I’m an Australian multimedia journalist and educator currently travelling around the world with my wife and two children.

I made the difficult decision to resign from my dream job making online news videos at ABC, not to mention selling our house and possessions, to embark on a two year journey around the world with my family.

This is definitely not a holiday, it’s a new format for living. My wife Junko and I are committed to spending quality time with our children and giving them the chance to get close to nature and connect with a diverse range of people around the world.

I’m continuing to work remotely for Jschool and I’ve jumped into the brave new world of freelancing. This is also a great opportunity for me to experiment with a range of multimedia storytelling.

I’m still connected to my former employer, as ABC Life has commissioned a web series on our family adventure:
Episode one: Taking off
Episode two: Settling in Japan
Episode three: Managing money

It had been my long-term goal to work for ABC News and after multiple applications and interviews I finally made it.

I worked primarily as a video journalist/producer and created a wide range video content for specific platforms including the ABC News site, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter.

I also provided training and troubleshooting for others and liaised with journalists, managers and other teams to ensure contributed works met ABC’s strict guidelines (editorial policies, house style, quality control etc).

Here’s a small selection of my videos:
The Australian school teaching in Japanese
Beatboxer Tom Thum’s incredible voice
Examples of Facebook short form videos

It was a huge honour to be offered a place on the teaching team at my alma mater and help raise the next generation of journalists.

My primary role at Jschool is developing and delivering the multimedia journalism component of the course that covers everything from online news and Twitter to video and photography.

I’ve also filled in as a lecturer/tutor/assessor in other subjects and worked as a video producer/tutor.

Just six months into my time as a reporter on Tweed’s Daily News the paper stopped printing on weekdays and moved to a largely online operation.

The group editorial director offered me a place on APN ARM’s central online team, that initially involved managing regional mastheads’ news sites and social media accounts, but soon morphed into a newly created video role.

I was responsible for shaping and implementing the group’s digital video strategy that included everything from tracking analytics and creating best-practice content to providing video training for journalists predominantly familiar with print and creating video content for the group.
Examples of my work:
Jennifer’s future sounds so good after cochlear implant
Reconnecting with survivors of Japan’s deadly tsunami

This was my first full-time job as a newspaper reporter and I was required me to pitch and deliver a wide range of original stories on a daily basis.

Examples of my work:

The challenges of living on the border
My Town video series

Having already earned a business degree (QUT 2000) I was looking for a fast-tracked course that the would prepare me for a career in journalism.

I was so impressed with Jschool‘s hands-on approach to journalism training that I chose their diploma over a similarly priced Masters course to which I had also been accepted.

We were considered trainee journalists rather than students and were taught Teeline shorthand, actively encouraged to attend council meetings, courts of law and write for the online news site Newsbytes.

Jschool also helped me organise four internships at: Courier Mail features; ABC News; mX Melbourne; and, Quest Newspapers.

My peers selected me to represent them as 2010 valedictorian.

And if you’re still reading and interested to know how I got into journalism, this video should answer all of your questions.