This week, nine-year-old Abby Hennigan wrote to the Walkley Foundation enquiring whether she could be a member of MEAA as she loved journalism:
“Hello my name is Abby and I am 9 years old. I love journalism I have been a junior reporter a couple of times and I have also won the public speaking comp 4 years in a row. Mum and I were wondering am I too young to join. My mum said I can join if I am old enough. Thankyou from Abby.”
While she’s a bit too young to join the union, we discovered that Abby is a bit of a star as a junior reporter – and she already has a CV longer than most of ours! In Year Four at Morawa District High School, Abby in 2014 won a cross country (and broke the record) and was semester one’s highest achiever in English, Society and Environment, Health and Music.
But it’s a career in broadcast journalism she seems to be chasing! Abby reported on the West Coast Eagles fan days in 2013 and 2014, interacting with fans and players as she reported like a pro, never once wavering or showing signs of any nerves.
Abby has expressed her desire to be a sports reporter as she loves football especially, her mother says, and she finds it fun to speak in front of the camera.
Here are some videos of Abby in action:
Abby, we wish you all the very best and hope you pursue your dream of beings a sports journalists. MEAA looks forward to having you as a member in years to come and who knows – one day, we might even see you at the Walkley Awards!
The Walkley Foundation & MEAA staff