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Rae Johnston is a STEM journalist and broadcaster.

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Rae Johnston: My name is Rae Johnston and I am a STEM journalist and broadcaster. That’s the short version.

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So, I work in television, radio, I make podcasts, I write for online and print, and I also give live talks and host panels.

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So, absolutely my career is a digital career.

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And then moving over to NITV, and SBS I was really able to focus on Indigenous Science, and the integration of Indigenous traditional knowledge into modern science,

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and point out how the two belong together.

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To be able to see yourself and your ways of learning represented in media is a luxury that we haven’t really been afforded. It means a lot.

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I was always a bit of a nerd growing up. I was never the one that was good at sport.

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I was the one reading encyclopaedias for fun.

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So, now I’m in a position where I get to talk about all that fun, cool, nerdy stuff I was reading about all those years ago, and it’s my job somehow.

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I’d say the problem that I’m trying to solve in the world is battling that misconception that science and technology is just for super geeky, nerdy people that are incredibly smart and already understand it all.

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And it’s important that we be aware of advances that are happening in these areas and that we are able to understand them.

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They’re not boring topics, they’re exciting topics.

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And I may be a little bit biased but, you know, STEM communication is always an option as well to be able to communicate to the world the cool things that are happening in science. That’s always available to you as well.

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I think that the limit is only where your imagination is. And I don’t think we’re confined to those traditional media outlets anymore.

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I think podcasting allows you to tell stories in a completely different way.

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I know I have listeners that will listen to me while they’re going on a run or while they’re driving to work, and just knowing in the back of mind that I’m part of their daily routine is, is really lovely.

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So, now I make as many podcasts as humanly possible.

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I think I’ve got four out at once right now.

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Queens of the Drone Age is an absolute passion project.

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I make it with three other female tech journalists.

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I think means we’re like a quarter of all the female tech journalists in the country because we are so underrepresented.

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The representation of women in tech journalism in particular has improved dramatically over the last ten years.

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When I started I could count us all on one hand basically.

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And I think it’s incredibly important to address this because the more diverse your teams are, the better the end product is going to be, not just through university learning,

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but also traditional Indigenous knowledge as well.

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So, we really need to see workplaces ensuring that they provide safe, and supportive environments, and that they appoint those underrepresented people in power positions, decision making decisions, not just at the bottom rungs.

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