Why it’s been so quiet on this blog lately
Posted November 10th, 2010 by Sharon Green in Uncategorized
I thought it was about time to give my neglected blog some much needed attention. You may have noticed that it’s been unusually quiet around here over the past couple of months, and I haven’t posted anything since early September, but have a few very good reasons.
For anyone who is familiar with the Australian university curriculum, they can most certainly tell you that September is indeed one of the busiest periods of the second semester. You’re well and truly in the thick of study mode, working on major research projects and assessments all while trying to keep up to date with weekly class material. Given this was the lead up to the final month of my Masters program, it left me with no other choice than to create a tunnel-vision focus on that finish line which, at the time, never seemed to be anywhere in sight.
While completing the final weeks of my Masters I was offered a contract journalism role with Fairfax Media doing community news reporting. Between my existing day job, some freelance work, and the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity with Fairfax that I could not refuse, I proceeded to work full time while completing what was the most intense semester I have ever experienced. On top of this, my major research project demanded a lot of time which saw me sitting in computer labs at university until unheard of hours in the night editing video presentations and collecting research data only days before deadline. Now on the other side of it all, I can happily report that my postgraduate studies are finally out of the way and now resumes the recovery phase. Three weeks afterwards and I am still trying to catch up on sleep!
Having finished what I consider a rather big milestone and personal ambition, it has given me the chance to reflect on the last couple of years when I decided it was time to get serious about this journalism dream of mine. It wasn’t until I took the chance to reflect that I realised just how much I had achieved. Sometimes we get so caught up in the process of working towards goals that we rarely ever find the time to encourage ourselves along the way. At least, this was the case in my situation. Not once did I pat myself on the back, whisper words of encouragement or reward myself for a job well done. I suppose it’s easy to do when trying to remain focused on the end goal.
As one chapter finishes and new and exciting future opportunities present themselves, I want to take the opportunity to reflect on the past two years and share with you some of the important moments (and highlights) that have helped me get to where I am today:
Jan 2009: enrolled in Master of Communication (Journalism) course
Mar 2009: joined Crossfire Magazine editorial team
Jun 2009: completed journalism internship at Geelong Advertiser
Jun 2009: approached Onya Magazine to contribute
Jul 2009: first feature article published with Onya Magazine
Sep 2009: invited to cover Melbourne Spring Fashion Week
Oct 2009: first feature article published in Fashion Journal
Oct 2009: interviewed Australian singer Shannon Noll for Onya Magazine
Oct 2009: invited to cover Frankie Magazine Photo Book launch
Dec 2009: invited to cover Miss World 2010 Victoria Crowning Show
Dec 2009: first feature article published with X & Y Magazine
Feb 2010: continued second year of Masters
Mar 2010: invited to cover L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival
May 2010: media feature article published with Upstart magazine
May 2010: first feature article published with Desktop magazine
Jun 2010: started freelance journalism and copywriting business
Jul 2010: obtained first clients for freelance writing business
Jul – Sep 2010: completed online journalism internship with Desktop magazine
Sep 2010: approached by Fairfax Media and commenced contract journalism role
Nov 2010: completed Master of Communication (Journalism)
Thank you to everyone who has read my writing, shared it with others, passed on constructive criticisms and helpful feedback and supported my work. Without you, my readers, the articles I produce would be a pointless exercise so I cannot begin to express my gratitude.
I may not be a world class journalist or editor of a leading magazine just yet – there is still so much more for me to learn – but with continued dedication to follow my passion I hope to achieve further success in the near future.
And perhaps from here on I should remember to whisper a few words of encouragement to myself along the way.
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