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How we work

Principle 1: What makes our journalism different.


In so many ways, our journalism will strive to be just the same as the stories produced by any other good news outlet: relevant and well told, good stories. What makes us different will be the way we expect these stories to make a difference. We will be driven by traditional news values: providing information that is immediate and relevant to our community. What will be different is the way these stories are told. 

Their aim is unashamedly to change the world. We believe that providing accurate, focussed information from an impartial point-of-view will give people the knowledge they need to make the right choices so that they can live their best possible lives. 

So while our editorial choices will be driven by traditional ideas about story-telling - we are not an outlet that will only focus on 'good news' stories - the difference is that our output will be focused on empowering our community and helping people to understand what's happening that's relevant in the world around us. 

Principle 2: the way we talk about people. 

Everybody has a right to their dignity. 


When gathering news our journalists will only seek personal information that is in the public interest. We will never mean to unduly intrude on the privacy of individuals and always attempt to show respect to everybody we encounter in the course of gathering news.

Equally, our journalism will be driven by a desire to understand and reveal the whole truth. We will not shy away from confronting imagery or detail as we tell other peoples stories. What makes our stories different is the driving force that animates them. We will always seek to ensure that we have left the world in a better place than it was before the story was compiled. 


In this respect, and for this purpose, although our journalists will always identify themselves, we will not shy away from exposing crime, anti-social conduct, inappropriate behavious, lying, or other activities not in the interests of our community.

Principle 3: Accuracy


We will always aim to be accurate. We will never hide facts simply because they 'get in the way of a good story'. We will never knowingly make assertions unless we believe they are soundly based on truth. Our aim is to always take steps to ensure any information we publish is accurate, complete and up-to-date. 


We will always seek to make clear our sources and distinguish clearly between fact and opinion. In this regard, however, it is important to note that we see our role as broader than the simple provision of information alone. We will publish comment and opinion, the difference is that these will always be based on fact, clearly distinguished from news pieces, and labeled as such.

Principle 4: Security of personal information


We will respect the privacy of individual members of our community and never sell their personal information to others seeking to exploit this for money or profit. We will always make make every effort to ensure any personal information we collect is carefully protected from misuse, loss, or unauthorised use. 

Principle 5: Anonymity of sources


The normal principle is that we will disclose the source of every piece of information. If a source has requested confidentiality on anonymity, we will provide this where we believe this is necessary and appropriate.

Principle 6: Correction, fairness and balance


If we discover we have published information that is wrong we will always seek to correct it as soon as possible.


We will always attempt to ensure fairness and balance in our original articles. If we fail in this endeavor we guarantee to provide a reasonable and swift opportunity for an appropriate, balancing response. 

We will make amends for inadvertently publishing any personal information that is found to be harmfully inaccurate and take steps to correct the record to prevent a harmful inaccuracy being repeated.

Principle 7: Sensitive information

We will not gratuitously emphasise sensitive personal information unless it is relevant and in the public interest.

Nor will we exploit anybody who has been caught up in events we are reporting on. Individuals have the right to refuse or terminate an interview or photographic session at any time. 

We may choose to report any information that is available to the public, although any such reports will attempt to be fair and balanced. They should not identify relatives or friends of people accused or convicted of crime unless the reference to them is necessary for the full, fair and accurate reporting of the crime or subsequent legal proceedings.

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Hi. Every website has a story. 

This photo above is a publicity shot for a 1990's ABC TV Science show, called "A Question of Survival". That's me on the left, my (now) wife, Catherine McGrath, in the centre and (adding a bit of scientific credibility) Dr Richard Smith on the right. We were the three presenters for the program - the first one to really explore the full dimension of the environmental issues Australia would face because of CO2 emissions) or global warming as it was called at the time.   


After working on the program I returned to the News Department, where I was thrilled to be appointed Indochina Correspondent, based in Bangkok. 


At that time there was a continuing war in Cambodia; a fierce conflict in Burma, and even in Thailand, the land of smiles, protests were soon to lead to bloody repression. It was a dream story for a foreign correspondent, because something was always happening. 


One Saturday, however, only hours after I'd returned to Bangkok after a visit to Vietnam, another car suddenly smashed into the back of mine. I was left in a coma with a smashed hip, broken ribs, punctured lung and, most debilitating of all, a significant head injury. 

It was years before I regained my ability to work or participate in society. 

Today I’ve become a regular columnist with the Canberra Times and wrote three books about Australian politics (Kevin Rudd; an unauthorised political biography, What Goes Up; behind the 2007 election, and Rudd’s Way; 2007 – 2010. All of these were published by the marvelous Henry Rosenbloom of Scribe Publishing. 

I began to develop the idea for after spending a term as a Press Fellow at Wolfson College Cambridge and subsequent research as a Churchill Fellow. Thanks to marvelous support from our sponsors the idea has now blossomed into this newsletter. 

Today I live in Canberra with my wonderful wife Catherine McGrath.


Please feel free to get in touch with me on 04 10 278 827 or at

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