TAMERA Francis knows you usually have to take what you can get when it comes to starting a journalism career fresh out of university.
That is why she jumped for joy when she bucked the trend with a plum job offer at the Whitsunday Times in one of the most beautiful tourist hotspots in Queensland.
Ms Francis studied at the University of Western Australia before making the move to Brisbane and taking up an internship at The Wire radio station at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT).
She has experience in modelling and social media management and marketing, but always felt drawn to a career in print journalism above all else.
"I don't find writing easy, but when its done it's like 'Oh my gosh, I did that'.”
The fresh-faced journalist can be described as many things, such as a "fitness freak”, a "coffee snob” and "passionate environmentalist”.
Ms Francis picks her battles when it comes to the environment.
"People could say I'm not a true greenie, I don't have a hybrid car, and don't ride my bike, but those are just the little things,” she said.
"You can't change the world as one person, it is just about making the little changes.”
What the Whitsunday community will be quick to learn is that above all things Ms Francis is a passionate storyteller.
"I like telling people's stories,” Ms Francis said.
"I don't want to be a journalist that is pushy and I hate it when people shove opinions down your throat.
"I know not everyone is going to like me, but I don't care about being liked, I care about telling the truth and getting to the heart of a story.”
Ms Francis aspires to be an advocate for positive change in the Whitsundays and welcomes anyone who sees her out and about to say "hi”.
"I love getting behind a cause,” she said.
"I'm someone who will have time for anyone, anyone can have a chat to me as I need as many friends as I can get up here.”