Mark Barnes


13 Stanley Street,

Brunswick, Victoria, 3056

0411 964 058

Career Statement

I have a bachelor's degree in journalism from RMIT and I’m currently undertaking a Masters in International Relations at Melbourne University. I  am an avid media enthusiast and fully utilised my undergraduate degree to advance these skills. I’m an articulate and proficient writer and communicator, I have a strong work ethic, and intense desire to learn. I would relish any and every opportunity to put these skills into practice.


2017 – Current

Melbourne University

Masters of International Relations

2014 – 2016

RMIT University, Melbourne

Communications (Journalism)

Feb 2016 – May 2016

University of the Philippines

Exchange Semester

2013 – 2014

Victoria University, Footscray

Communications (Professional Writing)

Professional Overview

Jul 2016 – Dec 2016


City Journal

City Journal is an RMIT publication

Role Overview

City Journal is a part of the third year course assessment. We were required to produce video, audio, and written content and publish it online


Fear and Family Violence

RRR Midday News – Tuesday 20 September

RRR Midday News – Tuesday 27 September

Feb 2016 – May 2016


Rappler (Manila, Philippines)

Rappler is a major online source of news media in the Philippines.

Role Overview

As an intern I was involved in covering events, hard news writing, interviewing, following leads, engaging with local NGOs, community groups, and political associations to uncover/develop stories and ideas for publication in Rappler.


Duterte operates in zone of ‘cursed and sacred’

The value of Marcos jewels according to the Philippine government

Go back to ‘roots’ – TEDx Miriam College speakers

Too frequent fires at UP Diliman?

Recalling the past, looking to the future: X users react to #EDSA30

July 2015– Dec’ 2015

Floor Manager

Off Beat Mondays is a live variety show on C31.

Role Overview

I was involved in managing talent and floor operations for this one hour variety show filmed weekly. It involved thinking quickly and reacting swiftly to a rapidly changing environment.

June 2015

Freelance Reporter

Channel 31

Channel 31 is a local television station in Australia

Role Overview

Covering local news, researching stories, recording and editing audio and visuals.

Segments Aired

Melbourne Bike Trail Funding Scrapped

Trash in Moonee Ponds Creek, Melbourne 

March 2014 – June 2014


RMIT Catalyst

Catalyst is the RMIT student press. It produces a bi-monthly magazine and online news reporting .

Role Overview

This role involved writing a fortnightly hard news story, using interviews and press releases, and working to tight deadlines.


Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard visits RMIT

Chemical accident causes disruption on city campus

Assessment reviews: “Don’t bother; it doesn’t change anything”

TAFE students’ deadline dilemma

Twenty-seven drug arrests at Maitland’s Groovin’ the Moo

Feb 2013



Hijacked is a national web based student publication.

This is a freelance role. It has a focus on student centric content and involves writing opinion pieces, working to deadlines, and finding relevant content.


God and student union dosh a no deal


May 2015

Shortlisted, Emerging Writer’s Festival Monash Prize

This competition was open to all undergraduate students in Australia.

The End of Unemployed Anastasia and the Once Rebellious Panda

June 2015 – Current


The RMIT Press Club aims to provide industry access and a collaborator website for student content.

Role Overview

As a founding member this role has involved garnering support, promoting membership, and leading the development of the website. It has also involved developing editorial guidelines and processes and a system of content and people management.

Other Languages

Intermediary Spanish (Spanish 1 & 2)

Work Experience

Aug 2016 – Current

Customer Service


Key Responsibilities

This role involves assessing, analysing, and solving customer queries and concerns. It requires: a vast knowledge of gambling and sports, patience and reasoning skills, and above all a strong ability to communicate.

Mar 2015 – Jan 2016

Market Researcher

DBM Consultants

DBM is an outbound market research call centre.

Key Responsibilities

This role involved outbound calls to a variety of a people to conduct market research for a  number of companies and government organisations. Careful questionings, and communication skills were essential to success in this role.

Jul 2007 – Nov 2014


Put It On A T-shirt

Put It On A T-shirt was an online  t-shirt printing business.

Key Responsibilities

This role covered all areas of small business management. Including managing staffing, ascertaining and meeting client requirements, and phone, face to face, and online customer service.

Nov 2005 – Nov 2008

Front Line Associate

GE Money

This was an inbound/outbound collections role.

Key Responsibilities

Adhering to compliance legislation, following procedures, problem solving  through rapport building and questioning techniques in order to ascertain a customer's situation and best meet their account’s recovery needs.

Nov 2004 – Nov’ 2005

Customer Service Consultant

UCMS (Telstra)

This role was an inbound customer service role dealing with Telstra dealerships.

Key Responsibilities

Problem solving, applying and removing products from client accounts, and settling customer complaints in a high pressure environment demanding strong communication skills and a broad knowledge base.