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Journalism Students Successes

First year Journalism student secures job at Gippsland Times

hayley plumridge

Congratulations to first-year student Hayley Plumridge who has secured full-time work as a journalist with The Gippsland Times, based at Sale. Hayley was nominated as a candidate for the position by the Head of Journalism, Dr Louise North, after she was contacted by The Gippsland Times editor, Peter Hill, who was seeking a young journalist to join the newsroom.

“As a young child and through to my teenage and adult life all I have ever wanted was to be a journalist. Every educational decision I have made in the past eight years has been about achieving a degree in Journalism and securing a job with a newspaper,” Hayley said.

“Being able to study at Monash Gippsland has given me the opportunity to stay in the area I grew up in and has given me access to lecturers who have been in the journalism industry for some years. It was with the help of Dr North that I was able to secure a journalism cadetship and as my interest has always been in the print media, this opportunity was one that I could not refuse,” she said. 

Hayley’s success further reflects the outstanding reputation of the SAMSS Journalism program at Gippsland, Berwick and off-campus among media within the region and follows the recent success of fellow students Jarrod Whittaker (Latrobe Valley Express) and Brett Millsom (ABC Radio, Sale).

The Gippsland Times is a bi-weekly publication that is owned by Fairfax Media (publishers of The Age and Sydney Morning Herald) and presents a wonderful opportunity for Hayley to build her career in the footsteps of other regional journalists including Daniel Ziffer, who worked for The Gippsland Times before going on to join The Age, and the New York Post and later as a correspondent to Australian newspapers and radio during the 2008 US Election.

Hayley will continue her journalism studies at Monash Gippsland via off-campus study. She ultimately hopes to be a political journalist or a travel writer.