Reporter, Hawke's Bay Today - Hawke's Bay
- Bachelor of Arts
- Political Science
Every day it's a new story for Hawke's Bay Today reporter, Sam Hurley. From appearing in a court room to being at the scene of a crime, there is never a dull moment in the life of a journalist and "that's the beauty of it", says Sam, who credits his career success on his degree from Waikato.
"Without my degree, I wouldn't have the job I do today. The career opportunities I have been lucky enough to have, in a cut throat and extremely competitive industry, are a direct result of my studies."
Having attended Sacred Heart College in Auckland, Sam chose to make the move to Hamilton and attend Waikato after a visit to the campus.
"The campus was stunning. I also wanted to experience living in a halls of residence and the Screen and Media courses on offer at Waikato were some of the best in the country. I was also lucky enough to be awarded the University's School Leavers Scholarship."
Sam cherishes the many opportunities given to him during his time at Waikato including making short films, and having his own column in the University's magazine, Nexus.
"My degree definitely helped spark my passion for writing, while the subjects I chose all allowed me to develop my skills for writing fact and quote based stories. One of the factors which helped me secure my current position was how impressed my employer was with my broad knowledge of Politics, a result of the combination of papers I chose to study."
Since he's been out working in the field, Sam has already ticked off some of his early career goals, including having a number of stories published on the front page of The New Zealand Herald, and in publications throughout Australasia and Britain.
"My long term aspirations are to work, and be successful, at one of the world's largest newspapers, such as the The Guardian in London, The Washington Post in the States, or The Daily Telegraph in Sydney."