Notepad and pen at the ready, Smithton’s Isaac Popowski is diving into reporting for the Circular Head Chronicle.
A familiar face to many, the local lad has been roaming the region since February as community news reporter.
“I wanted to be a writer when I was younger,” says the 19-year-old, “but it never seemed like a realistic career.”
Until one day while flicking through the Chronicle’s classifieds something caught his eye – his dream gig.
“The ad even asked for someone talkative, I’ve been told I talk too much my entire life,” he laughs.
“It seemed like a perfect fit!”
The former Circular Head Christian School student and school captain fostered a love of literature and writing early, completing year 12 last year as dux.
Born and bred in Smithton, Isaac is now enjoying further immersing himself in the tight-knit community.
Born and bred in Smithton, Isaac is now enjoying immersing himself in the tight-knit community in a new way, and finding his local connections are helping navigate any story.
“I appreciate that I already have an understanding of how our community works – what makes it tick.”
Not one to shy away from a good yarn, Isaac hopes locals will stop and say g’day when out and about.
Isaac joins fellow community news reporter Ashleigh Force, who has held the role since 2015.
To get in touch with a story idea, visit 56 Goldie Street, Smithton or call 6452 3333.
Smithton’s Isaac Popowski joins the Chronicle crew as community news reporter. Picture: Ashleigh Force.