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Lauren Yeates on Macleay's Journalism Degree

This year Macleay introduces two-year bachelor degrees, the Bachelor of  Journalism and Bachelor of Business. Lauren Yeates is one of the first to start the second year of the Journalism degree. Read on to find out about her experience so far.

Why Macleay?

I chose Macleay because it was a fast tracked course. When I finished school, I didn’t want to do another 3 to 5 years of study. I also love that Macleay is very practical. I find that the best way to learn is by doing the practical, and practicing a lot.

What has Macleay helped you with?

Macleay helped me tremendously with my radio voice, presenting skills for radio and TV, interviewing skills, and most importantly, contacts and connections. I have gotten so far in my career already by making the best use of the amazing contacts I have made while attending Macleay.

What do you want to get out of the bachelor?

I decided to continue with studying, as it was only another year to attain the highest qualification in Journalism I can. This year, I hope to create more contacts and connections, and to build on the relationships I made in my first year. I am also gaining more experience in TV through the Newsroom, while building on my experience as Multimedia Editor last year.

Do you have a dream job in mind?

I would love to work in Entertainment news for any commercial radio station once I finish. Later in the future, I would love to be a TV presenter for E! News in the USA.

Are you doing any freelance work outside of Macleay?

I have my own radio show every Monday, where I discuss the latest entertainment news and interview a variety of celebrities and successful people. I want to make a positive difference in the world. In my interviews, I find out how successful people got to where they are today, and have them share their insights so my listeners can do the same. Prior to my radio show, I started and continue to run two websites, one to compliment my radio show; raveituptv.com and ilovejustinbieber.org. Most people laugh at that, but it fast became one of Australia's most popular fan sites.

Any advice for future students?

You need to find out what your passion is and just go for it. I know it is hard to do, but forget what everyone else thinks of you and your dreams. The only way you are going to get there is by listening to your heart. It does sound cheesy but find a job that you will be, not only happy in, but excited to go to every day. It won’t feel like work if you love what you do.

Tune into Lauren's radio show on Monday nights at 6pm on SWRFM 99.9, or listen online at swrfm.org or download the FREE SWRFM app for iPhone and Android.

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