Ca­reer change for Times jour­nal­ist

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

AF­TER al­most two years work­ing as a jour­nal­ist with the Whit­sun­day Times, Ro­han O’Neil has de­cided to make a ca­reer change. He is plan­ning to be­come a pri­mary school or Ja­panese teacher.

Mr O’Neil started as a cadet at the news­pa­per in March 2012, af­ter fin­ish­ing his jour­nal­ism stud­ies at James Cook Univer­sity (JCU) in Townsville in 2011.

He will re­turn to JCU later this month to start a post­grad­u­ate di­ploma of ed­u­ca­tion.

Over the past two years Mr O’Neil wrote for all sec­tions of the news­pa­per and was pri­mar­ily re­spon­si­ble for the sport pages each week.

While it is a change of ca­reer, he said he wanted to have more op­tions for the rest of his work­ing life and would love to re­turn to jour­nal­ism at some stage.

"I want to say a big thank you to the Whit­sun­day Times for tak- ing me on and giv­ing me my first full-time job as a jour­nal­ist. It has been a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing with ev­ery­one here and I’ve learnt a lot over the past two years,” he said.

“Thanks also to ev­ery­one in the pub­lic who has sup­ported me dur­ing my time here. It was a plea­sure to tell lo­cal sto­ries and help peo­ple have their voices heard or achieve­ments recog­nised.”

Man­ag­ing Ed­i­tor Leanne Aber­nethy wished Mr O’Neil all the best in his new fu­ture and said he had made a pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion to the pa­per.

“Ro­han has de­vel­oped his jour­nal­ism skills, has re­ported on a large va­ri­ety of top­ics and has helped to im­prove the sports sec­tion,” she said.

He will fin­ish work next Thurs­day and his re­place­ment is ex­pected to be ap­pointed in the com­ing weeks.

FOND FAREWELL: Whit­sun­day Times jour­nal­ist Ro­han O'Neil is mov­ing on af­ter work­ing for the pa­per for the last two years. He is re­turn­ing to univer­sity and will study ed­u­ca­tion at James Cook Univer­sity in Townsville.

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