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Alexandra Bernard

Alexandra Bernard

Studying a Bachelor of Journalism, majoring in International Relations

Alexandra Bernard is from the small town of Willow Tree in rural NSW and is studying a Bachelor of Journalism, majoring in International Relations.

“What really stood out to me in the data was the median age of death,” she said. “In some remote parts of Australia it’s only in the 40s and 50s.” Alexandra graduates at the end of 2018 and hopes one day to become an investigative reporter for The Australian.

“My favourite thing about studying at Bond is the incredible number of opportunities we get for real-life industry experience.”

Alexandra Bernard

Alexandra Bernard

Studying a Bachelor of Journalism, majoring in International Relations

Alexandra Bernard is from the small town of Willow Tree in rural NSW and is studying a Bachelor of Journalism, majoring in International Relations.

“What really stood out to me in the data was the median age of death,” she said. “In some remote parts of Australia it’s only in the 40s and 50s.” Alexandra graduates at the end of 2018 and hopes one day to become an investigative reporter for The Australian.

“My favourite thing about studying at Bond is the incredible number of opportunities we get for real-life industry experience.”

Amelia Chapman

Amelia Chapman

Studying a Bachelor of Journalism

Amelia Chapman is a born-and-bred Gold Coaster who is studying a Bachelor of Journalism.

“I found it unusual that Western Australia has such a high rate of marriage compared to Queenslanders with such a low rate,” she said.

Amelia graduates at the end of 2018 and hopes to become a broadcast journalist covering news or sport.

“The Bond community is like family,” she said. “All the students — especially those studying journalism — are so close because we are such a small university with intimate classes.”

Amelia Chapman

Amelia Chapman

Studying a Bachelor of Journalism

Amelia Chapman is a born-and-bred Gold Coaster who is studying a Bachelor of Journalism.

“I found it unusual that Western Australia has such a high rate of marriage compared to Queenslanders with such a low rate,” she said.

Amelia graduates at the end of 2018 and hopes to become a broadcast journalist covering news or sport.

“The Bond community is like family,” she said. “All the students — especially those studying journalism — are so close because we are such a small university with intimate classes.”

Cloe Read

Cloe Read

Studying a Bachelor of Journalism, majoring in International Relations

Cloe Read is a Gold Coaster who is studying a Bachelor of Journalism, majoring in International Relations.

“I looked at the safety category of the Happiness Project and it surprised me that NSW was the safest state,” she said.

Cloe graduates in October 2018 and hopes to become an investigative journalist specialising in politics or crime.

“I've had amazing industry experiences at Bond, taking part in the first national Women in Media conference and the Japan English Model United Nations. I've met such incredible people.”

Cloe Read

Cloe Read

Studying a Bachelor of Journalism, majoring in International Relations

Cloe Read is a Gold Coaster who is studying a Bachelor of Journalism, majoring in International Relations.

“I looked at the safety category of the Happiness Project and it surprised me that NSW was the safest state,” she said.

Cloe graduates in October 2018 and hopes to become an investigative journalist specialising in politics or crime.

“I've had amazing industry experiences at Bond, taking part in the first national Women in Media conference and the Japan English Model United Nations. I've met such incredible people.”

Yasmin Bonnell

Yasmin Bonnell

Studying a Bachelor of Journalism

Yasmin Bonnell developed an addiction to reading the NT News's entertaining headlines which set her on a path to a Bachelor of Journalism at Bond University.

She interviewed Indigenous leaders for her contribution to the Happiness Project, unearthing unheard perspectives and giving her a better understanding of what needs to change to improve the quality of life for First Nations people.

Yasmin works part time as a cadet journalist at Business News Australia and is set to graduate at the end of 2018.

“I appreciate the accelerated course times at Bond because I'm keen to get into the industry and begin working as a journalist full-time.”

Yasmin Bonnell

Yasmin Bonnell

Studying a Bachelor of Journalism

Yasmin Bonnell developed an addiction to reading the NT News's entertaining headlines which set her on a path to a Bachelor of Journalism at Bond University.

She interviewed Indigenous leaders for her contribution to the Happiness Project, unearthing unheard perspectives and giving her a better understanding of what needs to change to improve the quality of life for First Nations people.

Yasmin works part time as a cadet journalist at Business News Australia and is set to graduate at the end of 2018.

“I appreciate the accelerated course times at Bond because I'm keen to get into the industry and begin working as a journalist full-time.”

Emma Senior

Emma Senior

Studying a Bachelor of Law/Journalism

Emma Senior is a Gold Coaster who is blessed to have the beach as her backyard. She is studying a Bachelor of Law/Journalism.

“I investigated suicide rates in Australia,” she said. “It is an issue that will always affect someone and some of the statistics and stories were really confronting.”

Emma hopes to graduate in late 2020 or early 2021 and is considering a future as a foreign correspondent or radio presenter.

“Bond is like a small family and you're surprised if two people don't know one another,” she said.

“The opportunities that I have been offered — both academic and extra-curricular — I honestly don't believe I would have had the opportunity to experience elsewhere.”

Emma Senior

Emma Senior

Studying a Bachelor of Law/Journalism

Emma Senior is a Gold Coaster who is blessed to have the beach as her backyard. She is studying a Bachelor of Law/Journalism.

