NewsLifeMedia, the lifestyle publishing arm of News Limited, is offering an eight week internship program during which you can work with super brands like taste.com.au, news.com.au, kidspot.com.au, body+soul, Vogue Australia, GQ Australia, Sunday Style, Country Style and delicious, to name a few.
Placements will be in the marketing, advertising, editorial, circulation and design departments.
You’re a final-year tertiary student from
a Media, Communications, Advertising, Design or Business-related degree (you must be enrolled in a course relevant to the field you are applying for).
You have an excellent academic record. You’re an enthusiastic self-starter and team player.
You’re a strong communicator with a capacity to understand business strategy. You have a passion for communicating with your audience.
You’re active in social media.
Monday May 6 to Friday June 28, 2013, two days per week. Days are flexible depending on your existing work and study commitments.
Please send us your answer + ONE other document (in Word or PDF format) that includes your CV, a copy of your year 12 results (UAI or equivalent), a current academic transcript (an unofficial version is acceptable) and, in order of preference, a list of the two departments you would most like to get experience in.
Send your applications to email@example.com by 9am, Monday April 8, 2013.
Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by Friday April 12, 2013. Interviews will be held at the NewsLifeMedia offices in Alexandria on Tuesday April 16, 2013.
Brendan Lucas is a 21-year-old journalist who recently graduated from La Trobe University. He’s been working as an Editorial Assistant at metropolitan newspaper, The Herald Sun, since December last year but before he scored his dream job, Brendan was an intern at the newspaper.
Find out about how Brendan’s “hard-work, perserverance and unwavering initiative” granted him the opportunity to work in an industry that has gone through many changes within the past 12 months.
Close to it. I could not be more grateful for my first job out of university knowing how hard it is to break into the industry at this time.
Tell us about your previous internship experiences
Some of my previous experiences have included being a reporter for AFL Victoria (2011/2012) covering the VFL for two years, writing articles, going to games, attending press conferences and interviewing players and coaches. This included publishing my written work and photography on the VFL website, in the AFL Victoria Record and Leader Newspapers.
I also worked as a commentator for vfl.com.au and the U/14 and U/15 Division 2 Metro Championship Grand Finals. In addition, I co-hosted a drive radio program on 88.6 Plenty Valley FM for more than two years (2010-2012). I was responsible for creating the shows content and format, interviewing and presenting on air and participating in a number of outside broadcasts at festivals around Melbourne.
You interned at The Herald Sun last year, tell us about that and what you did on a daily/weekly basis
My interning involved undertaking a variety of roles. From the outset I was responsible for doing the daily vox pop, monitoring the news, assisting senior journalists, pitching and writing my own stories, answering phone calls and heading out to press conferences.
I also learnt how to use a number of new media programs which has expanded my technical skills base. Furthermore, I assisted the sports department in addition to the news department performing similar duties. In sport this included weekly article contributions to Statewide Sport – a two-page spread on country football each week.
What was it like being published for the first time with a story you wrote?
Being published for the first time in a major newspaper such as the Herald Sun is a great rush. There is nothing like seeing your byline after all the hard work you have put in.
I remember my first story very well and have still kept a copy. It was my first day interning and I was sent out to cover the St Kilda Festival by my chief of staff. I was quite nervous having been given so much independence to find an angle and to uncover the stories of the day. However, I took it in my stride knowing I had the ability to utilise all my theoretical journalistic skills I had gathered at university by putting them into practice.
How did your job as an Editorial Assistant at The Herald Sun come about?
It all comes from hard-work, perseverance and unwavering initiative. You have to be willing to make sacrifices if you want to make it in this industry – and that is exactly what I did.
After interning for roughly two days of the week for the majority of 2012 to the Herald Sun and after discussions with a number of people I realised there were no job openings upon finishing university. I still threw my name in the ring to be considered if anyone left. Fortunately, with a bit of right place, right time, a month after I graduated I received a call and was asked to come in for a job interview.
