ABC teaches media savvy kids how it's done
IPSWICH State High School's budding radio and television presenters will have the chance to test their skills this week, with a host of familiar faces from ABC television dropping in to pass on their expertise.
A selection of English and media studies students will be immersed in the world of news, with guest speakers including TV anchor Karina Carvalho, 7.30 presenter Matt Wordsworth and Triple J presenter Rhianna Patrick.
Ipswich High principal Simon Riley said the ABC was also bringing its exhibition trailer to the school so the students could practice their own media skills.
The custom-built trailer is packed with equipment used to encourage members of the public to better understand what goes on behind the scenes of an ABC broadcast.
"We have been really lucky in being able to hook all of this up," Mr Riley said.
"Every one of the ABC guest speakers will focus on a subject that directly relates to the students' current studies.
"This is massive."
Ipswich State High hosted live radio broadcasts with Spencer Howson, Steve Austin and Kelly Higgins-Devine all conducting their programs on site.
Students from Ipswich will get the opportunity to practice their news, sport and weather presentation skills, or host and panel their own radio broadcast.
ABC exhibition trailer manager Chantelle Norris said students could learn a lot by having a go at making their own news.
"It is a great opportunity for the students and teachers to be immersed in the world of media, learning about the industry and supporting the school's curriculum and media studies," she said.
"A range of topics will be covered including script writing, interview and presentation skills and journalism."