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Flex your journo muscles as a GSN intern

If you're an aspiring journalist then volunteering with Gay Star News could be the stepping stone you need
The Gay Star News team in action - looking to improve your writing?  Try an internship or contribute an article.
Photo by Tristan Galindo

It's recently come to my attention...(spoof Chloe Sevigny style) that 'I. Love. Writing.'

When I was at school I had aspirations of being a hard-hitting investigative journalist, but along the way got side-tracked into a range of other jobs.

I've always enjoyed writing as a bit of a hobby, so when the opportunity came up with Gay Star News to do some freelance writing in my spare time, I was keen to give it a go.

Writing to a specific brief is a bit of a different challenge, and it's taken me a while to get into the swing of how to find a story that's right for this audience, research it and then write it up in a style that will be interesting and engaging for the people that you're trying to reach.  

Working with an editor has always been a good challenge - having an experienced eye to constructively critique your work, and point out how your material can be sharpened up, really makes you want to lift your game.

As a result of working with Gay Star News, not only has my writing improved but I've been able to experience some really cool things from a slightly different perspective - a journalist's perspective. These have included:

  • Reporting on the Sydney Mardi Gras - braving the pouring rain to upload live reports and photos of the Dykes on Bikes roaring past;
  • Interviewing psychologists and LGBT health services to find out more about sex and drug addiction and the impact that this is having on gay men;
  • Filing travel reports on trips to Barcelona, Paris and Reykjavik - it's great when people leave comments saying that they've benefited from the tips and insider knowledge that you're able to share; and
  • Interviewing LGBT business leaders around the world to find out what makes them tick - the one that impresses my friends the most is that I've interviewed the founder of Grindr.

What I'm really excited about is that in September I will be flying to New York to report on New York Fashion Week (courtesy of American Airlines). It's a really major assignment and I've got a lot of work to do to line up interviews and access all of the key shows, but it's the kind of challenge that I couldn't have imagined tackling without the support and guidance of the experienced team at Gay Star News.

If you're interested in a career as a journalist, freelance writer, marketing or public relations, then why not apply to Gay Star News for work-experience or an internship - it's a great way to get some experience under your belt, build confidence in your writing skills and show the world what you're capable of.

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