Maja Šimunjak, Programme Leader
Journalism & Communication,
Creative Writing & Journalism
Maja with journalism alumni at 2019 graduation
Why do you think journalism is important?
Because information is the most valuable currency in the world. Those who have it are those who have power. And I think everybody deserves to know about things that affect their lives – and we, journalists, are those tasked with this important job of finding and communicating that information.
Why did you become a journalist?
Because I wanted free tickets for football games (laughs) Well, partly. I always loved telling stories and asking questions. I started ‘interrogating’ my teachers in primary school and editing school newspapers. There was this sense of empowerment in being entitled to ask questions, even if they were about new options for school lunch. This stuck with me.
I was always a big sports fan and when I got an opportunity to cover sports for our radio station at uni, it was like a dream come true. Attend games for free, get the best seats, speak to those whose jerseys I used to wear. Best job in the world. That was career choice sorted for me.
What do you want your journalism students to know when they graduate?
I want them to know that the world is full of stories, and they have the privilege of choosing which to tell and how. To be able to do that, I want them to have the essential journalism skills and understanding of the responsibilities that come with the job. Importantly, I want them to carry on questioning and critically engaging with the society around them, so that whatever stories in whatever formats they want to tell, there’re enriching their own lives and making a contribution to those around them.
What do you do for fun?
I love watching football, handball and tennis, go to theatre, cycle the Great British countryside in between rain showers. Occasionally I pretend I can play tennis. No one is convinced.