Salacious stories may top today’s news agendas but crime and courts can be much more interesting, says former court reporter Tess Salmon.
Salmon, a Macleay College graduate, now works as a media advisor to Troy Grant, the Minister for Hospitality, Gaming and Racing and the Arts. She returned to the college last week to speak to the journalism students.
“Sex sells, but so does death and destruction,” she said.
But she stressed it wasn’t for the faint-hearted, speaking of the “tough” reality working in the industry. Salmon said her experiences as a crime and court reporter were equally exhausting and thrilling, with many moral conflicts.
She said that dealing with these ethical dilemmas and the physiological and physical struggles in the field were “not something you can learn”.
“It’s a gut instinct,” she said.
The walls journalists put up to cope with difficult situations come down when they return home from work, exhausted and drained. “But you get up the next day because of the adrenalin,” she said.
The former TV and radio journalist, who described herself as a “story teller” encouraged students to never stop learning, and most importantly to “get involved”. – Greta Levy
Top photo of Tess Salmon provided by Macleay College.