Sunday, May 22, 2022

The loss of a trail blazer

Although I don't believe she ever worked for commercial media even their news services have paid tribute to Caroline Jones who died Friday after a fall at her Sydney home.

She was the first woman to cut the path for women in news and current affairs in Australia, first becoming a reporter for the current affairs ABC programme This Day Tonight and then host of Four Corners, an ABC investigative journalist programme similar to the BBC's Panorama. 

She is perhaps best remembered now as the presenter of Australian Story.

I don't think her voice fully developed its rich modulation until later in her life. She is described as respected and loved by all who entered her world in whatever manner. An anecdote I just read was that she was nick named 'One Take Caroline', as nothing she did on air was ever mucked up and so never needed to be recorded a second time, and she never used an autocue. 

Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caroline_Jones_(broadcaster)

ABC News: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-05-21/caroline-jones-remembered-as-trailblazing-journalist/101087206

Vale Caroline.

12 comments:

  1. She will be sadly missed, but what a beacon she was.

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  2. Ditto to what EC said….she will be missed

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  3. I had never heard of her, then there were all the news articles about her dying, so now I know who she was. I wonder how much different my life might have been if I'd been raised watching current affairs stories instead of just cartoons and cowboy movies.

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  4. Anonymous12:53 pm

    Complete legend, for so many of us (particular women) working in media today.

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  5. She was a true professional and gentle person

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  6. All I have to go by is the video you present here, but that itself makes a compelling case as to her talent.

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  7. As American I have not heard of her. Hope she Rest In Peace" coffee is on and stay safe

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  8. Always liked Caroline Jones on TV. RIP.

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  9. People dismiss news from high voices that sound squeaky (often women) but are much more likely to believe a richly modulated voice (often men). If Caroline Jones had to develop a deeper voice, then well done her! Rest in peace, sister.

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  10. Sounds like a good 'un. I wonder how she would have seen Labor's (Labour's) election victory and what she thought of Anthony Albanese. I guess we'll never know now.

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  11. Sounds like a voice you could trust

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  12. RIP. She was a lovely reporter.

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