On Monday the 25th of May, a chill went through my veins in a way that is indescribable with words, as my arms started to convulse in the throes of an overwhelming anxiety attack that left me feeling sick to both my personal and professional cores. There in black and white on the screen in […]
Is Sydney awash with a Transgender friendly culture?
A few days ago, The Guardian’s Fred McConnell asked a question that’s left me thinking pretty seriously about the society that I’m living in today. Namely, does Sydney have a progressive enough environment that LGBTI people, particularly Trans-people, can feel loved and safe within. Now to most people that would be a pretty straight-forward question, […]
2014 ~ Some thoughts from a year of being myself….
If there’s something that I’ve always wished for throughout my life, it’s been the ability to always be myself all day and every day in ways that I could only dream of previously imagining. From exploring the utter highs and lows of humanity through to the journeys of family, joy, sorrow and love, I’ve always […]
A journalist’s reflections on Sydney’s “Day of Days” in at Martin Place….
By Kate Doak If there’s one thing that will stay with me for many years from the afternoon of the Lindt Cafe Siege, it’ll be the memory of seeing families strolling up the length of Martin Place and taking “selfies” from just beyond the confines of the police barricade. Like moths being entranced into the […]
A View to a (Political) Kill – A photographer’s view of ICAC’s Operation Spicer….
With ICAC’s Operation Spicer having recently drawn to a close, many people around New South Wales (and Australia as a whole) have been wondering over recent weeks just how deep the taint of corruption has reached within both state and federal politics over recent years. From coal loaders & “Black Ops” in Newcastle through to property development […]
Here we go again…. Politics, Impartiality and the ABC
Over the past 24 hours, there’s been quite a stir within the Australian media about a series of comments that Prime Minister Tony Abbott recently made on the Sydney radio program of 2GB’s controversial morning shock jock, Ray Hadley. Utilising parts of the interview to pander to some of his more vocal supporters (and ABC […]
A self-induced New Year’s Eve Train-wreak ~ Analyse the Media Personalities, not the ABC….
*Sigh….* Last night on the ABC, I watched something that I really wish I hadn’t. It wasn’t a sex scene, it wasn’t anyone getting shot, stabbed or abused. It wasn’t even a simple case of bad language. Instead, it was a whole bunch of journalists, comedians and presenters embarrassing themselves on air during the New […]
Our Little Secret….. There’s No Excuses For It…..
A few weeks ago, my friend and colleague Monique Schafter gave me a heads up that a documentary on pedophilia that she’d been directing would soon be airing on the ABC. Entitled “Our Little Secret”, Monique’s documentary follows the personal survival story of Chas Fisher and his pursuit to determine what makes some people sexually […]
Missing the story – Indonesia’s been asking for and using “Phone Tapping” technology for years
Over the past few days I’ve been getting rather bemused by the phone tapping scandal that’s been hiting the Australian and Indonesian Governments. However the events surrounding this scandal haven’t surprised me anywhere near as much as some of the comments that have been made about it. Namely, that Indonesia didn’t have a clue that […]
The Internet isn’t the problem, the loss of the “story” is…. Freelancers and Media Business Models….
A few days ago, Andrew Stafford posted one hell of an interesting article on Mumbrella about freelance journalists and other content producers not getting paid for the material that they produce, by various media outlets. Needless to say, it was fiery and gave me the general feeling that a river of blood had been created […]