Ekka prepares students for work

Written by Skye Doherty

[media-credit id=3 align="alignleft" width="590"][/media-credit]Food, farming and fashion are just a taste of what five School of Journalism and Communication (SJC) students will experience at this year’s Ekka. UQ journalism students will be reporting on the sights and sounds of the 2012 Brisbane Exhibition alongside Nine News television professionals.

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.

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,” Dr Redman said. “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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