Image: Chancellor Mrs Bobbie Brazil (right) and Vice Chancellor Jan Thomas (left) with Amelia Devita
High flying traffic reporter Amelia Devita is often the reason motorists change route when travelling.
Last weekend however, it was all about Amelia’s future direction when she joined more than 100 students to confer her degree at the USQ Springfield graduation ceremony.
Amelia, who has been traffic reporting for The Australian Traffic Network for two years, graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Media (BAM) and will take to the skies for two weeks later this month to update motorists on local traffic conditions on the Today show on Channel Nine.
A self-starter, Amelia took the initiative to volunteer at River 949 in Ipswich after meeting the station’s General Manager David Greenwood when he was a guest speaker at a lecture. She was ultimately offered a casual position on their street team.
‘I showed an interest in panelling, news and voiceovers while I was there and they helped me gain experience in these areas also,’ Amelia said.
‘I was still working in retail part-time and was miserable doing it, so I spoke to my parents and they gave me their full support to quit that job and chase my dream.
‘I was nineteen by then and went hard at it, reaching out to everyone I knew for contacts and advice and soon enough I got my break.’
Amelia now works on the street teams for Nova 106.9 in addition to her traffic reporting and assists with outside broadcasts and other events.
‘Sometimes I assistant produce or help out in the office. There is never a day which is the same and that is what I love about the job.’
Amelia’s traffic reports cover radio stations and newspapers in Brisbane, Perth, Cairns, Toowoomba, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Central Coast, NSW, Mackay and Townsville.
She chose to study at USQ Springfield because she was able to organise a one-on-one meeting with lecturer Ashley Jones when she was considering her options.
‘He was able to give me a rundown of the course and he personally took us on a tour of the facilities. I felt welcomed and cared about almost immediately and I knew this was the place for me.’
Amelia’s plans now she has finished her studies are to travel and continue working towards her career goals.
USQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas offered her congratulations to Amelia and the many other Springfield students who graduated this year.
“I am privileged to witness the outstanding achievements of our alumni and recognise their hard work and dedication,” Professor Thomas said.
“I am confident they will continue to make the University proud into the future.”
Media Contact: Jo-Ann Sparrow, USQ Media, +61 7 3470 4119 or 0438 309 096