After attempting to interview Bert Newton as an 11-year-old, Emily Pidgeon has fulfilled her dream of a career in journalism.
Emily’s hunger for making a name in the journalism industry has landed her at The Observer newspaper, straight out of her last exam at Monash.
Here is her profile…
Name: Emily Pidgeon
Course: Bachelor of Journalism
Dept: School of Media, Film and Journalism
Year graduated: 2016
Current position: Journalist at The Observer (Gladstone, QLD)
Why did you chose to study journalism at Monash?
I knew to do well in journalism you needed great opportunities and Monash gives their students that. Through studying in Melbourne at Monash, more doors are opened by the hundreds of people you get to meet each week. They have extensively experienced media lecturers and professors with global contacts, which helps a dedicated journalist student start their career on the right foot.
How did Monash help get you to where you are now?
The talented journalist lecturers at Monash helped me land my role at Newscorp in Queensland. If it wasn’t for Julie Tullberg helping me get my first internship at Fairfax when I was in the second year of my degree, I wouldn’t have been given these opportunities and wouldn’t have met the talented journalists and editors I have been lucky to work with.
Best Monash memory?
Meeting two Australian media greats, Caroline Wilson and Mike Sheahan. Hearing what they had to say about the industry just fuelled my journalism hunger more. Also, walking out of my final exam to find an email confirming my job offer in Queensland.
What advice would you give your first-year uni self?
Get out there more. Meet more people and go to more events. Don’t underestimate the power of networking.
What did you wish you knew before going out into the workforce?
The importance of meal planning. Being a journalist, even in the small newsroom I’m in, is a busy place. Working on a tight deadline of 4.30pm every day can be difficult if you don’t manage your time, especially if you’re the only reporter on for the day and are responsible for getting a paper out. Having meals prepped and ready to go at the office saves so much time in your day.
Who has been your biggest mentor?
That’s a tough one! I’ve had so many great mentors. Julie Tullberg would definitely be at the top. I’m so grateful for all the time and effort she has put in to helping me throughout my degree, from teaching me about the industry, to helping me with my resume and applying for jobs to being my reference. Without her interest I wouldn’t have been given the opportunities I have had. She’s extremely dedicated and passionate about the industry, with lots of pearls of wisdom to share. Wayne Buttner and Bob Osburn were both two great mentors for me while I was interning at their magazine. Being able to work under experienced editors who care about their journalists made for a great newsroom.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
Hopefully still in the media!! I would love to be working at a magazine somewhere in the world, working within lifestyle and entertainment. If not, I’d like to be working as a digital producer for online news platforms.
What was your very first job?
Waitressing at a Chinese restaurant in a small town was my first ‘real’ job. I was paid $8 an hour and thought I was filthy rich.
What was your dream job growing up?
I always wanted to write. I tried to interview Bert Newton in Primary School when I was 11 for an assignment. Although, Bert’s PR got back to me saying he was a busy man and didn’t have the time for an interview, but they sent me a ‘Bert’s Family Feud’ hat instead. Even then I loved the excitement and rush of almost landing an interview and it’s something I wanted to do ever since.
Any hidden talents?
I have a dalmatian called Poppy and a cat called Squares (I was in Primary School when I named my cat).
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