Where are you now and how did you get there?
I’m currently the Food Editor at the Herald Sun. Before this I was the production editor of the magazines (annual and special publications) that are inserted into various News Limited papers around Australia, but predominantly for the Herald Sun. Prior to joining News, I was the deputy editor of Fairfax’s Melbourne Weekly group of community magazines, where I worked for more than five years in various writing and editorial roles.
Why did you choose to study Media?
I wanted to join an industry where day-to-day work consists of informing and entertaining through words and pictures.
Before you started your degree, what did you think you would like to do? Have you achieved or changed this goal?
When I began my degree I envisaged my future in radio; I loved (and still do) the immediacy of radio, of painting pictures with spoken words. Different opportunities, though, have taken my career down a more traditional print route, a fascinating, professionally rewarding and hugely enjoyable ride.
Though with the convergence of media and the emergence of multi-platform publishing, traditional demarcations between print and broadcast have become fluid to the point of imminent extinction; written words now come with vision, radio comes with written words. The multi-media skills I learnt during my degree have never been more valued.
What is the best aspect of your job?
I love the craft of journalism, of finessing a package of words, pictures and design to create beautiful products. I am very excited about the opportunities tablet publishing affords to create ever-more dense and rich reader experiences. Though the industry is undergoing seismic and fundamental changes and challenges, it is an incredibly exciting and creative time to be in publishing.
What advice would you give to current students?
Do as much as you can during your studies to build a portfolio of work. Pitch stories to your local paper, volunteer at a community radio station, spend time helping out on local websites that interest you. The beast is hungry, but with ever-more media graduates going for ever-fewer roles, you need to be, too.
Anything else you would like to add?
While the media landscape is changing at an unprecedented rate, the fundamentals of journalism remain the same and will continue to do so. If you inform and entertain with accuracy, fairness and aplomb you can’t go wrong. Be creative, be curious.