Abbey-Victoria Smith

Abbey- Victoria Smith

I've now been a Journalist and Breakfast radio newsreader for more than 2.5 years. I started my career moving from Adelaide to Townsville, headed to Cairns for a year and am now down on the Gold Coast. I currently read national news for Southern Cross Austereo, which include the Hit FM and Triple M networks, along with DAB stations. Not to be one of those people- but news is my passion. With the COVID-19 situation, dealing with floods, cyclones, tropical lows in the North, and even the bushfires in my hometown of Adelaide when I went home for a holiday, it made me realise this is where I do my best work- in a crisis. I love writing. I find myself curled up on the couch on the weekends (or at a cafe pre-COVID-19) and writing away about anything and everything in my life. I also freelance for AFP and constantly have small projects on the go throughout my day.

my core skills

Fresh

Imaginative

Honest

Committed

Understanding

Q & A

Whats the best thing to happen to you in your career to date?

Being promoted three times in two years has been a great way to give me some idea of what I'm doing is being recognised and I'm on the right track to continuing in this career. Having my byline appear on articles i've written for AFP was also a highlight and seeing articles on our radio station pages get great interaction is always really fulfilling.

What does a typical work week look like for you?:

This changes from week to week. Sometimes it's up at 3am, into work by 3:30 and home by 12pm. Sometimes I get the chance to walk my sausage dogs in the morning and head in to the station for a 10am start. My typical work week always keeps me on my toes- you just never know what's going to happen in the world of news.

Describe your working environment in a few sentences..

I'm usually on my own in the studio but am lucky to be kept connected to my colleagues over social media and our instant messaging systems. Radio, as many of you know, can be hard, but it's always the people who make it amazing- and we are lucky to have a crew who never dissapoint.

What sets you apart from other freelancers in your industry?

I've been told my style of writing is very relatable. Many people send me a message or email to say they feel the same way as i've written but have never been able to express those feelings. I think although I am only just starting out, I have life experience- and this can account for everything, depending on the topic and what is trying to be said.

What are the tools of your trade?

Listening and research. I've learnt the best way to understand a client and what they're asking for is to step into their shoes and really put the effort in to research their business, their competitors and the people they need to speak too. I like to find out what services they offer and then work out how I would like that information passed onto me if I was looking for their services.

Do you collaborate with others? If yes, how does that works?

At the moment, I don't collaborate with anyone but would be highly open to this if the client was looking for a few voices on a project instead of just one.

Whats been the biggest freelancing lesson to date?

The biggest lesson would be to research and know your subject better than the back of your hand. When you understand the topic and you arm yourself with the tools, you're writing can only get better.

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