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Going places: Farewell and congrats Juliana!

AS a training organisation dedicated to providing media students valuable work experience opportunities, we consider our job done when our reporters go on to find a job in industry. Our newly minted member of the Meld alumni Juliana Mare shares her experiences. 

Juliana Mare

When I started writing for Meld in August 2012, I did not foresee the incredible opportunities that awaited me. I originally intended to complete a three month internship but it’s only now, nearly two years later that I am leaving to pursue a full time Marketing and Communications career.

The beauty of an organisation like Meld is that it gives junior journalists the opportunity to pitch, research, interview, write and edit articles, from the get-go.

I’ve since come to realise, having that independence so early on in my career helped me become confident in my writing skills and has tremendously shaped how I now conduct my work.

Memorable moments on the job. Meld reporter Juliana Mare had a chance to meet Benedict Cumberbatch at Oz Comic-con 2014.

Memorable moments on the job. Meld reporter Juliana Mare had a chance to meet Benedict Cumberbatch at Oz Comic-con 2014.

As a third-year Monash University student when I began, this was a daunting expectation and initially a challenge. I’ve since come to realise, having that independence so early on in my career helped me become confident in my writing skills and has tremendously shaped how I now conduct my work.

I’ve had the opportunity at Meld to cover an incredibly diverse range of topics. From attending film festivals and pop culture conventions, interviewing authors from the opposite side of the world, reviewing films and restaurants and promoting upcoming gigs, I feel lucky to have developed such a versatile portfolio.

I’m proud to have launched my journalism career with Meld Magazine and the experience is invaluable to me. The website is an opportune platform for reporters to begin publishing professional work and I strongly encourage anyone interested in the media industry to apply.

To the team at Meld whom I have worked alongside, it’s been a pleasure. I thank you and wish you all the best for the future.

You can read more of Juliana’s previous stories here. She was also the winner of our Story of the Month for September in 2012.

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Meld Magazine was incorporated as an independent not-for-profit media outlet in September 2008 to reach out to international students in Melbourne, and provide students the opportunity to gain real work experience.

Many international students live in or around the city because of the proximity to their colleges and universities, and that was where we decided to focus our efforts first. Many of us live, work and study locally too. Our editorial team is made of both local and international students, and it has worked to our advantage in providing local content in every sense of the word.

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