Channel 7 News Reporter gives lecture to Western Sydney University Students

Channel 7 reporter Chloe Amanda Bailey giving a lecture to university students.

August 30, 2016

By Tayla Nicholls

With around 100 journalism students in attendance, Channel 7 reporter Chloe Amanda Bailey recently held a lecture on August 29 at Werrington South campus, Western Sydney University in Penrith NSW. A former student at Western Sydney University, Bailey particularly spoke about how she achieved success after her studies.

Encouraging students to make the most of their university experience, Chloe Amanda Bailey told students “I set my life up so I was never doing a uni assignment on a Saturday or Sunday” urging students not to waste their time. Sarah Whitehead, a journalism student who attended the lecture added, “I thought the lecture was really motivating, it definitely encouraged me to want to do better while in university.”

Bailey also gave advice to students on organising their work, recalling how she kept an archive of her journalism assignments and articles on Tumblr, adding that she submitted every article she wrote to local papers in hopes of getting published. Bailey attributed this to having “set her up” for her current career as a reporter on Channel 7 news. Bailey also told students that news articles can become relevant again later down the track, adding that “the story never ends there”, using her first ever article as an example, which she explains was the basis of a 7 minute report on ABC’s 7:30 Report, which she assisted in producing when she was an intern on the program.

Throughout her lecture, Chloe Amanda Bailey talks about success as a journalist and the role luck had in securing her a position as a television reporter in Sydney. Bailey acknowledges her luck, stating that “traditionally you go regional, you go to Cairns or you go to Dubbo…”, adding that jobs are often abundant in those regional areas. She also encourages students to apply for internships stating that it “never hurts to ask”. In turn, the practical experience gained from internships can assist in making a more marketable journalist says Mallare Tenore. (

Bailey also shares her optimism with students on achieving success in the journalism industry for those students who are from Western Sydney, stating that in her experience, people in the journalism industry are particularly interested in people from Western Sydney as

“their eyes are a little bit more open to what happens in real life”. In addition, she uses herself as an example of gaining success although having grown up in Western Sydney, reassuring students that it is not a disadvantage and adding that she still lives in the area.

Upon giving advice to students on how to be a successful journalist, Bailey encourages the use of social media platforms, particularly twitter, telling students to sign up and to follow national and overseas news publications. She also states that twitter is an excellent platform to contact journalists and editors due to the easy direct message feature. Bailey also adds that in her experience, social media is an essential source of news and multimedia such as videos.

Associate Professor Kath Albury, a lecturer in the UNSW Master of Journalism and Communication program shares Bailey’s view, stating that “fluency with digital technology and social media is really attractive to employers” adding that stories are expected to be published “across a number of platforms and formats simultaneously.” Therefore, social networking is an essential skill to be successful in the journalism industry.