Bachelor of Media Communication alumni Rose Charbel is following her passion for radio. Read on to find out about her involvement in community radio and career aspirations in the field.
Why did you choose to study a Bachelor of Media Communication at ACU?
When I attended Open day for ACU I was drawn to the university, it felt so friendly, so community centred. The environment felt so warm. I learned classes were small and I had the opportunity on open day to do a recorded television show with lecturers. I felt so connected, I am so thankful to have had the pleasure to study at ACU.
What did you enjoy most about the course? My media course had a huge foundation on ethical considerations within all my subjects, I enjoyed this very much. My course was centred on each student's needs and desires; it catered for my passion for radio production. In my final year I had the opportunity to do a film, my screen production class gave me the opportunity to create a documentary about my passion and love for community radio.
What activities and community work placements were you involved in during the course? I was constantly involved in community radio, 3ZZZ which is Australia's largest multicultural radio station. I completed my internship at 3ZZZ and I constantly volunteer on programs and do voice over work for community announcements. My advice for other students is whilst completing a media communication course is, do the things that you love. If you have a passion for radio, volunteer. If you want to work in TV, join Channel 31. The passion and drive you experience whilst doing these activities will allow you to be successful and from my experience complete a degree and continue my radio activities.
Tell us more about the Media Internships you undertook at 3ZZZ… 3ZZZ offered me the skills and love for radio. During my internship I was taught how to edit voice overs and construct announcements and advertisements. Running a community radio station isn't as simple as I had thought and to have an opportunity to go behind the scenes not as a broadcaster but as intern inspired me. The theory that ACU provided me allowed me to implement it into practice. I was taught things I had already learned in audio and radio production units, but I found that this was in more depth and I had a mentor beside me assisting me with every little step, something I believe theory alone cannot provide and the implementation of an internship was so beneficial. Having completed my internship it gave me experience and be ready to be in the real world for the production of radio.
What are you doing post-graduation? How did the Bachelor of Media Communication course supporting you to achieve your dreams and future career goals? I'm currently studying law at Latrobe University. The Bachelor of Media Communication course has grown to be part of me, it is who I am. This course provided me with the foundations and the importance of values that was given by the tutors and lectures and particularly my kind hearted course coordinator. My dream is to someday to work in the media law.
What would you say are the benefits of a Media Communication degree at ACU? This degree has given me the skills and knowledge to work in the media field. Studying at ACU ensured that I was taught as an individual and not just as a group.
What are your career goals and aspirations going forward? I have a passion for radio, by completing a law degree it will benefit me with the knowledge and skills required to become a strong and successful person that will make a positive impact on the lives of others.