Josh just loves to write
JOSH Dutton is a journalist with the Whitsunday Coast Guardian and the Whitsunday Times.
He was born in a town outside of Melbourne called Kew but spent most of his time growing up in Brisbane.
He studied Arts at the University of Queensland with the intention of writing film scripts for a living.
In 2009, he decided to add journalism to his degree and graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of Arts majoring in writing and communications and cultural studies in 2012.
In 2011, Josh started working in public relations for the University of Queensland Rugby Club.
He worked with the club until August 2013 and started training with 4BC.
Josh applied for a job with the Whitsunday Coast Guardian in early 2014.
“When this job came along, it seemed too good to be true. I’m pretty fortunate to be living in the Whitsundays and doing something that’s rewarding,” he said.
Josh developed his love for journalism from writing sports stories and interviewing athletes.
“There’s a lot of aspects to it that I love – I love putting out a good story, being really personal with the people I interview, I like investing myself in the local life – everyone’s got a story to tell and if you give them the time they’ll tell it to you,” he said. Josh is a sports fan who recalls watching the Wallabies holding the Bledisloe Cup as a kid as the start of everything.
Coming from a big family, who live in Australia and abroad, Josh said family also took first priority in his life.
What do you do to chill out?
Relaxing at home with a television series. I love a good laugh, I love the Simpsons, Family Guy, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Seinfeld in particular.
When I have time off, I like to fly down to Brisbane to catch up with friends and family.
Where’s the best place to eat in the Whitsundays?
Buddha Burgers is always good but if you’re after a hangover cure, I suggest grabbing a coffee at Cafe 22 or The Fat Frog Cafe.
Last movie you saw in the cinemas?
Guardians of the Galaxy – which is now screening at the Proserpine Entertainment Centre. It’s a fun flick if you want something to do – it has a lot of action, special effects and interesting characters.
What do you do for work?
Journalist for the
Guardian and Whitsunday Times.
Plans for the next 12 months?
Lots and lots of learning. Journalism is a craft and you don’t learn everything at Uni but by being thrown into real-life situations and meeting deadlines.
Any last words?
I want to see this before it’s published.
FAMILY MAN: Journalist Josh Dutton said no matter what life throws at him, family always comes first.