Jen Ward oral history interview, 2018
Women were finally employed as full-time television camera assistants from the late 1970s. Jen Ward was hired as a news camera assistant at ATN-7 in Sydney in 1979 after graduating at the top of her television production course at North Sydney TAFE.
As Jen recalls in this excerpt from an oral history interview with Jeannine Baker in 2018, the introduction of video cameras and other electronic equipment transformed news gathering, but also spelled the end of working with film.
Image: Jen Ward and operations manager Graham Storer at the door of ATN-7’s helicopter, looking at a RCA TK-76 colour camera, 1979. NFSA title No: 809079. Courtesy Seven Network. All rights reserved ©.