A Swinburne University of Technology student is working with award-winning production company Truce Films on a Screen Australia transmedia project titled Monologue.
In addition to the eight minute topical episodes released weekly, Monologue will tell the story of a newsroom at an influential online pop culture magazine through a website mirroring the magazine and social media accounts that allow characters to react to real events and engage with audiences.
As part of its Work Integrated Learning model, Swinburne has partnered with Truce Films to support the development of Monologue through professional internships and industry-linked projects for students. Ongoing freelance journalism work is available, in addition to industry engagement opportunities such as guest lectures and panel discussions.
Eden Young is one Swinburne student whose career is getting a kick start from an industry placement. In her third year of the Bachelor of Media and Communication, Ms Young has undertaken the work integrated learning as part of her Literary Industry Practice unit, securing an internship with Truce Films that provides many work opportunities such as the role of Developmental Editor for Monologue.
Ms Young is majoring in Journalism and Professional Writing and Editing and minoring in Advertising.
‘My studies have helped prepare me for this internship in a number of ways,’ says Ms Young who credits feedback from tutors and online learning for the learning of applicable skills.
‘Throughout my studies I have developed an array of transferable interpersonal skills and industry knowledge. Having collaborated with peers on multiple projects has strengthened my ability to work within a team, problem solve and reach a common goal.’
Swinburne student Eden Young is interning with Truce Films, which includes work as a Developmental Editor for Monologue
As part of the project, Ms Young works with lead writer Nick Melin to produce a satirical news website for promotion, manages stakeholders, liaises with Swinburne’s Design Bureau, and aids the production of content by writing, editing and managing content created by other contributors.
Mr Melin says Ms Young has been involved ‘in pretty much everything, and always with a lot of enthusiasm’.
‘It’s been great working with her and seeing her develop in different creative environments. I know Monologue has been something she has really enjoyed. She basically jumps into every meeting like it’s Christmas morning!’
Ms Young is enthusiastic about working in a wide range of media and communications fields in the future and says the experience and networking opportunities within the internship have helped her confidence and ability to work in the industry.
‘This internship helps put my university education into practice and opens the door to valuable industry connections. In my experience, industry professionals understand the challenges of starting out and want to help you progress your career in any way they can,’ says Ms Young.
‘Swinburne has a fantastic reputation for developing skilled creatives and our industries are certainly better for it,’ says Mr Melin, who is looking forward to working with more students in other aspects of the Monologue project.
Other Swinburne students can submit their interest in this project here.