Intern Spotlight: Oscar Rutherford

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As the regular season nears its conclusion, let’s find out about the man behind the reporting of Melbourne City – Oscar Rutherford.

With 100 graduates and counting, it’s always great to acknowledge the hard work of the current crop of interns.

Melbourne City have been the blockbuster team of the A-League Men competition this season and Oscar has been relishing the opportunity to cover their success.

He’s had his challenges along the way with City’s tight schedule, though takes this as part of the opportunity TFS has provided.

“It’s been an awesome having the opportunity to go to matches and cover games and get to know real journalism and it has opened this whole new world for me,” said Rutherford.

“It’s been a lot of hard work because, particularly covering City, they’ve been playing a lot of games, but on the whole it’s so much fun and I’m glad that I’m doing it.”

Working in the football industry has always been an interest for Oscar. He believes this internship has developed this interest into a much larger part of his life.

Rutherford understands journalism may not be a sustainable career choice for himself, however, he does appreciate the experiences he’s had during his time at TFS.

By participating in this internship, our interns experience learning to form connections with the top football journalists in Australia.

The hands-on construct of the internship supplies valuable learning modules that interns can follow through with.

Rutherford agrees this is what sets TFS apart from neighbouring programs.

“I can return to those connections. I know who are the top journalists in Melbourne and they know me.

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Now I know part of what it takes and what it looks like,” said the 20-year-old.

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“The most valuable thing is the hands-on experience because the best way to learn is by being in those situations and TFS does a really good job of doing that.”

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TFS provides a chance for young and aspiring journalists to get the experience they need.

Rutherford credits the support of donations provided to enable the survival of the internship.

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“Without the donors, TFS doesn’t exist. If you want good journalists to have had experiences and have built up a body of work before they’re taking on full-time roles, you need to support a program like this,” he said.

“I think we’d all turn around and say that we’re better journalists having been through this process.

“I think journalism benefits when young journalists get opportunities.”

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Mitchell Roese
Mitchell Roese
Sports enthuse currently studying a Bachelor of Communications (Journalism) at the University of Technology Sydney. Covering the Central Coast Mariners 2021/22 A-League Season

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