Waterfront to welcome ABC’s radio in residency in March 2022
Deakin’s iconic Waterfront campus will welcome and host the ABC for a month-long 'radio in residency' in March after plans for an October broadcast were rescheduled. The decision was made in response to the ongoing uncertainty of COVID-19 restrictions.
In March 2022, the ABC's pop-up radio studio and newsroom will be on the corner of Cunningham St and Western Beach Rd, overlooking Corio Bay. Space has been provided by Deakin University's School of Creative Arts.
The joint newsgathering and community engagement initiative will see presenters and program makers from ABC Radio Melbourne and ABC NEWS Victoria broadcast from the region, providing additional local coverage across radio, online, social media and ABC television.
Deakin Vice-Chancellor Professor Iain Martin said 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.
"While it’s disappointing to wait a few more months, I know by March, the Waterfront Campus will once again be a vibrant and thriving community for our students and staff to take full advantage of this exciting initiative," Professor Martin said.
"There are so many untold stories about the amazing work being done at Deakin and in Geelong. And when 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, said the initiative would 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."
Throughout March 2022, audiences will be able to drop by and see ABC Radio Melbourne presenters, including Virginia Trioli, Sammy J, Jacinta Parsons and Raf Epstein, who will broadcast live from a pop-up studio in the heart of the city at Deakin's Waterfront campus.
"We are looking forward to getting out into the community next year once it's safe to do so, deepening our engagement with local Geelong audiences and sharing more diverse stories from the region," ABC Radio Melbourne Local Manager Dina Rosendorff said.
The full program of community events and outside broadcasts will be released in early 2022.
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