Jennifer King has been a digital producer at ABC News Online since 2014 (after a long career as a registered nurse).
She has a special interest in news obituaries and in sharing the stories of regional Australia.
I went to an obituary writers' conference in the US and this is what I learned — obituaries are not about death, but all about life. Specifically, they're about sharing people's fascinating life stories with the world. I mean, who wouldn't want to read about people's lives with teasers like these from recent obituaries? Importantly, obituaries are the first draft of a person's history and act as a snapshot of society at a particular point in time.
Australian journalist Peter Harvey, British actors Alan Rickman and John Hurt, Apple founder Steve Jobs, American actors Patrick Swayze and Joan Crawford, opera star Pavarotti, Pink Floyd founder Syd Barrett … all died of it — pancreatic cancer, aka ‘pancan’. In the US, it is the fourth leading cause of cancer death. In Australia, it is the 5th, and research in the MJA finds its incidence is increasing.
His discovery of a new species of human ignited the world's imagination and questioned all that had previously been thought about human evolution. One of Australia's leading archaeologists, Professor Mike Morwood, who has died from cancer aged 62, was instrumental in the discovery of a tiny human skeleton in the Liang Bua cave on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2003.
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Selecting a term
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