Hands-on journalism experience the key

Alexandra Bathman.

Monash University journalism graduate Alexandra Bathman still can’t believe she has landed a job she is totally passionate about.

“I sit there doing my thing and I’m like,  ‘wow … this is a job’,” she said.

Alexandra, who has been appointed a feature journalist at the Shepparton News, said the hands-on experience in Monash’s journalism course was invaluable.

“I always tell others how great the journalism course at Monash University,” Alexandra said.

“The fact that I have a job as a feature journalist at the Shepparton News before my graduation ceremony is proof.”

Alexandra said the advice and encouragement she received proved helpful.

“I cannot thank the tutors enough. Not only did they teach me how to be a journalist, I was always given encouraging advice to keep persisting, practise my skills and that the right attitude will get you to where you want to be,” Alexandra said.

“They were great mentors and I still keep in contact with today.”

Alexandra said the structure of Monash’s journalism course enabled her to gain necessary hands-on skills in real workplaces.

“I was able to do many placements at different media outlets, which gave me any networking opportunities,” Alexandra said.

“These outlets including the Shepparton News, the news program Weeknights aired on Southern Cross Ten, 95.3SR FM, The Business Spectator, WIN News in Shepparton and the Channel Nine studios in Melbourne and Sydney (GTV and TCN).

“The most exciting thing for me as a student was seeing my own news reports aired for Weeknights, WIN News in Shepparton and two stories being published with The Age’s online publication Life&Style.”