Finding a career in the media is tricky at the best of times, especially without experience. Twenty Year 11 media students from across WA were therefore delighted to secure the opportunity to participate in a four-day internship with the ABC.
The top twenty media students were selected from two initial pools of 30 who undertook an introductory media course at Central over the school term holiday breaks. The internship opportunity was offered to the most promising students to develop their industry experience with the national broadcaster.
This is the first year Central has run this particular program with the ABC and we aim to run four each year. Two more groups have been scheduled for Semester Two.
Students in the introductory course were coached in the essential skills for work in the media. They learnt about TV studio and radio operation, camera work, editing, sound and lighting, as well as media policies and frameworks.
The three-day course not only focused on technology but also the logistics. Legislation, OHS and production paperwork were part of the diverse range of topics designed to educate and prepare students for life in the industry.
Feedback for the project has been overwhelmingly positive, particularly from the students.
“I just wanted to write to say thank you to you all for an amazing three days at the introductory course. This has just reinforced to me that a career in the media industry is all that I want to do and I now plan to complete an Advanced Diploma in Film and Television at Central once I finish Year 12,” said media student, Mitchell Harrison.
Without the right skills and experience, entry to an industry as competitive as the media can seem like a locked door. However, with the help of Central’s training and our collaborations with industry partners, we can help you find the right key.