JETSETTER: Journalist Sophie Volker is looking forward to her trip to Indonesia.
JETSETTER: Journalist Sophie Volker is looking forward to her trip to Indonesia. Nicole McDougall

Journalist heading abroad for work

IN A couple of days, I'll be boarding a plane to Jakarta, where I'll spend just over a week as a foreign correspondent with the University of Queensland in Indonesia.

The study trip, funded by the New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program, will send sixteen journalism students from UQ over to the University of Indonesia (UI) to work on international stories.

We were selected based off a combination of our grades in previous subjects, as well as the originality and complexity of our story ideas.

I feel so lucky to be selected for this incredible opportunity, and although I'm quite nervous, I am so excited to go over there.

I'll be reporting on a legal case at the Jakarta Intercultural School and will explore the different inconsistencies and possible corruption within the Indonesian judicial system.

While I'm in Jakarta, I will be interviewing a man who was imprisoned for eleven years for a crime which overwhelming evidence says never even occurred.

It will be an intense and difficult eight days, but I have no doubt it will be worthwhile when I finally present a piece of international investigative journalism.

This is my final year studying a Bachelor of Journalism at UQ, and I can't think of a more exciting study opportunity to celebrate my final year.

My work at the Dalby Herald will stand me in good stead for this adventure, as I can utilise all of the skills I have learnt so far in my budding career.

My Indonesian could still use a little work, but hopefully I pick up more as I go.

I'd like to thank our coordinator Bruce Woolley, the University of Queensland, and the New Colombo Scholarship Program for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

I'll arrive back in Australia on Saturday, April 22 and will be back to work at the Dalby Herald the following Thursday.


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