Sarah Kleven is a CAAR delegate on the 2016 AMEJE study tour to Qatar and the UAE.
Sarah grew up in Cooma, a small town in the Snowy Mountains, and now lives in Canberra while studying a Bachelor of Communication in Journalism and majoring in International Studies. Sarah did high school work experience at her hometown newspaper, the Monaro Post, and was asked to return for work after graduation. During her time at the newspaper, she developed a broad range of valuable skills as an editorial assistant. With a strong grounding in local and regional news, Sarah is now eager to develop a more global outlook.
With a life-long appetite for travel, and a long-term interest in history, Sarah has developed a passion for learning about global politics, humanities and cross-cultural communication. She is looking forward to using and develop the skills she has acquired at university and at work on the 2016 Australia-Middle East Journalism Exchange study tour.
In Australia we live in a melting pot of world cultures and I believe we have a duty to understand the diversity of groups and people who share our country. I strongly believe that the need for better-informed and immersive journalism in our contemporary, digitised and globalised world is stronger than ever, as is the need for improved international coverage in Australia.
Too often, news that we consume about other countries is produced by journalists from Australia without first-hand experience of the cultures they are reporting on. Much of our journalism frames other cultures through a Western lens, which means the context of events happening in another country get lost in translation.
This study tour is a great opportunity to learn more about the complex cultures and histories of the Middle East, and translate that experience into stories written with clarity and impartiality. I believe that the Australia-Middle East Journalism Exchange program is a valuable contribution to improving cross-cultural understanding through journalism, and I am incredibly excited and honoured to be given the opportunity to be a part of it.
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.