Lucy Harrington is a CAAR delegate on the 2017 AMEJE study tour to Qatar and Jordan.
Lucy is studying a Bachelor of Communications in Journalism and Bachelor of Science double degree at the University of Canberra, and is passionate about communicating complex issues in accessible and informative ways.
Her interests in this field were honed on a recent working trip to a South African game reserve and an environmental science study tour to New Zealand. She is excited about the learning opportunity presented by the 2017 AMEJE study tour and hopes to graduate with a more grounded understanding of the region and a focus on cross-cultural communication.
During her time at University of Canberra, Lucy has been heavily involved in university societies and events, including the UC Press Club, Comms Ball Committee and Environmental Science Society. She works as a student ambassador for the university while also juggling a number of other part-time roles in hospitality and communications.
The Middle East is frequently misrepresented by the Australian media and yet I believe that cross-cultural communication is more important than ever as our world becomes increasingly connected. We need informed journalists as international tensions rise and are inflamed by widespread misperceptions and a lack of common understanding.
I am intrigued by the history of the Middle East, and particularly the astounding use of modern technology that supports the growing population in such a harsh natural environment.
I’ve always had a strong interest in other cultures and I can’t wait to meet new people and be exposed to different ideas as we tour through Qatar and Jordan. The tour will be invaluable in helping me extend my global network as I meet and work with other journalists, as well as learning to produce work that can make a lasting impact on others. I hope to return from the tour with a grounded understanding of the region, and more capable of reporting fairly as an informed and articulate journalist.
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.