Caroline Jones is the epitome of cool, calm and collected. Actually she doesn’t need any adjectives at all as the doyenne of the media, her name is enough. And she is respected and much loved by a public across a wide spectrum of ages that these days craves the cult of celebrity and increasingly uses social media as the go to oracle for everything, but she remains the perfect example of a respected journalist.
As the patron of Women in Media Caroline Jones was a guest at the National Press Club for Foreign Minister Julie Bishop’s inaugural address for the Canberra chapter and was quite chuffed to be sitting between two famous women; Peta Credlin and Michaelia Cash, I assured her she was the famous one!
But it was at the evening launch of the fledgling organisation where the wit and wisdom of Caroline Jones enlightened the WIM group about a stellar career not always as glamorous as we’d believed but absolutely rewarding for the girl from Murrurundi who started her media career at the local Canberra ABC in 1963. There were memories to take us back to her early days when as a 31 year old ‘girl’ she landed her plum job at Four Corners from 1972-81. The Search for Meaning on Radio National was where she listened; an essential part of the Caroline Jones method. There’s been periods of unemployment where she used it to her advantage in a wide range of exploration of herself and to write. Her books are best sellers, her broadcasting without artifice and her quiet and measured introductions to Australian Story exemplify a unique talent to make the timbre of her voice compelling.
And Caroline Jones is as we all should be in the media; approachable, interesting and the consummate professional with a twinkle in her eyes and a ready smile.
Women in Media, Australia wide, could have no better patron.