Henry Peters is a fair way along in his goal to becoming a respected voice in golf media circles.
After serving as Golf Victoria Magazine‘s managing editor and now leading digital content for golf company Golf Link, it seems Henry has the drive to succeed.
Here is his profile…
Name: Henry Peters
Course: Bachelor of Arts (Journalism)
Dept: School of Media, Film and Journalism
Campus: Caulfield (some classes at Clayton)
Year graduated: 2010
Current position: Leader – Digital Content at Golf Link (Sydney-based golf company)
How did you manage to land your current job?
I was referred by an industry colleague, Martin Blake. Martin was, at the time, a contributing writer for Golf Victoria Magazine while I was its managing editor. Martin passed my name on to a recruiter who then contacted me and I got the job.
How have your studies at Monash helped you in the industry?
Monash was my first introduction to recording television and radio reports, so it was the foundation of the skills I eventually would need during my time as a television news reporter for Ten Eyewitness News in Melbourne, WIN News in Ballarat and as an on-the-road sports reporter for SEN 1116 radio in Melbourne.
If you weren’t working in the journalism industry, what else would you be doing?
Probably something to do with golf, or trying to build a business relating to veganism.
Were you a planner or a crammer when it came to studying?
I was probably more of a planner. Occasionally I would cram, but it tended to be for the subjects I found less stimulation throughout the semester and would thus put study on the back-burner until the last minute.
Did you complete internships while at Monash? If so, what was one of the key things you learnt from them?
I did an internship at the Herald Sun within its sport department, which would not have happened if it wasn’t for Julie Tullberg bringing the internship to my attention as a potential avenue. The Herald Sun opportunity was vital because it introduced me to the practicality of finding and producing a sports yarn, working phones, and looking at information at hand to find a hidden news angle.
What’s something that surprised you about the journalism industry?
Reporting on topics and issues (particularly while as a TV news reporter) that I had little to no knowledge of until I was forced to cover it. I quickly realised this was a common occurrence and that the best approach was to ask the right questions that allow the people you are interviewing to reveal the necessary facts and details.
What is one piece of advice you’d give to an aspiring journalist?
There is no such thing as a stupid question (even though some people, sports coaches in particular, like to make fun of reporters for questions they consider silly).
Who is someone that you admire in the industry?
Brad McEwan – sports presenter for Ten Eyewitness News who has a knack for appearing completely relaxed on air, is extremely personable off camera, and takes an interest in what others have to say. Sean Sowerby – Channel Seven sports presenter and reporter. Sean is a great bloke whose love for sport comes across in his work.
What do you hope to achieve in the next 10 years?
Experience more international tournament golf, in particular the four major championships. I would like to become someone in the golf media industry whose views and opinions are valued internationally.
Dream holiday destinatinon?
Sri Lanka (mainly because I haven’t been there).
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Probably afternoon coffees (because I never really need them but often want one).
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