STORIES BY SOFIA JAYNE
I am a fifth-year Bachelor of Communications student at RMIT University, majoring in journalism and minoring in politics.
I completed the first two years of my degree at La Trobe university where I wrote for upstart online magazine and Trouble Juice. In 2022, I transferred to RMIT, hosted a music radio show called 'The Hoist' on SYN fm, and was a reporter for the RMIT Victorian state election coverage Vic Votes. In 2023, I completed the ACICIS Journalism Professional Practicum in Jakarta, attended seminars with leading media professionals, interned with Amnesty International Indonesia, and volunteered as a Social Media Ambassador for ACICIS. Since I returned to Melbourne, I have operated as the Editor-in-Chief of The Swanston Gazette, RMIT's independent student-run paper, managing all sectors of the publication, including online, print, social media and leading the team of volunteer student journalists and writers. For the last year of my degree in 2024, I will manage a mentorship program where I train second-year journalism students to take over The Swanston Gazette. I am also now applying for internships at a variety of media organisations, before looking for more permanent work as a journalist.
Throughout my studies, I have sought to gain experience wherever possible, striving to develop my journalistic skills and to produce a portfolio of published work. Whilst I am interested in telling all stories, my writing tends to focus on social and political issues. With each piece, I aim to broaden perspectives in the media by following unique angles and letting the story be guided by the voices who know the issues best.