I’m currently working at the Cooma Monaro Express as a journalist. I’ve been here for seven weeks now and it’s been one of the best experiences of my life. Because it is a small office, I find that I experience a lot of hands-on work which I love! I’m often running around interviewing people and taking photos, then when I get back to the office I can type it all up and submit it for the paper. It may sound like a lot of work, but it is extremely rewarding seeing your piece of work in the paper for the community to see and when you get feedback from the community that’s even better.
I find that TAFE prepared me well as it was practical and extremely hands on (Voxpoppin’ is probably one of the best things we could have learnt, because you face A LOT of rejection as a journalist. Also, our ‘interviews’ class, because it helped me develop so many skills that I use now when interviewing people everyday).
I finished my degree of Communications and Media at UOW last year. It sounds crazy but I learnt more in my one year at TAFE than my two years at uni and I don’t hesitate to tell EVERYONE that!
Tina completed the Diploma of Communications and Media (Journalism) in 2012.