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So You Want to be a Journalist?


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How do you make your start – and your mark – in today’s media industry? The people who hire and the people who watch them talk about traditional, radical and surprising ways to break into the journalism industry.


Andrew Dodd

Andrew Dodd is the director of the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne. He has been a journalist for more than 25 years, working in radio, TV, print and online.  He was a broadcaster at ABC Radio National, where he presented many of the network’s programs and founded th... Read more

Margaret Simons

Margaret Simons is Associate Professor in the School of Media, Film and Journalism, Monash University. In 2015, she won the Walkley Award for Social Equity Journalism. Her recent books include Six Square Metres, Self-Made Man: The Kerry Stokes Story, What’s Next in Journalism?, Journalism at ... Read more

Julie Posetti

Julie Posetti is a Journalism Lecturer at the University of Canberra, and a social media researcher/consultant who is writing a PhD thesis on ‘The Twitterisation of Journalism’.

Ian Royall

Ian Royall is a senior reporter and the trainee program co-ordinator at the Herald Sun.  Ian joined the paper 18 years ago and has worked on the city, education, consumer and aviation rounds, as well as being deputy chief of staff. He started his career 30 years ago at the Toowoo... Read more


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