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Rookie reporters revealed Five budding journalists get their start at AFL Media
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AFL deputy CEO Gillon McLachlan

A new breed of rookies are about to join the AFL – rookie reporters.

Victorian Minister for Youth Affairs Ryan Smith today joined with Deputy CEO of the AFL Gillon McLachlan in announcing the 'first draft' of successful applicants for the AFL Youth Central Rookie Reporter program.

The Victorian Government initiated program will see five young people aged 18 to 25 undertake an internship with the AFL, working with senior AFL reporters and editors to report and cover various aspects of the game for the AFL website.

Mr Smith, who joined AFL officials and players at AFL House in Melbourne to officially welcome the new interns, said the opportunity for them to work for the country's pre-eminent sporting organisation was a dream come true.

AFL Deputy CEO Gillon McLachlan said he was looking forward to the new reporters coming on board.

“The AFL Youth Central Rookie Reporter program has uncovered some terrific aspiring reporters who share a passion for AFL football and want to apply their journalism talents on covering the game,” Mr McLachlan said.

“These aspiring reporters have a unique chance to work on the frontlines of an increasingly popular website devoted to Australia‟s most popular sport and to gain valuable experience in online reporting.

“The AFL is proud to work in partnership with the Victorian Government on providing this opportunity during the 2013 AFL Premiership Season.”

“The AFL Youth Central Rookie Reporter program is a wonderful opportunity for young people from around Victoria to get a practical, hands-on introduction to the world of sports journalism,” Mr Smith said.

“Interns will listen to radio news reports and interviews throughout the day and write news pieces for the AFL website and possibly club websites, as well as going behind the scenes at the AFL to see how a major digital media outlet works.

“The rookie reporters will also contribute to the Victorian Government's Youth Central website talking about their experiences at the AFL and passing on tips to other young writers.”

More than 100 people from across Victoria applied for the positions, with applicants having to be either currently studying or have completed a degree in journalism or equivalent.

The five new reporters are:
Anne Fedorowytsch, 22 of Myrtle Bank
Justin Cooper, 22 of Langwarrin
Ben Rowles, 19 of Mildura
Paul Bastin, 21 of Briar Hill and
David Schout, 21 of North Dandenong.

The internships run until the end of the 2013 football season, with interns working one day a week for four hours.

Mr Smith said the AFL would be primarily responsible for managing the program and mentoring the interns.