MIKE Derry got his first job in journalism in South Africa in November 1972, and went on to work as a reporter and sub-editor on some of the country’s biggest newspapers, including the Rand Daily Mail and the Star in Johannesburg. In 1985 he emigrated to Australia and worked on daily newspapers in Perth and Brisbane as a sub-editor. Early in 1992 he moved to Bundaberg and joined the NewsMail, where he covers Bundaberg Regional Council and general news. He is also responsible for the Hindsight section.
Mike has been working for the NewsMail since 2010, putting to use the skills he learnt as a Fine Art student and a passionate photographer of beaches and beach life. His first photographic position was as a horse racing photographer in Cape Town, South Africa, and he later worked for the Daily Dispatch in East London, South Africa, in the advertising and editorial departments. Mike spent several years working for community newspapers in Auckland before joining the NewsMail team.
Carolyn moved to Bundaberg in late 2011 and began her journalism career at the NewsMail in January 2012 as a cadet. Born in WA, she previously lived on the Gold Coast, where she worked as a marketing officer for a football club. Carolyn works on a range of general news stories for the NewsMail and also oversees the editorial and production of the weekly Guardian community paper.
Emily wondered what hit her when she started her journalism career at the NewsMail just after Bundaberg’s 2010 Christmas floods, but has since fallen in love with the city and region. Her primary role is crime and emergency services reporter, but she also looks after regional news, particularly Gin Gin, and overseas the editorial and production of the monthly Kolan Recorder. Emily has had some memorable experiences in her time in Bundy so far. If you get the chance, ask her about the time she bogged the work ute on a rural property at Moolboolaman and gave herself an electric shock.
Emma joined the NewsMail in January 2012 as the editorial administration assistant. She loves her job because she often the first point of contact for people when they want to share their stories, so she gets all the gossip and hears many of people’s special moments first hand. She also collates many things for the newsroom, including letters and SMSes to the editor, community notices, and sports fixtures and results. Emma and her family travelled around Australia prior to settling in Bundaberg two years ago and falling in love with the place.
Ben is relatively new to the sports reporting game, having started his journalism career in July 2012, but he has long had a passion for sport, talking to people and telling stories. He has lived in Bundaberg for most of his life, with the exception of four years when he was in the army, based in Darwin. There are not many sports he hasn’t tried. The thing he enjoys most about sport is seeing the enjoyment people of all ages get from it, and the opportunities it gives people if they are willing to work hard and do their best.
Janette Young started as a cadet reporter on a local paper in the UK and was a sub-editor on The London Times before moving to Australia in 1991. She has worked for West Australian Newspapers, News Limited and APN News & Media in backbench and reporting roles since then. With a strong sense of community, she has worked with business and not-for-profit organisations in the Bundaberg region and across Queensland over a number of years. She has been a member of the Queensland Government’s Mentoring for Growth program, Bundaberg Red Shield Appeal Committee and Bundaberg YMCA Board.
Crystal Jones started her career as a journalist at the Bundaberg NewsMail in 2007 when she was just a year shy of completing a Bachelor of Multimedia Studies at CQUniversity, Bundaberg. Having gained a Certificate in Journalism while still at high school, Crystal has long had a passion for writing and the media. In her time with the NewsMail she has filled such roles as reporter, news editor, production manager, sub-editor, designer, sports sub-editor and now online editor.
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