The Goldie Column: Why I love Journalism

Most children when they grow up say they want to be a superhero, an astronaut or a princess. I wanted to be an actor. I was obsessed with film and television. How you could go to a cinema and be immersed in a storyline of a film and forget all about the stress and pressures of your everyday life.

I quickly realised however while taking drama at school that you needed to possess a certain quality to be able to act…talent. Needless to say I was no Leonardo DiCaprio.

It wasn’t till I started college that I took an interest in journalism. I started watching a lot of news after The Canterbury Earthquakes and I really took notice of how journalism and the media really brought New Zealand together as a community. This was also shown to me at the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

It was then that I became hooked with journalism. How journalists can inform, educate and entertain a wide range of people. Journalists promote discussion and debate. Journalists can also make people feel differently about the way they live their life.

Now I’m a university student beginning my studies in journalism. I’m somewhat anxious about what the future holds for me. I’m entering an industry that has uncertainty, I have limited knowledge of the profession and I don’t quite know what I’ve gotten myself in for.

But I’m also also excited about the potential of exploring a career that is exciting, rewarding and fulfilling.