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Journalism Scholarship winner heads to the US

Alex Lee takes on the world with a two-week trip to the Centre for Investigative Reporting in California 

alex lee macleay collegeThe winner of the first Macleay College Journalism Scholarship, Alexandra Lee, has just departed for San Francisco to intern with the Centre of Investigative Reporting (CIR). She is pictured here at the CIJ interviewing Aaron Glantz, one of their top reporters and an Emmy nominee and Peabody award winner.

The CIR is a not-for-profit group of reporters who specialise in socially conscious citizen journalism with investigations that have exposed injustices and have made headlines all over the world.

While interning there, Alexandra hopes to have the opportunity to assist in creating engaging, hard-hitting news. “I hope that I am assigned as many tasks and responsibilities to learn as much as possible,” she said.

“[I'm] interested in working in a not for profit and non-partisan newsroom and seeing how this affects how stories are produced across all topics and all platforms,” she said.

Alexandra said the internship is an excellent opportunity for her career. “I really want to travel and be able to report at the same time. My ultimate end game would be a foreign correspondent.”

Alexandra won the scholarship to the US after submitting a multimedia investigative piece on the use of social media by terrorist organisations, how the information is reported by journalists and the impacts on the audience understanding of the media.

“It’s not a new thing, it’s being used by different terrorist organisations in the past before ISIS or Islamic State,” she said. “What’s becoming more apparent is that they’re becoming more sophisticated, it’s not just a propaganda tool although that’s one of their biggest aims; they use it to recruit new fighters.”

You can see Alex’s scholarship-winning presentation here

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