Interview with Lani Withnall

Jack Clifton and Jonathan Gallo chat with aspiring Olympian Elana Withnall about her battle with injuries, life as an athlete and her goals to make it in the media industry.



On The Ball Podcast 26-8-16

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On The Ball is back on the airwaves as Jack is joined by Jon Gallo and Div Tibdixious.
This week we discuss round 25 of the NRL including the Cowboys 24-16 defeat of the Canterbury Bulldogs in Thursday Night Football.
We also dissect the Champions League group stages, preview all the action for matchweek 3 of the English Premier League, cricket and updates on all of the NFL pre season action!
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Growing Pains Continue For Villains

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Aston Villa’s difficult start to the Skybet Championship season has continued this weekend as they succumbed to a 3-1 defeat to Bristol City at the Ashton Gate. The Claret and Blue’s led 1-0 at half time but were bulldozed in the final 30 minutes as Bristol City found the back of the net 3 times as the visitors fell to pieces. Continue reading

Journal Entry #3

I had a great week of Mobile Photography this week! We had the task of going outside the classroom and exploring and taking pictures. We had a lot of time so I made sure I was patient with my shots and tried to get quality rather than quantity. We were tasked with using the “rule of thirds”. At the beginning I had no idea but using the grid on my phone camera I was able to get an idea of what I needed to be doing.
I was most surprised when Verity commended me on my shots later on in class. I am improving with my photography skills and it’s nice to get that kind of recognition.
I am finding it easier and easier as I move along, I also want to continue to improve as much as my ability will let me.
I am looking forward to the rest of the classes and learning more skills, this subject is actually growing on me a fair bit which is surprising!

Canterbury Bulldogs Vs North Queensland Cowboys: NRL Round 25 Match Report

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The North Queensland Cowboys have moved themselves into the top 4 with a determined 24-16 win over a flat Canterbury Bulldogs side at Belmore Sports Ground this evening.
The Cowboys ran in 4 tries to 3 to overturn an early 4-2 deficit and inflict a painful defeat for the Bulldogs. Continue reading

Industry Assignment #2

Before I started TAFE I had already thought about what my career goals whereas well as other goals in my life. In regards to my career goals, I have always been Interested in sports and broadcasting. Although it seems like an unlikely source of work success it is something that I desperately want to achieve. Ever since I was little I have watched the likes of Ray Warren, Richie Benaud and Bruce Mcaveney call different sports ranging from cricket to rugby league to Aussie rules. Sports broadcasting would be a dream job and would be something that I feel I would be quite good at. 

I feel pretty comfortable in front of both the microphone and TV camera so organisations such as ABC, 2GB (radio) and channel 9 and channel 7 (sport) would suit my capabilities. 

As I mentioned before it is a very niche market to get into and thus need to have a backup plan. The backup plan is to work in print media in the sports industry. I have knowledge about most sports and feel comfortable writing about them. I would love to work for a magazine/website that focuses on a particular sport eg.,, (websites) or big league, cricket monthly (magazines).

For TV I will need fantastic camera skills, the ability to think on my feet, good presentation skills and a calm disposition. 

For working in print media I would need some different skills altogether. I will need to have great organisational skills, good time management and creative thinking to develop new and fresh story ideas. 
Two media personalities that I may contact (or in my case already have) are two sport journalists. 

The first one is Daniel Brettig who is a journalist for, he has written about cricket for over 10 years and is very knowledgable as well as writing in a style that is very attractive to read and good to mimic. I spoke to him on Twitter a few weeks ago and his advice to me about making it as a journalist in the cricketing world was to know what I want to achieve and steadily work towards it without distractions. 
The 2nd journalist I approached was current rugby league commentator Joel Caine. He is a former player and has been commentating for Fox Sports for the last two years. He has a good voice for commentary and is very passionate about the industry.

His advice to me was to call as many sports as I can to hone my skills and to do this constantly, after this bash down doors to get a chance in the industry. 
Both these men have given me great advice and it has given me confidence for the future in my studies and career hopes. 

They are called dreams for a reason but I believe with enough passion and dedication I can reach them. Hard work pays off.