Josh just loves to write

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL -

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

Whit­sun­day Coast

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.

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