MIRI: Curtin University Malaysia (Curtin Malaysia) students visited Chinese language daily United Daily News at the Piasau Industrial Estate here to gain insights into newspaper publishing.
The trip by 21 students from the Media, Culture and Communication Department was aimed at exposing the students to real-life journalism and how the media industry operated, including news editing and printing technology, said mass communication lecturer Ngu Ik Ying.
“Now they can relate the theories learned in classrooms to how they are applied in the industry,” she said.
Upon arrival, the students were briefed by United Daily News executive chief editor Chai Choi Chin on the history and operations of the newspaper.
He took them on a tour of the facilities, including its editorial and graphic design departments as well as pre-press and printing sections.
Foundation in Arts (Media) student Rhyshaune Lee said she was amazed at the huge number of copies of printsdaily and the amount of work that went into each edition.
She opined that newspapers contribute greatly to society by providing important and timely news to the public.
Fellow student Eric Song said the visit was an eye-opening experience.
“It is amazing to see how a story is conveyed in words, printed and circulated in thousands of newspapers.
“This has inspired me to become a journalist in the future,” he said.
Meanwhile in a seperate statement, the university said it would hold its annual open day on Saturday to expose prospective students to Curtin’s largest international campus outside Australia.
Representatives of the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) and Sarawak Foundation will be on hand to promote their study loans and scholarships.
Guided tours of the campus will be conducted from the ‘Future Students Hub’ at scheduled times throughout the day.