UQ Students train for Informatics Olympiad

16 Dec 2015

Eighty teams from around the world will compete in the 25th International Olympiad in Informatics at UQ from 6 to 13 July 2013.

A team of journalism students are currently in training to report the event.

Photo: camera crew Natassja Bertram and Ashleigh Weidmann with trainer Alison Rae and interviewer Lauren Williamson.

Informatics is the science of computer programming and encompasses human-computer interaction, information processing and information systems. Bruce Woolley, SJC’s lecturer in sound and visual journalism is leading a team of academic and professional staff which includes Tegan Taylor, Dr Kitty Van Vuuren, Dr Daniel Angus, Alison Rae and Genevieve Worrall.

“I’m delighted to be working with a great bunch of keen and enthusiastic students” says Bruce Woolley. “These forms of work integrated learning help students develop their portfolios, their networks, and build their skills in cross media reporting.”

“This is yet another innovative way we are developing student skills in journalism practice,” says SJC undergraduate program director, Dr John Harrison. “The rise of what is known as ‘data journalism’ means that students need to know what happening informatics, and how to use informatics in reporting.”

“We are delighted to be working the UQ School of Mathematics and Physics on this great event,” he said.