Edgewater student champions news in Canberra

Edgewater Primary School Year 6 student Chloe Casley.
Edgewater Primary School Year 6 student Chloe Casley.

A NORTHERN suburbs girl will travel to Canberra this month to champion what her generation wants to see in the news.

Edgewater Primary School Year 6 student Chloe Casley was one of 20 young people selected to attend the News Champions Forum at the Museum of Australian Democracy from October 21 to 22.

Chloe said she wrote about her background, which is Aboriginal mixed with six other ethnicities, in her 200-word submission and why students don’t watch the news, calling for media to “make it less violent”.

“Every day there’s at least three death reports or a suicide or homicide somewhere,” she said.

“It just scares young people.

“I have friends who say they don’t want to watch the news; don’t want to hear about the violence.

“I would rather hear about the positives.

“I understand that there are so many bad things happening, but there are so many good things going around too.”

Chloe said she was looking forward to visiting the nation’s capital for the event, which is part of a research project with western Sydney University and the Queensland University of Technology.

“I’ve never been to Canberra – it’s a privilege and I’ve always wanted to go,” she said.

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