Telling stories

We research, interview, write and promote stories about science and the people involved in science. Our skill is in taking complex, lengthy and often sensitive information and distilling this into concise and simple plain English. We tailor the messages of each story to the needs of specific audiences.

We tell stories through newspaper, magazines, TV, radio, video, website, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, newsletters.

We also tell stories about our natural, historical and cultural environments through interpretative experiences in visitor centres and museums, and along walking tracks.

Our skills in photography and videography complement our writing skills. We love nothing better than to be out in the field with a bunch of researchers, farmers or fishers hearing and recording their stories and taking their pictures.

Project examples:

    1. Since late 2016, we have worked with journalists in the Pacific Islands to publish news stories on the website TunaPacific. We manage the website and help contributors improve their journalism skills. The website is hosted by the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), and is funded by the Global Environment Facility as part of a development project to help the small nations of the Pacific Islands manage tuna fishing sustainably.
    2. We worked with our partners, Brandi Projects, to design an exhibition in Rockhampton that explores the Fitzroy Basin Association’s natural resource management. The FLOW Centre showcases the catchment’s unique natural assets, industries and community from the mountains in the west of the region to the Great Barrier Reef and coastal islands.
    3. We have designed and manage the website SustainPacFish, a one-stop shop for the latest information about commercial tuna fishing in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean. The website is funded by the Oceanic Fisheries Management Project (OFMP2). Its aim is to help the small island developing states of the Pacific to implement and effectively enforce fishing rules that protect stocks of tuna and local livelihoods.
    4. We worked with Seqwater scientists in 2018–19 to help them summarise the outcomes of 30 past research projects into engaging plain English for policymakers, water industry representatives, catchment managers and the interested public.
    5. In 2018–19, we worked with fisheries officers in Samoa and Tonga to investigate the stories and processes of community-based management of coastal fisheries. In this FAO-funded project, we workshopped templates for manuals, and collected stories from fisheries officers and community leaders to include in the manuals. This is a continuing project.
    6. Our brief from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage in 2018 was to take their draft text about Sydney’s nature and create inspiring and engaging copy. The result was 24 web pages explaining the diversity of benefits of Sydney’s nature, and engaging people in actions to conserve it.