The ANU College of Asia and the Pacific is a global pioneer and leader in the world of online academic blogging. This special course, offered through Crawford School of Public Policy, is offering the opportunity for up to 12 students to undertake practicum placements at one of The Australian National University’s leading academic blog sites.
ANU's academic blogs are set within a rapidly changing media landscape, opening up new digital frontiers for academics to get their research out to and engage with key audiences, including policymakers. As the reach and impact of conventional and traditional media declines due to digital disruption, new media is rapidly evolving. In the academic space, reaching key audiences means engaging with them in the many places that they now get their news, views and analysis, and blogs have become a key platform to achieve this.
This course is designed for students who are willing to bring along their energy, creativity and enthusiasm for learning new skills, and keen to translate academic expertise and research for a broad audience. Previous students have gone on to write and work for Policy Forum
, ASPI's The Strategist
, The Familiar Strange
Below are links to some of the public works that students have created as part of the course in the past:
Maya Bhandari’s podcast on Australia’s Home Affairs Department
Maxwell Lowe’s podcast on Pakistan’s nuclear black market
This practicum course will give you the opportunity to learn to be an Editor at one of The Australian National University's leading blog sites in a highly practical setting. You will have the opportunity to engage with all facets of the academic blog from content creation and editing to marketing and measuring impact and reach. There is a special focus on podcasting as a means of engagement, and students will create a podcast for The Monsoon Project’s pod series. Students undertaking this course will also form part of the Monsoon Project’s editorial team.
The course will be based around a series of workshops, combined undertaking a placement at one of The Australian National University’s blog sites, including:
If successful for this opportunity, you will enrol in ASIA3024
and will complete an internship of 70 hours (1 day each week across ten weeks), as well as attend the course's workshops and seminars and complete the assessment items. The day and time of the internship will be negotiated with the relevant blog editor.
Placements will be made at the discretion of the course convener and blog editors.
Eligibility and Selection Criteria
This opportunity is open to ANU undergraduate and postgraduate students. For undergraduate applicants, preference will be given to applicants who have completed 48 units of 2000 level courses.
As part of the online application, you will need to:
- explain how this opportunity will benefit you academically and personally,
- describe any experience you have with digital media and communications,
- submit a 300 word piece of original analysis on an important policy and or political issue in the Asia-Pacific region.
Please see below examples to help inform your application responses.
White Paper Not Real on Rules – Benjamin Zala
Making Room for Women in Policy – Helen Sullivan
Testing Boundaries – Yvonne Chiu
Should Australia Intervene in Myanmar – Kym Middleton
Trump in Korea: Where’s the Policy? – Jeffery Robertson
Fighting Fake News in India – Nakul Nayak
Towering Neglect – Quentin Grafton
Participants will be selected based on their response to the application questions. Academic performance (GPA) may also be taken into consideration during the selection process.
To be considered for this opportunity, please complete the application by Sunday 14 July.
Application outcomes will be released on Wednesday 17 July.
While the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific welcomes participation from all eligible ANU students, credit towards your degree program will be at the discretion of your home College. It is your responsibility to consult with your College’s student advisors about how this course might fit into your current degree requirements.
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