Sitting opposite Deborah this week is Jenny Brockie, award-winning journalist and host of SBS TV’s Insight. Through this series of videos, learn more about Jenny’s career path, thoughts on parenting and politics and her unwavering devotion to the Sydney Swans.
While Jenny spends her days interviewing others, the process of being interviewed herself is one that makes her feel like a “fraud”.
“I don’t think that what I do is about me, I think what I do is very much about the people I talk to,” said Jenny.
“So I always feel a little bit like a fraud. Why would anyone be interested in me? The interesting thing is the people I talk to,” said Jenny.
“But I do it because it makes me aware of what other people go through when I do my job,” she said.
Jenny Brockie always knew she would become a journalist
Intrigued by the idea of making a living through storytelling, her passion for the profession was ignited by a family member at a very young age.
“I think I always loved stories and I liked stories with a bit of glamour in them as a kid,” she said.
Jenny tells Deborah about an afternoon spent her “glamorous” aunt and her aunt’s friend who was a journalist at The Women’s Weekly and how this sparked her interest in the profession.
Years later, a chance meeting with a school friend while working at NSW State Parliament reminded Jenny of her primary school career path prediction.
“I have no memory of that at all, so it’s funny, things sit in your mind and then off they go,” said Jenny.
Jenny’s passion as a child became her purpose in life and has gone on to become one of Australia’s most respected journalists, renowned for her skill and fairness.
About Jenny Brockie
Jenny’s career has spanned television, radio, print and film and is well known for hosting SBS TV’s Insight where she facilitates an always lively and thought-provoking discussion on a wide range of topics. Her work as a television journalist and documentary filmmaker earned her a coveted Gold Walkley, two AFI Awards, a Logie, a Human Rights Award, two Law Society Awards and another Walkley. In 2006 and 2008, Jenny received a United Nations Association Media Peace award for her work on Insight.