Up Close and BIG with Ray Martin

Up Close and BIG with Ray Martin

Up Close and BIG with Ray Martin

Veteran journalist Ray Martin met with a number of students from Burnie schools yesterday at the University of Tasmania Cradle Coast campus. This event organised by the BIG Committee gave students the opportunity to meet Ray and ask questions about working in journalism and the media.

Ray provided insight into the world of journalism and his early life in Tasmania and the path he took which culminated in his extensive career in the journalistic field. He focussed particularly on the importance of education and completing Year 12. Ray talked about his childhood and the commitment of his single parent working class mother to ensure he was able to access the best public school education available which led to him being the first person in his extended family to attend University. Ray spoke to the students about doing the best you can and having a go and impressed upon them that it is through hard work that you achieve your goals.

Interestingly, Ray received a scholarship to attend University to study engineering but soon realised this was not of interest to him and was fortunate to earn a scholarship to a different field of study.

The student event was followed by a business luncheon, hosted by Hellyer College in collaboration with Parklands High School. Parklands High School students catered and served a delicious lunch.

A big thank you to Ray Martin,  the students for all of their fantastic questions, Parklands High School and Hellyer College for their hard work at lunch and the University of Tasmania.

Congratulations BIG for another great year of supporting our young people to 'Begin the dream, Imagine the Possibilities, and Go for it!’ (BIG).