Having completed a Graduate Diploma in Journalism, Margaret now works as a journalist with ABC News in Geelong where she produces, writes, shoots and edits stories for ABC TV news, radio and online.
Journalist, ABC News Geelong
“I came to journalism a bit late, after studying arts and starting a social work degree, but I knew I was interested in people and the way things work, and I wanted to write about that.
“I had heard good things about the Graduate Diploma from past graduates, so I enrolled in the program. I was taught to write clean, sharp copy; to be inquisitive; to appreciate journalistic ethics; and the basics of video and audio recording and editing.
“Of course, I still had plenty to learn when I entered the workforce as a journalist, but the course at RMIT taught me to trust my news sense, to ask lots of questions, to make sure I was across the technical aspects of what I was required to do, and to double-check everything – a sound grounding.
“I’m a journalist with ABC News in Geelong, where I work with one other journalist and we produce, shoot, write and edit all our own stories for ABC TV news, radio and online. I’ve been with the ABC for five years. I undertook work experience at Crikey, ABC News Breakfast and Fairfax Local newspapers, started as a cadet in ABC's Melbourne newsroom, and then worked in Broken Hill and Ballarat before setting up the new Geelong office in 2013. My greatest achievements are starting up the Geelong office with my colleague Cameron Best, and being a finalist for the Walkley awards in the ‘best interview’ category in 2015.”