ABC and ECU unite for groundbreaking internship
Thursday, 07 April 2011
ABC’s Head of Continuous News (News 24), Mr Gaven Morris has this week announced the launch of a new internship program between Edith Cowan University (ECU) and ABC, which will be the first of its kind across Australia.
This unique opportunity will see one lucky ECU postgraduate broadcasting student embark on a three-month paid internship with ABC News 24 in Sydney, after successfully completing the Graduate Diploma of Broadcasting offered by the School of Communications and Arts in conjunction with the WA Academy of Performing Arts.
The student will be exposed to a great learning environment, receiving hands-on experience in a top news room, and get their ‘foot in the door’ in the biggest broadcast market in the country, while also getting a pay cheque at the end of the week. “We are delighted to be able to offer this internship to ECU’s WAAPA Broadcasting graduates,’ said Mr Morris.
“ABC News 24 is one of the ABC’s most future-focused projects, and we want young, well trained broadcast journalists who are tuned in to the digital realm.
“This is a great way for us to identify fresh, new talent.” Mr Morris will select the successful student, with input from broadcasting lecturers, Peter Holland and Jo McManus.
“A paid internship program has long been a dream of ours,” said Ms McManus.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for an aspiring broadcast journalist to kick-start their career, working in a serious 24 hour news environment with highly experienced broadcasters and a pressure cooker atmosphere. We are very excited.”
The groundbreaking announcement was the result of successful negotiations between ABC and ECU’s School of Communications and Arts, and is the latest edition to the broadcasting program’s paid internship stable, which includes a six-month paid internship through the 6PR George Grljusich Sports Broadcasting Award and a one-month paid internship as part of the WA Today Award for Video Journalism.
The first student to embark on the program will be selected in the coming months and will begin work in late November.
For more information on ECU’s broadcasting program visit the Future Students website.