After completing the Diploma of Journalism at Macleay, Matt Connellan has landed roles at Football NSW, News Corp Australia, Fox Sports and SBS. We caught up with Matt to find out what he is up to now.
Tell us a bit about yourself
I’m a television news reporter for SBS World News in Sydney. I’ve worked here for about a year, filing stories for the 6.30pm World News bulletin, as well as repurposing those stories for our online and radio platforms.
What are your aspirations?
To continue to learn from the experienced reporters and presenters here at SBS, and to tell more of the stories that are unique to what we do here.
Why did you choose the course?
I chose the Diploma of Journalism as I already had some experience in the industry, but I wanted to fast-track my qualification and use Macleay’s extensive network of contacts to help get internship opportunities. It was one of those that helped me land my first job.
What was the Macleay experience like?
The Macleay experience was the perfect fit for me at the time. The timetable left me time to pursue casual work and industry work experience on my days off, and the course itself was hyper-practical, with assessments fairly closely matched to actual industry experiences.
Professionally, what are you up to now?
I’m coming up to one year at SBS World News, where I work as a reporter mostly for SBS World News at 6.30pm, but also for our online and radio teams. Prior to this I spent a year as a television sports reporter at Fox Sports News 500, and nine months as an online journalist for SBS’s The World Game website. My first job after finishing at Macleay was a cadetship at News Local, the community papers arm of News Corp, where I worked as a reporter for The Northern District Times.