Q&A: Radio presenter and journalist Simon Marnie

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Simon Marnie (left) in the ABC702 studio with fellow presenter James Valentine. Photo: Facebook 

The ABC’s much-loved Simon Marnie describes his work in radio as “a career of accidents”. VICTORIA YATES talks to him about working in the media industry.

What is your current occupation?

Presenter. Weekends 702 ABC Sydney and ABC NSW

How did you get where you are today?

I was at acting school when a friend passed on the ad for the inaugural Radio course at AFTRS. To be honest, AFTRS paid more than the dole and so I applied, was accepted and then on graduation couldn’t face my placement in Albany WA or Mt Isa so I worked at Triple J for free (now its called an internship) until I received more and more work ‘til I was finally made full time at the ABC.

What would you be doing if you couldn’t be in the media business?

I’d be a cat. I could have meals handed to me and sleep all day.

In your mind, what are some of the best jobs to have in media, and why?

Production is great depending on your presenter. Each day would have different challenges and its always a varied role.

Film or TV editing is the most in demand work it seems. I never see out of work editors.

Name five of your favourite radio or TV presenters.

Mark Colvin
Angular Curtains (Angela Catterns)
Margaret Throsby
Leigh Sales
Ray Martin

What is your advice for people hoping to break into the media industry?

Be flexible. This is in many facets, as you never know what opportunities can arise. Mine is a career of accidents and so by not being set in my way, open to opportunities and varied in skills I was able to take up opportunities that may have slipped by someone more set in their ways.

 

Don’t blame Millennials for Donald Trump

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RESEARCHED AND PRESENTED BY BRENDAN TANG, DIVANEEL TIBDIXIOUS, JACK CLIFTON and LAURA SMITH

He has seemingly done more to put the world offside than get it behind him, but Fuckface von Clownstick has been elected as the next President of the United States.

While Millennials were very vocal in their opposition toward Trump, it would appear early on that a significant proportion of them did not vote. Millennials often get a bad rap as older generations lay the blame on them for being the cause of unexpected outcomes. Brexit was almost entirely blamed on Millennials who “hadn’t bothered to go out and vote” or had affected the vote by voting to leave the EU.

We ask whether this is justified or if Millennials are simply the scapegoat in what is a very unexpected election result.

True love: Dogs and their humans

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Daniel with his canine friend Smithers in Camperdown Rest Park. Photo: Maya Ophir-Verheyden

BY MAYA OPHIR-VERHEYDEN @mayaverheyden

There is definitely a unique bond between dogs and their humans. Human and canine alike appreciate the loyalty, unconditional love and acceptance this connection offers. We delight in their animated greetings, the warmth they bring us as we hold them and even enjoy being engulfed by water as they shake off, post-bath.

Two ladies and a Hijab

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Joumana Nasour (L) and Kathryn Yuen. 

BY JOUMANA NASOUR @joumananasour

In a country as multicultural as Australia, many questions arise in people’s minds. One of these questions is, “What is that piece of cloth on her head?” This cloth is called a Hijab, a religious head covering donned by women of the Muslim religion.

Joumana met Kathryn, a non-Muslim woman who was very interested in understanding more about it and how it is worn. The following video story will show what unfolded.