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From Journo Student To SBS Cadet Journalist...Meet Ilias

My Diploma of Journalism at Macleay College set me up excellently for my cadetship at SBS.

I reflect fondly on my time at Macleay College, the smaller class rooms meant I had more contact hours with the knowledgeable teachers.

I knew very early on that I wanted to work for a public broadcaster and in my very first trimester my lecturers helped me on that path. 

In my second trimester Fiona organised for me to interview Jo Puccini, the head of the ABC investigations unit, for the college's weekly guest lectures. This guest lecture helped me secure an internship with the nightly current affairs program 7:30 at the ABC. 

The diploma gave me a taste of everything necessary to start a career in journalism. The regular newsroom sessions helped me to refine my pitching skills. While, subjects like Radio Journalism and Video Journalism got me familiar with the equipment and software used to create content.

Being able to post my content on Hatch gave me a lot of confidence in approaching graduate jobs. It was also subbed by my lecturers to ensure the best possible version went online, which meant it gave me an impressive digital portfolio that I could show potential employers.



Me working for SBS at Mardi Gras over the weekend.


Studying at Macleay didn’t feel like I was going to University, it felt like I was being trained for a fun, fulfilling and exciting job.

I always felt my teachers were invested in my success. An example of this was during my final trimester when I was regularly applying for jobs. I would constantly consult with my lecturers on how best to craft my CV and resume. 


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It was through Macleay College that I saw the ad for my first job at Shepparton News.

I relocated to country Victoria and in my first week got stuck in writing articles. I learnt a lot about interviewing and writing in an engaging way as well as crafting the perfect lead.

Then an opportunity popped up for a cadetship at SBS, so I returned to Sydney and began the job at the beginning of February. It’s a tremendous opportunity to get a taste for everything that SBS does and I’m excited for what should be a very stimulating year!!


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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