An ongoing learning process for Brianna

For Brianna Piazza, the learning process hasn’t stopped after graduating from Monash in 2013.

Brianna, a News Reporter for Channel 7 Cairns, says the key to a successful career is having a diverse skill set.

Here is her profile…

Brianna Piazza.

Name: Brianna Piazza

Course: Bachelor of Journalism/Diploma in Languages (Italian)

Faculty/Division: Arts

Dept: School of Media, Film and Journalism

Campus: Caulfield

Year graduated: 2013

Current position: News Reporter, Channel 7 Cairns

How did you manage to land your current job?

It took two full-time TV reporting jobs plus many more casual jobs to build the skills I needed to land my current position. I’ve worked across Melbourne, regional Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland in three years. A lot of my job hunting success has come from knowing the right people and getting them to see my potential.

How have your studies at Monash helped you in the industry?

The course taught me the basics of writing a news story and filming for TV. It was also a great eye-opener to the ethical dilemmas that I would eventually face while out on the road and reporting.

If you weren’t working in the journalism industry, what else would you be doing?

I think I would always be doing some type of writing. However, if I wasn’t working in journalism then I’d probably be a youth worker.

Were you a planner or a crammer when it came to studying?

I was a bit of a crammer, I wouldn’t recommend it!

Did you complete internships while at Monash? If so, what was one of the key things you learnt from them?

I interned at WIN News and the Warrnambool Standard. I also interned at SBS News and Current Affairs after I finished my course. The greatest lesson was: you’ll always have so much to learn.

What’s something that surprised you about the journalism industry?

Most training is off your own back. Editors don’t have time to sit you down and go through your mistakes in detail. It’s up to you to compare your draft script with your subbed script in your own time to learn from the changes. You can also learn a lot by observing how your competitors report the same story.

What is one piece of advice you’d give to an aspiring journalist?

Have a range of skills if you want a long career. Know how to find stories, take photos, film, edit videos, use social media for promotion and present for TV. If you can’t find someone to help you then teach yourself.

Who is someone that you admire in the industry?

It’s too hard to pick just one. I’ve always admired journalists like Sally Sara, Sophie McNeill and Brett Mason. They tell complex stories in a way that makes you learn something new and feel something.

What do you hope to achieve in the next 10 years?

I want to cover world news for a global network, such as the BBC or Al Jazeera. I’d really like to work in central and southern Africa and have a go at filming documentaries. The great thing about the industry is you can give everything a try.

Dream holiday destination?

South Africa.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Coffee and chocolate.