Guillermo, The Prince of Wales, visited Australia and New Zealand. A new miracle set Mary MacKillop on the path to sainthood. And Dom Paulino, the last Spanish Benedictine monk in New Norcia, died.
In February I started a Multi-platform and Transmedia course. Meanwhile, I produced numerous features on the environment, tourism and science, and wrote far too many colourful stories for ‘People & Society’ newspaper sections.
ANZAC troops continued their deployment in Afghanistan; boats full of asylum seekers on board continued to disappear between Indonesia and Australia, and East Timor’s oil and gas continued to be exploited by Australian companies. One day in June, the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd (Labour Party) was ousted -in a “bloodless coup”- by Deputy Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, who then became the first female leader of Australia.
“Internet” was by now a hot topic in the news I wrote for Agencia Efe: high-speed broadband, the use of social media by the courts, mesh networking for mobile phones, Google Australia breaching the Privacy Act and plans for a mandatory Internet filter. Then, in October, WikiLeaks released thousands of secret documents.
The Internet also helped Agencia Efe correspondents all over the world to start a conversation about working conditions, the fact that most of us didn’t have a contract, and those who did had a ‘local-contract’, etc.
That conversation with my colleagues made me realise that the ‘digital thing’ had shaken my world harder than I had previously thought. During my annual holidays, in November, we held our first media140 event in Barcelona. And in December I told my bosses in Agencia Efe that I would be leaving in February.
Some articles published in La Vanguardia
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