JOURNALISM grad Diane Leow shares why she thinks the Walkley Foundation MediaPass Student Industry Days are a must for every student studying media.
Aspiring journalists – we’ve all had that pit in our stomachs saying “you can’t do it.” Maybe you think your background is a disadvantage, but veteran journalists have come out to say you shouldn’t have that mentality.
Other than interning, getting familiar with social media and building a portfolio of written work, what else can you do to get your foot in the door?
The Walkley Foundation has organised an event for you to get up close and personal with the industry. Hear from those who have gone before, listen to experienced editors, and you may gain valuable wisdom that will aid you in your career.
Editors and journalists from The Age, News Limited, the ABC and Crikey will be present to share their stories and tips on getting ahead in the industry for the Melbourne event, while other prominent Australian editors, journalists and industry veterans will be presenting in other states.
Personally, I’ve heard Jason Whittaker, editor of Crikey speak at a separate event. If there’s one thing I took away from his talk, it’s his advice to student journalists to just keep writing no matter what medium you’re looking to get into – be it television, radio, online or print.
Just keep writing and you’ll only get better.
The Walkley Foundation MediaPass Student Industry Days are as follows:
Melbourne: May 8
Brisbane: May 10
Sydney: May 14
Adelaide: May 27
The event is free, but registrations are essential. For more information, head over to the Walkley Foundation website.