I'm 31 years old and have been working as a journalist for my entire adult life. I grew up in country Victoria and, after graduating from high school at 17, I worked for a few months at a hotel in Melbourne, parking cars mostly. When I turned 18, I was able to start a cadetship at my local paper in Kyneton.
Since then, I've worked in Kilmore, Mount Isa, Armidale, Glen Innes, Bendigo, Weipa and Melbourne, and had shorter stints in a couple of other places. For the past four years, I have been the editor and general manager of the Cape York News, a newspaper that covers an area almost as big as Victoria.
It is a weekly paper and I have journalists working for me from Cooktown and Weipa. Personally, I work from a home office in Cairns and travel infrequently to Cape York. I have worked for both Fairfax and News Corp and just recently did a three-month stint on the sports desk at the Cairns Post. In March 2018, I travelled for six weeks across Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Malaysia and continued to work on the paper from abroad.
I have written freelance pieces for the Sydney Morning Herald, The Roar, AAP and other publications and have also been a regular guest on ABC Radio in the Far North. I attend most Cairns Taipans NBL matches as a freelancer for AAP.
I don't usually tweet about work, but you can find my ramblings on Twitter via @mattnicholls29