A publication of the Centre for Advancing Journalism, University of Melbourne


In dark times, urban birding gave many locked-down spirits wings

When the pandemic put an end to concerts, violinist Phoebe Masel needed a new hobby. She found it spotting and painting the birds she found on her neighbourhood walks. Zoe Stinson reports on the saving grace of nature.

Video report by Zoe Stinson



About The Citizen

THE CITIZEN is a publication of the Centre for Advancing Journalism. It has several aims. Foremost, it is a teaching tool that showcases the work of the students in the University of Melbourne’s Master of Journalism and Master of International Journalism programs, giving them real-world experience in working for publication and to deadline. Find out more →

  • Editor: Jo Chandler
  • Reporter: Benjamin Silvester
  • Audio & Video editor: Louisa Lim
  • Data editor: Craig Butt
  • Editor-In-Chief: Andrew Dodd
  • Business editor: Lucy Smy
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