Doomsday paves way for a thriving career in journalism
Postgraduate student Wendy John’s audio exposé on the end of the world has turned out to be the just the beginning of her career in audio journalism after winning the 2017 NOVA Podquest competition. Her podcast Doomsday, described as a pop-culture smack down on preppers about the impending end of the world, is now under contract with Nova Entertainment for Series 1.
I had no prior professional experience, paid or unpaid, in the fields of audio production, journalism or media. I’ve rarely even listen to radio. Now I’m creating a podcast and developing my professional network and capabilities and being paid to do it. It’s a direct result of choosing the Master in Advanced Journalism at UTS.
As a new mum confronted with a wave of anxieties about everything from nuclear war to a zombie apocalypse, Wendy took the opportunity to turn these anxieties into entertainment for her Advanced Audio and Video Journalism assignment which required students to design a podcast series and create the first episode.
The Doomsady podcast presents a sensational interrogation of the academic theories for and against various Armageddon scenarios and explores strategies in place for emergencies, disasters, and even supernatural catastrophes with celebrity preppers including Lisa and David Oldfield who featured in the first episode.
After feedback and encouragement from her Walkley Award-winning lecturer Eurydice Aroney, Wendy was inspired to enter the Podquest competition designed to discover and support new and emerging podcasts from around Australia.
“Eurydice gave concise feedback around the concept, structure and appeal of the series and the UTS Media Lab team enabled the technical skills development through workshops and one-on-one support,” said Wendy.
Alongside producing her podcast, Wendy is now also producing video content in a digital marketing role for Parking Sense Australia.
“Prior to UTS I had only played around with video and editing on You Tube for fun. Now my skills are professional level, not just from the course work but also from the commitment of the lecturers who push us to achieve excellence. Helen Vatsikopoulo, another Walkley Award winner, is relentless in her passion and support for students. That is the value add of UTS,” Wendy explained.
“My advice to future students is to take advantage of all the help that is offered by lecturers and media lab team – it makes a difference. Be prepared to drop some balls in the rest of your life – keeping the house spotless doesn’t matter as much as a fabulous new career.”
With a great reputation for quality journalism, an excellent network and a focus on practical skill development in multi-media and writing, Wendy says UTS met all the criteria for her desired Masters program. Her Doomsday podcast is available on iTunes and can be also be heard online.