Intern Profile: Kristy Slater

Kristy Slater is a passionate sports fan who was invited to tweet for the Adelaide Strikers in the recent Big Bash League season. 

The self- confessed ‘cricket tragic’ gives an insight into her experience with the Strikers. 

With such a passion for the sport industry, in particular Cricket, it was an opportunity that I didn’t even think twice about.

photoFrom an early age, I remember playing sport at school, going to watch my brother and cousins in their chosen sports as well as going to local SANFL football matches before the Adelaide Crows came into the AFL competition where I would go with Dad when my uncle couldn’t.

You could say I lived and breathed sport from such an early age.

It was only late last year that I was on the way home from work where I have a private message sitting in my Twitter inbox asking if I would be interested (as well as others) tweeting the Summer away for the Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League.

Big Bash League Season 2012/13, (was) on its second year where eight teams in totally play for the shiny trophy and a spot in the Champions League and this year the Adelaide Strikers wanted to do something different when it came to Social Media. In fact, something that no other team has done.

A team of eight active Adelaide tweeters with an interest in Cricket got the chance to be a part of the “Twit Pit” and got to sit in the Press Box at the SACA at each home game.

10-141011_Strikers_LogoThis gave us the opportunity to tweet from our own twitter accounts ball-by-ball live score updates, update photos, and give our followers running commentary throughout the games. This also gave our Adelaide Striker audience a chance to see what was happening behind the scenes which most people don’t get to see.

With Social Media more active than ever before, this saw the Adelaide Strikers Twitter and Facebook pages grow in numbers and many have participated in conversations with us by using specific twitter hashtags.

It was an experience that doesn’t come by often and when your name is put forward; you know you must be doing something right!

I look forward to participating in “Twit Pit” again for BBL|03, and who knows, you might be sitting right next to me, tweeting away.

 You can follow Kristy and the Strikers on Twitter. 

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Intern Profile: Brittany Shanahan

Brittany Shanahan is an aspiring sports journalist. Trying to crack into the sporting world dominated by her male counter parts, Brittany has been successful by interning for several Australian sports organisations.

Brittany, 19, has recently completed a nine-month internship with Cricket Victoria. She is currently doing work experience on a weekly basis for AFL Victoria’s VFL website and Leader Newspaper.

“As the footy season was coming to a close, I jumped on Google and found that Cricket Victoria were after a media intern over the summer” Brittany explains.

Brittany found out about the Cricket Victoria internship with only two days left to apply. She sent in her resume and based on her application, Brittany was invited to Cricket Victoria for an interview.

Brittany felt as though she had “blown it” after her interview but was delighted to find she was successful and started interning with Cricket Victoria in November last year.

Brittany’s work at Cricket Victoria, involved organizing the media coverage for the Victorian Bushrangers. Brittany also wrote articles, recorded press conferences and even attended Cricket games.

“I was the designated photographer at major event such as the Bushrangers Twenty20 and one day games, and the Gala Awards. The most rewarding part was being able to stand on the MCG in the middle of play and take photos,” says Brittany.

She was also required to publish articles and photos on the Victorian Bushrangers website and Facebook pages.

Brittany is well on her way to reaching her goal as becoming a sports journalist. She started her Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) course at Swinburne University in 2010 and decided to create an account for online sports publication, The Roar, where she submits articles of her own opinion.

Brittany also has had her footy match reports published on the Northern Football League (NFL) website and footy record. Her current internship with the VFL involves her attending and reporting on games across Victoria.

Her additional work with the Leader Newspapers also publishes Brittany’s match reports on the Herald Sun’s Local Footy website.

Brittany also has her own sports blog, which contains all her published work and features exclusive to her blog. She has found that her industry experience has improved her sports journalism skills.

“One thing I have learnt so far in my course is that it’s pivotal to have a blog to showcase all your work and capabilities to potential employers” says Brittany.

Brittany says interning has helped her understand how to work in an office and has become more confident with small things like answering phones, to the way she dresses.

Interning has also made Brittany think about her other career options such as marketing or PR. She has found that she isn’t confined to only doing journalism. Ideally she’d like to be a sports journalist for a leading Melbourne newspaper, along with regular sports radio and TV appearances.

Brittany’s sports industry experience is representative of her hard work and persistence to stand out from the rest. Brittany juggles university, a casual retail job, family and a boyfriend, but says the long-term benefits of interning out weigh the cost of having a huge social life.

“It’s all hard work and dedication. If you really want it, you will work hard and things will start to fall into place. It’s by no means easy but people will begin to recognize you and reward you for all your hard work”, says Brittany.

“Get out there and do as many internships/work experience as you can because it will be a huge advantage in the future. Don’t use a lack of time as an excuse because if you really want it you will put the social life aside and get your priorities straight.

You can follow Brittany on twitter. She regularly tweets live from VFL matches.
Don’t forget to check out Brittany’s sports blog and her opinion articles published on The Roar

La Trobe University is now offering a Bachelor of Journalism (Sport) because of the high demand for a specialised degree.