Thank you to Talking Newspaper

Thanks for 25 years of bringing our words to life

FOR 25 years this group of lively volunteers was responsible for putting a voice to The Daily Examiner.

Most of the Examiner's readers would have their own voice in their head as they read the daily news. But since 1991 a small but enthusiastic group unable to read the newsprint has depended on the likes of Helen Wesslink and Tess Bloomer to bring the stories to life.

They are part of the team responsible for turning The Daily Examiner into a talking newspaper that Vision Australia has provided to its local clients.

"I've had some people say 'I loved to hear your voice'," Tess said.

"I had a client who was one of the doctors in town and he was out for coffee with his wife one day and she came over and said 'Tess, come here'.

"I met him and he was so excited that I'd mentioned his 70th birthday when reading the classifieds."

Helen, who started with the talking newspaper just after it was established in 1991, said classified advertisements like Births, Deaths and Marriages were popular throughout the years.

"Some took umbrage at the amount of sport that was included but you tried to put in a bit of everything."

The narrators would record the best parts of a week's worth of DEX stories onto a 90-minute cassette tape, then the production team would make copies that were mailed to clients each week.

Changes in technology were responsible for the talking newspaper service being shut down late last year. Yesterday the team gathered for one last time so Vision Australia could say thanks for their service.

The volunteers of the Talking Daily Examiner gathered for a morning tea to commemorate their service.
The volunteers of the Talking Daily Examiner gathered for a morning tea to commemorate their service. Adam Hourigan


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