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Beyond the Newsroom

Politics, Power and People
Newspapers are daily miracles. They start as a book of blank pages and turn into a living, breathing organism full of life, drama, colour, revelation, information and entertainment by the end of the day. No day is the same as the one before. Beyond the Newsroom is a collection of Geoff Kitney’s work covering more than 50 years of his career in journalism with newly-written reflections. It starts with the most intimate end of the newspaper business, small, local news, to metropolitan daily news, to national political affairs, and to the great canvass of the world beyond our shores. The majority of his career was spent as a correspondent, remote from the head office, reporting on such events as the Kosovo War. Geoff’s career spanned arguably the greatest era of Australian newspaper journalism. A career path that is almost impossible to contemplate now in the changed and rapidly transforming media world. He is one of a dying breed.
Geoff Kitney has had a career in journalism spanning some of the most tumultuous years of modern Australian political history. After commencing his career on local newspapers in country Western Australia he worked as a senior correspondent for major newspapers in the Canberra Press Gallery from just before the 1975 Loans Affair and the sacking of the Whitlam government, until the most recent federal election. He also worked as a foreign correspondent for the Fairfax newspapers from nearly a decade, based in Berlin and London. He has won several awards for his work and has also contributed to books on Prime Ministers Gough Whitlam and Bob Hawke. He lives in Canberra and continues to write for various outlets.
1. Covers world events from the past 50 years of Geoff's journalism career including many where he was the Australian correspondent on the ground, in the thick of the action reporting. 2. A great read for those interested in the dying art of journalism, from a journalist who has experienced it all, small town paper to foreign correspondent to the halls of Parliament. 3. An engaging mix of politics, culture and world history, readers may not know Geoff's name but they will soon be transported around the world and back in time through his immersive writing. This is a cleverly crafted non fiction narrative of the world that was.
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