Robert de Young's extensive experience in radio and television is helping educate VU's media students.
"Whilst doing my PhD in literature, a scriptwriting job at ABC Radio came up. I soon moved into broadcasting which hijacked my academic career at the time.
I produced the Open Learning Project, a series of television documentaries designed to support curriculum, and was also a series producer for Behind the News. It was a good fit for me because I knew the academic and broadcasting worlds.
Drawing directly on my industry experience, I was able to develop curriculum for the radio and media production subjects at VU. I also introduced new units including Writing and Producing the Documentary which is popular amongst students.
Having my own production company allows me to share my knowledge with students and give them an insight into the industry, from researching a film, to pitching it and applying for funding. My most successful documentary, Mother of Rock: Lillian Roxon screened at the Melbourne and Toronto International Film Festivals in 2010 and did really well.
It's been extremely fulfilling to be able to pursue both my passions and bring my industry experience into the classroom."
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