Journalist Emma Zirkel reflects on her time at The Standard before heading off on a new venture

Saying goodbye is never easy, and the final goodbye to my time at The Standard will be no exception.

It has been just over a year since I joined the team here and what a year it’s been.

When I reflect on how generous the local community have been to share their stories with me I feel extremely grateful to everyone who has made my time here so memorable.

The laughs, the cuppas and stories that people have been kind enough to share with me I will treasure for many years to come.

Throughout the course of the last year I’ve been lucky to explore many corners of this amazing part of the world and have been fortunate enough to also venture over to Kangaroo Island and visit the team at Victor Harbor to work at our sister papers: The Islander and The Victor Harbor Times.

Seeing so much of South Australia in a short space of time really puts into perspective how blessed we are to have the river, the ocean, rolling hills, vast farming land and so much more in such close proximity of each other.

However, all good things must come to an end (I wonder how many more cliches I can squeeze into this editorial? I believe we’re at two) and ending my brief career as a journalist wasn’t an easy decision to come to.

As rewarding as being a journalist has been, and I couldn’t have asked to work for a better paper, I’ve decided to pursue my Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (GDLP), which is a postgraduate program that is the final link between my law degree and being admitted to the Supreme Court to finally become a practising lawyer.

You only have a certain number of years to complete your GDLP after graduating before your law degree ‘goes stale’ and I decided I didn’t want the obscenely expensive piece of paper given to me by the University of Adelaide to go to waste.

I’ve learnt a lot over the last year and gained some helpful new skills with many thanks to Peri Strathearn, Dylan Hogarth and Sharon Hansen, and of course Tricia Waters, Suzanne McLoughlin and Kelsey Allen who were always there for a good giggle and a chat. 

Shoutout to Dani Brown and Michael Simmons at The Times for just being there as well.

Well folks, I guess that’s all from me.

I can’t express how grateful I am for this experience and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without YOU, yes you, the person reading this. Without any of you.

Because at the end of the day isn’t that why journalists do what they do? For our communities and the amazing people in them.

Emma Zirkel