Published on 17 April 2012
17 April 2012
Megan McEwan of Bundaberg has attributed the great start to her journalism career in central Queensland to her Bachelor of Journalism studies at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
The 20-year-old began working as a journalist at the Gladstone Observer newspaper in October last year during her final year of study at USC.
Megan, who was among 1,100 students to graduate from the University on Wednesday 4 April, said she was thoroughly enjoying her job.
“Working at a regional newspaper is challenging but I love it and I could not imagine a job that I enjoy more,” she said.
“I have been afforded some amazing opportunities, including being given the position of online/sports editor.
“I knew when I completed my USC degree that I was prepared for the challenges I would face in the journalism industry.”
Megan, who is a Kepnock State High School graduate, said she chose to study at USC after attending the University’s Open Day in 2008.
“At Open Day I spoke with the Head of Journalism and he explained the benefits of the journalism program,” she said. “That, coupled with the natural beauty of the campus, had me sold on USC.
“When I tell my colleagues who went to metropolitan universities about what I was able to do at university – such as court reporting and council reporting – they are dumbfounded by the opportunities I had.”
Megan said she was planning on a long career in the media industry.
— Michelle Widdicombe