Students on the UTS Foreign Correspondent Study Tour share their experiences
This February, four UTS Master of Advanced Journalism students will be putting their knowledge and skills to practice during a two-week study tour to India.
Meet our students
My name is Michelle Gallace and I’m completing a Master of Advanced Journalism at UTS. I’m excited to travel to a country with such cultural, religious and linguistic diversity as India. In particular, I’m interested in exploring the numerous religious and spiritual traditions that make India’s past and present so rich and complex. I’d also love to find out more about human interactions with and attitudes towards animals in Indian society. The Foreign Correspondent study tour is an invaluable opportunity for me to gain experience reporting in another country for the first time.
See India though Michelle's eyes.
My name is Mary Mrad and I am currently in my final semester of Masters in Advanced Journalism at the University of Technology Sydney. I am very excited to travel to India and learn so much about a country which is culturally rich and diverse. This study tour will definitely teach me new skills and change my perceptions of the role which foreign correspondents play. It will be an eye-opening experience for me as a training journalist, as it will give me the opportunity to interact and write about a county I am not familiar with.
See India though Mary's eyes.
My name is Sharleen Kumar and I am currently doing my Masters in Journalism at UTS. This study tour I think will enable me to experience how India as a country is. You always hear in the news that India is overpopulated and that it's not a safe place to live or even travel to. This study tour will enable me to experience how India actually is. It will be interesting to cover news stories that impact everyone here on a daily basis. I want to tell stories that will give a voice to people to better understand their stories. This study tour will help me to do this.
See India though Shareen's eyes.
My name is Alyce and I am absolutely chuffed to have been afforded this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity with the Foreign Correspondent Study Tour. I'm wanting to focus on stories told by women and how they experience the world around them, and also dip my toe into the waters of photojournalism whilst I'm in Bangalore. I currently work as a Social Media Account Manager for News Xtend, part of News Corp, and am keen to explore the 'Silicon Valley' of India. I'd love for you to follow my journey (not like a sheep, more like my buddy) @avmokrzycki and can't wait to enrich your world along the way.
See India through Alyce's eyes.
After a successful tour to Jordan in November 2017, the UTS Foreign Correspondent Study Tour has returned once again to give more students an international journalism experience, outside of the classroom. In partnership with SBS Online, the program offers students a taste of life as a foreign correspondent by giving them the opportunity to report live news stories on the ground, with real deadlines.
The study tour will be led by UTS School of Communication's Senior Lecturer, Saba Bebawi, and is made possible through funding provided by DFAT’s Australia-India Council.
As well as reporting for SBS, students will collaborate with the Indian Institute of Journalism & New Media, visit local broadcast studios and newspaper offices and learn about the changing demography and economy of Bangalore. The study tour aims to prepare UTS students for a career in international journalism by providing them with a practical skill-based learning experience.