Alongside the Council for Australia-Arab Relations (CAAR), Changing Lives supported the Australia-Middle East Journalism Exchange (AMEJE) on its inaugural visit to Jordan. The latest stage of our expansion, this program was a media-themed trip where journalism students engaged with a wide range of Jordanian media organisations.
AMEJE delegates visited Jordan to gain an understanding of the varied media environment in the Arab world and meet professionals leading the field in both private and government-owned media.
The Jordan Times, Syria Direct, Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism, Middle East University, UNESCO and the Australian Embassy in Jordan were all fantastic partners in this trip.
For Australians, the Middle East is so distant that misconceptions about the region are often hard to break down. Speaking on ABC national radio after the trip, CAAR-AMEJE delegate Laura Clements said that the “parting sentiment was ‘stay safe’, and I think that says a lot about the preconceptions of the region … I am pleased to report that we felt safe the whole time we were there, there was absolutely no trouble… the main thing that I learnt was to acknowledge that there are stereotypes, but challenge those and … make sure that we are continually challenging those biases.”
Listen to the whole interview here.
AMEJE will be back in Jordan in 2018