Intern Spotlight: Mitchell Turner

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With the 2021/22 A-Leagues seasons coming to a close over the next few months, it’s time to look back at some of the interns that were given the opportunity to cover the league this year.

We spoke to graduate number 100, Mitch Turner about his time in the program, the moments that will stick with him forever and a bit about what is next for him.

For Turner, sports journalism was always a logical step, one that provided an opportunity to combine two of his biggest passions into an actual career.

“From quite a young age people mentioned that I was quite a good writer. It was something that I was always interested in, whether that was creative writing or journalism, and my other big interest was sport,” he said.

“I was playing sport, watching sport, it was always a big part of my life since I was a little kid. From there it felt like the most obvious way to combine those interests was sports journalism.”

Monash University was the place where he chose to develop his skills, opting for a Bachelor of Arts majoring in journalism and minoring in international affairs.

It was a conversation with a friend, who was a graduate of The Football Sack, that led Turner towards applying.

After taking the leap and submitting his application, he was fortunate enough to get a position covering Melbourne Victory this season and has not looked back since.

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When asked about the highlight of his time in the program, the answer was a simple one.

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“I was so lucky to be able to go and cover Victory in their FFA Cup final win in front of a home crowd,” he said.

“To watch the celebrations and go to the post-match presser where Tony Popovic was in the best mood that I have ever seen him, it was the highlight of my time at The Football Sack.”

Speaking on the skills that he has developed over the last six months, Turner was clear that they are only ones that could be developed in a program like this.

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“It is a great opportunity; the amount of experiences that I have got, the new skills that I have developed, the different people that I have met and the connections that I have made are second to none,” he said.

“The amount of payoff is just amazing, I don’t think I would be in the position that I am with a full-time job straight as I am graduating without it.”

That full0time job has made him graduate 100, with the Melbournian receiving a role as a sports reporter at the Portland Observer which he will begin at the completion of his university degree.

For Turner, this opportunity is one that he is ready to take with both hands, putting him in the perfect position to start his young career.

“Two weeks ago my goal was to find a job in the industry. My goal now is to make the most of this opportunity, spend the next couple of years doing journalism out in a regional area with the hopes of moving into a bigger metropolitan newspaper,” he said.

With this full-time job and a vast amount of experiences under his belt, Turner is aware of the contribution both the program and the donors have made to his recent success.

“This organisation is giving young journalists an opportunity that they would not get anywhere else. You can’t just walk into a press conference in a professional sports league and interview coaches. Having the avenue to do that is so significant in a young career,” he said.

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“The Football Sack is a program that needs and deserves to be supported so I would recommend to anyone who wants to donate their money to this type of thing, there is no better organisation to do it.”

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William Makepeace
William Makepeace
Current Intern covering Canberra United. Sports Media student at University of Canberra who lives and breathes Football

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