Ian Walker

Copywriter, Ghostwriter, Writer

Freelance journalist and content writer with six years experience at a major metro newspaper.

I'm a freelance journalist and content marketer with a special interest in travel writing and social and humanitarian issues. I worked at Sydney newspaper The Daily Telegraph as a general news journalist covering crime, courts, breaking events and the occasional koala story for print and online speaking with everyone from prime ministers to the homeless. Recently I have covered news and travel stories from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil including issues and solutions in its favelas. I also write inspiring, SEO-friendly, premium travel content with an empathetic, energetic, vibrant, helpful and adventurous voice for experiential and adventure travel-seekers who crave more authentic and deeper travel experiences.
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University of Sydney, Master of Media Practice
University of Sydney, Bachelor of Arts
Rio de Janeiro|English, Portuguese
Publications

Articles

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Native American Cultural Experiences in North Dakota + South Dakota
venturefar.com.auBlog Post
Native American Cultural Experiences in North Dakota + South Dakota

A guide to Native American cultural experiences in North and South Dakota.

July, 9 2018
7 Things To Do in Banff and Lake Louise in Winter
venturefar.com.auBlog Post
7 Things To Do in Banff and Lake Louise in Winter

The best things to do in the Canadian winter wonderland of Banff.

August, 3 2018
Why You Should Travel Solo
venturefar.com.auArticle
Why You Should Travel Solo

My thoughts on why you shouldn't be afraid to travel alone.

August, 16 2018
The Must-Eat Food Guide To Hanoi
venturefar.com.auBlog Post
The Must-Eat Food Guide To Hanoi

The top 10 must try Vietnamese dishes in Hanoi.

August, 23 2018
Why Wyoming should be on your Bucket List
venturefar.com.au
Why Wyoming should be on your Bucket List
June, 3 2018
Where to Eat + Drink in Portland Maine
venturefar.com.auBlog Post
Where to Eat + Drink in Portland Maine

Delving into the delicious food scene of Portland, Maine in the USA.

March, 16 2018
What's Your Future? - Crinkling News.pdf
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What's Your Future? - Crinkling News.pdf

Looking at the jobs of the future and how children can best prepare themselves for them today.

July, 17 2017
Inside Rio’s Carnival, the world’s biggest party
news.com.auArticle
Inside Rio’s Carnival, the world’s biggest party

My first person take on the world's biggest party Carnival in Rio, Brazil.

February, 10 2018
A love letter to Rio, a gangster’s paradise
news.com.auArticle
A love letter to Rio, a gangster’s paradise

My first person account of why I love Rio despite its problems since the Olympics.

November, 9 2017
Strathfield Massacre: How Wade Frankum killed seven and injured six before turning gun on himself on August 17, 1991
dailytelegraph.com.auArticle
Strathfield Massacre: How Wade Frankum killed seven and injured six before turning gun on himself on August 17, 1991

An in depth look at one of the worst massacres in Australian history, and the catalyst for the country's sweeping gun law changes years before the Port Arthur Massacre ever happened.

March, 1 2015
Rio’s Christ the Redeemer statue is becoming the most dangerous wonder of the world
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Rio’s Christ the Redeemer statue is becoming the most dangerous wonder of the world

Looking at the increased crime in Rio after the Olympics symbolised by its wonder of the world Jesus Christ statue having crime problems and looking at Rio residents escaping to Australia because of the crime.

July, 17 2017
Get out tonight or we die: Lindt cafe hostages risked everything for their freedom
dailytelegraph.com.auArticle
Get out tonight or we die: Lindt cafe hostages risked everything for their freedom

Covering the Sydney Lindt Cafe terrorist siege.

December, 17 2014
The Skateboard Fairy - Crinkling News.pdf
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The Skateboard Fairy - Crinkling News.pdf

Rayssa Leal is the Skateboard Fairy, a 10-year-old Brazilian girl who counts skating legend Tony Hawk among her fans and who could be the best in the world when she grows up thanks to her fearlessness and freakish talent which have seen her videos go viral.

December, 19 2017
Looking for your significant other? Best friends ‘make the best lovers’
dailytelegraph.com.au
Looking for your significant other? Best friends ‘make the best lovers’
July, 22 2014
Time to meet the body farmers: Sydney scientists will research human decomposition
dailytelegraph.com.auArticle
Time to meet the body farmers: Sydney scientists will research human decomposition

A look at Sydney's first body farm where bodies donated to science will be buried or dumped for forensic researchers to study in a bid to help police solve murders or missing persons cases under Australian conditions.

