In The Field

Journalism: A whale of a time

Last night at a reception with several eminent speakers Aunty Joy Murphy, a senior woman of the indigenous Wurundjeri people began the evening by inviting us to enjoy the land of her people and handing out leaves from gum trees – a traditional act of welcome.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Robyn Williams concluded the speeches with a short talk comparing science journalists to whales. We drink a lot, like to spout and occasionally beach together like this for discussions. So we are here this week to blow holes together and get the most out of the conference that we can.

Ruth Francis


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