MY name is John Kenneth Hartigan. Occupation: journalist.
A journalist is what I am, who I am, and what I will always be.
When you wanted to be a journalist as fervently as I did, took as long to become one as I did, and love it as much as I do - you are never anything else.
I am honoured to be here tonight to represent our craft. And I'm lucky too. Lucky, because it's remarkable I actually got as far as I did after some early setbacks.
On my first day as a copy boy at Fairfax the cadet supervisor Sam Lanyon told me he wanted me to wait on the roof for the mail. He said it was always delivered by helicopter. Of course I believed him.
I stood on the roof of the old Fairfax building for hours. I waved wildly at anything that looked remotely like a chopper - long after the mail had been delivered as usual in a red Ford Transit van.
Not surprisingly, it took me two years to get a cadetship.