Real life radio opportunity


Aboriginal Broadcasting student Tillara Casey is looking forward to learning about journalism in the real world when she steps outside the classroom and into the studios of ABC Perth.

Tillara is the recipient of a paid Indigenous Internship with 720 ABC Perth.  Through this exciting opportunity she will gain experience in producing, preparing and conducting interviews, packaging up audio and creating content for social media and online in a fast paced radio environment.

Currently in her second year of a Bachelor of Communications degree at Edith Cowan University (ECU), Tillara said that when she heard about this internship and the opportunity to expand her knowledge in different areas of broadcasting, she jumped at the chance to apply.

“I think I’ll gain a lot of practical experience and confidence in my work and writing and also learn new skills,” Tillara said.

“I’ll understand what journalism is really like outside of a classroom, which is exciting,” she said.

Tillara is a Karajarri and Yawuru person from Broome in WA’s Kimberley Region and hopes to have the opportunity to go back to Broome and tell the stories of regional WA. 

“My Grandmother was a part of the stolen generation and was taken away when she was a little girl,” she said.

“My family and the community in Broome keep our Yawuru language alive by teaching it to primary school students.”

Trainer, ABC Radio Training and Development, Fiona Churchman said Tillara’s motivation to work in the media and dedication to university shone through in her interview for the internship.

“Her idea for a story to develop was impressive and showed a depth of thinking about issues beyond the normally very quick news cycle,” Ms Churchman said.

“Tillara talked about bringing a cultural lens to the ABC and wants to create balanced equality to the coverage of Aboriginal people in the media,” she said.

Tillara will begin her internship with 720 ABC Perth in late June working initially with the producer of Gillian O’Shaughnessy’s Afternoon program.

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