National Day Of Action – Community Radio Testimonies: Ellie Cameron-Krepp
SYN Alumni and former Vice-President Ellie Cameron-Krepp explains why Community Radio’s future is worth saving.I thought I sounded like a bit of a wanker the first time I said I had 8 years of media industry experience in a cover letter. But, surprisingly, it’s true, and I’ve got SYN Media and community radio to thank for that. As a 22 year old recent Media graduate, I’m fresh on the job hunt in an industry full of unpaid internships and a severe lack of entry level job opportunities. It sure seems disheartening at times, but I’m not too worried. Not yet. You see, working in community radio has set me up perfectly. Thanks to SYN, I’ve had the opportunity to take on roles such as radio presenter, executive producer, trainer, interviewer, segment contributor, youth manager and even vice-president! Pretty snazzy resume for a 22 year old, hey? Most of all though, SYN has just given me a beautiful family with which to share my passion for making media. There are very few organisations out there that provide open access for young people to produce their own media content, which puts SYN at the forefront of the industry for accessibility, and brings diversity to the Australian media landscape. Considering the life changing experiences I’ve had volunteering at SYN Media, I couldn’t think of anything worse than the loss of digital radio and the consequences of that on a station like ours. We’ve been a breeding ground for so many of this country’s media makers, a place where young people have a voice, and an encouraging community for the thousands of vibrant volunteers who have passed through SYN’s doors. Supporting a digital radio future is sticking up for the creators and consumers of community media who are at risk of losing the heart and soul of Australian broadcasting if stations are forced to go off-air. But all hope is not lost- In order for other young Australians to be given the opportunities I have, we’re calling on everyone who cares about the issue to take action and join the campaign. It’s simple. Commit to Community Radio!