November, 19 2014
Finding Safety in Brazil's Favela Schools - Crinkling News.pdf
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Finding Safety in Brazil's Favela Schools - Crinkling News.pdf

Going to school for children in Rio's poorest areas can be deadly as a result of out of control gang violence outside the school walls penetrating their safe space of learning. The charities trying to help favela children stay focussed and change their lives.

June, 27 2017
Future schools: Books to be replaced by online learning by 2030, global survey predicts
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Future schools: Books to be replaced by online learning by 2030, global survey predicts

How high schools and learning for children will be radically different in 2030.

December, 6 2014
The steaks are high in this contest: Leigh van den Broeke takes on Ian Walker over a 1.65kg tomahawk steak at The Oaks
dailytelegraph.com.auArticle
The steaks are high in this contest: Leigh van den Broeke takes on Ian Walker over a 1.65kg tomahawk steak at The Oaks

Humorous first-person piece about me and my fellow journalist friend taking on one of Sydney's biggest steaks.

August, 31 2014
Fair Go For The West: Sowing seeds of a blooming success story
dailytelegraph.com.auArticle
Fair Go For The West: Sowing seeds of a blooming success story

How the University of Western Sydney’s new generation of self-sufficient solar-powered greenhouses, which aim to grow more food with less water, space and energy, could feed the skyrocketing world population as the climate fluctuates and land becomes scarcer.

February, 18 2015
Sydney Reef Life Survey to tally all marine life under the sea
dailytelegraph.com.auArticle
Sydney Reef Life Survey to tally all marine life under the sea

A look at life under the water in Sydney Harbour where there's a lot more than just abandoned shopping trolleys.

March, 28 2015
Children aged eight to be given drugs lessons
dailytelegraph.com.auArticle
Children aged eight to be given drugs lessons

The changing face of drug eduction in schools and why in the age of social media and easier access to drugs younger children need to be educated about them.

July, 23 2014
‘I’ll die with a fishing rod in my hand’. Beloved writer Al McGlashan reflects on a lifetime’s love of fishing
dailytelegraph.com.auArticle
‘I’ll die with a fishing rod in my hand’. Beloved writer Al McGlashan reflects on a lifetime’s love of fishing

Profile of beloved fishing columnist Al McGlashan.

September, 1 2014
Manly baristas don't mind you cheating on them with a new coffee, just don't try to hide it
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Manly baristas don't mind you cheating on them with a new coffee, just don't try to hide it

Humorous take on the coffee maker/drinker dynamic when a customer goes to another cafe for their caffeine hit.

November, 28 2013
Birthday boy koalas Chester and Caesar are a band of brothers
dailytelegraph.com.auArticle
Birthday boy koalas Chester and Caesar are a band of brothers

Saying hello to two cute new koalas at Sydney's Featherdale Wildlife Park.

April, 23 2015
Education experts divided on merits of homework prompting parents to turn to private tutors to supplement class work
dailytelegraph.com.auArticle
Education experts divided on merits of homework prompting parents to turn to private tutors to supplement class work

The great homework debate, do school children need more of it or less of it?

September, 26 2014
Look out — swooping birds are about! And you should just leave them alone
dailytelegraph.com.auArticle
Look out — swooping birds are about! And you should just leave them alone

Why magpies and crows stalk and swoop humans when they're mating and how you should respond.

September, 28 2014
Mustapha Dib: A ‘two-time killer’ before the age of 18
dailytelegraph.com.auArticle
Mustapha Dib: A ‘two-time killer’ before the age of 18

The true story of the tragic death of a Sydney schoolboy going out to a party at the hands of a ruthless teenage criminal and the police case to bring him to justice.

October, 13 2015
How to Ensure Your Video Content Is Engaging Young People
youthsense.com.auArticle
How to Ensure Your Video Content Is Engaging Young People

Advice for companies on how best to use video content to engage youth.

March, 27 2017
What We Learned From The Mistakes of Pepsi and United
youthsense.com.auArticle
What We Learned From The Mistakes of Pepsi and United

Looking at some PR blunders by Pepsi and PR in terms of youth engagement.

April, 20 2017
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