Jade thriving in the right environment

From breaking morning news to writing on the environment, Jade Gailberger is living her dream at The Advertiser.

Jade remembers the lessons learnt throughout her Monash Journalism studies and applies them in a dynamic newsroom.

Here is her profile…

Name: Jade Gailberger

Course: Bachelor of Arts (Journalism)

Faculty/Division: Arts

Dept: School of Media, Film and Journalism

Campus: Caulfield

Year graduated: 2014

Current position: Environment reporter, The Advertiser (News Corp Australia)

Why did you choose to study journalism at Monash?

I chose to study at Monash after listening to a lecture about the course by the Head of Journalism, Philip Chubb. I had attended an Open Day during my final year at high school and was inspired by the excitement a career as a journalist would present. I was also impressed at the variety of practical experience and the range of mediums covered in the course curriculum.

How did Monash help get you to where you are now?

My journalism studies gave me a broad range of skills that prepared me for working in the industry. The variety of mediums in first year allowed me to choose print/online journalism as my craft, and hone my skills over the course of the three-year degree. In my final year, reporting subjects such as sport, politics and environment gave me a taste at different styles and helped build a network of contacts. However, it was the professional placement unit which I credit the most, as it gave me the opportunity to undertake internships at The Age and the Herald Sun. The portfolio of work I attained during those placements was invaluable and lead to me securing a place in News Corp’s highly-competitive cadetship program, barely three months after submitting my final assignments. I then moved to Adelaide in February 2015 to work for the metropolitan newspaper The Advertiser. I have worked across several rounds, some as the (early) morning breaking news reporter. I am currently the environment reporter and often think back to lessons from my environmental journalism studies.

Best Monash memory?

At Monash I made lifelong friends who have since gone on to pursue their dreams and careers – although not all in media.  One piece of advice my class was given from Mike Sheahan that has stuck with me is “always make one more phone call”. It is a motto I live by every day, no matter what the story.

What advice would you give your first-year uni self?

Network – meet and maintain as many contacts as you can, as you never know when you’ll have to call on someone. The advice I reiterate to students who are interested in pursuing a career in the media industry, is to get as much experience as possible.

What did you wish you knew before going out into the workforce?
I had a pretty good idea of the dynamics of a newsroom after completing several internships but I wish I had known shorthand. It was difficult to juggle weekly lessons, after hours ‘homework’ and practise while writing stories and meeting daily deadlines for online and the paper.

Who has been your biggest mentor?

I have been privileged to have three senior journalists in the newsroom take me under their wing. All are very different yet extremely talented and have been recognised for their work and contribution to the industry. On any day I can call on them for advice and support for which I am very grateful.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?

Still living my dream as a journalist, writing stories.

What was your very first job?

Working at a surf shop, and then a supermarket. Although I didn’t realise it at the time, both jobs taught me the communication skills that uphold my interviews as a reporter.

What was your dream job growing up?
I’ve always been interested in creative fields including fashion design and architecture. However as a child, writing for a magazine was always my dream.

Any hidden talents?
I used to make and design clothes, and can dance in pointe shoes.

Any pets?
My dog, Snoopy, still lives in Melbourne and I miss him every day.