Before I knew it I was employed and starting work the next week in December 2012. Because most positions are internally filtered I felt my report with a number of colleagues worked to my advantage. My advice to anyone would be to keep smiling, persevering and getting to know EVERYONE; you never know what might happen.
How important is social and online media in today’s media landscape?
Social and online media are very much intertwined these days. A lot of news now comes from mediums such as Twitter due to how the immediacy of the information is transforming the way newsrooms operate – particularly online.
Social media provides a great promotional tool for online media that can be used quite effectively as a cheap, engaging strategy. Consumer demand is also growing, which is in turn putting pressure on how these newsrooms meet their customer needs through this medium. Some even see online media, particularly online citizen journalism, as a threat to mainstream media’s diversification.
However I believe it is an important challenge in the coming years for organisations that are transitioning from print to online. They essentially have to find a way for their journalism to be financially sustainable and have unique offerings compared to its competitors, while still retaining accountability, accuracy and credibility within the pace of the news cycle. Sustainability online is the key.
What was the most important thing you learnt during your time as an intern?
One of the most important things I learnt is to always back yourself. Sometimes you will falter, but if you show initiative to pitch stories and help out you will make the most of your opportunities. You will not if you do not try. By doing this you will learn where to draw the line in the sand.
I found an ethical issue I encountered during my time interning also provided a great learning curve for me. By communicating with other senior journalists I was able to uncover the appropriate course of action, while still leaving me with the final decision to make.
Brendan shares his advice for aspiring journalists
Advice can be hard to give, because for many young aspiring journalists the contexts are different
Generally speaking though developing an innate curiosity is the key – it is the groundwork trait for all good journalists – it highlights their hunger and willingness to succeed. Positivity and enthusiasm also go hand in hand. Without it things can seem tough when trying to envisage that ‘big break’ one day. But by showing these assets you are demonstrating to potential employers that you are willing to do anything and everything with a smile on your face and a spring in your step.
People want to work with enthusiastic people – it is contagious. Initiative, perseverance and dedication are also key. Bluntly, if you do not have these you will be found out. Nothing comes without hard work. Many work experience/internship opportunities are what you make of them.
Finally, networking. This is essential for any budding journalists trying to get a foot in the door. Make friends with everyone and get to know as many people as possible. Persist with internship opportunities and gain a variety of valuable contacts that recognise your work ethic and could be sought after for potential job prospects in the future.
If you’re in Melbourne My Interning Life will be holding a catch-up event on Monday 15th of April at The Honey Bar from 6:30pm until 9pm.
Interns and industry professionals are all welcome. Remi, Isobel and myself will all be attending and ready to answer any questions you may have. You can RSVP to the #MILevent on Eventbrite. Hope to see you there!
Please welcome to the My Interning Life team Remi and Isobel who will be contributing to the website, social media pages and the upcoming MIL event.
I’m really excited about how well My Interning Life is going so I need all the help that I can get! You might remember Remi who was my very first featured intern on this blog and Isobel who moved to Sydney to intern.
@remikins Assistant Victorian State Manager for Live Below the Line. In my final year of PR at RMIT, I’m a lover of good food, cheap cocktails and cute dresses.
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And you are the one who’ll decide where to go…” – Dr. Seuss
Previously a coffee girl at Glamourflage Cosmetics, Milkk, Style Counsel, and now, The Oaktree Foundation.
Dream job? Somewhere I can use my PR prowess and fabulous communication skills to make a positive contribution to society.
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.
From 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.
This 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.
Today on My Interning Life, Ben Cuzzupe tells us in his own words how he chose to chase his dreams over attending university classes.
BY BEN CUZZUPE
My Interning Life Guest Post
This blog quite possibly could be the key to everything you ever dreamed of being.
Some of the advice within these pages can kick down doors that you’ve only ever seen before in your dreams.
However, you might not get that internship you’ve been after. It’s a very competitive world, so some have to prepare themselves for when it all doesn’t go to plan. But even then, your own hard work and creativity can come to the forefront.
