Where are they now? - Hsin-Yi Lo
Youth Central's roving reporters are very lucky. We have access to fantastic resources and opportunities. I recently checked in with an alumnus rover about her experiences with the Youth Central team.
Hsin-Yi Lo was a roving reporter with Youth Central from April through November 2011. These days she is working as a project officer for the National Ethnic and Multicultural Broadcasters’ Council (NEMBC) (new window).
What was your first article for Youth Central?
My first article was about The Long Walk. It’s an event held every year where people walk from Federation Square to the Dreamtime at the ‘G football match.
The Long Walk encourages Australians from different communities to get together and to celebrate Indigenous Australian culture. It was a great experience for me to cover a live event. I was interviewing people and everyone was so chatty and so happy. That’s an experience I will never forget.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m working as a project officer for the NEMBC, which is the peak organisation that represents multicultural community broadcasters. My role there is to promote the programs and presence of multicultural society (e.g., women, young people and new and emerging communities) in community radio broadcasting. I also ensure they have the facilities, training and knowledge to tackle broadcasting.
How does your work experience with Youth Central relate to your job?
My role involves submitting articles to our magazine, The Ethnic Broadcaster, which is just like submitting articles to Youth Central. Writing for Youth Central really improved my written communication skills, so now I can put my ideas across in a clear, coherent manner.
There’s also another element: Youth Central promotes writing by young people, and part of my role is to help multicultural broadcasters get that exposure and promote their work in the mediaspace, so that’s relevant too.
What are your future plans?
Travel! Ideally I’d like to travel all around the world. I think travelling helps an individual learn about themselves because you put yourself out of your comfort zone in a place that’s culturally and linguistically different - it’s a good opportunity for self-reflection and personal improvement.
What was the best aspect of your experience with Youth Central?
Youth Central is so great because it encourages young people like myself to put ideas across. I think young voices should be heard because we are the next leaders of society. That’s the greatest aspect of Youth Central: to be part of something that is so meaningful.
Would you recommend writing for Youth Central to young writers?
Absolutely! Youth Central has great staff and they’re always there to help you with anything: writing articles, brainstorming ideas, interviewing techniques and improving your writing style.
Another key skill that Youth Central really brings out is taking story ideas and learning to write them from a young person’s perspective.
Any final words of wisdom?
People who want to write shouldn’t hide it. They shouldn’t write something and hide it in their diary. You can’t be a fantastic writer overnight. You need a lot of practice and Youth Central can help.
Writing is very powerful. It just takes one little push to become an author or a journalist or a really famous blogger. You never know: Youth Central might discover the next Shakespeare or J. K. Rowling!
If YOU want to get published on Youth Central, check out our Get Published pages to find out how!
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