When Michelle Grattan announced her decision to leave The Age two weeks ago, the search for precious office space in Parliament House's press gallery was on. Where would the notoriously messy newspaper icon go now she had left traditional media to join start-up website The Conversation?

Despite reportedly putting in an application some time ago, The Conversation is still without a press gallery home for its Canberra staffers. Luckily for Grattan, the good samaritans at Keating Media -- publisher of the Inside Canberra newsletter -- agreed to take her in. Grattan's research assistant and The Conversation's Canberra editor are now working in there as well. The arrangement wasn't purely altruistic: Grattan has agreed to write a regular column for Inside Canberra in exchange for a desk.