Wed, February 21, 2018

Award-winning Journalist, Author and Commentator, and recently appointed Chair of the Anti-bullying Task Force, Madonna King, inspired senior students from Sheldon College as to how to research and write feature stories. Held at Sheldon College in the lecture theatre of the cutting-edge LINQ Precinct Facility, Ms King spoke to the Year 11 and 12 students as part of their English studies.

Ms King also gave students tips on how to improve their writing and provided some one on one coaching for individual students. Her valuable experience and expertise in this area has encouraged students to do their best and think about how they might be able to get the best angle and perspective for their feature article assessment.

Like the twists and turns of writing a feature, Ms King’s path to journalism was not a linear one, “At the end of Year 12 I was lost and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go to University, so I took a bus from my home to the University of Queensland to attend a session on Social Work. I hated that, so I headed back to the bus only to spot a person with a video camera roving the campus so I asked, “What’s that all about?” I was then promptly asked to go off and find someone to interview for 10 minutes. It was at that moment I knew I wanted to be a Journalist.”

Head of Faculty English and Languages, Mr Brenton Campbell said, “It was an honour to host Ms King at Sheldon College for the third year in a row. Our students will benefit from Ms King’s fascinating, yet entertaining knowledge, on how to prepare feature stories for maximum impact. No doubt she has inspired many students to keep writing and left them with some practical tools and approaches used in modern journalism.”