There is not a lot to add to whatever has already been said. I agree with all in saying the student industry day was excellent and an absolute must for final year journalism students. Where were they all?
Every speaker on the day contributed some piece of advice which was useful. Firstly a tip or two from each of the Young Journalistâ€™s Panel.
Michelle Crowther, Producer ABC Radio
â€œHalf the time itâ€™s your personality that gets you the job, you have to be likeable.â€
â€œFirst couple of years is very hard but it gets easier â€¦be willing to do lots of free work.â€
Natasha Jobson, Breakfast News Presenter, Triple M/B105
â€œDifficult to break through sometimes but once youâ€™ve got a full-time job you are right.â€
â€œMost jobs are not advertisedâ€¦no extra pay for different or horrible hoursâ€¦donâ€™t ring at the top of the hour for a radio station, no one will listen to youâ€¦keep up to date with current affairsâ€¦be passionate about work experienceâ€.
Giordana Caputo, Project Worker, 4ZZZFM
â€œAll about initiativeâ€¦look at different ways to use your skillsâ€¦ there are different avenues in journalismâ€¦.what are your passions?â€
Laura Stead, Journalist, Quest Community Newspapers
â€œItâ€™s all about being able to effect changes in peopleâ€™s livesâ€¦shorthand is so importantâ€¦start a contact bookâ€¦never leave a resume and expect them to call you, you have to follow upâ€
Dan Koch, Journalist, The Australian
â€œBe honest with the people about what your story is aboutâ€¦keep in mind people will read what you writeâ€¦editors donâ€™t tolerate lateness…be protective of the work you hand in, donâ€™t be afraid to take on the sub-editorsâ€¦I got a job because I had over 1000 articles publishedâ€.
Elise Martin, Journalist, Quest Community Newspapers
â€œWrite whatever you can, even if it is in school newslettersâ€¦..get to know your local paper editorsâ€¦donâ€™t apply for jobs in the paper, it wonâ€™t happenâ€.
Some further tips from JUST Super before hearing from the Freelancers Panel
Liz Johnston, Freelance Journalist (travel)
â€œDo what you love and the money will followâ€¦be business like, need to have a tough hindâ€¦do your market research, you need to know who you are selling toâ€¦.couldnâ€™t do it if I had a mortgageâ€¦be a specialist in what you like, selling is an important skillâ€¦.get a good bookkeeper and a good cameraâ€.
Antony Funnell, Freelance Journalist
â€œMost people will reject you and rudelyâ€¦be careful how you portray yourself, the dividing lines have become blurry between journalism and public relations (and even entertainment)â€¦.can be a big gambleâ€¦.be always willing to say yes for everything, anytime…isnâ€™t a lot of money in itâ€¦..you are a master of your own destinyâ€¦usually people who are successful have worked in the industry for a few years firstâ€.
The day finished off with the Employersâ€™ Panelist comments.
Cathie Schnitzerling, Brisbane News Director, Network Ten
â€œWhen you come in for your intern you need to dress as a TV reporterâ€¦.be informedâ€¦read and watch everythingâ€¦work out the important people in the organisationâ€¦donâ€™t be a try-hard, pick your time bestâ€¦listen, watch, observe, show initiativeâ€¦always thank everyoneâ€¦keep resumes briefâ€¦donâ€™t be too proud of where you are sentâ€¦read biographies, being a good reader helps to become a good writerâ€.
Nadia Farha, Executive Producer, ABC News Online
â€œMust be passionate consumers of the newsâ€¦we have kept lots of interns so work hardâ€¦.there is a changing relationship with the audience, they want news on demand, online is the futureâ€¦need to know the trends in societyâ€¦important that your grammar is up to scratchâ€.
Shane Rodgers, Editor-in-Chief, Quest Community Newspapers
â€œOften you will get work through an internship, then casual stuffâ€¦.interviewing has become almost obsoleteâ€¦.very good resumes are rareâ€¦.must have publicationsâ€¦shorthand is very importantâ€¦.when you write you must add value to the words and get a special insightâ€¦dig deeper than wordsâ€¦be well readâ€¦have an understanding of why things are important and how it all fits into the worldâ€¦cover letter is the most important, it shows if you can write conciselyâ€¦need to show responsibility and work ethic.
And after all that all I can say is weâ€™ve got a lot of work ahead of us!