Career change for Times journalist
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.