Herald Sun footy expert Kate Salemme spends her days tracking the movements of AFL footballers – both on and off the field.
Kate, a former Monash journalism student, enjoyed a successful stint at Hawthorn Football Club before joining one of the largest football journalism teams in Australia.
Here is her profile …
Name: Kate Salemme
Course: Bachelor of Arts
Dept: School of Media, Film and Journalism
Current position: Digital AFL reporter for News Corp/Herald Sun
Why did you choose to study journalism at Monash?
Monash is one of the most respected universities in Australia and the journalism program provides both theory and practical experience as there are opportunities for students to secure internships while studying. I also have an interest in politics, so the international politics subjects offered at Monash was a big selling point. The subjects on offer at Monash interested me more than at other universities.
How did Monash help get you to where you are now?
During my time at Monash I did a unit on sports journalism and had the opportunity to express interest in an internship at the Herald Sun in the sport department through my tutor, Julie Tullberg. I sat a test focusing on my sports knowledge and was successful in obtaining a position and never looked back.
Best Monash memory?
Definitely sitting the test to earn an internship at the Herald Sun. An amazing opportunity.
What advice would you give your first-year uni self?
Do the readings!
What did you wish you knew before going out into the workforce?
Tough question and nothing really stands out. Every day is an opportunity to learn and to challenge yourself.
Who has been your biggest mentor?
I can’t really narrow it down to one person, I have taken bits and pieces from a number of people I’ve met in the industry. My sister has also had an influence on my career.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
Another tough question, I have ambitions but things can change and I like to stay open-minded. I know my passion lies in sports journalism and with the digital age it’s hard to predict how the landscape will look in 10 years. Hopefully I’m still working hard and am a respected member of the industry.
What was your very first job?
My first official full-time role was at Hawthorn Football Club as a reporter and social media manager.
What was your dream job growing up?
Any hidden talents?
I’m very good at sport, from footy to basketball to cricket to basically anything and everything. I’ve got my brother to thank for that, we were always in the backyard playing some sport when we were growing up. I’m also a decent cook and have a passion for it, which I got from my grandmother.
I have a six-month old labrador named Lily who is my life. I love her so much. I also have a cat named Polly, who was lost and we rescued on Christmas Day in 2012.
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