This is my website and blog. I use it to publish some of my own articles, archive old pieces and post links to material I publish elsewhere.
I am particularly interested in stories which are of public interest but fail to get a fair run in the media. Within dwindling mainstream resources and a narrowly focussed news agenda, I come across such stories every day. Recent examples of under-covered stories are my series on the Paddington Bowling Club, a New Matilda investigation of Sydney Packer casino and Winning on Welfare Street.
I have worked for independent, alternative and mainstream media. I'm also a contributing editor to New Matilda and have reported for Crikey, the Sydney Morning Herald , The Conversation and GuardianAUS in recent years.
I am an investigative journalist who is also a political activist. This means that I want my journalism to be useful to those who resist abuses of power and seek social justice rather than supporting existing power structures, which is what most journalism does. My emphasis is on information that I hope will empower people to take action.
Currently I am involved in a campaign to prevent the construction of the $17 billion Westconnex series of tollways in Sydney.
In 2015, I actively supported the successful campaign to elect Jenny Leong to the NSW seat of Newtown. I donated about $1200 to that campaign.
Ever since I was imprisoned briefly as a result of anti censorship campaigning in the early 1970s, I have been interested in women in prison and miscarriages of justice. This interest led to me meeting Roseanne Beckett while she was serving a sentence in Mulawa. All my stories about this case have been archived on this blog.
I worked at the University of Technology for 21 years. After I left full time employment at UTS, I became an honorary Professor at the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism. In 2011 and 2013, the ACIJ published two or my reports on how the Australian media covers climate change.
I am also on the Board of the Pacific Media Centre based at the Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand and edit a new section for the Pacific Journalism Review Frontline which links practice based journalism research ( especially in-depth, investigative and computer assisted journalism) with journalism studies.
My current interests include environmental issues including urban development and planning issues. Lately, I have been doing stories about Westconnex, a 33 kilometre motorway that will have disastrous impacts on many parts of Sydney including Newtown where I have lived for nearly 30 years.
In my reporting, I apply the Media Arts and Entertainment Alliance ( MEAA) code of ethics. If you see any factual errors in my work please contact me. I welcome comments. As a journalist, I have an absolute ethical obligation to protect the confidentiality of my sources. I prefer to do 'on the record' interviews but understand that sometimes this is not possible for sources. In accordance with media ethics, I apply a public interest test to all stories that could involve potential invasions of privacy similar to what is suggested in the Press Council's Privacy Principles. You can follow me on twitter at @Wendy_Bacon or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org