigm rules”

Brumby’s weaving has journalists seething

This article and image first appeared on the ABC’s The Drum. Dodging journalists’ questions is an art practised by most politicians, as they climb the slippery ladder to leadership. Some, like Prime Minister Julia Gillard, do it with a disarming giggle, while others simply talk (and talk) until the pesky reporter has forgotten what theyContinue reading “Brumby’s weaving has journalists seething”