For the journalists, photographers and camera crew who make up the travelling media packs following our political leaders, a federal election campaign is not so much a festival of democracy but a test of endurance. In Follow the leaders, radio reporter Francis Keany documents first-hand what it’s like to follow the political leaders of Australia for five weeks straight on the straitened budgets facing modern media outlets.
One city … 3 items … 15 short stories, all in one book. Canberra author Sean Costello set himself a challenge to write a short fictional story each week based on three items requested by social media users. As an unabashed fan of Canberra, the only condition was that he would set the story in his home town. The resulting collection of bespoke stories provides a wonderful lens through which to view one of Australia’s most misunderstood cities.
With a foreword by Peter Greste
Profits from this will at the suggestion of the Greste family assist the Foreign Prisoner Support Service.
The world was shocked when foreign correspondent Peter Greste was convicted in June 2014 of reporting false news and endangering Egypt’s national security.
The trickle of emails for Peter and his family that had begun with his arrest the previous December increased exponentially. The Grestes set up an email address for the letters, firstname.lastname@example.org, then printed out copies to take to Peter. In August, Peter responded at freepetergreste.org:
“Each time my family visits the prison, they bring a new sheaf of letters … each time I am staggered by the range and spirit of the notes you’ve written. Whoever you are, whatever has motivated you to take to the keyboard, I want to send a “huge” thank you … I want to tell each and every one of you who has taken the trouble to write or tweet or donate or back our cause in any way that the spirit of support is what keeps us going … “
Exhausted by the election campaign already? Picturing a post-election mini-break from texts, tweets and talking points? Enter the #followtheleaders photo competition and you could win a three-day weekend at a luxury retreat with your own private infinity pool. Whoever you are, wherever you’re based, you can take a photo of your copy of Follow the […]
Downloadable PDF version of media release here It’s not so much a festival of democracy as a test of endurance Follow the leaders: How to survive a modern-day election campaign By Francis Keany With a foreword by The Age National Affairs Editor Tony Wright To be launched by Fairfax Chief Political Correspondent James Massola at […]