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Christina Ballico

I came to undertake postgraduate research in a very serendipitous manner. My undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Communications in Journalism and Mass Communication. I came to my degree having spent sometime in community radio and done internships in commercial television production and commercial radio. I had always planned on re-entering the media industries once I finished my degree. Instead I would find myself balancing my full-time degree and part-time employment with various writing commitments and internships at magazines. Research was one of the things I heard about but never seriously considered going into, although I did always plan on going into teaching and training down the track.

I made the commitment to do my Honours once I had finished studying. A background in music journalism and an audio documentary about the Perth music industry I made in my final year proved to be very influential to my research journey. My Honours examined the impact of government regulation on live music in Perth and when the inevitable conversation about the next step after Honours came up, I revisited the documentary for inspiration. My current PhD project comprises
a retrospective study of the Perth music industry.

Academia may not have been the original plan for this stage of my career, but it’s been fantastic, with ECU offering a great research environment. The process of doing a PhD can get a bit lonely, but with a supportive supervisory team and active research culture, I know I will always have somewhere to look for support. Not only have I learnt invaluable skills, but I’ve had the chance to speak at conferences in Australia and New Zealand, meeting some great people along the way. While I’m not sure where I’m headed post-PhD, it’s certainly the best career decision I’ve made.

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