Reporting on “bleak, horrible, really gut-wrenching stuff” seems to be a daily occurrence for news reader and Journalist Georgie Gardner. In this set of videos recorded in September 2016, Georgie discusses how she prepares to report traumatic news items to viewers, how it affects her life and the impact of the 24-hour news cycle.
Firstly, Georgie talks about reporting on the attack in Nice on Bastille Day 2016 where 86 people were killed and hundreds were injured and the effect it had on her and her colleagues.
“Presenting that particular bulletin, having seen what I’d seen was just harrowing. But it’s part of the gig, it’s what I do,” said Georgie
“On nights like that I go home and hug my babies tighter and appreciate that it could have been us,” said Georgie.
“Those stories move you immensely,” said Georgie.
Georgie and Deborah then go on to discuss the reporting of traumatic news and how the accessibility to vision from CCTV and phone cameras has impacted how audiences consume news.
“We now have this 24-hour news cycle where it is anywhere, everywhere, it’s so accessible at any minute of the day,” said Georgie.
“We have access to so much more vision,” said Georgie.
As a result, Georgie believes that it’s important as news providers to ensure the vision presented is both “newsworthy and necessary”.
Learn more of Georgie’s perspective on reporting traumatic events in the video above.
About Georgie Gardner
Georgie Gardner is a Perth-born journalist and Australian television personality.
The Channel Nine newsreader is well known for her time on national breakfast television with the Nine Network’s Today show.
Georgie started her career in television with Network 10 in 1997 after studying Performing Arts at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (1990) and completing a cadetship in radio news (1992-97). She joined the Nine Network in July 2002 and was a Today Show presenter for seven years before stepping down to spend more time with her family.
Georgie is currently the weekend newsreader at Channel Nine.
In 2012 Georgie Gardner gave a revealing interview to Australian Women’s Weekly about her childhood and the turbulence her parents’ divorce created. She says as a result of her upbringing, cultivating close family relationships and protecting her children is a strong focus in her life.
Georgie Gardner’s interests include all things Italian, photography, tennis, golf and walking. She also supports several charities including The Malcolm Sargent Cancer Fund for Children, The Breast Cancer Foundation and Amnesty International.
Recently Georgie Gardner has leant her face to the Walk in Her Shoes campaign and Headspace.
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