Zoe Askew

Journalism, 2022

My name is Zoe Askew; I am currently a journalist at a regional Victorian newspaper, The Gippsland Times and Maffra Spectator.

My full-time job creating journalistic content for print and digital media encapsulates a variety of topics from breaking and local news to sport, lifestyle, entertainment, reviews and politics; nothing is off limits.

Photography is a great passion that I am fortunate enough to exercise daily through my work and in my own time.

I strive to produce interesting content that captivates audiences of varying demographics while maintaining my core values of honesty, respect, fairness and courage and upholding the MEAA Journalist Code of Ethics.

As a child, I would spend hours upon hours reading, writing poems and stories and taking photos with whatever camera I could get my hands on.

If somebody had told me that as an adult, I would be paid to spend hours reading, writing and taking photos, I would have laughed in disbelief.

My passion for sharing stories through words and images I harboured through childhood has only continued to grow through adulthood and in the infancy of my career.

I am engrossed in my work; I drive for success, there is no other outcome, and I continuously strive to improve.

Whatever the story, no matter how big or small, I put my heart and soul into my work because, for me, there is no better feeling than conjuring readers’ emotions with the use of words.

Zoe Askew