University of Southern Queensland (USQ) journalism alumni Davina Smith is living her dream of covering some of the nationâ€™s biggest news stories.
Ms Smith studied a Bachelor of Mass Communications majoring in Journalism at USQ before beginning her successful career at WIN News where she worked as a reporter and presenter in Rockhampton, Toowoomba and the Sunshine Coast.
The award winning journalist is currently based in Brisbane for Nine News, but sheâ€™ll soon head to Sydney to take over as the news networkâ€™s daytime presenter. â€œI still canâ€™t believe I have this job â€“ itâ€™s what I dreamed of when I was at USQ,â€ she said. â€œIâ€™ve reported in London, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, the Solomon Islands, Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane.
Iâ€™ve covered everything from natural disasters, to politics, fashion shows, President Barack Obamaâ€™s Australian Tour, and met Prince William and Kate while covering their royal tour through the Asia Pacific. â€œEvery day is intense, but rewarding.â€
Ms Smith said she wouldnâ€™t be where she is today without USQ. â€œMy first lecture was with Dianne Jones, who told a group of fresh faced high school graduates if they planned on being the next Jana Wendt, they had enrolled in the wrong degree â€“ this was about telling stories, not being TV stars,â€ she said. â€œEvery student got hands on experience, opportunities and individual attention.
â€œThrough the Universityâ€™s contacts, I lined up work experience and eventually jobs that gave me the best start to my career.â€ Ms Smith said she tells every university journalism student she meets to start their career in a regional newsroom because itâ€™s where you learn to be a great reporter.
â€œRegional newsrooms are a local communityâ€™s voice and they know what is going on their backyard,â€ she said.Â â€œWhen Iâ€™m back home visiting family in Toowoomba, I always buy the local paper, and I always take time to listen and watch the local news â€“ Toowoomba is still my home and I want to know whatâ€™s going on in the community.â€