Being an overseas student has not always been an advantage since the beginning of the masters’ degree. Like other international students, finding stories has been one of the main challenges. Stories can be made of news or follow-ups and they can be found everywhere. Most of my stories have been inspired by local newspapers or studies (“Learning languages: between myth and reality”, “Australia role model”). By also attending exhibitions (“The city of Ladies”) or events (“Vivid in Kings Cross”, “March against Trump and Turnbull”), stories can be written. Yet, I guess coming from an Australian background gives you this little extra: the network.
Telling stories with illustrative interviews has been essential. It is about finding the right person to get every side of the story. Indeed, journalists need to present non-biased articles to the reader. In my article “Learning languages: between myth and reality”, a few experts contrast their opinion with a recent study. The story is then looking at two sides of the coin. In “City of Ladies”, a radio piece, the fact that both film-makers give their views regarding their art actually offers to the reader another dimension as regards the movie. Why talking about French feminism? Why using a very ancient text? Having a few interviewees help the reader to answer its own questions. The article “Vivid in Kings Cross” showcases a vox-pop which packs plenty of shop owners in, all having the same desire: a Kings Cross of yore; desire shared by all the Cross.
Choosing people for interviews is the result of a lot of research, between experts, talents and government spokespersons for instance. There are many factors to be careful with and one of them is the approach. Picking up the phone has never been so necessary.
While finding news stories was more like a brain-teaser, the blog post relating to journalism issues was more enriching and focused on learning. “The media influence” is about the influence of the media during the last French presidential elections and it was probably the most empowering article. Both experts gave me a lot of information. It was interesting to see the impact the media had on people’s choice. “Sexism let’s talk about it” was also fascinating because seeing the power of a French anti-sexism Facebook group in an Australian article is fantastic. Interviewing experts and gathering testimonies enriched the whole story. Although it is still shocking to observe the ubiquitous sexism in our society.
All these weeks researching topics, ideas, experts, interviewees have been a wonderful way of learning. Yet, picking up the phone is my main advice.