Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) alumni Jedda Rocha Costa and Graduate Diploma in Journalism alumni, Gabriella Marchant, Kate Ashton and Evan Morgan Grahame received the job offers this week, just days after graduating from RMIT.
Each completed an internship with the ABC and hosted one of RMIT’s live television news programs as part of their studies.
The group will be based around the country and will receive on the job, multi-platform reporting training to tell a range of stories across TV, radio and online.
The one-year cadetship also offers the opportunity to learn from and be mentored by established ABC reporters about all aspects of journalism, including how to find stories and build relationships with contacts.
It took a Bachelor of Arts, a Graduate Diploma in Education and a career as a primary school teacher for Gabriella to finally pursue her interest in journalism.
She said anchoring an international news hour with universities in Canada and Brazil, a grant to visit Al Jazeera in Doha, a placement at Crikey during the latest federal leadership spill and a radio internship at ABC Albury Wodonga were among the highlights of her Graduate Diploma.
“By chance Julia Gillard was speaking at RMIT on the day of the spill, I got to go to the event, ask her a question and her response was picked up by other media,” she said.
Gabriella has been working as a reporter at the ABC in the regional South Australian town of Port Pirie and will complete her cadetship in Adelaide.
She said she couldn’t have secured an ABC cadetship without RMIT.
“If you had told me this time last year, when I was writing reports for my year threes, I would have got a cadetship at the ABC I would have fallen off my chair,” Gabriella said.
“I am so ready to learn everything I can as quickly as I can, and I am very excited.”
Gabriella’s cadetship news follows her win at the 2018 Ossie Awards, which showcases Australia’s best student journalism from the Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia.
She was recognised for her Newsline story about a baby who had never known life outside immigration detention.