Macleay College unveiled its cutting-edge new campus in the heart of Melbourne today, exciting many who are thinking about becoming a journalist.
Located between Little Flinders and Collins Streets, and overlooking the many thousands of pedestrians who use Swanston Street on a daily basis, the potential for students to utilize the space is remarkable.
Floor to ceiling windows with arched frames take in the views of St Paul’s Cathedral, mimicking its architecture, and City Square, in front of The Westin hotel.
Macleay’s Melbourne headquarters will move from Brady Street in South Melbourne to Swanston Street for the 2015 academic year, starting in the first week of February.
The first-floor campus includes a TV-studio fronting Flinders Lane so passers-by can watch students filming live news bulletins and updates.
Among the new facilities are a 30-seat lecture theatre, a common room, a newsroom equipped with top-of-the-line Mac computers, the purpose-built TV studio complete with green screen and all the necessary recording equipment.
Students welcomed the new campus today by asking people on the street what they thought of journalism in Australia.
Arie, 27, from Malvern shared his thoughts: “Journalism is meant to be an expression of the truth, but I believe the truth is filtered down by bodies of power.”
However not everyone feels the same about the industry. Chelsea Burgess, from Alfredton said that journalism in Australia is “Pretty good quality, [I’ve] never had a problem with anything I’ve read.”
Macleay College officially launches its new campus on January 17. For information visit the Macleay College website. – James Davis and Alyshia Anderson
– Video presented by Jackson Miller, produced by Jackson Miller, Jessica Ankomah and Sarah Batt
Top photo by Sheree Di Lorenzo.