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New News by the Centre for Advancing Journalism

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So You Want to Be a Journalist

How do you break into the notoriously clubby media industry? In an age of digital disruption, the answers to this question have never been less clear, or more diverse.

We’ve assembled a breaking-news reporter, a data journalist, a cadet and a freelance writer to outline how they have used everything from traditional cadetships to social media to jumpstart their careers.  They’ll discuss how they broke in, the challenges facing emerging journalists and what opportunities can be seized in a rapidly changing industry.

Hosted by Andrew Dodd, with Michael Roddan, Kirsten Robb, Cassie Zervos and Ben Eltham.

This event is also available as part of a Thursday Day Pass.


Portrait of Ben Eltham

Ben Eltham

Ben Eltham studied neuroscience, philosophy and cultural studies before editing the University of Queensland's Semper Floreat in 2000. He has worked as a freelance journalist and essayist since 2001 for a range of national publications, including New Matilda, Crikey, Guardian Australia, the Courier-Mail, Overland and the Sydney Review of Books. Ben is New Matilda's National Affairs Correspondent and a Research Fellow at Deakin University's Faculty of Arts and Education.

Portrait of Michael Roddan

Michael Roddan

Michael Roddan is a Melbourne-based breaking news reporter for Business Spectator and the Australian. He studied International Relations at UNSW and Journalism at the University of Melbourne, with time at McGill University in Montreal and Fudan University in Shanghai. He has also written for Fairfax, Forbes, and the Melbourne Anglican newspaper.

Portrait of Kirsten Robb

Kirsten Robb

Kirsten Robb is a data journalist at Domain, writing for both the Age and Sydney Morning Herald’s property sections. She has also written for the property sections of both the Leader and the Herald Sun, and worked for Private Media as a reporter for SmartCompany and as a video editor for the organisation’s seven mastheads, including Crikey and Property Observer

Portrait of Cassandra Zervos

Cassandra Zervos

Cassandra Zervos is a journalist who recently completed three month rotations at Leader community newspapers and the Geelong Advertiser. Her next rotation is with the Weekly Times, to be followed by the Herald Sun.

Zervos completed an Arts (Journalism) degree at Swinburne University in 2013. She worked in the Network Ten newsroom for a year before being offered a 2015 News Corp traineeship. 

Portrait of Monique Hore

Monique Hore

Monique Hore is a general news reporter for the Herald Sun, covering everything from breaking news and crime to cats. She was previously a News Corp Victoria cadet, as well as a journalist at a number of country newspapers and a communications officers for the state government.

New News by the Centre for Advancing Journalism

How do you pick true news from fake news? How would diversity in senior and junior positions change the news we report – and how we report it? And does state politics need to be theatrical to be interesting to journalists?

Hear from some of the brightest minds in the media at this three-day series of discussions and workshops on the present and future of journalism. Including Brett McLeod, Katharine Murphy, Emma Alberici, Julian Burnside and more.

New News is presented in partnership with the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne, and Monash University.



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