The stories and issues of the Geelong region will be the focus of a pop-up ABC ‘Radio in Residency’ in the heart of the city at Deakin University’s Waterfront campus during October.
ABC Radio Melbourne presenters including Virginia Trioli, Jacinta Parsons and Raf Epstein will broadcast from the pop-up studio throughout the month, bolstering regional coverage from the existing ABC News Geelong bureau.
ABC Radio Melbourne Local Manager Dina Rosendorff says the Geelong Radio-in-Residency is part of a long-term commitment to tell stories from Victoria’s largest regional city, “The relationships we’ll build in the Geelong region will further strengthen our connection with the local community. We’re looking forward to hearing from the region’s residents about the issues and topics that matter most to them.”
City of Greater Geelong Mayor Stephanie Asher says this was a valuable opportunity to share more diverse stories from the region, “As one of Australia’s fastest growing regional cities, it’s great that Greater Geelong’s local stories and topics will be getting more coverage.
“This is a valuable opportunity to share more diverse stories and journeys from the community, who are the best part of our fantastic region.”
Deakin Vice-Chancellor, Professor Iain Martin says the partnership was an exciting opportunity to provide listeners with engaging and relevant content that would “spread the word” about the innovation happening at the university and in the community.
Professor Martin says, “There are so many untold stories when it comes to amazing work being done at Deakin and in Geelong. As more of these stories reach listeners, it will undoubtedly further strengthen Victoria’s position as the nation’s skills and innovation capital,”
Deakin’s Executive Dean, Faculty of Arts and Education, Professor Vanessa Lemm says the initiative will also provide opportunities for students to work closely with journalists, production teams, researchers and industry, “It is so important for students to get workplace experience during their studies. This is a high priority in our course design at Deakin because students need to apply the skills they learn in a real-life setting. These kinds of experiences are just so valuable for their development and preparing them for their future careers.”
The ABC’s temporary pop-up radio headquarters will be located in a space provided by Deakin University’s School of Creative Arts.