Meld Magazine was incorporated as an independent not-for-profit media outlet in September 2008 to reach out to international students in Melbourne, and provide students the opportunity to gain real work experience.
With no paid staff, we rely solely on volunteers. The founders of this magazine include present and former international students from various industries, including media and marketing, business, law and international student services.
Many international students live in or around the city because of the proximity to their colleges and universities, and that was where we decided to focus our efforts first. Many of us live, work and study locally too. Our editorial team is made of both local and international students, and it has worked to our advantage in providing local content in every sense of the word.
The magazine was started because we recognised the need to provide relevant news and information to international students who make up a sizable community in Victoria.
We wanted to help international students feel at home in Melbourne by providing an online medium for dialogue and information exchange between students and with the local community, as well as encourage them to explore the city and greater Melbourne.
We wanted to give international students a voice, and felt there was a need to shed light on issues concerning the overseas education industry and other aspects of life affecting students. A lot of what is out there is limited to promotional paraphernalia failing to reflect the full picture of the overseas student experience.
We also recognised the need for students to get a leg up in their careers. The frustration we hear commonly echoed by fresh graduates was the need to have “work experience” in order to be successful in their job applications.
Through Meld, we have been able to put our students on the same beat as other fully-fledged journalists and photographers, and given business and marketing students a chance to develop and test emerging models of journalism, and establish an ethical and sustainable business model.
We are always on the lookout for story ideas. If there are nooks and crannies in Melbourne which you think are worth exploring, or issues that deserve some coverage, we would love to hear from you! Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org