Brodie Stone is a Multimedia Journalist covering education for the Northern Advocate.
Kia ora, I’m Brodie and I’ve been with the Northern Advocate since 2022. My journey towards becoming a journalist wasn't a linear one. After finding out I was pregnant with my daughter after a year of study at AUT, I moved back to my hometown of Whangārei. I studied for a Bachelor of Communications at Massey University with a major in Journalism and minor in Media Studies (distance) while at home with my girl. The final stage of my degree involved completing an internship, which I did at the Northern Advocate and was lucky enough to be offered a job at the end. I feel incredibly blessed to be in a role that allows me to hear the myriad of stories Te Tai Tokerau has to offer. The sense of satisfaction from covering a story that leads to real change is second to none, but it doesn’t matter who you are or what your story is - it’s always a privilege to hear it. Here at the Northern Advocate, I’m responsible for covering education, from cyclone damage, truancy, new legislation, to the teachers’ strike. Though my focus is education, I love the diversity that working in a regional paper brings. I’ve covered a huge array during my time here and my natural curiosity drives a hunger to find a good story.