Breakfast radio

For the past few months I’ve been getting up early to talk sport on Radio National’s breakfast programme.

It’s not a permanent gig – I’ve been subbing in for their normal sports guru Warwick Hadfield, who is away on an extended break – but it’s been an interesting period to be covering sport.

Over the past month the Women’s Football World Cup, the Cricket World Cup and Wimbledon have all provided plenty of storylines.

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Back at the ABC

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It’s a bit late to “go breaking” on this… but I do have some important news to pass on.

I have ended my time at dpa and moved back to the ABC. It was a great experience at Germany’s biggest newswire and I learned a lot about editorial judgement, working with correspondents and fact-checking. I’m very thankful to the small but competent team there at Rhodes. Continue reading

Showing leadership

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I recently took part in an Emerging Leaders course at the University of Sydney. In order to be selected, I had to write an old-fashioned essay examining how leaders strike the  balance between focussing on financial outcomes and tolerance in the workplace. I tried to approach the topic through my experience as a journalist, especially considering what makes a good media manager.

I think the topic of leadership in media is particularly interesting so shortly after the scandal surrounding Roger Ailes at Fox News in the USA. As journalism continues to change at a blinding pace, the media business needs strong, sensitive leaders, who know how to deal with different types of problems.  Continue reading

Forget the election… just for a few minutes

Trump_&_ClintonSometimes it’s hard to comprehend the level of hype surrounding this US election. I certainly have never seen anything like it in over 10 years working in journalism.

With just a week to go until it is finally over, now is a good time to remember that there are many other important stories and issues out there in our world, that are just as worthy of our attention as what is on the left. (Photo montage: Copyright CNN)

In the week leading up to November 8, I’ll be posting one story here each day which I reckon is worth a read.

When we all wake up on November 9, countries around the world will have to keep dealing with their own problems – not all of them can be fixed by Ms Clinton or Mr Trump. After all: it’s America making this choice, not all of us. 😉

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Europe: Aussie style

DPA offices SydneyIt’s been a month now since I started my new role as an editor at the Deutsche Presse Agentur (the German Press Agency, dpa). Based in the Sydney suburb of Rhodes, our office is responsible for editing work that comes in from dpa’s correspondents in over 100 countries around the world.

The job involves lots of fact-checking, liaising with correspondents and – most importantly – an eye for detail! The texts we then put on the wire go straight to our customers – local newsrooms all across the world, who then use the information as a basis for their reporting, or publish our stories directly. Continue reading