Story telling

Hoping that telling stories will have a positive impact

Crazy about sports. . . Nic Duff joined Oamaru Mail and Otago Daily Times. PHOTO: KAYLA HODGE

Allied Press welcomed a new reporter to its North Otago office this week. Nick Duff joined the writing team for the Courier Oamaru and Otago Daily Times. Kayla Hodge asks him a few questions.

Q Tell me a bit about yourself, Nic.

I was born and raised in Mosgiel. I am the second oldest of four children and my parents still reside in the south. I have moved a lot in the last three years with my studies and my work, but I hope to settle here in Oamaru.

Q What have you been doing since leaving school?

I studied journalism at the New Zealand Broadcasting School in Christchurch for two years. And then I moved north to Hamilton where I did a six month internship with Northern Districts Cricket.

Q What inspired you to study journalism?

Throughout high school, I never really knew what I wanted to do once I was done. I knew I loved sports and wanted to work in sports in any capacity. So I decided to try to become a sports journalist, but once in broadcasting school I fell in love with all forms of journalism. I enjoyed learning about new topics and telling stories about the amazing people I interviewed. From there, I was hooked.

Q What do you expect the most in your role as a journalist?

I’m really looking forward to getting to know the Oamaru community and hopefully having a positive impact through my stories.

Q What role do you think the Oamaru Mail and newspapers play in the community?

I think local newspapers can be a true celebration of the many wonderful things happening in the community. Reporting on small stories that may not appeal to national media, but can still mean a lot to local people. I also believe they give a voice to the voiceless. Ordinary people may not feel heard by major news outlets, but local newspapers can provide them with a platform to be heard.

Q You are passionate about sports. Where does this come from? Interested in anything in particular?

Growing up, my family was very athletic. My dad played rugby and cricket until he was 20 and my mom played netball all through high school. My three siblings played at least two sports growing up, one in the winter and one in the summer, but I participated in as many sports as possible in my week. Sport has always been an escape for me. Away from all the stresses and worries of life, you could just enjoy having fun with your friends.

Q What are your interests outside of work?

As I mentioned above, I love sports so you will often find me watching or playing some form of sport in my spare time.