Karen Kissane and Jane Cowan guest lecturing today

4 March 2010

Written by: Lawrie Zion

Karen Kissane, an award-winning journalist at The Age and the author of a new book on the Black Saturday bushfires, will give a guest lecture in Journalism Research today (8 March) from 12-1pm in the HE-ED lecture theatre at La Trobe University’s Bundoora Campus. All are welcome to attend.

Kissane’s book Worst of Days: Inside the Black Saturday Firestorm (Hachette Australia) is a gripping work of narrative non-fiction that draws on interviews, reportage and archival research. Kissane is also the author of Silent Death: The Killing of Julie Ramage (2006), a book that began when Kissane covered the 2004 trial of Julie’s husband, Jamie Ramage.

Kissane will explain how she researched and wrote these books, as well as considering whether book-length journalism is becoming more important as daily journalism becomes more speed-driven as a result of the internet. She will also talk about how to interview traumatised people and tell their stories with sensitivity.

Also guest lecturing today will be ABC TV’s Jane Cowan, who’ll join the Broadcast Journalism class at 9AM in the Hooper theatre.

Jane was the first TV reporter on the ground in Marysville after Black Saturday, and she has been reporting on the 2009 Bushfires Royal Commission for ABC TV since it was established.

Jane recently won the Australasian Society for Post Traumatic Stress Media Award 2009 for sensitive reporting of a traumatic event – for the Black Saturday and Royal Commission coverage, and her ‘Marysville’s Gone’ report received a commendation at last year’s Walkley Awards.

Full details here.