I am currently in my final semester of a Bachelor of Journalism at the University of Queensland. My skills and expertise assisted me in obtaining an internship with News Limited’s Courier Mail and Fairfax Media’s The Brisbane Times, the development of an online magazine and employment in the field of social media.
Both internships at The Courier Mail and The Brisbane Times have given me an understanding of front line journalism and provided me with hands on experience and knowledge of the inner workings of a newsroom. The opportunity to learn from industry professionals coupled with my advanced skills has allowed me to write and publish articles with minimal or no change. This was identified by my mentors and attests to the professional level of my skills and highlights my drive to succeed in the field.
In addition to industry work, I have started my own website G&T Online Magazine. The website has now been running for close to two years and since its inception, I have personally written and published hundreds of articles. It is my personal goal to make sure the website is regularly updated, challenging me with new deadlines and sourcing of fresh articles.
The website following has grown significantly and receives regular visitors from across the globe. As a credible media source it has allowed me to interview some of the biggest names in the entertainment industries and has given me access to special events, most recently with the Big Day Out festival.
I have received numerous accolades on my editorial approach, layout and understanding of subject content. My strong ability to understand and enhance the subject matter and not just publish a basic question and answer format has exceeded expectations for clients, several have republished the articles on their websites.
During the early stages of developing the website, I did a lot of research in the community to establish the type of articles and material they would like to see and identified that there was an opportunity to showcase new (or established) people from the art, music and fashion industries and discuss their virtues, activities and coming events.
While upholding my own quality of writing, I have also taken on board several other writers to assist in the production of articles. When I receive work from these writers, I am responsible for editing the material for grammar, spelling and punctuation errors to maintain consistency on the site.
Further to giving me experience in a reporting and editing role, G&T has familiarised me with using the Content Management System, WordPress. I possess strong skills that extend to updating and formatting blog post entries to fit company style guides, embedding images/video, creating hyperlinks to internal and external URLs and the ability to embed HTML and Script into blog posts.
My Bachelor of Journalism, along with my previous film and television diploma has given me extensive experience with film editing software Adobe Première Pro. With this suite of skills, I have been able to grasp the basics of other Adobe Suite software’s such as Photoshop, Audition and In Design. All of which are important skills when building a business, as effective communication needs to span a variety of mediums in order to reach the largest audience.
I am experienced in the world of social media, both from G&T and from a stint at Virgin Australia. My experience includes the use of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social media trends as a marketing tools for website traffic and visitor interest, as well as a tool to respond to customer enquires in an global business environment with established company guidelines. Additionally, I have used software Radian6 to follow interactions and look for trends that may be occurring.
All in all, my skills and knowledge are of professional standard and thus I believe I would be a valuable asset to any media organisation.