Developing a young digital storyteller
JNI’s grant also helped to give Carol Altmann the resources she needed to mentor Jess Chatfield, a young Gunditjmara woman, eager to learn more about digital storytelling.
Carol said Jess’s work had elevated First Nations voices in the local community, particularly women’s voices, and had added a new a dimension to The Terrier’s coverage.
For Jess, Carol’s mentorship has been an opportunity to develop her understanding of digital storytelling and journalism.
“Since doing this mentorship, I have developed a love for journalism, I love all the different ways of it,” Jess said.
“I have learnt how to use an iPad (properly). I also learnt how to plan before I make a documentary, I have learnt the importance of the message you get across to your audience…”
The experience working at The Terrier has helped Jess to see journalism as a career path.
“I have been thinking after my mentorship I would love to continue my love for journalism by doing a diploma next year at Deakin University ,” she said.
“I have found my passion in life.”