Students on the UTS Foreign Correspondent Study Tour share their experiences
After a successful tour to Jordan in November 2017, the UTS Foreign Correspondent Study Tour 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.
In February 2018, four UTS Master of Advanced Journalism put their knowledge and skills to practice during a two-week study tour to India.
As well as reporting for SBS, students collaborated with the Indian Institute of Journalism & New Media, visited local broadcast studios and newspaper offices and learned about the changing demography and economy of Bangalore.
The student's itinerary for weeks one and two:
Week one: 4–10 February 2018
- Meet students from the Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM)
- Gain an overview of media in India
- Join the IIJNM students for a tour of Bangalore’s surrounding villages
- Understand local and global perceptions of Bangalore, as well as the City’s political stature, changing population and fast growing economy.
- Visit the broadcast studio and newspaper office begin meeting locals, conducting interviewing and reporting
Week two: 7–14 February 2018
- Continue exploring the city, including Bangalore’s iconic Cubbon Park
- Continue with meetings, interviews to finalise reports
- Visit the city of Mysore
Our staff members on tour
The study tour was led by UTS School of Communication's Senior Lecturer, Saba Bebawi, and made possible through funding provided by DFAT’s Australia-India Council. These study tours aim to prepare UTS students for a career in international journalism by providing them with a practical skill-based learning experience.
We’re off to a great start in 2018 where we have a new team of media interns from our UTS Masters of Advanced Journalism program going to India to report from there, funded by the Australia-India Council (AIC) part of DFAT. Join me and our students as they file news stories on the ground with real deadlines in order to emulate the ‘foreign correspondent’ experience, preparing them for future journalistic experiences within an international context and the tools to practise journalism within another culture.
Devleena Ghosh, an academic at UTS, is a scholar of gender, religious and environmental studies in the South Asian region. She has published widely on shared religious practices in Bangalore and coal mining and climate change in India. Her article “Burma-Bengal crossings: intercolonial relations in pre-indepence India”won the Wang Gung Wu prize for best article in the Asian Studies Review in 2016.
I love to tell a good story. I completed my Bachelor of Journalism and Media Communication in 2015, six months after my first Foreign Correspondent study tour. I have been working with FCST ever since, visiting Jordan three times. I have been working in the travel industry and writing travel pieces for The Australian Times and Travel Guides. In 2017 year I commenced a Masters Degree in Journalism at The University of Melbourne and have applied at UTS to complete the course.
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