Journalist, Writer

A degree in English

What sets me apart in this competitive landscape is that I have a proper bachelor’s degree majoring in English literature. I am quite proud of my stand-alone arts degree. I think it is important to select a field you would like to pursue and dedicate yourself to completing a whole something. Looking back, it was a bit faddish to do an additional major in cultural studies as some of these modern majors tend to disappear or get repackaged, but the classics always remain the same.

Journalist, Writer

Beginning in a global pandemic

I always knew I would formally train to be a Journalist, since working for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in TV news writing and production from 2008 – 2011. I never imagined back then that I would be starting in the field of journalism during COVID-19, the worst global pandemic in my lifetime. Certainly, it compels me to begin this blog. Observational writing on this blog is from a personal literary perspective only, where news articles are written, and factual evidence is cited organisations will be referenced. 

The general challenge of any crisis is to maintain a balance between common sense, urgency, and information intake. It is difficult not to be altered by the coronavirus, even for the most consistent of individual.

When COVID-19 was initially detected towards the end of last year and earlier this year, people thought it was a blip on the radar that would soon disappear, however the severity of the respiratory virus became clear as medical professionals began to decode the implications over the following months.

In such a crisis, many questions begin, when did this type of coronavirus specifically start, and if it is a mutation of an existing virus that we already knew about, what could we have done sooner to prevent this occurring.

The main challenge worldwide is that it is going to be difficult to find the resources to manage social distancing regulations to fight the spread, and at the same time focus relentlessly on finding a solution to the problem – a vaccination.


Graduate Certificate of Journalism

This is the beginning of Lisa Engelhardt’s Journalism blog.

I am commencing a Graduate Certificate of Journalism at Monash University to further my professional career as a Journalist in the areas of television, radio, digital, online and print journalism. I will be investigating and researching topics of interest in metropolitan, regional and international contexts. Presenting on my blog, succinct newsworthy analysis and in-depth coverage of selected local, national and global issues.