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


What are you, chicken? The crushing burden of ornithophobia

Ever since a traumatic childhood incident involving her pet chicken, Xiao Zhu has suffered from an irrational fear of birds. In China it was manageable because there are few birds in the cities, but when she moved to Melbourne she came face to face with her feather-filled fears. The latest in our special audio series, Mental.

Audio report by Xiao Zhu

This report was created for the Science Gallery Melbourne’s MENTAL exhibition with support from All The Best radio.

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: Jack Banister
  • Audio & Video editor: Louisa Lim
  • Data editor: Craig Butt
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