21 Nov Nathan Continues Broadcasting Legacy
Nathan Morton’s grandfather is a very proud man these days. As former Chief Editor at TVNZ, he has been helping to nurture his grandson’s dream of following him into the world of broadcasting for over a decade.
Nathan, who is now 18, remembers being taken on a tour of the TVNZ studios at the age of 8. His grandfather took him into the editing suite to meet his fellow producers and it was here that young Nathan’s love affair with the world of broadcast journalism began. From that day, he visited his grandfather at work whenever the opportunity arose: “Thanks to him, I was able to tag along with a TV reporter when I was about 15. I already had the bug by then”, he says.
Since that time, Nathan has been relentless in pursuit of his dream to work in broadcast journalism. Working on the Pakuranga College newspaper was followed by an amazing opportunity to do work experience with The Times newspapers in Botany, organised through the school’s Gateway programme. Here he hunted down newsworthy stories and even managed to get into print. Editor of the paper, Nick Kraus says,“It was quickly evident that Nathan is a talented young man with exactly the energy and drive required to get on in the world of journalism”.
Nathan himself admits that it’s a tough world to break into, and that he has had to be single-minded in order to progress towards his goal. “You can’t decide in Year 12 that you want to work in broadcasting”, he says, “You have to know early on, and have a real passion for it”.
And it seems that this young man’s passion has finally been rewarded. He is one of a handful of applicants to be accepted to study Broadcast Journalism at the prestigious New Zealand Broadcasting School at Ara in Christchurch. The course comprises two years of study followed by a year’s internship to provide hands-on industry experience. When asked what his dream career would be he commented, “Well, research and writing are where my strengths are, but it’s such a massive industry and there are lots of things I haven’t even tried yet. Who knows, I might even end up in front of the camera!”
Not one to rest on his laurels, Nathan is working hard to save up money for the big move: “My whole family is so proud” he says, “I just can’t wait to start this next chapter of my life.”
by Roisin Lamb