With an infectious laugh and enthusiastic personality, the conversation is always a lively one when Melissa is involved.
She is genuinely inspired by the people she interviews and it shows in her writing. Her generosity and empathy are also a bonus for her workmates, particularly when it comes to sharing her awesome coffee-making skills during those moments of greatest need. Here Melissa shares a few things about herself as part of our #2minuteswithcoretext series. Describe your job As a writer and editor for Coretext I am in the privileged position of telling the fascinating and important stories of people genuinely trying to do good in the world. How long have you worked at Coretext? OK this is scary, but testament to what a great and diverse place Coretext is to work … 13 years! Best aspect of your job? Meeting the incredible people working so hard and often behind the scenes on matters close to my heart such as sustainable food production and making the world a more equitable, cleaner, greener, better place. Tell us about the photo you’ve provided I love live music and this is me recently, in my element, at Harvest Rock – a sparkling two-day festival in Adelaide. Baker Boy, Paul Kelly, Jamiroquai and Nile Rodgers with Chic just a few highlights. Where were you born? Naarm (AKA Melbourne) on the traditional lands of the Kulin nation. What are the best things about where you live now? The community! The inner-north is like a country town in the middle of the city where everyone knows everyone else. Because our houses are small, there’s always a lot of action in public – on the streets, the pubs and of course the fabulous Edinburgh Gardens and Fitzroy Pool. What are you reading, watching or listening too? When I’m not news junkying it's community radio: 3PBS, 3RRR and FIP Radio – a French station that Coretext creative director Tim Claeys put me onto about 5 years ago, and which never fails to make me smile. What’s one thing people would be surprised to know about you? Despite my love of the beach, bodysurfing and swimming in the sea, I have an unhinged fear of sharks. If you weren’t doing your job what would you be doing? Travelling When I was a child I wanted to be: A park ranger. We used to (and still) go to Wilsons Prom every year and there’s something about being in nature on a bushwalk that just makes me feel extraordinarily at peace. The scariest thing I’ve done is: Have a baby (twice). My last holiday was: Ridiculously good and a long time coming, visiting my dad’s family in Sicily. Warm and wonderful people, spectacular scenery, no (dangerous) sharks, and the best peaches/pastries/pizza/pasta/gelato/granita of my life! If I could visit any other place or time it would be: 2123 – I want to see what happens! #coretextteam #communication #sciencecommunication #teamwork