There's a new face at the Moree Champion and a new name for Moree residents to familiarise themselves with.
Jem Nash has this week joined the Champion team as our new journalist.
Originally hailing from Sydney’s western suburbs, the young journalist spent the past four years in Bathurst, three of which studying a Bachelor of Communication majoring in Journalism at Charles Sturt University.
With a passion for sport and an interest in writing, a career in journalism seemed like an obvious choice for the would-be sports journo.
“It started from my love of sport and I’ve always enjoyed writing as well, so this combines two of my big interests,” he said.
Jem has been playing cricket since he was a child and, more recently, took up AFL while living in Bathurst.
He’s also a “very avid follower” of rugby league.
And while his passion lies within these three sports, the Penrith Panthers and NSW Blues supporter is interested in all sports and is keen to develop his sports writing during his time in Moree.
“Sport has always been my main passion in life, but so are people; I love telling stories about people and what they do and all the good things people do,” Jem said of his journalism interests.
Fresh from university, this is Jem's first journalism role.
He’s excited about being in Moree and is looking forward to getting to know the community and immersing himself in the rural lifestyle.
“From my time in Bathurst, I’ve grown to love the country and was keen to stay in the country and work in country papers and gain experience learning the ropes,” he said.
“[During my time in Moree] I’m going to try to get to know as many people as I can to be able to tell their stories.”
Having been in Moree for less than a week, Jem’s first impression of town is that it’s “hot”.
But he also said it seems like a “really nice little town” from what he's seen so far.
“The people I’ve met so far have been really friendly and always up for a chat which I’ve enjoyed,” he said.
“It’s very different from Sydney.
“I think I’ll fit in really nicely.”
If you see Jem out and about, be sure to say hello and make him feel welcome in our great town.
Jem joins senior journalist Sophie Harris in the Champion’s editorial department. If you have a story for Jem, email firstname.lastname@example.org