Name: Amy Freund
Course: Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Visual Arts
Faculty/Division: Journalism studies / Visual practices
Year graduated: 2016
Current position: Brands Editor, Bonnier Publishing Australia
What was it like breaking into the industry? Was it more “who you know” than “what you know”?
It was definitely a case of who I knew that helped me break into my industry. I was referred to a job through a colleague whose best friend was after an editorial assistant in a publishing company. It isn’t everyday that an entry level position comes up in the publishing industry, so I was extremely lucky to be referred to the position!
What is a “day in the life” of your current role?
I work in children’s publishing, so a day in the life includes writing briefs for a range of different books like colouring and activity books, storybooks and fiction. I work in the brands division of Bonnier Publishing Australia, so I create books that are branded for popular TV shows and movies such as The Wiggles, ABC Kids, My Little Pony, Trolls, etc. It’s a really fun way to be creative as you are constantly writing for all different types of books which makes everyday interesting and exciting.
What was a key lesson you learnt at Monash that translated into your workplace?
A key lesson that I learnt at Monash was to upskill and learn as many different areas / facets of an industry as you can, as any bit of extra knowledge that you have is beneficial. I learnt how to use the Adobe suite through friends as a way to fix some of my pictures for my journalism studies, and knowing how to use the suite ended up being the most essential skill I have for my career!
If you could go back and do your degree again, is there anything you’d change? Subject choice? Time management? Internships?
When I originally wrote this I said I’d reconsider my radio subject for the editing subject as it would have been great experience for my current job, but just the other day I needed to cut music for a sound chip in a book and luckily I did radio journalism so I knew how to use the editing programs!
What skill (or skills) would you recommend aspiring journos acquire before getting into the industry?
Make sure that you take every opportunity to intern in a broad variety of jobs and industries within journalism as it really helps to find your niche before you hit the big wide world of work! And also to learn how to use the Adobe Suite and Final Cut Pro / After Effects.
When you were a child, what was your dream job?
My dream job was to work in children’s publishing and write for a living – I’m very fortunate that I was able to see that come into fruition!
What is your dream job now?
I’m in it!
Who do you look up to most in the industry?
It’s hard to say as there are lots of amazing people who are brilliant in their area of expertise, and I really admire anyone who is passionate and able to think outside the box when creating new format ideas and ways to make books relevant to consumers. So no one person right now!
Have you kept in touch with any of your fellow alumni?
I have! I made some of my closest friends at Uni and know that there’ll be life-long friendships that I’ll cherish J
Do you follow any sports teams?
I’m terrible – none at all!
What’s your coffee order?
I think I’m the only person in Melbourne that doesn’t drink coffee – just a soy hot chocolate!