Always a Good News Week for Alex

Alexandra Neill, 18, has a part-time job writing for Good News Week.
Alexandra Neill, 18, has a part-time job writing for Good News Week. Daily Examiner

THE show ends, the screen goes black and the credits begin to roll. As those little white words run on the screen, you see your name go past.

While it is a dream for many, it is a reality for one Grafton teenager, Alexandra Neill. For her part-time job during her last year of high school, Alex writes for Network 10 comedy show, Good News Week.

She is in Year 12 at Grafton High School and has decided that television and media is where she hopes to take her career.

“I did a short writing internship with the company before they started shooting Good News Week,” Alex said.

“The head writer, Ian Simmon, liked the way I looked at things and I have been writing on an off for them ever since.”

When she is working, it is all done through the internet and passed between Grafton and Sydney.

“Ian will email me some scanned news items that have been printed recently, and I read them and try to find a different angle and turn it into a joke,” she said.

While she does not write for the show full-time, as she is preparing for the Higher School Certificate, Alex has been involved with the production since she was 15 years old.

“It is a completely different world down there. It was really nice to be treated like an adult and be taken seriously even though I was so young,” she said.

“I appreciate the chance and the opportunity to get my foot in the door. It is great to be in writing with Ian Simmon as he is one of the most experienced people in the industry at the moment.”

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