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.
Emma joined the NewsMail in January 2012 as the editorial administration assistant and is now a reporter. Emma and her family travelled around Australia prior to settling in Bundaberg two years ago and falling in love with the place.
Ben 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.
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.
Ashley started at the NewsMail in 2010 as the editorial secretary while she completed her University studies in Journalism and Creative Writing. Two years later she moved into the feature writer role within the advertising department and in late 2014 she made the switch to news reporter in the editorial department. Ashley has had a passion for writing since her primary school days, where she enjoyed contributing stories for her school's Writers Club group. She also enjoys travelling and is slowly ticking off her favourite countries to visit on her bucket list.
Max has been working for the NewsMail since 2008, putting to use the skills he learnt at CQUniversity in Bundaberg after he completed his Bachelor of Multimedia degree. He has achieved the role of chief photographer at the NewsMail and enjoys the variety of jobs that he experiences on a daily basis. Sometimes the job can be a challenge but he says that it would be boring if it wasn’t. Max has lived in Bundaberg for the past 13 years but has travelled and lived around the world in places like New Zealand, America, England, Germany, France and a number of states in Australia. He says that the experiences he has had in life have contributed to his ability to relate to people from any walk of life – an essential but often overlooked skill for every photographer to have.
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