Norman J Field – Australian printing royalty

It could be said that Norman J Field was to the Australian print industry what The Beatles were to the world of music – always innovating, consistently leading the way, and delivering a quality product time and time again. To call Norman a legend is no exaggeration, and for this reason PIAA awarded him the title of 2018 Media Super Industry Legend. We asked him about some of the standout moments during his illustrious 62-year career.


Melissa Brattoni tells us how shyness at an early age indirectly led her to doing the UTI Dance with comedy trio and viral sensation, Skit Box, as well as writing her own thrillers.

‘I got involved in acting for personal reasons,’ she tells us frankly, ‘because when I was younger I was quite shy and I wanted to seek out ways of becoming more open with people.’


After 12 months of ‘sweat, blood and tears’, Taylor Dent has become a regular sports reporter on Channel Nine’s daytime bulletins. He tells us how he took his chances with both hands. 

Taylor wasn’t planning on a career as a sports reporter. Far from it. In fact, he was studying law at university when a friend suggested he apply for a holiday job at Channel Nine. ‘They get people in for every Commonwealth and Olympic Games to log everything that happens,’ he explains. ‘Then when the reporters arrive in the morning they can use the clips in their show.’


From starting out acting in prep, to starring in Muriel’s Wedding The Musical, Michael Whalley tells us why he’s never rested on his laurels.

Michael’s first foray into acting came when he was just five years old, playing the part of Captain Bumble in a five minute presentation to his school. Since then, he’s completely immersed himself in his craft, playing a diverse variety of roles along the way.

Changing film and TV from within – Joy Hopwood

Melbourne filmmaker Joy Hopwood has been advocating for diversity in film and TV for over 20 years. Now, not only is she noticing a positive change towards fair representation in the industry, she’s just made her first feature film that tackles the subject head on.

We asked Joy where her drive and passion began:

‘One day, whilst doing Drama and Television at university, I was with a group of enthused drama children – a lot of whom were multicultural – and I asked them, “What would you like to do in the future?”.

A rising star of print, look to the future

Racheal Alcorn, newly crowned Young Executive of The Year at the 2017 Media Super National Print Awards, tells us how she got to where she is, and why she’s excited about the future.

In the short time she’s worked in print, Racheal has already turned her hand to several areas of the industry, and it’s a path that seems to be paying dividends.


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