Not long after graduating with a Diploma of Journalism from Macleay, Tracey Alexander was already working on breakfast radio on Fox FM and Triple M in Melbourne. However, she’s already been plucked from the airwaves to join a team of TV journalists.
After Fox FM and Triple M, where are you headed now?
I'm a video journalist for a program called Weeknights on Southern Cross Ten. While working as a radio journalist reading the news I was approached by the Group TV Director, within the company, asking if I wanted the job. It all happened so fast. I moved to Shepparton within a week!
What's your standard day like?
My first deadline is at 9am. Hey, coming from breakfast radio, that's late! There are two video journalists on the team. We each have to produce, film, present and edit two packages per day – covering stories from across the Goulburn Valley. The day involves researching stories, sourcing and interviewing talent on camera, filming overlay footage and, if necessary, a piece to camera. Then, it's all about script writing and editing - weaving the interviews and overlay footage together with voice over.
What is the most interesting part of your job for you?
I'd say it's the people I meet and having the opportunity to hear and tell their stories. I connect most with my job when I'm able to give a voice to someone who otherwise might not be heard. The fact that each day is different means that nothing ever stagnates and there is always something new to learn. It’s incredibly satisfying meeting different people from varying walks of life and discovering micro-worlds I might have never otherwise engaged with.
What did Macleay do to assist you in your career?
I found my teachers to be the best resource I had. Being taught by industry professionals meant I had access to people who knew more than just the theory. To be employed in the media, you first have to be willing to put in the hours – for free – on the weekends... and at night. I learned that it doesn't come easy - you have to work hard for it and to be grateful for the opportunity to be employed within what is a highly competitive and volatile industry.
What do you think you’ll be doing in five years?
A great (and challenging) aspect of journalism is that the landscape is constantly changing. I'm sure that in 5 years’ time, there will be jobs, roles and programs that don't exist today. So, who knows what's in store. After all, robots could soon be doing it all for us!