My name is Kate and I am a writer and photographer. I grew up in Newcastle and I now live in Sydney. In the past decade I have also spent time living in Christchurch, New Zealand and London, England.

I work primarily with organisations in the not-for-profit and community sectors on communications and digital strategy. Some examples of the type of work I have do includes building and maintaining websites, developing and managing media strategy, coordinating social media presence (from campaign planning, to content creation and monitoring analytics), compiling research briefs, contributing to campaign strategy, filming and photographing events, and media monitoring.

I am a graduate of Southern Cross University and Macleay College. I hold a Diploma of Journalism, Advanced Diploma of Communications and a Bachelor of Arts in Media and Cultural Studies.

My writing has been published in various outlets including New Matilda, the Newcastle Herald, and Australian Times. My photos have appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, the Newcastle Herald, the Northern Daily Leader, The Conversation, ABC Online, Mining Australia, and New Matilda. My video footage has been used in news reports for NBN and Prime7.

Writing, documenting and making media has always been an interest of mine. I started designing websites and writing online in the late 1990s. During 2008-09 I lived in London where I worked for a publishing company and wrote stories and reviews for a weekly free-sheet newspaper. A trip to the United Nations in New York City with Oxfam in October 2009 to observe arms trade treaty negotiations shifted my focus to primarily reporting on humanitarian and political stories. Upon arriving back in Australia in 2010 I decided to formalise my interest and experience in communications by studying journalism.

In recent years I have spent time researching and reporting on coal seam gas and coal mining in eastern Australia. I am interested in energy and environmental issues more broadly, as well as traditional and emerging media, and democracy and dissent.

You’ll find me on Twitter, my photography on Flickr, and details of my professional experience on LinkedIn. You can email me too, on kateausburn at gmail.com.