Many of the suggestions previous interns have made, is that you start your own blog or creative outlet for your ideas. Bound For Glory is an example of what can happen when you stick to something instead of a traditional internship.
In March of this year I had begun my first year of university at La Trobe, and at this point I didn’t have my license, so two hours on that ride. With the help of a team like-minded journalism students, amateur football writers and bunch of other BigFooty forum-ites along for the ride, set up ‘Bound For Glory’, an AFL radio program on SYN FM out of RMIT over the summer.
One day, as we were planning our first episode to coincide with the season launch at the end of March, one the people on the show, who is an employee of the North Melbourne Football Club notified me of an event. (Some clubs media policies vary from the rigid and selective, to the open and carefree; and North Melbourne was one of the latter.)
He began to tell me about an Open Media Day that the club was having, where all of the players and the coaches would be gathered and I could pick openly from whom to speak to for our opening show, regardless of if I had fifty years or minutes of experience. It was the perfect opportunity, the one opening to get the show off the mark and pull a substantial audience for ten people broadcasting something out of the middle of nowhere, right off the bat.
The one flaw in the plan was that I didn’t own a recording device and the next day of university I had a tute that was critical to my marks for the semester. The thoughts dangled and wavered for a couple of days, but I stuck to Uni until I came to the day before the Open Media day. It was either the Upfield train or the Heidelberg train or whatever people in the northern suburbs use to get from one place to another; and for some reason instead of ending up at Flinders Street so I could change to get on to the Sydenham line, it ended up at Melbourne Central.
The ultimatum rattled around in my head for the past couple of days, in which I decided to make a choice in the blink of an eye:
Go to my tute the next morning, in which I would be placed in groups for the most important assignment for my semester, or ditch the class and University for a year to go interview football players.
I’ll never claim divine intervention or it was the most resoundingly intellectual decision either; but I got off the train, walked into a shop on Little Lonsdale Street, haggled down the price for the digital recorder and made up my mind.
Defer from University for a year to run the radio show along with a talented but mostly untried team, and make some contacts in the industry.
What seemed to be one of the most utterly insane decisions that I had ever made in my life, in retrospect nine months later turned out to be the smartest one I ever made. That day I interviewed several players (Sam Wright, Todd Goldstein, Matt Campbell) and coach Brad Scott.
In the space of a week, our opening show went from looking to fill air time with awkward conversation, to having a lengthy interview with Age journalist and one of the most humble people I’ve ever met, Rohan Connolly, (who got out of bed quite early on a Saturday morning to hang around a recording studio riddled with faults and a bunch of caffeine addled students), Warney of DT TALK (fantasy football analyst) fame, St.Kilda star Nick Dal Santo and the other interviews I and one of the co-producers had collected on that day.
We added some others to our team of the course of the year and we managed to interview AFL, journalists, umpires, presidents, players and many other people from the TAC Cup and the VFL. Most importantly, we grew as a team and our writing, recording, presenting abilities and audience increased tenfold.
The bubbling chemistry that this team of talented, optimistic, honest, ballsy, funny and outright insane people grew again when one of us, Matt Marsden, decided to launch and run an independent news/ opinion site in July of this year.
We’re a decent chance for AFL media accreditation and sponsors next year too, but even if it doesn’t happen, we’ll just grow again because you can’t contain that sort of raw energy and enthusiasm that exists with the idealistic and driven.
In the age of the internet, the information and ideas are now democratized and everyone is an artist of some sort. The old guard (newspapers, television, radio) are struggling to see that regular people with regular lives can create the same, if not better magic that’s created in professional environments.
I don’t want to be the editor of the Herald Sun, or rally against the system where a professional journalist have slaved their whole lives to create fantastic paid content. The whole point of this is to create interest in the job and profession, and to give nobodies a leg up and a beginning into this confusing and fast paced medium.
I hope to someday do a proper internship elsewhere, but for now, this is more than enough. Get online, get creativity and the rewards will come.