Powering the newsroom: meet the Herald’s new trainee journalists

Five new trainee journalists have today begun their careers at The Sydney Morning Herald.

The Herald’s editor, Bevan Shields, said the group was chosen from hundreds of applicants after demonstrating the “hunger, intelligence and creativity” needed to be great reporters.

The Herald’s new trainees: Anthony Segaert, Millie Muroi, Angus Thomson, Billie Eder and Angus Dalton at the Herald’s office in North Sydney.Credit:Dominic Lorrimer

“There’s lots of doom and gloom around about the transformation of media but these five outstanding trainees are proof the future of journalism at the Herald is bright,” Mr Shields said. “They display a deep understanding of the Herald’s status as the home of high-quality, independent journalism in Australia.

“Many of the cadets who joined in more recent rounds – such as North Asia correspondent Eryk Bagshaw, Spectrum editor Melanie Kembrey, senior writer Michael Koziol and sports reporter Tom Decent – now power the newsroom.

“Some of our most experienced reporters also started as cadets, including economics editor Ross Gittins, columnist and senior writer Jacqueline Maley, and political editor and international editor Peter Hartcher.

“Angus Thomson, Millie Muroi, Anthony Segaert, Angus Dalton and Billie Eder are going to be stars too, and I can’t wait to see what they do.”

The five trainees were selected based on their application letters, two interviews, their general knowledge and their ability to write under pressure, to write a strong story given a longer time frame and their genuine passion for the Herald and for the craft of journalism.

These are the Herald’s trainees:

Angus Dalton (Macquarie University)

Angus Dalton said he can’t wait to, in particular, “vouch for science communication when it has never mattered more”.Credit:Dominic Lorrimer

Angus Dalton ran Macquarie’s student magazine, Grapeshot, before co-founding Sweaty City, a magazine about how climate change is affecting Sydney. “Getting the chance to work at one of Australia’s most important newsrooms is a thrill and a privilege,” he said. “I can’t wait to get going, learn from the Herald’s journalists and, in particular, vouch for science communication when it has never mattered more.”

Billie Eder (University of Technology Sydney)

Billie Eder wants to find the stories that “deserve to be told”.Credit:Dominic Lorrimer

Billie Eder studied Communications in Political and Social Science and has worked as the Herald’s newsroom assistant for the past year. “Working at the Herald is something people spend their whole career trying to achieve,” she said. “I will spend every day working to make myself and this newsroom better, and I will fight to find stories that deserve to be told.”

Millie Muroi (The University of Western Australia)

Millie Muroi wants to make a positive impact with her reporting.Credit:Dominic Lorrimer

Millie Muroi studied English Literary Studies and Economics and has worked as a graduate economist. “I am excited to work alongside some of the nation’s best established and upcoming journalists, and to learn how to fulfil the critical role of providing accurate, timely, engaging information and analysis to our readers,” she said. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to work towards becoming the best journalist I can be and to make a positive impact.”

Anthony Segaert (University of Sydney)

Anthony Segaert is keen to tell the diverse stories of our city and nation.Credit:Dominic Lorrimer

Anthony Segaert studied Arts with majors in History and Global Studies, and has previously worked in Nine’s Sydney newsroom. “I’m thrilled to have the chance to tell the diverse stories of our city with Australia’s most-read masthead,” he said. “I’m committed to reporting faithfully and accurately the stories that matter to our readers.”

Angus Thomson (University of Melbourne)

Angus Thomson is keen to learn and is ready to “get stuck in”.Credit:Dominic Lorrimer

Angus Thomson hails from north-western Tasmania and studied linguistics and journalism. “I am excited to get to know Sydney through the stories I have the privilege of hearing and telling as a Herald reporter,” he said. “There is no better way to learn the craft than from some of the country’s best journalists and I can’t wait to get stuck in.”

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