by CHERIE DONNELLAN
This week, Melbourne University journalist student, now confirmed to be Sasha Burden, wrote a scathing review of her internship experience (read it HERE) with The Herald Sun newspaper which was published in her uni newspaper Farago.
It sparked a ferocious debate about the attitudes of both The Herald Sun newsroom and of the journalism industry as a whole.
Commenters on the media industry website Mumbrella were unimpressed and the gist of the reaction was pretty much this:
“So, the two big issues here are:The newsroom not treating work experience kids like seasoned, professional journalists; showing her some basic courtesies that they’d likely show anyone visiting the office. Can’t wait to see what happens when she gets an actual job!”
Yet, despite the field day I could have commenting on this (as a journalist myself), I won’t. Because there was one particular comment Ms Burden made that threw me.
Between lines documenting a senior journalist making discriminatory comments about transgender and homosexual people and other calling her “Champ” or “Kidlet”, she was also distressed by this:
“….men were also continuously and unnecessarily sexist, waiting for me to walk through doors and leave the elevator before them”.