Opinion

Working to develop experiences

By Shepparton News

After spending a week at Shepparton News, I have a better understanding of what it takes to be a reporter.

On Monday, November 25, the first job I went to was with journalist Ashlea Witoslawski.

We went and sat in Magistrate Court cases, which I found to be the most interesting part of my work experience.

Time seemed to fly as I struggled to write notes on what was happening, frequently having to look at Ash’s notes when I missed something.

I also went with journalists James Bennett, Rodney Woods and Madeleine Byron on other trips to different news stories throughout the week.

When not travelling, cadet journalist Ilias Bakalla taught me how to fill in the What’s On section of the newspaper and website.

I found these experiences valuable and they taught me a lot about the process of putting stories and events in print and online.

On Tuesday afternoon, I learned about the impressive scale of Shepparton News’ operations.

People and Culture Advisor Marysia Bellamy took me to see all the machinery that is used to make the newspapers.

I was amazed at how quickly the machines operate and the size of the rolls of paper they use to print, which most likely weighed hundreds of kilograms, maybe more.

It’s impressive to think about how many papers are made and the process of transferring the written work of numerous employees into a tangible product.

Being granted an opportunity to participate in this process even only briefly was very fun to me.

I would like to thank James Bennett and Tyla Harrington for their helpful advice on how to properly write an article, as well as all the journalists who were willing to put up with taking me along with them.

Finally, I would like to thank all the members of Shepparton News for the opportunity to see what a career in journalism is like.

Aiden Archer completed work experience with the Shepparton News this week.