Tom Storey is a CAAR delegate on the 2017 AMEJE study tour to Qatar and Jordan.
Having lived in Canberra for most of his life, Tom has always enjoyed the political atmosphere of the city. Over the years he has had many frank and open discussions with a range of people about what is most important in their lives, and it is this desire to listen to others’ stories that drove him to enrol in a Bachelor of Communications in Journalism at the University of Canberra.
Tom’s study at UC and love for travel has so far taken him to the USA where he was able to witness the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election firsthand while on exchange at George Mason University. The experience of living on an American campus during the election only fuelled his passion for international politics. During this trip, Tom also interned with the ABC Washington bureau, learning firsthand the value of accurate foreign reporting.
Away from journalism, Tom takes great pleasure in watching and playing sport, listening to podcasts, and watching classic films.
As consumers of news, we don’t always have the chance to check for ourselves every international report we may read. I’ve always heard about the Middle East as a mysterious and brutal region of the world, and I’m excited to go there and see individuals living their daily lives just as any Australian would, with the kinds of everyday human experiences that we all share.
This program is an exciting opportunity for me to get out of my comfort zone. For the first time in my life I’ll be visiting two countries where no family or friends of mine live, where I’ll be a cultural outsider, and where I have no knowledge of the local language. I am thrilled by the prospect!
These differences will ensure the journalism I produce on tour draws on ideas and angles that I otherwise would not have thought of. I intend to tell stories that portray the Middle East as it really is, and I hope that the experience will filter through the journalism I produce throughout my career. I am hopeful that this study tour will be my first step into a world of foreign reporting.
Our 2017 University of Canberra study tour is generously supported by the Australian Government through the Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR) of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Qatar Airways; the Changing Lives Program; the Embassy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in Canberra; and the Embassy of the State of Qatar in Canberra. AMEJE is extremely grateful for these partnerships which enable us to enhance cross-cultural understanding by fostering better informed journalism.