RMIT journalism alumna and star of 'The Bachelorette' Georgia Love recently came back to RMIT to give students a master class.
Addressing the topic ‘TV Journalism, Reality TV and Dealing With Online Trolls’, Love spoke of how she was spending the next 12 months trying to ensure that the credibility she had worked hard for as a journalist could be leveraged into a different, but credible, journalism career.
Love started her journalism career after graduating from RMIT’s Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) at what was then the office of Prime News in Traralgon in Victoria’s La Trobe Valley.
She told students she spent a year there but always maintained contacts with a range of people in the industry and tried to always show she was willing to work hard.
After Traralgon, Love went on to work as a television news reporter for regional television network WIN in Launceston, Tasmania.
“I kept in contact with the news director from my RMIT internship at WIN, who ended up giving me the job in Launceston.”
When she moved to Tasmania, Love said she realised she needed to maintain a work–life balance and did so by taking up musical theatre.
“It’s something I’m passionate about. If you end a workday with a smile on your face, you can end your entire day with a smile on your face.
“If you have had a bad day at work, working in musical theatre can bring that smile back.”
After a brief stint with a television current affairs program in Melbourne, Love returned to Tasmania to host the weekend and then the weeknight television programs in Hobart.
Love spoke about the contractual difficulties in changing networks and gave practical advice to students about how to manage relationships in a small industry.
When discussing ‘trolls’, Love spoke of her attitude in responding to those who wrote publicly hurtful things.
“I private messaged one 14-year-old girl and pointed out that she was talking about real people and that suicide and depression were real issues,” she said.
“I linked her to Beyond Blue. She was so embarrassed that I responded but I’m confident that young girl won’t do it again.”
RMIT journalism lecturer Dr Alex Wake said it was really valuable for current students to hear from experienced journalists in our occasional series of master classes.
"Dealing with online trolls is a relatively new phenomenon and one that young female journalists need to learn how to manage,” she said.
“It was extremely generous of Georgia to discuss her experiences with us, and to suggest ways of better educating others about the effects of unkind words on the internet."
Love said her wardrobe was now overflowing with clothes after her stint on The Bachelorette but she still felt that good journalism was more important than looks in television.
"It shouldn't matter and it doesn't matter,” she said.