Translating science into digestible bites
My first radio interview was on Curtin University radio as part of one of the undergraduate nutrition courses on health promotion. In regional NSW, dietitians were sought by the local media for newspaper stories and I happily assisted.
When I moved to Sydney, I started writing short articles for local newspapers about topical issues. When I moved to Diabetes Australia (NSW), I was suddenly thrown in to the limelight during National Diabetes Week (each July in Australia), where I did a range of print, radio and TV interviews.
In 2004, I applied to be a media spokesperson for the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) and was accepted, and have been one ever since. DAA provided media training in the early years.
It was a bit like toast masters – but in front of a camera. I learned a lot and it gave me plenty of practice.
I enjoy translating nutrition science into digestible bites for the media. Here are a few recent examples: