Jschool 2013

Exceedingly Curious – at The Age

As I walked up the stairs to The Age headquarters in Melbourne, I passed under a giant screen proclaiming to-the-second news updates on a projected version of the newspaper’s masthead. I realized the bubbles in my stomach were not just excitement, or anticipation – but curiosity filled  quite a space. Questions were lapping at the(…)

The Courier-Mail

David Stuart, thank you for making us do those vox pops in Queen Street Mall. I felt well practised on my first day at The Courier-Mail when I was sent out with photographer Jono to find people for the The Word on the Street section. “Do you think you’re healthy enough?” was the question of(…)

The Age (Part 2)

In my second week at The Age, I felt a bit more confident and at home. Even though there was a “hot desking” system in which people were supposed to sit at different places each day, I went to the same spot each time and I didn’t see anyone else shift very far. I was(…)

The Queensland Times

Okay, so I was at the Queensland Times in Ipswich for a week from the 2-6 September. I walked into the office on Monday, sat down at my desk and began reading Saturday’s paper. After being summoned to the morning news conference by Brigid, the news director, I was partnered with Geoff for the day.(…)

The Age (Part 1)

It began with AFL. I’d gone down to Melbourne thinking that I should know a little bit more about the state’s religion but had not put in the time. Then, my very first task at The Age was to write a story about a glitch on one of the ticketing websites ahead of the final(…)

Fiddles, Features and Foot-long Subs

The Valley seemed very strange and unknown to me as I walked along, in search of my new workplace. Although, as the sun fell, the bright lights came on and I clocked out for the day, it seemed much clearer. The building was right next to the train station and surrounded by night clubs. I(…)

Tears of a humble man

Today will be my last day of my work experience at the Northern Star. I don’t know whether it was the elation of seeing my name printed in a paper, seeing the community members light up at the chance to be interviewed, the small things that made the big news or just the whole job(…)

Day Two Drama

No, I’m totally kidding. Not about the day two part. Just the drama part. I just finished my second full day of  work experience at the Northern Star. BUT! There has been no drama. Literally. Zip. Nil. ZERO. It is utterly fabulous in the office. I am not sure what I imagined a news room would look like(…)



  Truth be told, I have never been remotely interested in politics. I suppose that’s a bit of a concern for most aspiring journalists, yet I’ve never been able to tolerate the schoolyard slander and propaganda that runs rampant throughout the duration of elections. How do you even begin to separate fact from fiction? This(…)

It’s on.

Yesterday Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced the upcoming federal election will be held Saturday, September 7th. It was 4:05pm when I first read the announcement would be made at 4pm from the news updates on my facebook feed, so I quickly jumped up from my seat to switch on to the only news channel I(…)

Warped Tour Hype

Warped Tour Hype

On July 12, 2013 the much anticipated and hyped up Vans Warped Tour lineup was released.  The news of Warped Tour making it’s first return to Australia since 2002 was dropped on Australian alternative rock fans at this years’ Soundwave during American pop punk band, Blink 182’s main act.  For months Australian fans have been(…)

My worst interview

It’s been six years since I walked down this hall toting a ever decreasing baggy of breast milk for my teeny-tiny premmie daughter. Today, as I walk these same halls my heart pounds with anxiety—this isn’t the place any new parent wants to end up. Instead of the necessities of newborn life, I’m carrying my(…)

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