Ekka ‘experience’ leads to jobs

Written by Skye Doherty

Channel 9 Ekka chief of staff Brendan Hockings, students Courtney Barnes, Tom Cooper, “Ace’ Tamayo, Christa Singh, and Kathryn Foran, with UQ Industry Consultant Dr Bruce Redman.

Channel 9 is again working with students from the UQ School of Journalism and Communication, in honing their broadcast television skills.

The program gives exceptional journalism students an opportunity to work in the field, producing video news content for Channel Nine’s online website, Ninemsn along with the Ekka’s own website. See their stories on Channel 9′s Facebook site, JacDigital, and the Ekka site.

This year the program includes five third year journalism students under the supervision of SJC lecturer and television industry professional Dr Bruce Redman.

Over the 10-day Ekka period, students will script and record their stories in the field, rubbing shoulders with major media outlet journalists from across the state.

Dr Redman says the program gives students direct hands-on experience in researching, pitching and writing stories, recording voice overs, presenting to camera and editing skills.

“This program has an 80 per cent success rate of students continuing into a career in broadcast journalism.  “It’s an amazing opportunity for students to develop their skills and passion for journalism.”

In its third year of operation, the Ekka experience has seen previous “graduates” working in television with WINTV in Cairns, ABC in Brisbane and Mt Isa as well as a documentary production company in Sydney.

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