Budding journalists to interview sports stars

sports-journalism-web2Soccer legend and coach of the new Melbourne Heart Youth Soccer Team, John Aloisi, Captain of the Australian Diamonds Netball Team and Co-captain of the Melbourne Vixens, Sharelle McMahon and Majak Daw, Rookie with the North Melbourne Football Club will all be on hand to field questions from the crowd.

The high school students will be learning firsthand about journalism in sport, with the three sports stars talking about their pathways to their sports careers, the difficult decisions they have had to make along the way, and how media has impacted them in their sporting roles.

La Trobe journalism students will buddy up with the high school students to develop questions to ask the sporting personalities, learning the most effective methods to capture the interviews. 

David Lowden, Senior Lecturer in Sports Journalism and coordinator of the Bachelor of Journalism (Sport) degree, said the event is a great opportunity for high school students to get a taste of what a career in sport could entail.

‘With direction from La Trobe journalism students, the press conference will allow the high school students to see up close how this type of interview is conducted and some will even have the chance to have their question put to the sports stars on the day.

‘We hope to give the high school students a ‘real life’ experience that will aid them in their University preference choices,’ David said.

Interview opportunities with John Aloisi, Sharelle McMahon and Majak Daw
 Monday 19 September, 1.00 pm - 2.30 pm
Where:  Agora Cinema, Kingsbury Drive, La Trobe University, Bundoora https://www.latrobe.edu.au/melbourne/location
Contact:  Nicole Humphreys, 9479 6533 
John Aloisi
Coach of the new Melbourne Heart Youth Soccer Team
Following a career spanning two decades, John Aloisi holds the distinction of being the only Australian in history to play his trade in the world’s three biggest football leagues – England’s Premier League, the Spanish La Liga and Serie A in Italy – a testament to his longevity and rare attacking instinct. Aloisi is best known for his feats with the Qantas Socceroos, netting 27 goals in 55 appearances across a glorious 11 year international career to become the second highest scorer in Australian history.

Sharelle McMahon
Captain of the Australian Diamonds Netball Team and Co-captain of the Melbourne Vixens
The 33-year-old captain of the Diamonds became the first netballer - and only the fourth woman - to carry the Australian flag at the Commonwealth Games. Sharelle was the only member of the netball side to have played at all three previous Commonwealth Games, winning two gold medals and a silver medal - and it was her own performance throughout the bitterly fought netball competition that catapulted Sharelle and netball into public consciousness as never before.

Majak Daw
Rookie with the North Melbourne Football Club
There was much hype surrounding the selection of Daw in the 2009 rookie draft. The first Sudanese-born player to be listed at an AFL club, he boasts outstanding athleticism and agility for his size but is still regarded as a developing prospect having only begun playing the game at the age of 14.


La Trobe’s Bachelor of Journalism (Sports) is the only course of its kind in Australia. The degree is designed to equip students with the skills needed for a career in the growing, but increasingly complex, sport media, working across a range of media platforms. The Bachelor of Journalism (Sport) combines print, online, and broadcast journalism training along with first year subjects in business and sport management. For more information on the course, visit https://www.latrobe.edu.au/courses/journalism


Nicole Humphreys, Media and Communications Unit
T: 9479 6533 E: n.humphreys@latrobe.edu.au