Ben Tambyah – Sucker Magazine
Who are you? And what do you do?
I’m currently 21 years old, recently deferred Uni (Bachelor of Commerce, Marketing), and am a bartender for work. Nothing beats travelling, beer, and music. For just over 2 years now, I’ve been running my own youth culture/lifestyle and fashion magazine; Sucker Magazine.
How did you get into Media and Events?
I got into the events side of things with the magazine because I felt like it’d be a fun way to engage with my audience and Sucker’s fan base. I started throwing parties at Rad Bar in Wollongong, and in recent times have gone onto hosting them at venues in Sydney, Cronulla, and Of course the hometown, Wollongong.
What do you like about your job?
I love that Sucker can not only bring people together, but showcase and encourage the exposure of creative talent and skill locally. I get to talk to and meet so many young geniuses when scouting content for issues. It’s a lot of fun. I didn’t realise how much of a passion I had for fashion, music, and art until I began this journey.
What are challenger’s you face in your career?
Plenty of challenges arise, don’t be misled! Firstly, a printed magazine is extremely difficult to process and throw out on the market. Everything is easily accessible online now. People don’t understand the time and expenses it takes to give someone something they can touch and look at, but personally, it makes the experience so much more worthwhile.
Advice for someone wanting to enter into media
My own venture has allowed me to meet so many great people and contacts, and this helps grow Sucker. I know for a fact that it won’t be simple and sometimes the easy option is to bail, but if you remember why you began the process in the first place, you’ll be sweet!
I recently took part in a one day a week unpaid internship at OPUS design in Paddington on the Media team. During the four weeks as an intern I learnt a lot about how being on a media team works. After the four weeks I got offered a full time position on the team.
Opus design is a gift and homewares store that has a store in paddington and a store in Newtown (Octopus), they also have an online store.
On the Media Team there is two Graphic Designers and a Social Media Coordinator, My day to day activities consist of scheduling Facebook post for the week (usually product posts and free shipping message or when there is a sale) checking and responding to messages and comments on all social media platforms, when new products come in to the store I upload them to there online store, responding to any customer enquiries about products they may have ordered or wanting to know more about from the online store. My day has a basic routine though throughout the week with new stock arriving and other tasks coming in such as a Christmas catalogue my day is never usually the same.
From working at OPUS I am beginning to understand how business promote their products through social media and other media platforms and the effect it has. I have also been creating and styling content, posting on their socials etc. So far I have learnt how important it is to pay attention to detail as it is very important when posting and sending content out live that it has to be perfect as once it is out there everyone can see it.
August 22 The Sutherland Shire Council introduced four hours limited parking at the Sutherland Shire Leisure Centre car park to eliminate all day parking by railway commuters. Leaving commuters to park elsewhere.
The aim of this endorsed change in parking circumstances is targeted at returning this parking area to the Leisure Centre users, with particular consideration to parents with young children, those with prams and strollers or those using mobility aids. Previously the parking facility has been taken up and used by local commuters parking and leaving their cars for as long as a whole day.
“Council staff were alerted to the fact that parents could not find parking in the middle of the day or early afternoon as they brought their children for swimming lessons etc.”
“So following this Council’s traffic committee assessed the situation and recommended that timed parking be introduced.”
“Council then produced a plan of action and steps to inform existing users.” Sutherland Shire Council, D Ward.
The Sutherland Shire Council has recently introduced the four hour limited parking which will apply from 7am to 6pm, seven days a week, on all two hundred plus parking spaces in the sealed parking area.
A report by the Services Committee recommended, “if legal”, leaflets be placed on the windscreens of vehicles for two days during the week the signage was erected.
It is evident the need for more commuter car parking at Sutherland is a huge issue and often there is no parking spots within a suburbs radius.
“I don’t know where I will be able to get a parking spot in the morning before I catch the train to work, I often can’t see any spaces in parking from Sutherland to Loftus and Sutherland to Kirawee, it worries me where will I park before work, though I do understand it is vital the parking is available for the Sutherland Shire Leisure Centre users during the day”- Campbell B, commuter.
The Council and leisure Center are not yet able to say if the time parking is effective as the endorsed trial period has not been completed and not all data has been collected yet.
I believe this news story was “newsworthy” as it is a current local issue happening now, I interviewed the people I did to show the different perspectives of the story for example, what the public think and the council.