Student gets opportunity of a lifetime

March 3, 2015

Declan Bryne squareMurdoch University journalism student, Declan Byrne, will be the envy of most of his fellow classmates when he starts his internship working as a digital support volunteer for the International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket World Cup (CWC) 2015.

Declan applied for the volunteer position after seeing it advertised, was then interviewed for the role and chosen as the Perth representative.

“My job is to collect media, whether it be video, audio or stills of the behind-the-scenes moments and show them to the world via social media and the ICC CWC website and app,” Declan said.

Declan is no stranger to volunteer work and has actively been searching for opportunities so that when he graduates he’ll have developed the skills required to chase his dream of being a full time sports reporter.

“I’ve found that Murdoch University has given me a strong foundation in journalism that I can take in whatever direction I like, but there is no substitute for experience,” Declan said.

“For me, I sacrifice about 20 hours of paid work a week in order to pursue these opportunities with the hope that come graduation time I’ll be in the box seat for my dream job.”

His first work experience opportunity, working with the Peel Thunder Football Club, opened up to him through Murdoch.

“I started work at the Peel Thunder in 2014 and the fact that it was their first season affiliated with Fremantle Dockers made the opportunity even more exciting,” he said.

“The original position was as ground announcer but I was able to add game-day social media to my repertoire as well.”

Declan also approached Perth Glory football club at the start of the 2014-2015 Hyundai A-League season requesting some work experience and they responded positively.

“After a few weeks in the office for two days a week, Perth Glory invited me to come on board in a casual capacity with my main duty being content production for the club’s website and social media,” Declan said.

“I’m the first to admit my writing style was very raw at the beginning of my time there, but with some guidance from my tutors and employers, I’m starting to reap the rewards.”

“My portfolio which I developed at Perth Glory has seen me secure an internship with Asteron Life Super 15 side, the Western Force and RugbyWA for the remainder of the 2015 campaign.”

Declan has already been flown to Melbourne for a one-day training course by the ICC in preparation for his CWC role.  His official duties will start when Perth’s first CWC match takes place on February 28.

Declan is in his final year of a Bachelor of Communication, majoring in journalism and minoring in radio.

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