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May 26, 2017
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The importance of mentorship: Women in Media Queensland

By: Jorgia White

As the media industry undergoes significant changes, it has become more important than ever for media professionals to mentor the up and coming as they move through the ranks.
Jillian Whiting, a familiar face on Queensland television and who is one of the mentors, stresses she is passionate about helping build resilience among young women in the industry.
“The media industry is often criticised and it’s changing so fast that it seems everyone’s got an opinion,” she says.
“We’re really passionate about this job so we want people to love it as much as we do.”
Whiting says she feels she had learned a lot from her mentee and can not wait to do it all again in 2016.
“I just think it’s really important to be there for young people coming through, they’re the future of the industry,” she says.
Award-winning journalist and fellow mentor Paula Doneman, Crime Journalist and Investigative Producer at 7 News, agrees.
She says journalists are required to be more versatile than ever before as a result of the ever-changing industry.
Michelle Cull, the Public Relations and Media Manager for Queensland Urban Utilities, is new to the mentoring role in 2016.
She says she is really looking forward to nurturing some of the media’s “best young talent”.
“I really admire the young journalists of today, it’s such a different media landscape to when I first started out in news,” she says.
“I don’t know how they do it, it’s gruelling but I imagine that it’s also very rewarding.”

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