Four individuals; four passions; one university. What do a scientist, musician, movie buff and sportsman all have in common? A shared goal – to pursue a career in journalism related to their interests. However, Annie, Dean, Natalie and Mitchell concede that landing their dream job in the current journalistic employment climate will not be an easy task.
Confident and articulate, Annie Hazelton (18) always knew her passions lay with science and public speaking. Upon discovering the field of science communication Annie explained that “Everything just fell into place for me.” However she is concerned about the general public’s reaction to science itself. “People’s eyes usually glaze over when science appears in mainstream media. Many scientists are geniuses, but they’re not good communicators,” Annie explained. “I aim to be the solution to this problem.” Her dream job is to present on ABC’s Catalyst or work for the BBC, however, in reality Annie realises that she is more likely to find work online.
Another journalism student pursuing a career where he can utilise his talents and interests is guitarist and song-writer Dean Blake (24). However, Dean explained that music journalism is often considered a to be a “hobbyist pursuit, and isn’t given the same visibility as mainstream news.” He believes that digital media outlets have significantly enhanced the storytelling element of music journalism, but explains that because music isn’t seen as a ‘serious’ issue like politics, it is frequently disregarded and overlooked by mainstream media. With these concerns in mind, Dean is adamant that he wouldn’t turn down any employment opportunity, be it print, broadcast or online.
Captivated and inspired by film and television Natalie Cupac (18) is adamant that her future will involve writing about popular culture. “I can see myself being a film critic, but I’d particularly love to write about the profound effects that pop culture can have on people,” she stated. “I don’t think that people really appreciate popular culture journalism. Many people just write it off as unimportant gossip.” Whilst Natalie would prefer to work in print journalism, she acknowledges that “Everything is moving online, so I’m pretty sure I’ll end up working digitally.” Natalie believes that this movement online has enhanced popular culture journalism by extending journalists’ freedom of speech and flexibility.
A lifelong passion for sport has led Mitchell Finlayson (19) to aspire to a career in journalism. Acknowledging the impact that social media has had on sport, Mitchell accepts that “There aren’t many jobs right now for sports journalists, because any person with a phone and Internet can instantly share the latest scores or sporting issues with the world.” Inspired by entertainment-based sport programs such as The Footy Show, Mitchell believes that the future of sports journalism lies in “Journalists having the ability to put their own spin on things so they don’t just end up like any other citizen blogger.”
Brought together by the study of journalism and their varied and unique interests, these four aspiring journalists have grand ambitions. At a time when digital media is having a major impact on the way audiences consume information, these young men and women face an uncertain yet exciting future in journalism.