Chester Ward is a CAAR delegate on the 2016 AMEJE study tour to Qatar and the UAE.
As a member of an Australian Defence Force family, Chester has been travelling the world for most of his life. He attended boarding school in India and worked in the United States as a camp counsellor and most recently spent two months in Japan studying language and culture.
Chester originally had ambitions to become a chef, but after working in the food industry decided that it was not for him. Instead, he developed a passion for journalism and writing interesting and meaningful news stories. Throughout his degree he has developed a deep appreciation of journalism’s role in today’s rapidly changing media landscape.
Chester hopes to one day work in radio and have a successful career in the journalism industry. He is proud to be a part of the Australia-Middle East Journalism Exchange program in 2016, and looks forward to applying the skills he has learned at the University of Canberra in a real world setting.
The news is full of stories that negatively represent the Middle East. I believe that the Australia-Middle East Journalism Exchange study tour will provide me with firsthand experience that I will use to improve the quality and depth of reporting I do about the region.
I aim to use the study tour to build professional networks in the UAE and Qatar, and use those relationships to improve my writing and develop good journalistic habits. The study tour also presents a valuable opportunity to experience a part of the world I’ve never experienced before, and I hope to get to know local residents and develop a better understanding of some Middle Eastern cultures.
The Australia-Middle East Journalism Exchange study tour is an incredible opportunity for to play my part in strengthening Australian-Arab relations. I am proud to be a part of the 2016 program.
Australia-Middle East Journalism Exchange’s 2016 University of Canberra study tour is supported by the Australian Government through the Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR) of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. AMEJE is extremely grateful for this support.