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Emma's 2020 Journalism Goals!

Both the beauty and the curse of studying my Bachelor of Journalism at Macleay College, is that 2020 marks the final year of my degree.

I’m in and out of university in just two years, which means I’m past the halfway point, and am moving on to the full-time workforce in just 9 months.

Luckily, I’ve already secured a position at Mamamia, which you can read more about here, but with my time at the college coming to an end, I thought it was about time I started getting my goals for this year in order.

Because there’s a lot of resources I need to maximise before it’s every man for themselves.

(It’s not really, I’ve seen plenty of graduates lean back on our lecturers with open arms, but for the sake of my motivation, just roll with me here.)



At the Sydney media club luncheon with Laurie Oakes.


1. Build my Network.

I’ll let you in on a little secret, I’m not the biggest fan of networking.

Don’t get me wrong, I love meeting new, like-minded people, (not to mention a glass of champagne and some canapes!) but reaching out to experienced industry professionals can be intimidating.

But with a bit of discomfort comes great rewards.

I gained my job at Mamamia through a bit of digital networking, (pro-tip: LinkedIn is the least confronting platform to get connected with career idols), and as journalism is all about knowing the right people, I’ve decided this is a skill to invest in.

At Macleay I’ve been lucky enough to attend several journalism-related events that I just wouldn’t have had the opportunity to experience on my own.

At the Antidote Festival in the Sydney Opera House, I was granted backstage access to talent, where I rubbed shoulders with journalists like David Speers and Peter Greste.

Not to mention the Sydney Media Club Luncheon where I chatted to Laurie Oakes and Jana Wendt.

Which leads me to my next goal…



With college coming to an end, I thought it was about time I started getting my goals for this year in order.


2. Put my hand up more.

With opportunities like this coming up all the time due to Macleay’s close relationship with organisations like the Judith Neilson Institute and the Walkley Foundation, I’m setting myself the goal to put myself forward more.

It might sound like a no-brainer, but it’s easy to slip into the habit of being a “busy uni student” with no time for any extra events or workload.

I’ve decided to embrace the busy!

Every Wednesday morning, we have a journalist come in from a different news organisation for a student to interview.

As a step towards my goal, I’ll be doing one. (and hey, I can even count that as networking! Killing two birds with one stone.)


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3. Moving forward in my career.

When I moved from the position of unpaid intern to editorial assistant at Mamamia, believe it or not, I was struck with a big hit off imposter syndrome.

It took quite a bit of adjusting to see my ideas as being worthy of being paid for, but I can safely say, I’ve made it past that hurdle.

Now, my focus is on being the best at my job that I can be. And that means pitching ideas and speaking up, even when I don’t back myself with 100%.

Working in the Macleay newsroom has given me the ability to pitch stories with confidence, knowing that I’m doing it right.



Me on campus with my peers.


4. Complete my degree.

My final goal of 2020 is to finish up my bachelor’s degree!

It’s hard to believe how close I am to finishing up at university, but I’m so excited to be venturing out into the real world.

I was attracted to Macleay College for its condensed course length, and to see how far I’ve come in just 12 months is astounding.

Now that I’ve got these goals keeping me accountable, it’s onwards and upwards.

Here’s to a productive 2020!


Journalism at Macleay College

Students become working journalists from the first day they step into Macleay. They work on real stories in a real newsroom across all media platforms.

Journalism students are taught by industry experts that are up to date with the latest trends and are well connected in the industry.

Curious to know more about the Journalism programs at Macleay? Check out the student run Journalism website here. 

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