Alyssia Tennant is a CAAR delegate on the 2017 AMEJE study tour to Qatar and Jordan.
Born and raised in Adelaide, Alyssia commenced a Bachelor of Journalism at the University of South Australia in 2014. While co-presenting a current affairs show for the student radio station, she developed a keen interest in audio storytelling as a means to communicate complex issues. This led to a job as a producer at Radio Adelaide. After two years, Alyssia decided to continue her degree at the University of Canberra, due in part to its proximity to Australia’s political centre.
Alyssia’s interests in human rights and international affairs have been solidified by her university coursework and the diverse people she has been able to meet as a result. She believes that journalism is a means through which she can help influence positive change by sharing the voices of under- or mis-represented people.
Alyssia’s work has been widely published but she’s most proud of her contributions to Right Now Magazine. She recently completed an internship at SBS News which furthered her interest in international current affairs, and she is currently the Vice President of the UC Press Club. After graduation, Alyssia hopes to work in radio or print journalism.
Given the kind of journalistic coverage that the Middle East tends to get here in Australia, I believe that the AMEJE study tour program plays an important role in encouraging cross-cultural communication and promoting journalistic work that is culturally aware. I’m hopeful that the study tour will further my understanding of the Arab world, the ways that it differs from the Western world, and, perhaps more importantly, the commonalities and experiences that we share.
As someone who has never travelled overseas before, I am both excited and honoured to be a part of the AMEJE study tour, and to represent the University of Canberra abroad. It is an amazing opportunity for me to apply the skills I’ve gained at university whilst experiencing a foreign country and all that it has to offer.
I look forward to meeting people of different backgrounds to my own and learning about their culture and traditions. I cannot wait to see what the Middle East is like with my own eyes and share the knowledge I gain after I return to Australia.
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.