Macleay College journalism students are to begin working in an elite internship program with Australia’s largest media company.
News Ltd, through its local newspaper group News Local, will start taking Macleay students from the end of this year. News Local has 22 newspapers and online sites covering 650 Sydney and Central coast suburbs with 1.7 million readers a week.
The programme is a breakthrough for Macleay. Previously, News – like many other media companies – preferred to take its interns from the third year of university courses.
“This decision is a direct result of Macleay’s focus on meetings the demands of industry,” said Stephen Davis, Head of Journalism.
“We have our own live newsroom, newsroom.macleay.net, which is the heart of our teaching. Students work on real stories and are taught the discipline of deadlines. Our graduates will be the most job ready in Australia.”
The first four interns in the program are:
Nigel Gladstone is the Editor of The Newsroom at Macleay College. He graduated from North Sydney Boys High School in 1996. He studied media and communications at Macquarie University for a year before deciding to travel for four years.
Rebecca Allan is the Newsroom’s Deputy Editor. She has a strong interest in investigative reporting, and hopes to eventually work in film and television.
Jessica Amir is the Newsroom’s Multimedia Editor. She is a former financial adviser and a graduate of applied finance with a passion for business, finance and current affairs. She already has experience interning as a producer for Sky News Business, ABC News 24, NBN (Newcastle), Channel 7 and Channel 9.
Beatrice McBride is Deputy News Editor of The Newsroom. Beatrice has a keen interest in radio journalism and news writing. She has studied the dramatic arts at The Actors Centre and The National Institute of Dramatic Arts.