Experience is good news
CHANEL College students Mikaela Hayman and Emily Robertson are undertaking a week of work experience at The Observer this week.
Both girls are gaining journalism and photography skills so they can make a balanced decision for their future subject selections and university choices.
Mikaela, 14, said she came to The Observer in order to experience the working life of both a photographer and journalist.
“Although I have only been in the workplace for a short period of time I already have a far deeper understanding of both these careers,” Mikaela said.
“My first day was very enjoyable as I travelled around the town taking photographs of sporting events, artwork, politicians, new-born babies and lots more.
“Being involved in writing a feature article, with a fellow student, and thinking of ideas for a photo shoot are just some of the interesting tasks I have been set.
“Before coming to The Observer I had very little idea about what I would like to do in the future.
“However, having had this experience I am now considering photography or journalism as a career to pursue.”
Emily, 15, said when she was asked to write down three preferences for her work experience, she had no real idea what she should write.
“As usual, I left it until the last minute to fill the form out and when I handed it in, my first preference was a journalist,” Emily said.
“I received the opportunity to work at The Observer and I am extremely thankful I did.
“On my very first day I was assigned a task – to conduct my own interview and then write an article about it.
“I never, in a million years, thought that something I wrote would end up in the pages of a real newspaper.
“While I was working at The Observer I got to be a part of all the action and work that goes into making just one day’s paper.
“The Observer has given me a fantastic opportunity that has inspired me to become a journalist.”