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Tables turned as budding student reporters become part of the story

Published:08 August 2019

L-R Professional Communications students Yoonsoo Seong, Larah Fedalto, Penny Hoffman and Raymond Wheeler pose in the same order as their recent 'Morning Bulletin' article.

The tables were turned when CQUniversity Professional Communication students Yoonsoo Seong, Larah Fedalto, Penny Hoffman and Raymond Wheeler joined the press gallery at Rockhampton Regional Council.

The budding reporters' journalism assignment at the Council's Planning and Regulatory Committee was briefly interrupted when they found themselves being reported on in The Morning Bulletin.

The featured four are a diverse bunch, from diverse backgrounds, although three of them are living at the Capricornia College on CQUniversity's Rockhampton North Campus.

Mr Wheeler is a former concreter who turned to academic studies, via the CQUni STEPS preparatory program, after a knee injury hampered his prospects for manual labour.

"I'm looking at a range of career options including public relations or journalism," he says.

Ms Seong is a South Korean exchange student who is enrolled in 'Prof Comms' as part of a six-month visit to CQUniversity.

"I'm just here for a term and I study Journalism in my home country," she says.

Ms Fedalto is studying Professional Communication and Management and is "hoping to head into career fields including sports brand management or social media".

Ms Hoffman has previously worked part-time as a removalist and has also done work experience in the field of journalism for an independent company. She aspires to become a journalist.

Professional Communications academic Dr Celeste Lawson says the quartet have been studying 'Communicating for Social Change'.

"Our students are tasked with attending a local council meeting to identify a social issue," Dr Lawson says.

"Our Professional Communication students right across Queensland and Australia are visiting their local governments where they can identify how change takes place, and report on the process.

"For many students, this is the first time they’ve seen the government in action, and it’s proven to be an enlightening exercise for them."