Thirty media and public relations students from Murdoch University will be on hand to assist an expected 1,000 domestic and international media when they arrive in Perth for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).
The students have been recruited to assist in the International Media Centre – a dedicated work space for journalists from throughout Australia and the Commonwealth.
Senior Lecturer Kate Fitch said that many students from the School of Media Communication & Culture wrote competitive applications and it was a difficult process deciding which students would be chosen.
“Our students were keen to take part in what is the biggest-ever gathering of international leaders in Australia,” Ms Fitch said.
“They will gain invaluable experience in a range of tasks including assisting with press conferences, escorting media to events and providing support to the host broadcaster and official photographer.”
Head of the CHOGM Taskforce Terry Crane said the event would provide students with the opportunity to get some unique practical experience.
“I’m delighted to have the students on board and I’m sure they will learn a lot about how major international events are delivered,” Mr Crane said.
“CHOGM will be the largest gathering of world leaders in Australia’s history and the students will have a big job ahead of them assisting with the significant media contingent we are expecting.
“I’m sure the students will get a lot out of, and enjoy this experience and I look forward to seeing them on the ground in the Media Centre during CHOGM week.”