A note from Emma’s desk

I have been put into some situations that have been really out of my comfort zone in my line of work.

Being put into a supertruck, walking to the top of a dairy factory for a front page photo when I am ridiculously scared of heights, and having to interview the Prime Minister just to name a few.

But nothing, and I repeat, nothing, makes me more nervous that public speaking to a group of children.

The last couple of weeks, Yana and I have been asked to visit several Franklin schools to chat about our roles, how to write an article and any tips that we can pass on (is ‘don’t grow up, it’s a trap’ good advice?).

I get so worried before going in to talk to them. What if they don’t like me? What if I bore them? What if I am the reason they don’t want to pursue a career in journalism? And then there are the questions that they may ask—what if I can’t answer them? That being said, none have fallen asleep so far, or chucked anything at me for being too boring.

I take my hat off to teachers—I can’t imagine being in their line of work for one day, and I thought my job was stressful!

One question that has really stood out to me is ‘what made you pursue a career in writing?’  While my answer of ‘I was good at making up stories at your age,’ went straight over the top of their heads, if it wasn’t for my Primary School principal encouraging me to give it a go, I am not sure what career path I would have chosen! So I am very grateful for Mr P’s belief in me, believing I could get to where I am today.

All the students we have spoken to have been studying report writing, and are looking at putting together their own newspaper at the end of the term.

It is such a neat idea— what a great way to encourage our next generation of journalists! That being said, I now know what it is like to be put in the hot seat, and I am not so sure I like the roles being reversed! I now leave you in the very capable hands of Yana, and look forward to catching up on local news when I am back!

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