Two final-year RMIT University journalism students have been awarded travel scholarships through the inaugural Australia Japan Foundation (AJF) media internships.
Finbar O'Mallon, of South Yarra, and Hashela Kumarawansa, of Hillside, will undertake funded internships next year at the Japan Times, the oldest and only independent English-language newspaper in Japan.
Mr O'Mallon brings a knowledge of Japan to the venture.
Before joining RMIT as a student, he travelled extensively in Japan, which he describes as "a country with a rich history, art, architecture and politics".
"While in Japan, I'd be consistently blogging, incorporating a mixture of photography, video and writing," Mr O'Mallon, who has been elected as the next editor of the RMIT student magazine Catalyst, said.
"The Japan Times is an international newspaper and this internship will be a great journalistic experience."
Hashela Kumarawansa was also delighted to be awarded the AJF scholarship.
A journalism and Japanese language student at RMIT, Ms Kumarawansa is an award-winning writer, winning a United Nations peace prize in 2011 for a poem written in commemoration of the 1945 Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings.
The Australian Government established the AJF in 1976 to expand and develop contact and exchange between the peoples of Australia and Japan and to help project positive images of the two nations in each other's country.
AJF Chair, Murray McLean AO, said: "The AJF is delighted to be supporting this initiative as part of our 2014-15 grants program, which will enable two young Australian media students to have the opportunity for direct work experiences within a Japanese media outlet."
This is the first year of the partnership between RMIT's Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) program and the Australia-Japan Foundation.
RMIT Journalism Internship Coordinator, Alex Wake said more than a third of journalism students undertook an international internship in 2014.
"These global experiences not only boost the students' career prospects, but also enable students to apply their journalistic skills while navigating the intricacies of different cultural and work environments," she said.
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