Putting down the books for an experience

May 19, 2017

Sharmayne John. Photo by Luke Hemer.

WALKING through the front door of the Riverine Herald at 9am on Monday I had no idea what was in store for the week to come.

But I had my mind open and I was ready for whatever was thrown my way.

First was a tour of the office while meeting everyone along the way, and as much as I tried, there were too many names all at once to remember for the first day.

I took over Rusty Woodger’s desk for the day (sorry Rusty) and gave writing an article a go.

Then I joined Jess Gledhill and Alex Mitchell to see how their Game On videos are produced heading out with Jessica Lamb to an interview about the Murray River Tea Room’s first day open.

Later, I was at the desk again to write up a few things before finishing off for the day.

Arriving on day two I knew the main activities for the day, meet the paper’s photographer, Luke Hemer, and go to court with the court reporter.

So in I went and almost straight away I was out for a few shoots with Luke.

It was interesting to be able to see how shoots work for photographers working for the paper so a massive thank you to Luke for showing me the ropes last week.

Court was next and that took me through to lunch. In and out of the office doing shoots with Luke and Ivy Wise to end the day.

Wednesday was a bit different. Sophie Baldwin and I headed to Invergordon for some farm interviews and photos for the Country News.

We got back after lunch and from here I was set up at Vivienne Duck’s desk when I wasn’t out doing jobs with Luke.

Thursday was different again. I started out at the front desk with Sue Raccanello before heading to a Bella magazine shoot with Luke at the aerodrome.

This shoot was really cool to watch and see how the processes change depending on the paper and article.

Overall, the week was a big learning opportunity for me.

It was a very positive and comfortable workplace and I thank the journalists and other workers at the Riv for making me so welcome and giving me so much of their time.

And for putting up with all my questions and for making it a really enjoyable week for me.

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