A VETERAN journalist who has experienced all of the ins and outs of the trade is now sharing her insight and skills with Leeton students.
Kerrie Ross has worked all over Australia both in radio and in print as a journalist over the years.
Having grown up in Leeton, even during the times she has lived and worked elsewhere, the town has always held a special place in her heart.
With that in mind, Ms Ross is now sharing all of the techniques, skills and ideas she has learned about journalism over the years as part of a mentorship program running alongside Leeton's Henry V theatre production.
Already several young people with an interest in writing and journalism have taken up the chance to collaborate with Ms Ross and gain some valuable knowledge.
"The program has only just started ... I'm trying to make it fun, but also hands on as I find that is the best way to learn," she said.
"Our first experience was heading to the rehearsals for Henry V and basically getting stuck right in.
"We're trying to give them the experience of what it is like to be a journalist.
"Working with deadlines, having to think on the spot, all of that."
Ms Ross started her craft with the Illawarra Mercury where she said she was able to really nail down the specifics of what journalism is and how best to deliver a story for the intended audience.
She studied a journalism degree prior to her first job at that newspaper at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst through its School of Communication.
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Ms Ross has also worked across varying platforms with ABC Radio.
"I've always loved meeting people and hearing their stories ... after all it is what connects all of us together," she said.
"For me, I have always had Leeton in the back of my mind in whatever I am doing.
"I'm forever trying to promote Leeton wherever I am."
Ms Ross now also teaches English as a second language at TAFE in Leeton, something she is also very passionate about.
"Language is such a vital connection for those who have moved to Leeton from all over the world ... it's so important and I love teaching my students," she said.
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