Regional news stories are just as important as any other news issues, says journalist Vanessa O’Hanlon, who is the face of Nine’s newest nightly bulletin.
For the past few months you will have noticed your 6pm channel Nine news looks a little different.
Yes the news program runs for an hour, but it also comprises of a mix of local stories, dedicated to local sport and weather reports, together with the very best in national and international coverage.
Ms O’Hanlon has had a career as diverse as her new role with Nine’s Southern NSW Regional News.
A former community radio presenter and weather presenter on ABC News breakfast, Ms O’Hanlon said while meeting Australian celebrities was thrilling, what really drew her to the journalism industry was the reporting of major news events.
“At 16 years old I had the opportunity to interview stars such as Jimmy Barnes… I loved the fact that I could meet such interesting people,” she said.
“Then when I started working for the ABC as the weather presenter I was in the newsroom and loved the buzz, especially if it was breaking news.
“I really enjoyed the story side to it.”
As the new face of Nine’s 6pm Southern NSW Regional News bulletins, Ms O’Hanlon said while it is a little daunting, it is also very exciting.
Ms O’Hanlon has moved to Sydney from Melbourne for her new role and said her whole life has completely changed.
“When an opportunity becomes available you’ve got to go out and take on the challenge,” Ms O’Hanlon said.
The when I started working for the ABC I was in the newsroom and loved the buzz, especially if it was breaking news. I really enjoyed the story side to it.
Despite a recent shake up to the industry with job cuts in various media organisations, Ms O’Hanlon said her new company had just employed 110 people, and that it was great to see the industry being revived.
One of the great things about her new role, she said, was being able to have an hour of news dedicated to a range of local, national, and international topics.
Ms O’Hanlon said it was important that local news stories are shared as they are just as important as international news.
“It’s a great way in connecting people.
“It’s about making everyone feel part of what’s happening,” Ms O’Hanlon said.