Herald Sun state political reporter and Monash journalism alumna Monique Hore has been part of a successful team at Australia's best-selling newspaper for several years.
Monique's success has led to her being chosen as a sought-after position as a political reporter.
Name: Monique Hore
Course: Bachleor of Journalism
Faculty/Division: School of Media, Film and Journalism
Year graduated: 2012
Current position: State Political Reporter, Herald Sun
What’s been your career journey so far? How did you manage to land your current role?
I started my current role after working for the Herald Sun for about three and a half years, including a year as a News Corp cadet and stints in the general, city and education rounds. I’ve taken a lot of baby steps; I got a full-time reporting gig at a tri-weekly paper in the country halfway through my final year and did my final semester online. I bounced from there to a job as a media adviser for a government department and then started at News Corp.
What is something that surprised you about the industry?
Although journalism is competitive, there is great camaraderie between reporters at different outlets. When you’re out covering news, you’ll often see them more than your colleagues so they become mates.
What key skill did your learn at Monash that translated into your current gig?
Know your audience and always keep it in mind. Keep it clear, concise and relevant to what they need to know. Your readers, viewers or listeners are the ones you are writing or producing for so don’t be afraid to move away from a line being pushed by a government, company, PR agency or anyone else.
Did you complete any internships while you were studying? What was that experience like?
I interned at the Herald Sun, Channel 10 and the Phillip Island and San Remo Advertiser, but all outside of uni.
There’s nothing like a newsroom so interning gave me an understanding of what it actually takes to put together a news bulletin or paper – everything from the deadlines, to an outlet's style and how to hold a microphone. It also narrowed my focus to working in print journalism.
What is something you wish you’d known before getting into the industry?
Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. No two days in journalism are the same and reporters are often thrown into a story or situation they're not familiar with. And you've just go to get on with it.
When I first started as a News Corp cadet, I found death knocks or being put on a story I wasn't well versed on difficult. As I did it more, I was more confident in my ability to handle those situations and became more adaptive.
Where would you like to be in 10 years time?
Working in a job I love as much as my current one. I have no idea what that will look like because the reporting role has already changed significantly from when I started.
I'm also willing to give everything a go who know knows what round I will try and love next.
Who has been your biggest support throughout your career journey?
There are too many to list, but the people I met in the industry early on, including when I interned. They helped me get my foot in the door and, without that, I probably wouldn't have a job.
If you could switch places with anyone in the world for a day, who would it be?
Laurie Oakes – or someone sunning themselves in Croatia.
What’s one hot tip you’d give to an aspiring journalist?
Just make the call. Whether you’re asking for an internship, job or interview, someone can’t say “yes” if you don’t ask.
Taking notes out in the field: iPhone or pen and paper?
Either or both depending on the situation. If it’s a doorstop with an MP, I’ll just record but if it’s a longer one-on-one interview I’ll often record and take notes of the most important grabs. I find that sometimes in sensitive interviews people like to see you taking notes because it shows that you’re listening and taking what they’re saying seriously.
Handy hint if you record on your phone: put it on flight mode. If your phone rings, even if it's on silent, it’ll stop recording.
Are you a traveller or a homebody?
‘Early bird’ or ‘night owl’?
Somewhere in between, although working shifts makes you flexible.