A group of 14 Journalism students from the University of Canberra travelled four long hours on a bus to Sydney to attend the Australian Centre for Investigative Journalism Conference, held at ABC and UTS over two days.
One by one we wearily arrived at the bus terminal at 6am on Friday morning. Being journalists, the first comment from most was, “Did you hear about the chemical fire?!” The fire began in a factory and was causing a 10km exclusion zone in the northern suburbs, a breaking news story for Canberra.
As we boarded the bus we fell quietly into seats beside our UC companions, ready to begin the arduous journey.
The bus chokes and lurches up Northbourne Avenue, and when we finally hit the highway we all pull out our phones to tweet a picture of the chemical fire spewing black smoke into the otherwise clean Canberra air.