Journalism students host current affairs program

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Journalism students host current affairs program


Published on 19 November 2013

A team of Journalism students from the University of the Sunshine Coast hit the airwaves this semester to host a weekly current affairs segment they produced for local radio station ABC Coast FM.

Nicole Madden, Fiona Willett, Georgina Murray and Justin Bruhn conducted interviews across the Sunshine Coast on youth-related issues, then presented a 15-minute program live every Wednesday for six weeks during September and October.

Topics included youth domestic violence, unemployment and political engagement and young people. Podcasts of the student-produced programs are on the ABC website.

USC’s Senior Lecturer in Journalism Dr Renee Barnes thanked ABC Coast FM for providing this valuable work-integrated learning experience and congratulated the students on their professional approach.

“This was a fantastic opportunity for the students to take what they have learnt in their USC journalism degree and put it into practice in the newsroom,” Dr Barnes said.

“This opportunity helps enhance students’ employability by boosting their broadcast journalism skill development while also providing practical work experience.”

The ABC Coast FM project is one of many industry projects that students have the opportunity to enrol in as part of the Journalism degree at USC.

 — Terry Walsh

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