I just heard the sad news that Leigh Dayton’s job at The Australian has been made redundant. Leigh was one of the last remaining dedicated science writer’s in Australia’s mainstream media. Leigh is an award-winning writer who first got into science by working as a writer and producer on David Suzuki’s radio show in Canada. She has been working as a writer, reporter, producer and presenter for 20 years.
Leigh’s philosophy on writing science stories is “It’s important to write for readers, not scientists. Stories must be engaging, accessible and — critically — must answer a key question: why should I care?”
So does The Australian see no need for a science reporter (indicated by the fact Leigh’s job was made redundant)?
What does it mean for the future of science reporting in Australia?
I’m very interested to hear your thoughts.