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Students Livestream from Government House

Published: 26 May 2017

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CIT media student Scott Lyon on camera at Government House, Canberra. Photo: John Cain.

CIT media students made a great contribution to the nation, and learned a lot about television production, when they live broadcast a significant ceremony from one of Australia's most iconic venues last month.

For a second year Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove invited CIT media students to work with Government House to livestream the 2017 Australian Honours Investiture ceremony online, allowing families and friends of those honoured to share their very special moment, wherever they were in the world.

Inside Government's House's main hall students set up a four-camera shoot to livestream Sir Peter invest 95 recipients of Australian honours, awards and bravery decorations throughout the day. Other students took turns directing the shoot, editing the video clips and learned a lot about making great online television.

Courageous CIT media student John Cain took the role of journalist to interview some of Australia's top business leaders, a new addition to the amazing media training opportunity.

John, camera operator Jonathon Wade-Flindt and boom mic operator Aaron Smith captured some well-known national leaders at a very special moment in their lives.

Former Queensland premier Anna Bligh AC, Virgin Australian Chief Executive John Borghetti and Rio Olympic's gold medallist Kim Brennan Games were interviewed for short video clips immediately after they’d collected their honour from Sir Peter. All visibly moved, the arresting interviews were broadcast shortly after as part of the live steam.

A highlight of the day was one woman’s the heartfelt thank you to the students whose children in Europe and Hong Kong had called to say how wonderful it was to watch their father being invested with his Australian honour.

Congratulations to all the students and CIT media teachers involved for your outstanding contribution to the nation. You’ve made us proud.

Downloads of the 2017 investiture ceremony are available on the Governor General's website. https://www.gg.gov.au/investiture