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Team 2017


“The Foreign Correspondent study tour was conceived, delivered and is led by Dr Saba Bebawi who believes that journalism students can best understand international journalism in different countries and cultural contexts. 

She has worked as a journalist since 1995, where she started working as a broadcaster/producer for Radio Jordan English service for four years, and also worked on a contract basis for CNN, World New Events (USA), and Dubai TV. Currently she is Senior Lecturer at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), and a media development policy consultant and a media trainer. She has previously held academic positions at Monash University and Swinburne University in Australia, in addition to Zayed University in the UAE. 

Saba is a journalism and media researcher who has published on media power and the role of media in democracy-building, in addition to investigative journalism in conflict and post-conflict regions. She is author of ‘Media Power and Global Television News: The role of Al Jazeera English’, and ‘Investigative Journalism in the Arab World: Issues and Challenges’, in addition to co-editor of ‘Social Media and the Politics of Reportage: The ‘Arab Spring’.”

                                                                             — SABA BEBAWI - Project Director and Study Tour Leader



“Andrew Dodd is the Program Director of Journalism at Swinburne. He was a broadcaster at ABC Radio National, where he presented many of the network¹s programs and founded the Media Report. He was a national reporter at ABC TV¹s 7.30 Report and a business and media reporter at The Australian newspaper. He has also worked at Triple R FM and RadioNetherlands and has freelanced for The Age, Crikey and several other publications. He has reported from Asia, Europe, the Caribbean, North America and Africa.”

— ANDREW DODD - Study Tour Leader and Editor


“Najat is a lecturer in film and translator. In addition to her chosen specialisation of film studies, Najat has experience in media and communications especially radio and television. She spent seven years as announcer/producer at Radio Jordan’s English service and has worked in television and film production in Canada. In addition to teaching, her jobs have included working in development, production, narrating, writing and translating and other journalistic and administrative work. 

Born and raised in Kuwait, Najat has also lived, studied and worked in Switzerland, Jordan, the UK and Canada. When she is not traveling or planning and researching her next trip Najat, is usually catching up with family and friends, as well as on reading and viewing material. Outside the world of film and media her interests include yoga and herbology.”

                                                                                                            — NAJAT DAJANI - Local Consulting Producer

I love to tell a good story. I completed my Bachelor of Journalism and Media Communication in 2015, six months after my first Foreign Correspondent study tour. Since then I have been working in the travel industry and writing travel pieces for The Australian Times. This year I have commenced a Masters Degree in Journalism at The University of Melbourne. Until fully qualified I will continue to travel and write and travel some more.
— KRYSTAL MIZZI - Digital Media Editor
I’m a freelance writer, photographer and radio maker. This study tour is an unreal opportunity to experience an incredibly beautiful and diverse country while also doing the thing I love doing most: reporting. Going to Jordan will be my first opportunity to take my reporting skills overseas and exercise them in new landscapes, communities and culture.
— Samantha Jonscher
For years the politics, culture and history of the Middle East have fascinated me. I am excited to be given the opportunity to travel to Jordan and tell some of the stories of the people and places there. I have a strong background in film making and look forward to utilising the stunning landscapes and architecture of the ancient country in my storytelling. I joined the Masters of Journalism at UTS so that I can develop my editorial skills and the Foreign Correspondent tour provides an excellent opportunity to work in a news room environment. This is an incredible opportunity to learn a great deal about the people and cultures of the Middle East, I can’t wait to get started!
— Samuel Dunn
Amelia is a TV producer who has worked on everything from documentaries to Reality TV. Most recently she’s returned to the ABC working with the team at Gruen HQ. When she’s not chasing camera crews and asking interview questions she spends her time running and swimming at the beach. She is obsessed with people and their stories and hopes to give those that may not always have a voice a bit of a step up when they want to be heard.
— Amelia Barry
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I’m currently in my final year of Journalism at Swinburne University. During my degree, I’ve interned across a number of news platforms including the ABC’s 7.30 program, The Conversation, the Straits Times Indonesian bureau in Jakarta as well as in the media and comms team at DonateLife. I have a passion for telling stories and giving a voice to those whose stories deserve to be heard. I feel very privileged to have been chosen to be apart of the team heading to Jordan. I’m incredibly excited to discover and share the stories of Jordan’s people to Australia and the world. I’m also raring to see such a unique and beautiful part of the world and can’t wait to cross Petra off my bucket list.
— Shelby Garlick
My name’s Donal Sheil, I’m finishing up my third year of journalism at Swinburne University of Technology. My expertise lies in videography and video editing. I consider myself a visual storyteller with a solid foundation in creative writing and audio presentation. My aspiration is to be the swiss army knife of Australian journalism. I’m immensely grateful for the opportunity to continue my studies on another continent. Journalism is predicated upon hearing voices from all walks of life, making experience in overseas reporting an invaluable notch in any young journalist’s belt.
— Donal Sheil
My name is Alex Chapman and I’m a third year journalism student from Swinburne Uni in Hawthorn, Victoria. I’m lucky enough to be one of the students heading over to Jordan in November to practice what we’ve learnt over the last three years. In the future, I’m aspiring to become a features writer, and I can’t wait for the opportunity to tell the stories of some of Jordan’s most interesting people. I think we have a really great group heading over, and I can’t wait for the opportunity.
— Alex Chapman
My name is Jen and I’m in my final semester of the Master of Arts in Journalism at UTS. I feel very privileged to be included on this trip to Jordan with such a wonderful group of people. My background is in environmental science, I have always been fascinated by the unique landscapes around the world. Jordan is a country lying in one of the most extreme climates on earth which has given rise to interesting environmental challenges. I am curious to discover how the people of Jordan have adapted to the harsh conditions in which they live and how their culture has been shaped by this. I am excited to see how the coral reefs in Aqaba contribute to the economy and the biodiversity of the Arabian peninsula, and how tourism has changed over time in the Dead Sea region, earth’s lowest point on land. In truth I know little about Jordan. I am eager to experience this ancient landscape, learn more about Jordanian culture and share the stories with people back home in Australia.
— Jennifer Mcmillan
My name is Lucy and I am a 21-year-old journalism student in my final semester at Swinburne university. I am interested in experiencing middle eastern culture and telling the stories of Jordanians who’s voices would not usually be heard internationally. My goal is to show Australians the beautiful country of Jordan and change the dangerous perception people have of the Middle East. I am excited to experience what it is really like to be a foreign correspondent and for all the new challenges we will overcome as a team.
— Lucy Slade
I want to go on the Foreign Correspondents Tour because it means entry into a side of the world that I’ve never seen before. I’ve seen Jordan and its neighbours in the news, but know little about day to day habits of the people living there. What is the same, and what is different? How do people interact with their friends and family? What issues are prevalent in the street art, in conversation and on campuses? Am looking forward to learning this.
Plus, am obviously very slightly excited to swim in the Red Sea.
— Kate Bettes