My in­ter­est­ing week at the Gazette

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Cas­sia Jansen

WHEN the dog brings the news­pa­per through the door or your Dad plonks it on the kitchen bench as well as sev­eral over­flow­ing shop­ping bags, or even when you read it, you don’t see the mass of work that goes into the weekly news­pa­per.

This week of work ex­pe­ri­ence at the Gazette has been both an in­spi­ra­tional and ed­u­ca­tional jour­ney that has al­lowed me to see all as­pects of news­pa­per pro­duc­tion. It has not only given me a deeper in­PORT sight on the news­pa­per/jour­nal­ism in­dus­try but has also en­light­ened me of work­place pro­ce­dures.

I worked 6-7 hours a day help­ing with sto­ries, edit­ing and proof read­ing ar­ti­cles, com­plet­ing the 10 years ago sec­tion and watch­ing how the team used dig­i­tal pro­duc­tion tools to make the pa­per.

I learned to ap­pre­ci­ate that the pages of a news­pa­per are more than just a bunch of words and pic­tures.

It’s time, it’s ef­fort, it’s late nights at the of­fice, it’s ev­ery­thing from ar­ti­cle writ­ing and edit­ing to in­ter­view­ing and photography.

Not to men­tion all the sales as­pects as well. The sim­plest things such as; or­gan­i­sa­tion of files, daily sched­ules and text size are vi­tal in or­der to get the news­pa­per out the door.

This in­dus­try also has in­cred­i­ble di­ver­sity. . I found my­self sit­ting down hold­ing a joey one day and dis­cussing local eco­nomic devel­op­ment with the shire’s con­sul­tant in the same chair the next day.

Work ex­pe­ri­ence also had a strong and pos­i­tive ef­fect on Moss­man State High School stu­dents Fleur Prins (15) and Jazz Mo­ran (15).

Jazz worked with the Grade 2 class of Miallo State School for a week and can surely say it’s on her list of fu­ture ca­reers.

She marked the chil­dren’s work, helped them with Maths and Lit­er­acy and went on play­ground duty.

“When you ex­plain some­thing to the chil­dren and they fi­nally get it, it’s such a great feel­ing,” Jazz said.

Fleur Prins, con­stantly fas­ci­nated by make-up, was also inspired at The Cairns Beauty Acad­emy where she spent her week of work ex­pe­ri­ence.

She be­came a client for her first day, en­joy­ing mas­sages, ex­fo­li­at­ing and body wraps as well as mod­el­ling, us­ing special ef­fects make-up and clean­ing up the acad­emy.

Learn­ing new things about make-up and beauty ther­apy was what she en­joyed most about the ex­pe­ri­ence. “It made me re­alise my great pas­sion for this in­dus­try,” Fleur said.

I’d like to thank my em­ployer Shane Ni­chols and all the other Gazette staff, who made this an in­cred­i­ble ex­pe­ri­ence.

It was great meet­ing the joey

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