Wired for soundbites at Bluesfest
STUDENTS from Southern Cross University's media department will experience Bluesfest from a completely different perspective this year as they take the role of reporters.
For the third year, a dozen media students will be heading off to the Byron Bay festival this weekend to report for Rhythms Magazine.
Media lecturer and co- ordinator of the SCU Bluesfest student reporting team, Jeanti St Clair, said it was a chance for students to get some real-life experience in the busy world of music journalism.
They also have the possibility of rubbing shoulders with some world-renowned musos, if they're lucky.
The students, mostly in the third year of their course, will each participate in reporting duties at the blues and roots music festival, including recording and editing Q&A sessions for online podcasts, producing text articles for online, and photography.
Students will work from their own station on site throughout the weekend, sticking to deadlines like a real journo.
"It's an opportunity for them to get experience reporting and to experience real-world journalism, rather than just writing stories for their assignments," Ms St Clair said.
"This is what really anchors what they learn in class."
She said she believes it is crucial for journalism students that they get opportunities to experience real-life reporting while at uni- versity, cementing their theory studies with practical lessons.
While this Bluesfest project had run for the past couple of years in the form of podcasting, Ms St Clair said the students' role had expanded this year.
Following a personal request from the editor of Rhythms Magazine, written articles and photography will be published.
Student Hannah Broomfield will be taking on the project for the second time and is looking forward to the challenge.
"This is one of a few hands-on projects I've been a part of at SCU," Hannah said.
"The skills and experience and networking potential they provide are invaluable and I've interviewed some amazing people."
Hannah's Bluesfest works will be published at rhythms .com.au throughout the weekend.
SCU Bachelor of Media
Students in the Bachelor of Media have the opportunity to develop the essential critical and practical skills required for work in a variety of media industries such as film, television, newspapers, radio, advertising, public relations and graphic design, or to work as journalists, freelance producers, creators or media consultants.
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