Macleay College journalism students know the importance of internships. Not only are they a requirement of the course, but industry experience is also the best way to gain contacts and kick start a career in journalism.
On Tuesday, the students were invited to an exclusive free internship workshop featuring some of the best journalists in the industry.
Amy Dale, the Daily Telegraph’s Chief Court reporter, Julieanne Horseman, Channel Nine’s Associate News Producer and Andrew Clark, Executive Producer at SBS World News all spoke about the necessity of internships, and how to impress a potential employer in the media.
“Show up early, keen, dressed appropriately and be willing to do anything,” were the words of wisdom from Julieanne Horseman who has had a career spanning radio, regional reporting and metropolitan news.
These sentiments were echoed by the other speakers as the key to succeeding in the tough world of journalism where first impressions always count.
Dan Grantham, a diploma student in his final trimester said the opportunity to hear firsthand from successful journalists was invaluable.
“Getting a good insight from journalists in all different areas of the industry is so important,” he said after the workshop. “It’s really given us all an advantage in a way; we know how to impress and what really matters when it comes to getting an internship and excelling at it.”