Charis Palmer is Deputy Business Editor for The Conversation, and a former student of the Monash Master of Journalism. We talk to her about why she chose the course, and how the teaching expertise and industry connections provided the experience she needed to move her career in the direction she wanted.
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Before starting her Monash Master of Journalism, Charis Palmer had already run her own niche publishing business. Showing characteristic ‘get up and go’, Charis had combined her interest in journalism with her background and training in business and marketing to create Foresight Publishing, which delivers banking and finance news online.
Having diversified her business into events to keep the model viable, Charis felt she wanted to move back towards journalism. She had taken things as far as she could by herself, and she now wanted to learn the basics from the professionals, and also to be exposed to wider journalistic expertise and options.
Charis chose the Monash Master of Journalism because the teachers had the background and knowledge to take her to the next level.
“There‘s a lot of hype that ‘all media is dying’ and journalists are being pumped out with no prospect of a job,” said Charis.
“I felt the teachers at Monash Journalism were realists, but they had the balance right, they understand you need the fundamentals but they also are open to new possibilities, models and audiences”.
Pick something you’re passionate about, make your own brand
Charis has a passion for new business models for journalism, after being a pioneer herself with Foresight Publishing. The Master of Journalism staff encouraged her to build on her achievements and to seek broader industry experience.
“The staff are well connected to industry and they’re attuned to your goals, they make an effort to understand what your strengths are,” said Charis.
“They encourage you to make your own brand and to use the course as a testing ground for new ideas”.
Charis wanted to learn the basics across all media: radio, TV and print, however in the end she came back full circle to her original love of writing and editing for online, but with a new confidence in her skills and career direction.
“I felt I was in the right place, that writing and analysis was right for me”, she said.
Monash Masters of Journalism staff were able to connect Charis with industry opportunities, and after a stint working at Business Spectator and ITnews she is now Deputy Business Editor for The Conversation, a job she loves.