You see this man in the picture below? Good. Because his name is Jacob Evans. And like everyone in the business, he has a story to tell.
Me: Where were you born, and when?
Jacob: I was born in Hurstville, in 1992.
Me: What was your dream job, when you were pursuing Journalism?
Jacob: I don’t think I really had one. When I started Journalism, I had come from 6 months of education, and I knew that the Journalism industry wasn’t in good shape. And I was prepared to take what I could get. So if I had to move to the country, I’d move to the country. If I could get a job in the City, I’d like that. But I was keeping my options open.
Me: I see. Now, where did you receive your education?
Jacob: I went to Inaburra High School.
Me: When did you take an interest in Journalism?
Jacob: Okay. I’m a fourth-year student now, and I was probably interested in Journalism in that amount of time. Before that, I liked writing. I liked keeping up to date with the news, but wasn’t really interested in Journalism. I actually hated Journalism. Since being in Journalism, I’ve learned to love it.
Me: What do you like best about doing Journalism?
Jacob: I’d be involved. I think being involved with important things in the news. And I like knowing what’s going on, and being able to contribute. Get a story going and find out the truth about whatever’s going on.
Me: What is your favorite and/or least favorite subject in the University?
Jacob: Alright, my favorite and least favorite- it’s the same subject- is a class called Newsroom, which I did as a student last year and I’m involved in it as part of my assignment as being an editorial manager. So Newsroom runs from 9 til 3. At 9am, you pitch your story. And at 3pm, you hand it in. And it’s on every week. And it’s very stressful. It’s hard work. And you can’t get interviews you would normally get if you were working for major networks like the ABC, SBS or the Sydney Morning Herald. Because people hear that you’re a student, and they lose interest. They don’t care. So it’s hard to find a story, but when you do, it’s an awesome feeling. And you get to the end, you get to 3pm, and you’re like ‘yeah, I did it’.
Me: What was your best-or favorite- story when you were doing Journalism at the time?
Jacob: It’s not my best story, but the story I really enjoyed doing was to do with stray cats and dogs in Sydney, Australia. It was a recurring problem. I went and interviewed a vet named Ben who often treated stray cats, right? And it turns out that he was actually quite personally involved in the issue, and he saw it as quite a big issue. And I said ‘do you have anyone else you can put me in touch with’. Ben than gave me two contacts; he gave me a woman who lived up near Ride, and a woman who lived in Kiama. And the woman in Ride trapped cats, and would bring them to him, so he could treat them and he could neuter them, and than they would be released back into the community, so that they couldn’t cause any more problems, but they were still healthy. You can’t just take a cat out of its’ community, or else more cats just fill its’ place. You have to keep it there, so it could slowly die out. And than the other woman who lived in Kiama would adopt these cats often after he neutered them, he had treated them or would adopt them from shelters. She owns and looks after 60 cats. There happened to be one cat who was captured by the woman in Ride, treated by Ben and than taken down to this woman in Kiama and live there. So I traced this whole story through this one cat who’s gone on this journey. It was very interesting, and a lot of fun coming at the end to see how it all connected together.
Me: Do you follow politics?
Me: What are your thoughts on the current Prime Minister?
Jacob: It’s a very big question, Lincoln. I think the current prime minister was very effective in doing his job as an opposition leader. And I think he deserved to win because the labour party couldn’t communicate its’ strengths. What about his current job? We’ll wait and see. Before his challenge was to challenge what the government said, now he’s on the other end and he has a new communication challenge, which is to convince people that his policies are the right ones, and to communicate with parliament in a way that he’s able to get these policies past. Which is very different from his previous job.