Yesterday I got the brilliant opportunity to travel to Sydney and spend a day of, let’s call it work experience, at News.com.au with my friend Grace Koelma.
I was a bundle of nervousness and excitement when I went to walk into the building and that is when I encountered my first obstacle – revolving doors, this was something I was unfamiliar with! After shuffling through them I then received my guest pass and tried to scan through the gates and down into the foyer, this sounds like an easy task, but after a few goes and 2 guest passes I finally realised that I was scanning the wrong part of the machine… boy, did I have a big day ahead of me!
The day turned out to be unbelievably exciting, this I think was a credit to all the staff at News.com.au, who despite reporting on some horrific national and international incidents, maintained considerate and fun-loving communication with one another. They were also very helpful to me personally, assisting me with study and career direction, helping me navigate the office and involving me in their day to day routines.
My first task was to help man the News.com.au Twitter account, this was NOTHING like my humble little Twitter, this was FULL SCALE Twitter.
I learned a lot about the applications you can use for Twitter management such as Tweetdeck and how to follow the most recent posts, write effective Tweets and schedule them for appropriate times.
I also helped in selecting social stories that could be shared via News.com.au’s Facebook page so they could connect more intimately with their readers.
As well as helping to maintain social media, I was able to jump in on some team meetings and be introduced to everyone. This was awesome as everyone was LOVELY and I was able to gain a great insight into the stories they were writing and also the workings of a media company. I have decided that the media industry would be very demanding, challenging and fast-paced but also vibrant and dynamic, something that really appeals to me!
Now, for the FINALE!
Not only did I get the chance to help with all these tasks, but I was able to help contribute to an article that Grace was writing! She started the article by making a Facebook post asking people what their favourite discontinued foods were… and over 16,000 people responded! I am so glad all of us foodies could bond! Honestly though, there is nothing quite as frustrating as going to the shops, reading to purchase and devour one of your most loved treats, only to realise it is no longer on the supermarket shelves!
Do you have any favourite foods that have been discontinued and you want to bring back?
Check out and enjoy the article:
The fun and quirky article that I helped Grace write!
Well, after an exciting and all-too-brief day in the media world I traveled back home on the train, incredibly thankful for such a valuable experience that I hope to get more of!
P.S. stay tuned because rumour has it that Grace will soon be writing another interesting article that we began research for ;)