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.
Jim began his career at the NewsMail on November 5, 2012 after completing a Diploma in Journalism course at the Brisbane-based JSchool that same year. Since then Jim has covered a diverse range of stories for the NewsMail. Originally from Sydney, Jim moved to Europe when he was 20 and spent five years studying and working in a variety of fields, mainly in the realm of video editing and retail management. An avid writer since he was young, Jim’s interest in journalism came about after reading the works of British journalist Christopher Hitchens, who Jim has described as “one of the great writers of the English language”. Jim is passionate about film, travelling, philosophy, and does not start his day without a hot cup of coffee.
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.
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.
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.
Shane joined the NewsMail at the end of 2015 as the new sports reporter after completing a double degree in sports studies and journalism in 2011 at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst. Passionate about sport, Shane has covered large events including the Australian Open, the Clipsal 500, and the Bathurst 1000 for multiple sporting organisations across the country. He also is heavily involved in social media with his twitter profile closing in on 1000 followers. In his spare time he likes to travel and plans on heading overseas to Europe at some stage in the future.