Getting to know … Nick Parkin

Welcome to former ABC journalist Nick Parkin, who has joined our team full-time in the School of Media, Film and Journalism to teach video.

Nick Parkin.
Nick Parkin.

Name: Nick Parkin
Title: Teaching Associate
Faculty/Division: Arts
Dept: Media, Film and Journalism
Campus: Caulfield

How long have you worked at Monash?
Since 2012.

Where did you work prior to starting at the University?
I was employed at ABC News as a radio and television news reporter until 2013. I have also spent time working as a producer for ABC News Online and ABC News Breakfast.  I have also dabbled in freelance journalism, publishing material for various online technology publications.

What do you like best about your role?
Teaching enthusiastic students about the exciting world of reporting news.

Why did you choose your current career path?
It allows me to pass on my knowledge about journalism and news, while also maintaining links to the media industry.

First job?
Video store sales assistant (in the days of VHS tapes).

Worst job?
Poorly paid “English conversationalist” at a Tokyo Chat Cafe. It’s a long story.

What research/projects are you currently working on and what does it involve?
Working on ideas for a PhD in Journalism / Media Studies.

What is your favourite place in the world and why?
Either Tokyo (the most exciting city on earth) or Rio de Janerio (the friendliest city on earth).

What is your favourite place to eat and why?
Anything from/in Southeast Asia.

What is the best piece of advice you have received?
Don’t take anything too seriously.

Tell us something about yourself that your colleagues wouldn’t know?
I have DJ’d at nightclubs in Australia, Asia and South America.