Here is a little bit about me...
Hello! My name is Manue and I am a writer living and working on beautiful Djarra Country.
I completed my bachelors in Journalism at RMIT, and during that time, news read for RRR and JOY 94.9, where I also helped write, produce and present a weekly current affairs program called The Informer. At this time, I was also feature writer for Acclaim Magazine, where I pitched and wrote my own column, WYD. I then undertook a Masters Degree at the University of Melbourne in International Relations so as to understand the intricacies of the politics I hope to report on.
My studies helped me deepen my passion for Human Rights, and have been lucky enough to volunteer with Oxfam Australia, the Australian Conservation Foundation, Conversation at the Crossroads and The Organization for World Peace. My favourite subjects were Human Rights, Social Policy & Development and International Migration. I hope to find more opportunities to apply the writing, editing and producing skills I have honed through my studies and lend my talents to causes that align with my own personal ethics.
My pand-iphany (pandemic epiphany) was that I needed to be closer to nature to live authentically. Since moving to the bush, I have begun volunteering for the SES, which has given me strong links to the community and a first-hand view of the need for climate resilience. I have completed my probationary period and am able to respond to emergency call-outs. I am also working towards becoming a Media Liason for the SES Emergency Services Victoria. Through my growing network, I have been given the opportunity to be a camp leader for WayOut Pride Camp in Macedon, Camp Different in Maldon, and been a chaperone at the Pride Formal in Castlemaine.
My most recent work is with a new non-for-profit called Youth Take Over. YTO responds to the number of young people looking for their 'next-step' after spending two years in lock downs. We create unique work experience programs where a group of young people are given a project, which upon completion, sets them up for the next job interview with confidence. I am the Communications, Engagement and Project Officer. I get to meet young people on their terms and tell their stories.
Youth Take Over, Engagement, Communications and Project Support (Jan 2022 — Present)
Media & Communications lead for a new non-for profit, emphasis on storytelling through website, social media, and video.
The Social Research Centre, Telephone Interviewer (April 2021 — Jan 2022)
Data collection for government funded research such as the Australian Child Maltreatment Study
Conversation at the Crossroads, Media & Communications Officer (June 2021—Feb 2022)
Managing the website (WordPress), sourcing articles & creating engagement strategy & content to boost audience
Australian Conservation Foundation, Volunteer Social Media Moderator (May 2020 — December 2020)
Framing training to communicate with a diverse online audience of 700 thousand
Activating and encouraging members of the community to become involved in environmental activism
University of Melbourne — Master of International Relations (Class of 2021)
RMIT — Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) (Class of 2017)
Carey Baptist Grammar School (Class of 2014)
House Captain & School Prefect & Winner of the House Cup, Recipient of Headmasters Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Performing Arts, Recipient of House Colours, Recipient of Snowsports Colours & Debating Colours