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 impacts of tourism in Ladakh, a remote region on the Tibetan plateau in India. My writing was impassioned and untrained. This 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 achievement inspired me to go to university and study journalism. I started 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 that placed me in the top five per cent of Murdoch University graduates.
I worked as a freelance journalist while I studied and did a six-month professional placement as a features journalist with the Fremantle Herald. I found my calling in feature writing. My dream was to have a feature published in National Geographic magazine.
After I graduated, I worked as a features journalist and business reporter for News Corp Australia’s NT News in Darwin. I have worked freelance for ABC Radio Darwin and magazines including Harper’s Bazaar, Shop til you Drop and Darwin Life.
I loved journalism, but it was a challenging career choice as a sole parent. So I moved into public relations and marketing. I was offered an opportunity to manage online content at Charles Darwin University in 2009. I’ve worked in digital and social media ever since. I did postgraduate studies in digital marketing in 2014.
I see myself a writer who moved with technology. I’ve been writing for more than 20 years now and I still love it.