Nine News Sunshine Coast boasts a very successful all-female team of well-established journalists who are leading the way for women in regional media by providing locals with the stories that matter most to their community.
Tracey Smith is a reporter for Nine News on the Sunshine Coast. She moved to the region when the Nine Network rolled out its regional markets across the state almost two years ago. Tracey grew up in a small country town in the Darling Downs called Bell before finishing her high school years on the Gold Coast. She has lived in Sydney and Melbourne and traveled extensively during her time as a flight attendant when she was younger.
Question: What's the best part about being a part of an all-female Nine News reporting team?
Tracey Smith: Jordan, Sophie and I have been lucky to start our Nine journey together, launching the newsroom from scratch almost two years ago. We're not just work colleagues but friends and it's great to have such encouraging team mates beside me on this ride. While we are an all-female team of reporters, we couldn't do it without the help of our two incredible cameramen.
Question: How have you personally overcome the career challenges of a traditionally male-dominated workplace?
Tracey Smith: I am a firm believer in running my own race and not comparing my journey to what's going on around me. While the pay gap is still very real in our industry, I do believe the table is turning. To look up and see so many women as news directors, executive producers and senior journalists is incredibly inspiring.
Question: Can you talk us through your career journey to now, working at Nine News Sunshine Coast?
Tracey Smith: I did as much work experience as I could while studying and one of those stints led to an opportunity to fill in when the Seven News bureau in Rockhampton were short staffed. While I was there, I was offered the job as a full-time reporter with Seven in Mackay. When I heard Nine were rolling out its regional news rooms, I jumped at the opportunity to start a bureau from scratch… and of course, living on the Sunshine Coast was a huge draw card!
Question: What advice do you have for young female aspiring journalists?