Leah Creighton is a journalist with more than 15 years’ experience, working at The Australian, The Daily and Sunday Telegraphs. An online news specialist, she was the editor of The Sunday Telegraph Online for five years and the author of the Telegraph’s first news blog. Leah is a hard-news journalist who honed her skills as a beat reporter for many years at The Sunday Telegraph.
An Irish literature prize-winner from the University of NSW, she runs a freelance writing and editing business, Writin’ Creighton and tutors in English language, grammar and shorthand.
How did you get into the industry?
I started as a "copy kid" on The Australian newspaper, after gaining an internship there during university - so I highly value the importance of internships for students. Before that, I was the arts editor for my university paper, Tharunka. And even before that, a reporter for my high school paper, Lower Life. I guess you could say I was bitten by journalism early.
What is the biggest difference in the industry since you were at university?
Sadly, the biggest difference is the near-death of print media, as newspapers are my life-long love. When I was at University, everyone walked around with a paper under their arm. It was part of the student 'uniform' and as a result, we were enormously well-informed and highly political. I think students, overall, are less so these days.
What do you do when you are not teaching?
I teach privately, freelance for corporate clients, write creatively and spoil my dog - a 13-year-old Shiba Inu, who even spent a day with us on campus once!
What do you enjoy about teaching at Macleay?
I love the boutique size of the Colleges' campuses (in Sydney and Melbourne) meaning you know every student personally. I am also in awe of my colleagues' talents and achievements. Such an impressive cohort of teachers!
What subjects do you teach at Macleay?
I lecture in News Research, Professional News Practice and I'm the internship coordinator for the journalism faculty.
What is the best advice you give your students?
Say yes! Do it all - no experience or education is wasted time.