Passion essential for Journalism career

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02 Oct 2015

A former CPIT broadcasting student and current Christchurch Newstalk ZB chief reporter Scarlett Cvitanovich has a stern piece of advice for wannabee journalists:

If you don't have the passion for it, she doesn't have the time for you.

The CPIT New Zealand Broadcasting School graduate presented journalism student Maja Burry

with the John Foy Memorial Award for excellence in Radio News at the institute yesterday (Thursday October 1).

Burry, 19, achieved the highest grades across all radio-related assessments in advanced broadcast journalism in CPIT's Bachelor of Broadcasting Communications degree programme.

 

At the award ceremony, Cvitanovich re-iterated what it took to be a top journalist.

"You can be the best writer and have the best voice, but you have to have the passion."

A love of news was an essential attribute in the interns she trained at Newstalk ZB - that and a strong desire to learn, she said.

"You are the baby reporter out in the real world.  Don't be afraid to ask the questions; be that person to put your hand up to do the Saturday job; show your passion, learn what you can."

The $2,000 award is given annually in honour of the late radio journalist John Foy who was murdered in the 1980s.