2016 in review

2016 year in review

2016 was an action-packed year for Australia-Middle East Journalism Exchange. We ran two extremely successful study tours: one tour for Qatar University delegates to Australia, and one tour for University of Canberra delegates to the UAE and Qatar. Together, the study tours offered 11 promising journalism and media students from opposite sides of the globe[…]

QU showcase feature

2016 Qatar University study tour showcase event

At the conclusion of our 2016 Qatar University study tour of Australia we invited tour stakeholders and members of the community to Old Parliament House for a showcase event. It was a fantastic opportunity for our delegates to share their experiences in casual conversation and through formal presentations. Photos by David Beach Ahd, Dana, Hind,[…]

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Australian Parliament House

On the final day of the study tour program, our 2016 Qatar University CAAR delegates were excited to be invited to the Australian Parliament House Press Gallery by Sky News Australia’s Canberra Bureau Chief, Lyndal Curtis. Lyndal took the group on an informative tour of the Gallery, giving them an overview along the way of[…]

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2016 Qatar University delegates interviewed on ABC 666 Canberra

Two of our 2016 Qatar University CAAR delegates were excited to be invited into ABC 666 radio in Canberra for an interview with Alex Sloan on the afternoon show. Ahd and Raja talked about their experience of Australia during the tour and the impressions they will take home with them. [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/272219882″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″[…]

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University of Canberra workshop

Our 2016 Qatar University CAAR delegates spent a busy morning at the University of Canberra attending an academic workshop facilitated by Assistant Professor Glen Fuller. Dr Fuller presented the group with results of his research into the current state of the Australian journalism and media environment, and also ran a practical scriptwriting activity. We were[…]

Cultural feature

Cultural visits

While in Sydney and Canberra, our 2016 Qatar University CAAR delegates visited a number of cultural institutions. In Sydney, they were given a special tour of the Australian Museum’s indigenous galleries by guide Tasha Lamb, focusing on artefacts that tell the story of Australia’s first people. In Canberra, the delegates were treated to a tour[…]

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Our 2016 Qatar University CAAR delegates were very excited to be invited to Buzzfeed Australia for a long and wide-ranging chat with News Editor Rob Stott about the publisher’s audience, strategy and style. All agreed that the Buzzfeed newsroom looks like a stimulating environment to work in, full of interesting and motivated people. Our sincere[…]

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Our 2016 Qatar University CAAR delegates were honoured to be invited to SBS’s Artarmon headquarters for a roundtable discussion with several network executives, including Dr Eman Sharobeem, Community Engagement Manager, and Ms Marie Myssy, Executive Producer of SBS Arabic24. The group was also offered a tour of news production facilities across TV and radio. The[…]

ABC feature


Our 2016 Qatar University CAAR delegates spent a busy day at the Ultimo headquarters of the ABC, touring news and production units across television, radio and online, and speaking to journalists along the way. The delegates were also lucky to sit down with the ABC’s Director of News, Gaven Morris, for a wide-ranging discussion about[…]

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New South Wales Parliament

Our 2016 Qatar University CAAR delegates were honoured to be invited to the Parliament of New South Wales to meet with MPs from across the political spectrum. The delegates sat down to wide-ranging discussions with Mehreen Faruqi MLC, Trevor Khan MLC and Shaoquett Moselmane MLC; and were warmly welcomed to Australia and the Parliament by[…]