I decided to become a journalist while travelling in Nepal in 1995. I was 22-years-old and wanted to change the world. As you do. I wanted to inspire others by sharing ordinary people’s extraordinary stories.
I wrote my first article about the impact of tourism in Ladakh, a remote region on the Tibetan plateau in India. My writing was untrained and impassioned. My first 2000-word feature was published in Nova Magazine with two of my travel pics in 1996. I had become a published writer and photographer.
This inspired me to go to university and study journalism. I commenced my undergraduate degree part-time when my son was one-year-old. He was eight when I graduated in 2005. I completed a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication (Journalism and Public Relations), with results placing me within the top five per cent of Murdoch University students.
I worked as a freelance journalist and in PR while I studied in Perth. I did a six-month professional placement as a features journalist with Fremantle Herald and worked as a Media Advisor with the Community Midwifery Program. I found my calling in feature writing. I had a portfolio of 50 published articles when I graduated. My dream was to have a feature published in National Geographic magazine.
I moved to Darwin to break into journalism. I worked as a features journalist and business reporter for News Corp Australia’s NT News. I also freelanced for ABC Radio Darwin, Darwin Life, Shop til you Drop and the Northern Territory Government.
I loved journalism, but it was a challenging career choice as a sole parent. I was offered an opportunity to manage online content at Charles Darwin University in 2009. I embraced the online world and have never looked back. I’ve worked in digital content and social media almost a decade now. I did postgraduate studies in digital marketing in 2014. I will commence a Master of Leadership in 2018.
I see myself as a writer who has moved with technology. I’ve been writing for more than 20 years now and I still love it. I lead a content team and I’m passionate about empowering people through quality leadership, mentoring and coaching.