During the 2016 Emerging Writers’ Festival, a team of writers, editors, and designers are producing nine issues of a dynamic daily newspaper.
A carefully selected group of 30 RMIT students from 11 different programs are participating in the project. They are a crack publishing team of quick-thinking editorial staff and
on-the-ground reporters, working to real-world deadlines. The students represent eight different disciplines: Creative Writing, Design Communication, Photography, Professional Communication, Journalism, Applied Science, Professional Writing and Editing.
The range of final content is developed day to day, but includes interviews, creative writing, criticism, opinion, profiles, social media engagement, production, design, photography, and investigative journalism that responds to the festival’s content.
The project gives students an industry focused hands-on immersive learning experience as a way to build their professional experience, skills and creative abilities. Students work closely with each other and with industry specialists in a structured project to produce nine editions of The Gazette.
The Gazette is led by Associate Professor Francesca Rendle-Short (co-director of non/fictionLab, discipline leader in Writing), Tracy O’Shaughnessy (Program Manager, Master of Writing and Publishing, Managing Editor, Bowen Street Press), and Dr Ronnie Scott (sessional tutor and researcher in Creative Writing and freelance author, publisher and editor).
The Gazette is distributed in hardcopy to The Wheeler Centre, State Library of Victoria, Thousand Pound Bend, Dandenong Library, Springvale Library, Walker Street Gallery and Arts Centre.
The Gazette is an initiative of the Emerging Writers’ Festival and the School of Media and Communication, RMIT University.
The Gazette Team:
Eloise Mae Foster
Gina Marie Cawley
Peter d’Arcy Clynes
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