Learning on the ground: reporting from Cambodia
Many parts of rural Cambodia are without running water and people sleep on the floor, so when Monash Arts lecturer Nick Parkin took his students on a international field trip to Cambodia, he decided that they would live in the places where they reported from, so they could experience the impact of development issues first-hand.
In partnership with Engineers Without Borders, Nick is leading a team of Monash journalism students on a trip from the capital, Phnom Penh, to small communities along the Mekong river.
Monash journalism students are gaining experience in foreign correspondence, developing relationships and uncovering new stories: from the unfathomable horrors of the Khmer Rouge regime, to the impact of erosion on island villages, to the success of startup programs for Cambodian businesswomen.
“It’s a way to gain an understanding of our place in the region. It’s a really eye-opening experience for the students to see Cambodia and build interpersonal connections with people from the region,” Nick says.
More reporting trips for Monash journalism students are planned in India and Nepal. Read Monash Journalism students’ stories on Mojo correspondent.