The Year 12 English Studies class have been learning about the key role language plays in shaping the way we view critical events, through coverage of news and current affairs in print, radio and television.
This week, we were lucky enough to have long-time local journalist Javier Encalada Querat from the Northern Star sharing his experiences in the industry, especially in these times of a shifting media landscape.
He told students everything from why it's important to have a good breakfast (because you never know when a big story is going to break), to what it was like being part of the first cohort of journalists to be trained in Chile following the Pinochet regime, right through to media ownership and staying aware of your own bias.
On Monday, the class went on an excursion to Bay FM where award-winning local journalist, Mia Armitage showed them the ropes at the station and gave them a chance to get behind the desk and record a news bulletin.
From here all students will be writing their own stories and working together on covering a local story. We thank Javier and Mia for their generosity and we look forward to being a bit more media savvy as a result.