The Edit: How to break a story

What does it take to lead the news agenda? Where do you find the angle to push a running story in a new direction? What are the tools journalists need to get their first big break?

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Join two of our best newsbreakers — award-winners Sharnelle Vella and Annika Smethurst — as they give you their tips on how to break your first big yarn. They will discuss how to cultivate contacts and where to look when you want to break a story, with topics ranging from your local council to the national agenda.

Sharnelle is an award-winning journalist and 7NEWS Melbourne’s state political reporter.  She has extensive media experience in radio and commercial broadcast news and events. Sharnelle has covered major events both in Australia and internationally, reporting from London, Los Angeles, Florida, China and New Zealand.

Annika is the state political editor at The Age newspaper. She is a double Walkley award winner and has three Quill awards for political reporting. Annika is the former national political editor of the Sunday Telegraph and Sunday Herald Sun and appears on ABC’s Insiders program, The Drum and Sky News.

The Edit is the Melbourne Press Club’s event series for young and early career journalists.

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