Author celebrates big win in tough lockdown

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Understanding Journalism: week 9 in class assessment

Josie Vine’s defining memory of lockdown is a moment of celebration amidst a storm of stress.

The RMIT journalism faculty stalwart split the first half of 2020 between raising her family of three and liaising with “heroic librarians” as she fought to finish her first manuscript in a COVID-19 world.

“Zipping up those chapters and files to press send on my submission date is what I’ll think of,” said Josie.

“Afterwards, I went out and bought fairly expensive champagne, nice blue cheese, some Tik Tok biscuits for my four-year-old and we had a party at home to celebrate.”

With lockdown restrictions easing this week, Josie – ever a Mum – named the re-opening of childcare as having the biggest impact on her household.

Though her youngest had said he would be happy to “lay in bed and play on his iPad forever,” his first day back with his mates at childcare had been a fun day.

When pressed, Josie did admit she was personally looking forward to local cafés re-opening and a good shop at Bunnings.

“It’s time to get the tomato plants in the ground,” said Josie.