How to take photos like a pro: A new visual dictionary

Reporting with photographs isn’t so different to putting a story together with words, writes photojournalist Guilio Saggin. When I joined ABC News Online as their photo editor in 2007 I was asked to give reporters some advice on how to take photos. I wondered how I would compress 20+ years experi ...

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Eggstraordinary! Cartoonist Fiona Katauskas illustrates baby-making for kids

Fiona Katauskas wanted to explain the facts of life to her oldest son, and neither of the two books she could find were doing the job. So she took on the task herself. But describing said facts — “about as uncynical a topic as you can get”, she says — required an about-face from her usual gig: polit ...

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Making money as a freelance writer

Seven revenue streams you can add to your income mix as a freelance writer. Last year, Valerie Khoo and Allison Tait ran a masterclass at the Storyology conference, run by The Walkley Foundation. Called “Turn Your Passion into Productivity and Profit”, they spoke to a packed room about finding ...

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The nine best non-fiction books of 2014

Paul Barry, Breaking News: Sex, lies & the Murdoch succession (Allen & Unwin, $39.99) He’s one of the most influential media moguls in the world – in Australia alone, Rupert Murdoch owns The Australian, The Daily Telegraph, The Herald Sun, The Courier Mail and The Sunday Times, and his i ...

Surveillance – the new terrorism…

Twelve months on from the first exposé from whistleblower Edward Snowden, there are two things the process has taught us. First, we know about the manner in which we are being monitored. Indeed, the more we know about the work of the surveillance agencies, the more shocking it is. Second, we know ...

Premiers on parade

After 40 years of reporting on Western Australian politics, Peter Kennedy wrote a book about the people past and present in charge of that state. Here he shares insights about the premiers he met along the way. Cartoon by Greg Smith. Researching the Western Australian premiers I have known and inte ...