Trying on a journo's life is an eye-opener for Lucinda

Kadina High Year 10 student Lucinda Gray is on a work experience placement with The Northern Star.
Kadina High Year 10 student Lucinda Gray is on a work experience placement with The Northern Star.

HI, my name is Lucinda Gray and for this week I am endeavouring to understand and participate in the life of a newspaper journalist while doing work experience at The Northern Star.

I hadn't thought much about all the time and effort that went into producing a newspaper, every single day.

That fear of the deadline, the running around places talking to people who give you one-worded answers and the constant check to make sure you have enough time.

I just read the newspaper at a leisurely pace, not even considering how many hours these people here put in, just to make that deadline for tomorrow's paper.

Despite the limited amount of hours these people have to construct an appealing article, there is a warm and friendly environment in which they work.

The people here actually seem to enjoy what they do and have a passion for it, hence why they do what they do under such limited hours.

Over the past two days that I have been here I have gained an immense amount of knowledge and it has opened my eyes not only about writing, but also about what goes on in my own community.

These stories written are not only made to entertain but to inform and create awareness about the huge things people do in our community that would otherwise go unnoticed.

I have been doing some vox pops over the past few days and it has been interesting to speak to people on the street, get their real opinion there and then.

Their opinion is able to be heard and they don't have to be someone famous or infamous to be noticed.

I have also started writing briefs, which is something new to me - you have to learn to pick the most important things that you think will grab the reader's attention.

Each day is something new, which is what I love about this experience, the people you meet and the stories they share are what stick with you.

I am looking forward to the rest of the week and to continue writing and practising so that I may one day confidently do what these people here do on a daily basis and such a high standard.

This kind of job is something that you need to have passion for, and I believe that seeing the faces of people who have done something good for the community, or doing good by themselves is a rewarding thing to see and is something to be passionate about. 

* Lucinda Gray is a Year 10 student at Kadina High School on a work experience placement with The Northern Star



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