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50 years: This week Mansfield Courier journalist Pam Zierk-Mahoney celebrates 50 years in and out of media during her working life.

FIFTY years in and out of one industry over one’s working life can be viewed by some as a great achievement.

But for me this achievement is seen as nothing extraordinary – just life going on a path that happened by coincidence.

Born in Geelong in 1948, I grew up in a home with four siblings and was schooled at Newtown State, Oberon Primary and then Belmont High School.

I left school at 16 when I found that my parents could not afford to send me to university to become a kindergarten teacher.

I started off in the media industry when at 17 I applied for a typesetting position with a new suburban newspaper – the Belmont-Highton News (now Geelong News) when it was in its infancy.

I was the newspaper’s first full time employee and at times was often required to do more than just typesetting – compositing, advertising sales and even baby-sitting the boss’s young son.

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