When I was 19, I dropped out of a music degree to become a journalist. Since then, I’ve worked for APN Digital, Southern Cross Austereo and ABC Local Radio as a multimedia journalist, producer and news reader. I’m currently working as the website producer for Crikey.com.au.
My adventures in journalism saw me covering the 2011 Queensland floods, reporting on juvenile crime and social issues caused by the mining boom, and braving election hysteria. I also went on a blind date with a listener, played lead guitar in a last-minute cover band and played the straight man to numerous brekky crews during my stint as a commercial radio newsreader.
I moved to Melbourne to work on Tourism Victoria’s consumer website visitvictoria.com in late 2012, but realised I missed journalism and took up the website producer role with Crikey.com.au in mid-2013.
My writing on music and pop culture has been published in Hysteria Magazine, Triple J Magazine and The Vine. I used to blog for whothehell.net (the first Australian-only music blog on the internet) and was also a Writer in Residence as part of the 2012 Emerging Writers Festival.
My photography appears regularly in the ABC’s image library, and many bands have used my images as part of their album artwork and promotional material.
I also write songs and play in bands under the name Sailormouth.
I’m always on the hunt for story ideas and good coffee — follow me on any of the social networks below, or email me at sophie AT sophiebenjamin DOT com.