SHE may not be the next Jann Wenner or Hunter S Thompson ... yet. But Lismore student Jye Hudson-Sheaffe is already on the way to a stellar career in journalism.
The 15-year-old Trinity Catholic College student has had her first album review published in no less a magazine than Rolling Stone.
“English has been my favourite subject since kindergarten,” says Ms Hudson-Sheaffe, who is in Year 10.
“And I love all types of music – everything except commercial pop music and country. Right now my favourites are The Ramones and Arctic Monkey.”
It was that love of music, and a family connection, that landed her a week's work experience at the Sydney offices of the music magazine.
“Journalism and music do kind of run in the family,” said Ms Hudson-Sheaffe.
“My dad, Jeremy, had a music magazine called Hot Metal when he was younger and now does freelance writing for Rolling Stone and a couple of other magazines.”
With a bit of string pulling, her father was able to get her in the door at Australian Consolidated Press in Sydney, who publish Rolling Stone.
While she was there she wrote the trivia section for the magazine, transcribed some interviews and was asked to do a CD review of the British electropop band Fenech Soler.
It is published in the current April issue.
“Everyone was so lovely. They helped me with everything and gave me honest advice about my writing,” Ms Hudson-Sheaffe said.
“That was really helpful.”
So what's next for the budding journalist?
“I'm hoping to get some work experience at a women's magazine.”
She also plans to go on to study at a university in Sydney.
After that, who knows.
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