- Science Writing: Science Fact, Science Fiction & The Environment
Saturday 8 June
Dr Newby is a writer, TV producer, director and presenter with 20 years of experience making quality factual television in the specialist science genre. She has twice won Australia’s most prestigious science journalism prize, the Eureka Award, and is the recipient of a World TV Award.
Best known as a presenter/reporter on the popular long-running flagship Australian TV science program Catalyst, what’s less well known is that behind the camera, Jonica has produced, written and directed all her own programs for the past 15 years. In that time, she not only produced and directed over 200 short-form stories for the weekly show, but also produced and directed many of the most ambitious and creative documentaries that Catalyst has ever undertaken.
Way back in 1999 she debuted her television career by writing, producing and presenting a major five-part documentary series The Animal Attraction for the ABC. In addition, she’s been a regular contributor to radio, print and ABC News 24, and is author of the book, The Animal Attraction: Humans and Their Animal Companions, about how the domestication of animals created human civilisation. She’s an experienced interviewer, facilitator, and host, and had the honour of being master of ceremonies for the 2017 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science.
Jonica grew up in Perth, WA, where phase one of her professional career was a first class honours degree in veterinary medicine and surgery followed by a few years in mixed veterinary practice. It was a solid and practical grounding in medicine and science, which would prove invaluable for phase two—a professional science presenter.