I chose to embark on my studies with the J School this year after always wanting to enter into the journalism world. On top of being a current journalism student, I am also Public Relations student at QUT, completing my Bachelor of Business in just a few months time.
It has been so interesting to study both worlds; how they collide and also how they support each other. I have interned in public relations and at newspapers, giving me a real mix of both industries. Currently I am interning at Lorna Jane in the PR department while having just spent another three weeks at the Townsville Bulletin as a journalist intern.
Now obviously every one’s experiences are different based upon their own personal likes and dislikes, but hands down my experience at the Bulletin provided me with more enjoyment than I could have imagined. There are of course pros and cons to both, like any industry, but the greatest thing I found working in the world of journalism was the world CHALLENGING.
Every day was a challenge; every day was different. Every day I woke up excited to see what story they would hand me next. Who would I get to interview? Where would I get sent to today? What was going to happen next? These were the types of questions I found myself asking whenever I had the tiniest spare moment to think (which wasn’t often.) And that is why I know I am meant for journalism.
Everyday excited me and I found myself disappointed when they day came to an end. Yes, it was challenging at times, but that’s what made it so enjoyable. Why would you want to sit at a job that didn’t provide you the opportunity to take risks and back yourself? My experience in the PR world have been perfectly fine but I’ve noticed the attitude change in myself where in PR I am constantly looking at the clock asking ”when is it time to go home?” While being a journalist, well, I don’t really have time to look at the clock. I’m more so whishing there were more hours in the day so I can find an even bigger story!