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.