USQ graduate bananas over Walkley nomination

Journalist Daniel Franklin recalls sitting in his very first lecture at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ).

Journalist Daniel Franklin recalls sitting in his very first lecture at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ).

The lecturer, an old-school news editor type, said ‘if you want to be in the media to be rich and famous, you’ve chosen the wrong profession. If you are here because you know stories can make a difference, listen on’.

“Those words have always stuck with me,” Mr Franklin said.

Journalism has taken him all over the world as a reporter, sub editor and chief of staff, to his current role as an Executive Producer with the ABC.

This month he was also recognised as a finalist at the 2017 Walkley Awards, 'The Logies' for Australian news media.

“I have wanted to be a journalist since I can remember,” he said.

“I was really into horse racing, and I was too tall to be a jockey so I thought being a journalist would be the best way to become involved in it.”

Mr Franklin studied Journalism at USQ before starting his career at The Chronicle in Toowoomba.

“I didn’t know where I was going after that,” he said.

“I enjoyed being a journalist and wanted to explore the world. I was able to combine these and had the opportunity to work in a number of different countries.”

On return to Australia the media landscape was changing and Mr Franklin found himself in the perfect position to enter the online world of news telling with the ABC.

In his role, he leads the ABC’s Digital Emergency Coverage, while also following the horse-racing scene which is still a passion of his.

“I have been fortunate to be in the right place at the right time,” he said.

"I've enjoyed all stages of my career from regional news and national news desks, to where I am now at the forefront of emergency reporting."

Mr Franklin received his Walkley Award nomination for a number of headlines he produced for ABC's digital content.

One such being 'Unlucky fisherman reeling amid banana karma drama’ which headlined a story about a prank played on a boat in Northern Territory based on bananas being bad luck for fishing.

"As much as I have fun writing funny headlines, it is a skill and to be recognised at a national level is something I am greatly humbled by,” Mr Franklin said.

He joins an illustrious band of USQ Media and Communications alumni which includes the likes of Mark Willacy, Matt Wordsworth, Jessica van Vonderen, Davina Smith, Dan Nolan, Bruce Atkinson and Caitlyn Gribbin.

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Daniel Franklin at the Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism at Brisbane last week.