December 26, 2023

Behind the headlines

The Age journalists go Behind the Headlines

Behind the Headlines

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From the long hunt for a serial killer and an ambush in the African jungle to “death knocks” and emotionally fraught interviews, these are the unseen events and unforgettable moments that Age reporters will never shake.


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Why one small detail in my story about a murdered woman still haunts me

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A war raged outside and IS militants lurked in the darkness. Then our fellow Aussies turned on us

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I’ve written more than 5 million words on crime. But one story taught me good can trump evil

The case against Peter Dupas was strong, but not strong enough for charges to be laid – then one of the fresh investigators made a phone call more in hope than expectation.

51 minutes agoby John Silvester

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A man stepped out on the road with an AK-47. I traded my life back with cigarettes – and a desperate joke

Everyone in Rwanda knew travelling after dark was inviting trouble. I’d taken a risk for a trivial reason, and now a large man with an assault rifle was at the window of the car, making demands.

51 minutes agoby Tony Wright

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We gave a celeb a ‘halo’ on this magazine cover. Then came the social media pile-on

As journalists, we dish it out and we take it. We can’t – and shouldn’t – complain. But I’d be lying if I said this story didn’t shake me.

51 minutes agoby Katrina Strickland


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