Kialla's Karen Parker will be one of five guest reporters at The News next week.JOHN LEWIS December 1, 2012 4:14am
Kialla’s Karen Parker is looking forward to writing a piece on Shepparton’s connection to Ned Kelly for The News.
Kialla mother of three Karen Parker has always been fascinated by words and how newspapers work — which is why she jumped at a chance to be a journalist for a day.
Ms Parker is one of five Shepparton district residents selected in the The News’ You Write The News competition.
‘‘I’m very interested in the news. Every morning I read the Shepp News and The Age online. I’m interested in our community and how news is collected and disseminated,’’ she said.
After several years of working as an operating theatre nurse in Shepparton, Ms Parker decided on a change of direction a few years ago.
‘‘I’ve always loved English and history, so I thought I should make a career of it,’’ she said.
She studied part-time for a Bachelor of Arts degree at La Trobe University and went on to complete a postgraduate Diploma of Education last year.
She is now looking for teaching work.
But meanwhile, she wants to combine her love of words and research by delving into an intruiging slice of Australian history.
‘‘Every town has a Ned Kelly story — I was in Beechworth with friends recently and I thought ‘what’s Shepparton’s connection to Ned Kelly?’,’’ she said.
Ms Parker has already discovered a News article from May 22, 1878 which mentions the infamous bushranger.
You can read the results of her research and interviews with local amateur historians together with stories by the four other competition winners in The News next week.
Coca-Cola Amatil has confirmed it will be pressing on with its $100 million redevelopment of SPC Ardmona.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Mary and Molly Byrne are urging others to support National Bandanna Day today.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
The annual Deniliquin Garage and Town Sale event is being held tomorrow, and more than 16 homes are registered for the bargain day.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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