A lot has changed for me in the past few months. Since I last posted on the blog I have scored a job as a News Librarian at Network Ten News in Melbourne. It was completely unexpected but also incredibly exciting. It came around the same time I was interviewed by the Herald Sun after attending the Melbourne Writers Festival. To be honest I’m glad I ended up with the job at Ten over working for the Herald Sun. Working in the News Library often means looking through old archive tapes and trying to find the best footage to use for a particular story. It’s interesting work and as someone relatively new to Melbourne it has helped to rapidly give me an idea of who the important people are and what the major issues have been. This time in the News Library will no doubt help me with my journalism into the future.
In October last year I also completed my honours project on using mobile technology to change the media. I believe it was a success and it has changed the way I perceive and approach media organisations. Since spending so much time performing academic research I am far more skeptical about many aspects of journalism. While I have not changed by views on many major topics, including how journalism should change, I did gain a very good instinct for how to annoy academics. My work came back with good grades. I scored 78% from both of my examiners, which was far higher then I expected considering I was trying to push the boundaries. Watch out for an upcoming post on www.Media140.com where you will be able to download a copy.
Anyway, since finishing my project, life has just been busy. Most importantly (besides work that is), I’ve been training hard to complete a 300km bicycle ride along the Great Ocean Road from Geelong to Warrnambool raising money for charity. The charity I have chosen to support is the Botswana Orphan Project. As part of the training, for the past three weeks I have ridden up Mt Macedon, north-west of Melbourne. My final ride, completed on sunday, was a 63km ride, starting in New Gisborne, and then riding up the front face of Macedon and back down through Woodend and Gisborne. All I can say is… it was hard work!! The worst part is that the first day of our ride is double that! We will likely die. But I can’t think of a better way to go then by raising money for such a great cause. Botswana has one of the highest rates of HIV/AIDS in the world and average life expectancy has been plummeting to the point where people are not expected to live past the age of 40. This leaves an increasingly young population which needs help… and I want to help!
You can support me in my ride by donating here: http://www.mycause.com.au/mycause/raise_money/fundraise.php?id=5190