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"STANDING IN THE MIDDLE OF A GLOBAL HISTORICAL EVENT SENDS SHIVERS DOWN YOUR SPINE"

Brisbane based cameraman/editor Craig Berkman has clocked up 40 years in the industry and over the past 15 years at the ABC he’s worked on many major international stories. Here, Craig offers some advice on improving skills and shares a motivational video message he and Europe Correspondent Phil Williams recorded while covering one of the most memorable stories of their careers.

COVERING THE TRIAL OF THE CENTURY

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(Martin Cuddihy reporting on the trial of Oscar Pistorius - Photo: ABC News)

It’s been called the trial of the century and, while court proceedings are almost over, the question now is what sort of penalty Oscar Pistorius will be given for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Africa Correspondent Martin Cuddihy will report on the sentencing next week. He’s been a regular at the Pistorius trial in South Africa and reflects, here, on what it’s been like.

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ON THE ROAD IN ARNHEM LAND

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(NT Cameraman Mike Donnelly with a ‘new recruit’ in Arnhem Land - Photo: Anna Henderson)

When the Prime Minister set up a temporary office in one of the most remote parts of the country, Arnhem Land, Reporter Anna Henderson surrendered the comforts of Canberra to join Darwin based cameraman Mike Donnelly and Links Operators Andrew Maxworthy and Greg Docwra to cover the trip.

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THE FUTURE OF NEWS IN THE DIGITAL AGE

Senior Radio Journalist Kellie Riordan has sparked much discussion here and internationally about journalistic standards and the future direction of news in the social and digital age. Kellie recently returned from Oxford where she was the ABC’s Donald MacDonald fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. Kellie’s paper called Accuracy, Independence, and Impartiality: How legacy media and digital natives approach standards in the digital age focuses on the editorial approaches of the Guardian, the BBC, the New York Times, BuzzFeed, Vice News, and Quartz. 

It makes for interesting reading and the paper inspired an interview on ABC Conversations and articles on Nieman Lab and in The Guardian - "Does journalism still require impartiality?" and "Digital journalist have great chance to develop much needed transparency".

 

FATHER AND SON ON WARTIME PILGRIMAGE

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(Reporter Nick Grimm and son Ben make friends while visiting PNG for WW1 commemorations.- Photo: Nick Grimm) 

As any working parent knows, it can be challenging keeping their professional and family life separate. But Nick Grimm discovered an opportunity to retrace his ancestor’s footsteps provided him with rewarding results as both a journalist and a father. This is his account of a trip to Papua New Guinea with his 11 year old son Ben to attend WW1 Centenary Commemorations.

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