think some of the breaking news moments where a story is constantly
moving while we’re on air makes for a really exciting 25 minutes.
The Olympics, the election and the Queensland floods are some to name. I feel really lucky that every night we’re on the air we
genuinely have a good time because Hamish and Brad have become some of
my closest friends. To have a good time as
well as getting the job done every night… we’re
lucky to be able to work that way.
that’s what makes it exciting. Every single day is different and that’s
what we all thrive on. Because it is so dynamic we can do news
differently and we can present it in a different way. We try to
play with how we use our graphics and what we can do visually in how we approach the different issues we cover for the day so it won’t just be whatever the news agenda at 5 o’clock
is running – we try to do something different. If there’s a piece of [world news]
that’s happening in our time slot we try and go down different avenues
than the mainstream sometimes.
When I did the news subjects I knew that that was the path I wanted to go down, but it’s not a linear pathway by any means. You have lots of different deviations on the way, so when I finished I daresay I knew what I wanted to do but it’s so hard to get there. I started in radio. I did a radio cadetship in Lismore at a little country radio station and started by pulling in regular news up there. It’s such good experience when you go to regional areas because you’re having to generate news and your own contacts and tell stories really quickly- it’s not just handed to you as in big metro stations.
That’s where I started, so I guess at that point I thought “okay, well we’ll just see how things go” so after that I got a job in radio in Sydney, then I went to WIN TV in Wollongong and then to Ten in Melbourne, and I was there for almost four years before coming to Ten Late in Sydney last year.
I found radio to be a really good grounding, and really good training and experience in being concise. Getting something condensed down to thirty seconds for a news report every hour is good training for TV for sure.
My advice to graduates would be to think about being skilled across lots of different areas and being open to trying new things and going down different avenues because in the end it will lead you to where you want to get to, there might just be little deviations on the way [laughs].
The industry is becoming bigger and bigger in a sense but smaller and smaller in another way, I suppose because of the light-attention nature of it. People are consuming news in so many different ways now. There aren’t traditional consuming habits like there used to be, with sitting down and watching the 6 o’clock news every night. People are constantly on their phones and on their iPads and consuming so differently, so I think that they have to be malleable to fit in with all the differently technologies and understand that people are digesting their news differently.
I feel really fortunate to work on that every single day; we all share a genuine love of news and to get the story across, being a conduit to news. I feel really lucky that the cohorts I work with are people that I genuinely learn from so much every day. They’re mentors, friends and colleagues; it’s a really good team that we have. It’s a small team but a really productive team, we really work so closely together.
I love to go for long runs.
Reading. I love to dance.