UWS students push the media frontier to cover climate change conference

Date: 17/07/2009

University of Western Sydney School of Communication Arts students have harnessed the power of the multimedia web to report live from Australia's first national youth climate change conference held on the weekend.

Students experienced first hand the demands and rewards of 21st century reporting while covering the Power Shift climate change national conference held on the weekend at the UWS Parramatta campus and in the Sydney CBD on Monday.

The conference, which included prominent speakers from politics, science and the community, required the students to file stories across media platforms within tight deadlines.

Mr Phil Stubbs, a lecturer in the UWS School of Communication Arts, says the students gained valuable professional and life experience.

"The students were sourcing stories, responding to breaking news and working as a team to deliver the content across media platforms," Mr Stubbs says.

"The students' work, including images, video, audio and text, was uploaded to the web, sometimes within minutes."

Mr Stubbs says students from across the communication disciplines including journalism, photography, public relations, advertising and video pooled their talents to report on the event as it happened.

The students covered speeches by NSW Premier Nathan Rees, South Australian Premier Mike Rann, independent Senator Nick Xenophon and Green's Senator Christine Milne. Interviews and panel discussion with leading scientist, Tim Flannery, were also captured and reported by the students.

"The material produced by the students will continue to be a valuable resource for the community long after the conference concludes," says Mr Stubbs.

"UWS Communication Arts students have not only documented an important event in climate change activism in Australia, but have created ready reference material on climate change science and policy accessible to anyone via the web," he says.

"The creative content generated by our students demonstrates the power of the new multimedia world wide web - Web 2.0 - to deliver information rich content to a broad audience. Indeed, speakers at the Power Shift conference highlighted the growing importance of the web to inform and mobilise the community to actively engage in public debates," Mr Stubbs says.

The video and audio reports and photographs from the event can be accessed via the following links:
*Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/uwscommartsstudents/
*YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/UWSCommArtsStudents
*Facebook http://www.facebook.com/UWSCommArtsStudentsProfile
*Blog http://www.uwscommartsstudents.wordpress.com
*Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/uwscommstudents



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