[ASC-list] A sad day for science reporting in Australia

Lamberts Rod rod.lamberts at anu.edu.au
Tue Aug 28 05:03:50 UTC 2012


Science has been an ongoing inconvenience for the Oz lately and has often been treated as redundant anyway…


On 28/08/2012, at 2:29 PM, Niall Byrne wrote:

> Leigh Dayton, The Australian’s science reporter has been shown the door.
> Crikey reports…
> Science writer to leave The Oz. The Australian's in-house science scribe Leigh Dayton says she will leave the paper. A call to her office voicemail this morning revealed that the award-winning writer, who has served for a decade on the broadsheet, will officially cease duties next Friday after her role was made redundant. Crikey understands Oz management are currently looking for equivalent positions for Dayton -- as they are required to do -- but may not find one.
> I spoke with Leigh and she confirms that she was left the building yesterday.
> The key thing is that the position was made redundant. The Australia apparently doesn’t see the need for a science reporter.
> Something to discuss at the Eurekas tonight. I won’t be there, client gig in Melbourne tonight.
> Niall
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