australia-middle east journalism exchange

Australia-Middle East Journalism Exchange (AMEJE) is a not-for-profit organisation working to improve cross-cultural understanding by fostering better informed journalism.

Since 2015, we have facilitated study tours for high-achieving student journalists between Australia and the Arab world. Our cultural and professional tour programs are developed within a rigorous academic framework and are designed to inspire and equip the next generation of journalists in Australia and the Middle East.

our team


dr scott bridges
managing director

Dr Scott Bridges teaches journalism and communications at the University of Canberra, Australia. He is the author of the book 18 Days: Al Jazeera English and the Egyptian Revolution (Editia, 2013) and his PhD thesis examined Al Jazeera’s global expansion in the wake of such media moments. Scott has worked, studied and travelled extensively in the Middle East.


damian doyle

Damian Doyle holds a masters degree in Middle Eastern studies and is researching a PhD at the Australian National University’s Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies with a focus on social movements and contentious politics in Iraq. He is qualified in project management and has experience managing large budgets and delivering projects overseas in cross-cultural environments.


penina reid

Penina Reid is a communications specialist with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia. She has nearly 20 years of public affairs experience in corporate marketing, law enforcement and diplomacy across the Asia-Pacific.


scheherazade bloul

Scheherazade Bloul is a PhD Candidate at Deakin University, Australia, as part of the UNESCO Chair Cultural Diversity and Social Justice program. Her research is focused on understanding the intersections of social media, news media, and political participation among Moroccan youth movements post-2011. Scheherazade was a delegate on AMEJE’s inaugural study tour in 2015.