A veteran journalist once said of Creighton Burns that he possessed the qualities of a natural reporter: curiosity, courage and an ability to get along with colleagues and contacts. Another contemporary described him as a ‘class act’ in the rough and tumble world of newspapers.
Although best known as a courageous editor of the Age throughout the 1980s, Burns, in fact, pursued three careers – academic, foreign correspondent and newspaper editor. In each of them he distinguished himself. He also wrote two books on political topics and was the 1949 Rhodes Scholar for Victoria.
Class Act: A Life of Creighton Burns is the story of this engaging and accomplished Australian who joined the navy as a 17-year-old recruit in 1942 and finished his working life as a University Chancellor more than 50 years later.
John Tidey is a journalist and author who has worked in Australia, East Africa, China and the United Kingdom.
After a long career at the Age newspaper he taught in China and at Deakin University in Victoria where he was also an adjunct professor. He is a former President of the Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers Association.
John Tidey has written widely on editorial issues, management development and prominent figures in the Australian newspaper industry.