Naomi Avery is a CAAR delegate on the 2016 AMEJE study tour to Qatar and the UAE.
Born in Melbourne and raised in Canberra, and with a passion for writing and the performing arts, Naomi has dreamt of working as a journalist since the age of eight. In 2013, Naomi commenced a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies/Bachelor of Communication in Journalism. During her time at university she has co-hosted a radio show, undertaken internships at the ABC, The Canberra Times, HerCanberra and Brumbies Rugby, and has developed keen interests in human rights, national security and world affairs. These interests were solidified when she travelled to the Czech Republic to study international relations and security in 2015. She is also the 2016 President of the University of Canberra Press Club.
Naomi hopes the Australia-Middle East Journalism Exchange study tour will provide her with greater insight into the Middle East and the regions relationship with Australia.
The Middle East is an increasingly important region and holds strategic significance in the global security context. In the current Australian news media, we are inundated with terrorism and war-related news from the Middle East, which leads to a negative understanding of the region. The Australia-Middle East Journalism Exchange program is an essential step in the right direction for improved Western media coverage of Middle Eastern issues, and therefore better cross-cultural understanding.
I wish to leave behind my preconceptions of the Middle East and learn about the region from my own first-hand experience. I am excited to immerse myself in new cultures, learn about the region’s rich history, and experience life in a very different environment.
This study tour is such a unique opportunity for student journalists like myself and will be invaluable for me personally and professionally. I look forward to working in an overseas newsroom with other journalists, making professional contacts, and further developing the journalistic skills I have learnt throughout my studies.
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.