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On the airwaves for sailing championships

Monday, 28 November 2011


Broadcasting students will put their skills into practice when they broadcast to an international audience during the 2011 World Sailing Championships in Fremantle this December.

14 students from the ECU’s Broadcasting and Journalism Unit will interview competitors, create news packages, read live reports and present news bulletins on Sail88fm.

Broadcasting coordinator David Smith said this was a unique opportunity for the ECU students.

“Work experience like this is rare. It’s a fantastic opportunity for students to put into practice the skills they’ve been taught throughout their degree,” Mr Smith said.

“Creating news packages, interviewing people and doing live reports are all important skills that make a successful journalist and it will look great on their CV’s after graduation.”

Third year broadcasting student Elle Mitaros, Mount Claremont, is excited about presenting on air for the first time.

“Presenting live is what I'm most looking forward to. Speaking succinctly yet informatively is a skill I really want to hone in on through doing some real sports journalism,” Elle said.

Third year broadcasting student Megan Bilaloski, Kingsley, said the event will be a great chance for her to work with her fellow students doing something they love.

“A lot of us volunteering have gone through our whole degree together, so we are all pretty close, which makes it really enjoyable. We are in control of what is going to be on air, we produce and read the news, the packages, everything. So it really is like our own radio show, and this is something we have been practising and working towards our whole degree,” Megan said.

“It’s going to be really rewarding to use our skills that we have developed and finally be able to showcase ourselves as potential broadcasters and journalists – not to mention interviewing those cute sailor boys!”

The students will be based at Fremantle covering the event, which runs from 3 – 18 December and sees sailors from around the world compete for the World Sailing Championships.

For more information on the event visit the World Sailing Championships website. To find out more about Broadcasting at ECU visit


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