As a Senior Media Adviser in Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews’ office, Patrick Lane is helping call the shots in state politics.
Patrick first got a taste of political media when interviewing Jeff Kennett for a Monash Journalism assignment, and now has his eyes on the White House.
Here is his profile…
Name: Patrick Lane
Course: Bachelor of Arts (Journalism)
Dept: School of Media, Film and Journalism
Year graduated: 2007
Current position: Senior Media Adviser, Office of the Premier of Victoria
Why did you chose to study journalism at Monash?
Journalism is in my blood. Storytelling is something that fascinated me from a young age. The excitement of being up close and personal with the big sport, political or current affairs yarns lured me to try my hand at what is an ultra-competitive industry.
How did Monash help get you to where you are now?
Monash gave me the technical grounding I needed to be ready to cut my teeth in a rural newsroom. But what’s more, my studies taught me what it really meant to be a journalist – the role, responsibility and the ethics of storytelling.
Best Monash memory?
Interviewing Jeff Kennett for an assignment. I was so nervous I could barely get my questions out!
What advice would you give your first-year uni self?
Enjoy yourself and make the most of what will be a world-class education. And check out the crumbed calamari at the downstairs sushi bar at Caulfield – it’s superb!
What did you wish you knew before going out into the workforce?
I wish I knew that I didn’t know it all! I’ve learnt so much over the years that I shudder to think how raw I was when I began my cadetship. In 10 years time, I’ll probably look back on today and feel the same.
Who has been your biggest mentor?
My mum and dad. They knew what I didn’t know at the time – that a good education is so important – and they taught me the value of hard work.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
I don’t know, and that excites me! Two years ago when I was on the beat as a journalist, I never thought I’d end up working as a political adviser. In my new role, I’ve often wondered what life would be like at the White House or 10 Downing Street.
What was your very first job?
I would ride my bicycle around the local neighbourhood delivering antibiotics to elderly pharmacy customers – and I don’t reckon I’ve ever worked as hard.
What was your dream job growing up?
If not an opening bowler for Australia, I’d often dream of breaking the big stories on the metropolitan TV news.
Any hidden talents?
I cook a mean cajun chicken pasta and my shorthand isn’t bad either.
Sadly no pets.