Claire Grinsell-Jones is a CAAR delegate on the 2017 AMEJE study tour to Qatar and Jordan.
Claire is a final year student at the University of Canberra studying a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Communications in Journalism double degree. Having initially enrolled in a nursing degree, she decided after her first year to focus instead on her main passions.
Claire’s interest in writing began when she was young and she has always been an avid reader. Biographies have long been one of her favourite genres and this has sparked a drive to share people’s stories. While she has experimented with many different forms of journalism throughout her degree, she most enjoys writing and photojournalism. Claire files regularly for Curieux magazine and is a member of both the University of Canberra Press Club and the University of Canberra Communication, Advertising and Media Society.
Claire loves to travel and was fortunate to have taken many trips while growing up with her family, though never to the Middle East. She is looking forward to applying and further developing her journalism skills while on study tour.
I am honoured and grateful for the chance to represent Australia and the University of Canberra on the 2017 AMEJE study tour.
Stories about the Middle East in the Australian media are most commonly about terrorism or war, and yet I believe that there are many more stories from the region to be told. I look forward to the opportunity to hear those stories first hand and to help share them.
I intend to approach the tour with and open mind as I gain first-hand experience of the Middle East with its rich history and cultures, vastly different to those of Australia. I believe this opportunity will help me to grow personally at the same time as I improve my skills as a journalist. I look forward to meeting students, journalists and many other people from the region as well as gaining an understanding of media in the Middle East.
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.