Peter Williams, a journalism student from Melbourne, has experience with many different mediums, including print, radio and online journalism. In addition to the work he does writing opinion-based articles, Peter is responsible for the Rising Stars section of Bound for Glory News.
Establishing some great contacts and learning skills, his prior experience has helped him with both his current writing for Football Federation Victoria and co-producing the Bound for Glory radio show. With a Masters of Journalism on the cards, Peter is looking to improve his CV and hopefully make a full-time career out of Bound for Glory News. Peter tells My Interning Life how he found his passion for journalism.
Internships are an amazing way to open doors that you never thought were possible. When I was 14 years old, I applied to work at The Leader in Cheltenham. I was told by many in the industry that it was only for 16 year olds. I didn’t hold out much hope, but within a week I had a call from the Sports Editor, Paul Amy. He loved the samples of writing I had sent and wanted me to work for a week there. It was a fantastic experience to be a part of the newsroom, something that kids my age never got to experience. I knew from that moment on, I wanted to be a journalist.
In Year 11 at the age of 16, I applied to work for a week at the Herald Sun. This time it was my careers teacher who told me that the chance of getting there was close to nil given the preference given to metropolitan students. Hailing from Mornington and far from a private school, it seemed a long shot to get in. But once again, I was pleasantly surprised that I had received an internship there for a week. While the week was enjoyable, I soon learned that the metropolitan papers were less hands on than their suburban or regional counterparts.
I finished Year 12 in 2008 and got into my first preference of Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) at Monash University. Over the three years of 2010-2012 I majored in journalism and public relations while also enjoying history and marketing. There were huge differences between the subjects, but that’s what I loved about it. For the first two years at university I guess you could say I was still sort of in limbo as to where I wanted to be. I knew I wanted to write, but had just cruised along and expected it to all sort of fall into my lap like the other placements had. I soon learned that you can’t afford to be complacent in the industry and that hard work and not necessarily ability will get you there.
Towards the end of 2011, I was still working at a regular casual job at KFC with very few contacts and writing positions. I was achieving credits and distinctions at university in my favoured writing subjects, but I guess you could say I knew what I had to do to get them but I soon realised, a mark on a piece of paper isn’t going to get you a job.
In December, 2011 my whole world changed.
I was on BigFooty, an online football forum when I noticed a thread started by another MIL member, Ben Cuzzupe. At that time, I knew him as ‘GreatBradScott’ and he was looking for student journalists and keen footy fans to start a radio program on the Student Youth Network (SYN). Given I had been waiting for some sort of opportunity to present itself, this was my chance. Despite having filled the positions, Ben allowed me to come on board as a co-producer given my experience with radio journalism at Monash. It was through this Bound for Glory group that I have met many friends.
As I started to complete my course, I knew what I wanted to do. It wasn’t going to help my hip pocket or give me a 9-5 office job, but it was going to be something I loved doing. When the Bound for Glory team through the guidance of another BFG member Matt Marsden, started a website called Bound for Glory News, I immediately wanted to become as involved as I possibly could and started up a Rising Stars program for the 2013 season.
The Rising Stars program would involve getting a team together with the help of fellow BFG members Ashleigh Craven and Jourdan Canil to help scout and report on the TAC Cup. Without the help of these guys, this would never have been possible. Rising Stars would not only provide our readers with comprehensive information about the upcoming draftees in the TAC Cup, but also provide students with the necessary experience that is needed to gain a job in the uncompromising journalism industry.
A few months in, the team have about 20 writers who are keen footy fans that love writing about our great game. Over the next two years, I have a vision to expand the Rising Stars program to state leagues around the country so Bound for Glory News can provide the most detailed information on the future stars of the AFL.
My biggest message for all those aspiring writers and journalists out there is when presented with an opportunity, grab it with both hands and don’t look back because it could just change your whole career and life.
Peter and the Bound for Glory team are continually looking for writers who love footy and are determined to make a break-through in the industry. For those who are keen to join a team that gets over 5,000 individual views a month, you can contact Peter via email: email@example.com or follow him on Twitter.
You can also check out Peter’s Rising Star articles.
Giulio Di Giorgio is a budding broadcast journalist with aspirations of working in radio and television. Since May this year, Giulio has been interning with Melbourne sports radio station 1116 SEN.
Giulio has also recently completed a work experience placement with Melbourne radio station 3AW. His experience with 3AW was so successful that Giulio has been invited back to do some producing work with the highly rated station.
Giulio says he tries to undertake as much work experience as possible to further complement his studies. Through his own initiative, he has also completed work experience with Network Ten, Radio Sport National and SYN FM.
“I have a passion for the media industry and I’m highly motivated, and hopefully my persistence will pay off,” Giulio explains.
Upstart is an online publication for emerging journalists that was started at La Trobe, however aspiring journalists are encouraged to contribute. While being part of the upstart editorial team, Giulio sub-edits, writes news and feature articles and produces audio and video content for the site.
Giulio says his internship at SEN is invaluable and gives him an insight into the radio broadcasting industry. On a weekly basis, Giulio assists the senior producer with pre-show preparation, including sourcing and contacting interview talent, researching talent, editing audio, publishing podcasts online, answering listeners’ calls and post-program administration.
Giulio’s various work experience placements and his current internship with SEN has helped him gain many skills which have contributed to his personal development.
“I really want a gig within the media industry, so [I’ve] just got to make a few sacrifices and hopefully the fruits of my hard work will pay off in the future,” he says.
He also agrees with the common saying, ‘it’s not what you know, it’s who you know’, and Giulio has been successful in developing contacts within the media industry from his hard work and persistence.
Networking is imperative for Giulio and his internship with SEN has given him an understanding into the behind the scenes of a radio station. However, Giulio would love to be on the other side of the microphone in the future as a successful broadcast journalist.
In such a competitive industry, Giulio’s various work experience placements and internships will no doubt make him stand out to prospective employers.
Perhaps it’s this piece of advice that drives Giulio: “Someone who works in the media industry once said to me; Say ‘yes’ to every opportunity and worry about the consequences later.”
You can follow Giulio on twitter and read his articles published on upstart If you are an aspiring journalist, take a look at upstart’s notes for contributors and submit your articles and ideas to the editorial team by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
“Undertake as much practical experience as you can – even in a voluntary capacity. You’ll be surprised with how much you learn and how many people you meet, including prospective employers,” says Giulio.
“Most importantly, don’t ever give up. Keep the faith, keep persisting, keep knocking on that door, and you’ll succeed.”