Posts Tagged ‘video journalism’

Well, Friday was my last day in the SBS World News Australia newsroom after two and a half years work as an online journalist. I’m now officially a freelance video journalist. Eek. 

On top of my role producing content for the website, I’m happy that I managed to get oodles of great experience under my belt working as a video journalist. SBS isn’t a huge operation and if you’re willing to do the work, you’ll get recognised – to an extent!

There were nice words from colleagues and bosses on leaving which is a good booster as I work tirelessly (how many emails?) to make contacts in newsrooms around the world before arriving in Tunisia next week.

Well over a year since Tunisia kicked off the Arab Spring, the challenges seem huge, but surmountable. I may, of course, see it differently after living there. Just this weekend 8,000 Salafists are reported to have marched through Tunis calling for Sharia to be the basis for the new constitution. Needless to say the country’s secular elite have grown used to the status quo before the revolution, and won’t give it up easily. 

Itching to hit the ground running, get stuck in to my Arabic course, punch out some nice films on my new Sony NX5/Macbook combination, and kick back over some cous cous – hopefully with some Tunisians. 

I’ve handed in my notice with SBS News, and although I’d be keen on returning in the mid-term future, all plans are currently focused on Tunisia.

At the end of March I’m switching to freelance journalism, while leaving my young family for a bit and flying to Tunis, where I’m enrolled in an Arabic course. I’ve tried to keep my Arabic study going since returning from Syria last year but it is hard in the middle of Sydney; would Mandarin have been more appropriate?*

I’ll also be working on two current affairs films as a video journalist, which will roughly be on the state of the economy and life for minorities post revolution. I’m taking offers on where to screen them :)

On top of that, I’m hoping to get some articles out around town, so to speak.

I’m currently balancing journalistic planning with travel/accom arrangements and technical requirements (macbook pro purchased, Sony NX5 on order). Five weeks to go.

*Nope, too hard, tried that for a bit. Potentially less useful in Tunisia, also.