Max Laughton

From writing on all things AFL to travelling overseas to cover eSports competitions, Max Laughton has landed his dream job as a sports journalist.

Graduating in 2012, opportunities at Monash enabled Max to get where he is now – a member of the Fox Sports team.

Here is his profile…

Name: Max Laughton

Course: Bachelor of Journalism

Faculty/Division: Arts

Dept: School of Film, Media & Journalism

Campus: Clayton/Caulfield

Year graduated: 2012

Current position: AFL digital content producer at Fox Sports/Fox Footy

Why did you chose to study journalism at Monash?

Even before I knew what I wanted to study, I'd always hoped I would be able to attend Monash based on its reputation, the convenience and quality of the two campuses certainly helped too. My cousin had started studying journalism at Monash the year before I began my degree and was full of praise for the course.

How did Monash help get you to where you are now?

Monash provided me with multiple opportunities as well as a great three years of learning which enabled me to then take advantage of the chances I had. An internship at the Herald Sun at the end of my first year gave me valuable on-the-job experience and the practical nature of the course meant I had a portfolio to work with.

Best Monash memory?

Some of the sports journalism classes I did later in my degree. The sheer fact that I was needing to study or write about things I already was incredibly interested in was so enjoyable.

What advice would you give your first-year uni self?

Make as many connections as you can. The degree is of course important but getting opportunities to jump into an incredibly competitive field is just as vital.

What did you wish you knew before going out into the workforce?

How different the environment can be once you're actually out there. I didn't do too much part-time work during my degree but if you have a chance to get some experience in a workplace before it's your career, grab it.

Who has been your biggest mentor?

My dad. He has worked in TV production throughout his career and I have fond memories of going into his offices at an early age – I think that put something in my head that made me want to enter the same field.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?

It's hard to say because I don't know where I see the industry itself in 10 years time. Writing for online is excellent, but how people consume sports content could change in the next decade and mean I need to become even more versatile.

What was your very first job?

Stocking the toy shelves at Big W during Christmas. For some reason I chose that department when I was given options. I was foolish.

What was your dream job growing up?

Sports journalist.

Any hidden talents?

I'm pretty good at most video games. Thankfully at Fox Sports I've been able to branch out into covering games in some ways, whether it's writing about the next AFL video game or travelling overseas to cover eSports (competitive gaming) competitions.

Any pets?

I just recently got a rescue cat which my girlfriend named Kirimi. The name is Japanese and based off a cartoon salmon. Naturally.

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