The Final Cut
Saturday, 10th October, 2020
By Emily Ferguson
Patrick Reincke worked his last day as Broken Hill’s 7 Spencer Gulf News video journalist, after four years in front of the camera.
After starting his journalism career as the Barrier Daily Truth’s sports journalist for a year in 2015, he was approached by his predecessor Tom Johnson who suggested he apply for his position.
“I did my one year with the Barrier Daily Truth, that was my first ever full time position and I loved every minute of it. I became good friends with Tom who was the video journalist at the time, and when he finished up and moved to Tassie I think they asked him if he knew anyone locally who could fill his job, because local knowledge trumps experience as a video journalist sometimes,” said Patrick.
“He mentioned it to me and I was very scared to take it at first, I was like, I’ve been a print journalist for one year how do you expect me to be a video journalist just like that?”
Patrick said his former Chief of Staff Tim Hatfield told him he would back him if he took the job.
“From there I took it on and the first few weeks were a bit rough, the news voice wasn’t there and the camera skills were very shaky, but over time, thanks to my colleagues, they helped me and I started helping them.
“It’s come full circle and four years later here I am,” he said.
For Patrick, the best part of his time as video journalist was the wide variety of stories he was able to cover, from the Menindee fish kills to RFDS Women’s Auxiliary Christmas puddings.
“There’s been some super serious stories, some super light-hearted stories and certain events I’ve loved covering and others where you have to get through the day being very switched on.
“That’s been the best part of it, the amount of stories and the amount of people you meet.”
One of Patrick’s most memorable stories is the Broken Heel Festival.
“I’ve always enjoyed covering the Heel festivals, it’s not a super breaking story but those festivals were a time where it wasn’t work, it was seven hours on a Saturday night with the camera and at no point did I feel like I wasn’t enjoying myself, then going out to Silverton for the recovery day, covering the parade and the train arrival,” he said.
“Also a very, very rare one, the demolition derby they held at the Speedway about two and a half years ago.
“That was a late night at the race track, all these races went down and the demolition derby started at midnight. It was a long night but the whole crowd stayed there, I was up in the box filming the entire event and that still stands as one of my best nights in the job.
“The fish kill was a very big gravity one to do, it drew a lot of attention, the whole nation’s attention went to Menindee that week... the interview there and the follow ups, that was a big story.
“One of the biggest that I’ve felt a bit nervous to do because it was such a big story in relation to what’s been going on in that water situation for years and years, and I was at the forefront of it so that was pretty daunting,” said Patrick.
Patrick said the biggest things he’s learnt include perfecting his news voice which was labelled as “bogan” in the beginning, the camera skills which have transferred into his everyday life as a hobby and the improvement of his people skills from speaking with many people in the community.
After seeing more than ten journalists in the Spencer Gulf region come and go, Patrick decided now was his time to finish up.
“When I see these journos come and do their one year and then leave and I’m still here after 3 or 4, I think, geez, am I stalling a bit?” he said.
“I think a lot of it is just enjoying where I was, I enjoy working in Broken Hill but the constant stress to find stories makes it hard to get up and go to work in the morning, always having to do two stories a day, five days a week.”
Patrick said he couldn’t see any further employment opportunities in this role as a video journalist that would be a stepping stone to other things. He decided to make a complete career shift and move into real estate.
“This opening for Outback Real Estate Property Manager was there and it said if you’re willing to learn we’ll take you on and I thought I’d get out of the comfort zone and completely pivot away,” he said.
“It’s exciting, property managing is something I never thought I’d be able to do but joining Outback Real Estate will be challenging, but also exciting and it’ll be a lot of fun.
“Thank you to the Broken Hill community for getting in contact with me whenever they had a story, it’s been really great to cover all these stories from fish kills to Heel festivals, from car crashes to puddings, it’s been great to be a part of the community,” he said.
“I’ve loved being a part of Broken Hill and telling all the stories of Australia’s first heritage-listed city. It sounds a bit corny but it’s been an honour to be on the TV telling these stories, and I’m sure my replacement will hit the ground running and it will be a seamless transition.”