The first semester is over and the students of the Master of Communication for Social Change (CSC) Plan went out of their way doing a great job in their Practicum course (COMU7015).

The CSC Practicum offers an individually designed program which enables students to gain hands-on experience in the practical application of communication and social change principles and processes.
 
Students undertake short-term or part-time assignments with NGOs, service organisations, commercial firms, government bodies or other relevant agencies. Tasks that students are involved in include creating a communication strategy, facilitating stakeholder engagement, creating relevant policy briefs, developing project proposals, conducting a participatory needs analysis, capacity building, or reviewing existing communication practices.
 
Toshiyuki Watanabe worked for Green Cross Australia, a Brisbane-based organisation aiming to change people’s mindset towards a more sustainable society. Toshi’s main task was the preparation of their disaster prevention event called Townsville Cyclone Hypothesis, in which local leaders discuss disaster responses under hypothetical severe weather events.
 
Dhina Kartikasari undertook her Practicum with the Brisbane City Council’s International and Multicultural Affairs Unit. Her may task was to give recommendations on their communication challenges, mainly focusing in their Young Professional Program (YPP) under Asia Pacific Cities Summit to ensure the sustainability of the project in years to come.
 
Imelda Griffin worked for the Communication for Development Network (C4D) in Brisbane. Her tasks was to conduct a desktop research and scoping exercise into the C4D landscape in Brisbane that would provide a valuable insight into existing thinking and perceptions of C4D, what kind of C4D work is being conducted across Queensland, and the extent of C4D networks in Queensland.
 
Carissa Dennis did her Practicum with CQueensland University Health Clinic, a co-partnership between the University and Queensland Health, offering services and facilities not typically available in the Central Queensland region. Carissa was in charge of stakeholder identification and engagement, adoption of CSC underpinnings, developing a health promotion flyer, CQ University Health Clinic website, and a review of its communication needs.
 
Wudie Ayele Friew undertook her Practicum with Annerley Community Plus, an outreach development service which aims to engage people in community-led activities. Wudie was in charge of reviewing their communication strategy, making recommendations for improvement, and designing a new strategy in line with the objectives of the organisation. She used different methods such as observation, informal consultation and reviewing of their communication material.
 
Marian Reid worked for Many Hands International (MHI) in Lospalos, East Timor. She delivered a workshop for MHI staff in story gathering and digital photo stories. The training was designed to bring a new perspective to the research and documentation work that MHI had been doing, by training staff members in how to take photos that tell a story and how to develop stories. This approach was followed up with exercises in photo stories as a way to facilitate dialogue and explore community issues.
 
Mona Sintia did her Practicum with SMERU (Social Monitoring and Early Response Unit) of Indonesia as the response to monitor social impact of the crisis in Indonesia. Her main input was the development of a participatory video of the Indonesia Poverty Map. The video contains information on people’s perceptions and expectations of the map.
 
Nanda Nugranhanti and Yutainten worked together for the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ), evaluating and analysing the ECCQ Community Leadership Program 2014, which aims to develop leadership skills in new members coming from emerging communities. In order to understand how the program has contributed to participant’s role as leaders, Nanda and Yuta conducted an evaluation report, using Focus Group Discussion and Individual Interviews as evaluation methods.
 
Maria Veroncia Cazut undertook her Practicum placement with Milaana, a youth-led social enterprise that connects students and community-oriented organisations, through project-based impact placements with the aim of fostering community engagement. Veronica’s input was to support the awareness campaign, research and develop a guide for students and Milaana’s ambassadors, and contribute with the communicational component of the campaign.
 

 

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