As one of three successful applicants for Siren’s Emerging Sports Writer Program next round, in partnership with Football Victoria, we’re excited to welcome Seraphina Newton.
What motivated you to apply for this program?
Seraphina Newton: I was motivated to apply for this program because I really wanted an opportunity to engage in the sports media industry. I wanted to experience sports journalism first-hand; this program seemed like the perfect place to start. By providing a voice for women in sport, Siren represents a possibility for change from what has always been a male-dominated field.
Why are you passionate about women in sport?
SN: I have been involved in sport for as long as I can remember, I still play competitive basketball and I love following and supporting all females in sport. In saying this, from a young age, I noticed the discrepancies between women’s and men’s sport and have always wished that things were more equal. I love the work Siren does and would cherish the opportunity to help make a difference, so that young girls can have a future where sport recognises them appropriately, regardless of their gender.
What do you hope to achieve from this program?
SN: Personally, I hope this program helps me get a foot in the door to the sports media industry and allows me to create some contacts for a future career in this profession. I hope to hone my writing, editing and journalism skills, and hopefully clarify that this is the career path for me. If it is, then this program will provide me with invaluable experience and the confidence to enter the workforce after I graduate from university.
What are you most excited to write about for Siren as part of this program?
SN: I am looking forward to doing a profile piece as I love the idea of getting to know more about a female athlete and helping share her story to inspire other young women. I am also looking forward to working with others who share my passion.