Monash University Masters of Journalism graduate Jingjing Fu is the social media editor at First Media, a new online media platform of the Chinese Age Group.
Jingjing shares her experiences in her Masters journalism program at the Caulfield campus.
Name: Jingjing Fu
Course: Master of Journalism
Year graduated: 2015
What was the best aspect of studying journalism at Monash?
Monash has experienced teachers who have years of experience working as journalists. They can really show students inside of the industry and the new trends of how journalistic works. For journalism, experience means an abundance of knowledge.
Did you balance uni life with a job?
No, as an international student I needed more time to focus on studying.
Why did you choose to study journalism at Monash?
Firstly, Monash’s journalism school has a good reputation. Secondly, the journalism courses at Monash are much more practical than courses at other universities, which is important for working in the journalism field.
When I studied my bachelor journalism course at Perth, I was the only international student in my whole class. Most teachers assumed I just wanted to get the certificate, they didn’t treat me as a journalist who wanted to pursue her dream.
I didn’t want to be distinguished from the local students because of my international status. I studied hard to prove that, although I speak a different mother tongue, I can be a good journalist in Australia.
What is your dream job? I want to be a bilingual journalist at SBS.
Who has been your biggest career influence and why?
Philip Chubb, he is very professional and knowledgeable. He always encouraged me to be an investigative journalist.
He gave me plenty of advice on how to adapt to the Australian learning environment and how to source, as well as how to get a job in Australia.
First job? Social media editor.
Worst job? Cafe receptionist.
What is your favourite place in the world and why?
Melbourne. I had many great memories here.
What is your favourite place to eat and why?
China, I tried different types of food in Australia, but I still love traditional Chinese food.
What is the best piece of advice you have received?
“It’s hard to get interviews as a student journalist compared to a real journalist.”
This advice is very realistic, but I always use this one to encourage myself when looking for interviews. It’s a hard thing for every student journalist, so I don’t need to be upset when I meet difficulty.
Tell us something about yourself that your uni colleagues wouldn’t know?
I have a cute rag doll cat!
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