Graduate story: Katie Brown

Katie Brown

Katie Brown
Sports reporter
7 News Gold Coast
Bachelor of Media, majoring in journalism
Now Bachelor of Digital Media and Communications

Sports-mad Katie Brown always wanted to be a PE teacher. But returning from a gap year she enrolled in a Media degree instead after deciding her goal was to be a reporter on a television travel show. Katie relocated to Queensland for her first job as a sports reporter with 7 News Wide Bay Bundaberg. She was later promoted to its Rockhampton bureau. Katie now works for 7 News Gold Coast.

"When I first started in the role I was searching for leads. Now people call me to say they've got a story. That makes me feel like I'm doing a good job. Being a journalist is about building relationships, being understanding and building people's trust. I like talking to people and sport is so positive. It's rewarding interviewing someone who is so talented. I get so much inspiration and motivation from all these athletes.

"For me, initiative and creativity is important. I just don't want to do match preview stories or results of the game. Sometimes I concentrate on a referee's call or a crazy tackle. More behind-the-scenes stuff to keep it fresh.

"There was lots of hands-on learning at SCU: writing to deadlines, interviewing real people. I did work experience at the local TV station as much as I could during my degree and eventually got paid casual work there.

"Eventually I'd love to be doing sports reporting in one of the capital cities. I'd also love to be an on-field television reporter for the National Rugby League. I would also like to be a commentator for netball, that's my favourite sport. Sports reporting definitely suits my personality, but I'm not ruling out one day getting that television travel show job."