For Nicholas Negrepontis, it’s AFL journalist Gerard Whateley that’s set the benchmark for his journalism career, saying Whateley’s done ‘almost everything’ he wants to do.
Currently a journalist for Crocmedia writing on all things footy, Nicholas is certainly making inroads towards that goal.
Here is his profile…
Name: Nicholas Negrepontis
Course: Bachelor of Journalism
Dept: School of Media, Film and Journalism
Year graduated: 2017
Current position: Journalist at Crocmedia
What was it like breaking into the industry? Was it more ‘who you know’ than ‘what you know’?
Who you know is everything in journalism. You’ve got to put the effort in to get in the face of employers. Of course, what you know keeps you in the job, but who you know gets you through the door.
What is a ‘day in the life’ of your current role?
My job is essentially to listen to the various AFL radio programs Crocmedia produces and turn the broadcasts into articles for AFLNation.com.au. During the week its my job to come up with content to fill the relatively new site and help build its following.
What was a key lesson you learnt at Monash that translated into your workplace?
Learning how to edit audio properly in second year radio journalism and put together radio news packages was something I really enjoyed learning and while it isn’t something I use just yet, that class showed me it’s the direction I want to go.
If you could go back and do your degree again, is there anything you’d change? Subject choice? Time management? Internships?
Honestly, I’m pretty satisfied with how I spent my three years at university. I did as many journalism units as possible so there weren’t too many I missed out on. If I could change one thing, I’d go back to my first fortnight and yell at myself for thinking I needed to wear a buttoned shirt to university.
What skill (or skills) would you recommend aspiring journos acquire before getting into the industry?
You have to be able to do a bit of everything in journalism. You need to be able to cut audio/video, write clean copy, crop images, use social media, know where to find news and juggle most of them simultaneously.
When you were a child, what was your dream job?
I wanted to play AFL. I then realised I was terrible at AFL… so I chose sports journalism.
What is your dream job now?
As far as a ‘dream’ job goes, I want to have my own talkback sports show on radio, write news/opinion pieces for somewhere like the Herald Sun and do footy boundary riding work for a radio broadcaster. I’d also like to have a big role in the media side of growing women’s footy.
Who do you look up to most in the industry?
As far as sports journalism goes, Gerard Whateley has done almost everything I want to do and seeing him go from a Channel 10 boundary rider to hosting the biggest football show in the country is something I aspire to achieve.
Have you kept in touch with any of your fellow alumni?
Yes, unfortunately for them.
Do you follow any sports teams?
Lots of them. Carlton, Darebin, the San Antonio Spurs, Arizona Cardinals, Sydney Sixers, etc.
What’s your coffee order?
I’m that guy that doesn’t drink coffee.
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