“I investigated suicide rates in Australia,” she said. “It is an issue that will always affect someone and some of the statistics and stories were really confronting.”

Emma hopes to graduate in late 2020 or early 2021 and is considering a future as a foreign correspondent or radio presenter.

“Bond is like a small family and you're surprised if two people don't know one another,” she said.

“The opportunities that I have been offered — both academic and extra-curricular — I honestly don't believe I would have had the opportunity to experience elsewhere.”

Eliza Reilly

Eliza Reilly

Studying a Bachelor of Journalism

Eliza Reilly grew up and went to school in Perth before packing her bags for the Gold Coast. She is studying Journalism.

“For the Happiness Project I worked on the area of accessibility and in particular, internet access,” she said.

“It was an eye opener to learn of the lack of internet throughout rural Australia and the impact it is having on business and education. As one of my interviewees put it, ‘The digital divide is now a chasm’.”

Eliza will graduate in December 2018 and hopes to work on longform investigative stories.

“I’m also working on a way to weave my love of AFL and sport into my dream job title,” she said.

“My favourite thing about Bond University is the practicality of the journalism course. We are constantly putting theory into practice, working on amazing projects and being given opportunities that we could only dream of.”

Eliza Reilly

Eliza Reilly

Studying a Bachelor of Journalism

Eliza Reilly grew up and went to school in Perth before packing her bags for the Gold Coast. She is studying Journalism.

“For the Happiness Project I worked on the area of accessibility and in particular, internet access,” she said.

“It was an eye opener to learn of the lack of internet throughout rural Australia and the impact it is having on business and education. As one of my interviewees put it, ‘The digital divide is now a chasm’.”

Eliza will graduate in December 2018 and hopes to work on longform investigative stories.

“I’m also working on a way to weave my love of AFL and sport into my dream job title,” she said.

“My favourite thing about Bond University is the practicality of the journalism course. We are constantly putting theory into practice, working on amazing projects and being given opportunities that we could only dream of.”

George Lysnar

George Lysnar

Studying a Bachelor of Journalism, majoring in Law, Government and Crime

George Lysnar was born in New Zealand but now calls Australia home. He is studying Journalism, majoring in Law, Government and Crime.

“The biggest part of the Happiness Project that stood out to me was correlations between the crime data and other data, even stuff you wouldn't expect it to correlate with.

“We saw positive correlations between safety and jobs, work-life balance and housing affordability. None of these seem particularly relevant and yet they were connected.“

George expects to graduate in late 2019 and hopes one day to become a political investigative journalist or a political commentator.

“The best thing about Bond is the sense of knowing and genuinely connecting with your classmates and lecturers,” he said. “It's a great personal feeling all around campus.”

George Lysnar

George Lysnar

Studying a Bachelor of Journalism, majoring in Law, Government and Crime

George Lysnar was born in New Zealand but now calls Australia home. He is studying Journalism, majoring in Law, Government and Crime.

“The biggest part of the Happiness Project that stood out to me was correlations between the crime data and other data, even stuff you wouldn't expect it to correlate with.

“We saw positive correlations between safety and jobs, work-life balance and housing affordability. None of these seem particularly relevant and yet they were connected.“

George expects to graduate in late 2019 and hopes one day to become a political investigative journalist or a political commentator.

“The best thing about Bond is the sense of knowing and genuinely connecting with your classmates and lecturers,” he said. “It's a great personal feeling all around campus.”

Emily Bradfield

Emily Bradfield

Studying a Bachelor of Journalism

Emily Bradfield is from Warwick on Queensland's Southern Downs and is studying a Bachelor of Journalism.

“Being raised in the country, the most shocking data for me was the poor work-life balance in regional and remote areas, specifically heavy farming areas,” she said.

Emily expects to graduate in late 2018 and hopes to bring regional issues into the spotlight and tell the stories of Australians on the land.

“I have a passion for broadcast and podcast storytelling and hope to develop these skills in my future career.”

Her favourite thing about Bond is the small cohort size that allows for personal tutoring and connection with lecturers.

“It's nice not to be just another student ID number,” she said.

Emily Bradfield

Emily Bradfield

Studying a Bachelor of Journalism

Emily Bradfield is from Warwick on Queensland's Southern Downs and is studying a Bachelor of Journalism.

“Being raised in the country, the most shocking data for me was the poor work-life balance in regional and remote areas, specifically heavy farming areas,” she said.

Emily expects to graduate in late 2018 and hopes to bring regional issues into the spotlight and tell the stories of Australians on the land.

“I have a passion for broadcast and podcast storytelling and hope to develop these skills in my future career.”

Her favourite thing about Bond is the small cohort size that allows for personal tutoring and connection with lecturers.

“It's nice not to be just another student ID number,” she said.

Contributing student writers and researchers were

Alexandra Bernard, Yasmin Bonnell, Emily Bradfield, Amelia Chapman, David D’Antonio Guzman, Ella East, Amy Forrester, Dinushka Gunasekara, Matthew Judkins, Emma Kearney, George Lysnar, Giulia Ongari, Cloe Read, Eliza Reilly, Kathryn Secrest, Emily Selleck, Emma Senior, Lizette Soulier, Clint Stephens and Niamh Sullivan. The multimedia component of the Index was produced by students Yuchen Ou, Olivia Meredith and Alice Royster.