Career objectives are a challenge for me to admit as I am still exploring my preferences. Coming from a childcare background has given me many years of experience but journalism is a completely different ball game. Below, I have highlighted career objective’s emphasising on more than one in my case.
Creating video content through YouTube; such as vox-pops, interviewing known figures in the community, or just making a short video to explain how to avoid awkward situations when you need to sneeze loudly. My personal strength lies in the need to make others laugh and believe this could be an asset to that sort of media platform.
Another considered objective would be to create a podcast. This podcast would be a platform of storytelling through guests or investigative storylines or themes.
Venturing into the world of film by working behind the camera to create content that would be of a journalistic approach. This is inspired by my interest in watching programs such as The Feed, You can’t ask that, 4 corners, The Checkout etc. Social experiments, exposing the truth within a community big or small, discovering underground trends that people aren’t aware of. This world is an amazing place and to share that with others would be such a gift. Reviews for Theatre Production Having a personal passion for Australian theatre and getting behind local and well known actors would be an amazing opportunity and exciting venture.
I have travelled to many countries and would love to continue this theme. Being a travel journalist to meet new people, share experiences, open the minds of people who might never get the chance to know about a certain community.
One goal in my career to achieve would be to work in a remote and/or indigenous community to help teach others the skills set that I would have acquired.
In regards to gaining experience, the colossal organisations ABC or SBS as well as smaller organisations such as community radio, local theatre groups, that work on creating new content. VICE has always been a media company I have admired due to their obscure stories and views they have explored. Roles relevant to these objective expectations include video content producer, corresponding journalist, YouTube content creator, Radio Content Maker, Producer, Travel Journalist and Entertainment Journalist.
Skills to develop…
Amplifying my competence by formulating, editing and creating content through audio and visual mediums.
Learning radio techniques and programs that would be used in the field by taking advantage of the resources available at TAFE including teachers.
Refining my writing for a variety of audience whether it be from hard news stories to soft news stories and feeling completely confident within my own work.
Progressively learning from mistakes and using them as lessons especially in practical situations such as interviews.
Absorb research and investigative skills that will guarantee the content maintained it’s credibility ensuring my sources are valid.
Developing critical thinking skills would be an asset which is why university would be a good next step after TAFE.
Skilfully working with a versatile group of people that would share their own ideas, views and opinions.
Creating an effective workplace for those around me. Be willing to sort out issues, being open and honest in a fair and courteous way.
A challenge that comes to mind is to develop and assert myself. Mainly in moments of tension or vulnerability as journalism is a role that encourages you to expose yourself in the world. Experience and knowing the guidelines as a journalist would aid this problem.
Finally, I am aware I need to develop my ability to accept that making mistakes is okay. This is hard being a partial perfectionist*. Putting myself out there continually ensuring that I am at least trying is really the best I can do and develop as a skill.
Comedian and producer, Charles Firth comes to mind as a media professional to approach for advice. Growing up ‘The Chaser’s War on Everything’ and ‘CNNNN’ were inspiring productions and incredibly hilarious pieces. Challenging political members as well as media itself to expose the truth of situations definitely were a great asset to the Australian people. He would have some great tips I am certain.
Host Marc Fennell of The Feed would also be amazing person to approach. Fennell has extensive interviewing experiences as well as developing stories from people within their communities. The style he creates is unique in the sense he has a natural easy-going style with a slash of self deprecation. One that I can most definitely relate to.
*Partial Perfectionist – one who engages in experiences or produces materials but only applies their effort like a part-time worker.