Internet Creating Fear for New Journalism Students

Keiden Cheung and Riley Jones are part of UOWTV to try to gain an advantage over other journalism graduates.
Keiden Cheung and Riley Jones are part of UOWTV to try to gain an advantage over other journalism graduates.

Since the introduction of the internet and the changes it has made to journalism and media, there has been discussions surrounding the difference in traditional journalism and “citizen journalism”, with many professionals in the field criticizing any form of journalism that does not fit in with the legacy media fields of print, radio and television. For new journalism students, the criticism that their particular field of interest is not a viable career choice can be worrying.

“I definitely feel a bit safer going into sports journalism than if I was going into another area.” said Ryan Geer, 22, who is hoping to follow a career into sports broadcasting and reporting. Sports journalism falls into the category of traditional journalism, and with Australia’s intense sporting culture, there will always be a need for this branch of reporting. (more…)

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“Any Shmuck With an iPhone is a Journalist Nowadays”

Journalism is a constantly changing field. The legacy media outlets – newspapers, television and radio – are no longer where the majority of people get their news in the UK, AmericaAustralia and elsewhere. Print media has adapted to this news evolution by creating online versions of their publications. There is another major issue facing online journalism. Citizen journalism, which is regular, every day people reporting news and journalistic stories, primarily online.

The problem being, in the eyes of major news corporations, that many of these citizen journalists have no real journalistic training or degrees, and therefore their news is not “real journalism” because it is amateur and less professional. (more…)

Australian Journalism: No Girls Allowed.

Australia is seemingly a country with equal career opportunities for men and women. But an analysis of the media in Australia highlights the sexism in journalism in this country.

One example of the negative portrayal of women in Australian media is the treatment that the first female Prime Minster Julie Gillard faced during her term in office. She was criticized for what she wore, questioned on her personal life – radio presenter Howard Sattler questioned whether her partner was gay because he was a hairdresser – faced sexist jokes and opposition leader Tony Abbot often questioned her ability on the basis of her gender, cultivating in her giving her famous “misogyny speech“. Gillard has since spoken about the sexism she faced from the Australian media. (more…)

Without Him.

When the phone rang at one in the morning on Saturday the 11th of April, Kaleb Slade didn’t answer the call. He had a friend over, they were playing video games and it was only his mum, he just thought he’d call her back in the morning. And then it rang again, and he knew that it wasn’t going to be any kind of good news. “I answered, and heard mum crying. And I knew that something had happened to Matt.”

Kaleb’s older brother Matt had been having some problems for a while, and a few weeks earlier had attempted to kill himself and been placed in hospital. So when the phone rang twice in the middle of the night, and his mother was crying on the other end, it all came crashing down on Kaleb in a horrifying wave of realisation. His brother had committed suicide. “It changes your entire life, like, nothing is the same from the second you hear that. And your world stops but the rest of the world around you doesn’t and you have to keep playing this game of catch-up. I just wanted to scream at everyone ‘Hey! My brother is dead! Why are you acting like everything is okay!’ which is totally irrational, but that is how I felt.”

He had to prepare to bury a brother and his mother had to prepare to bury a son. Becoming a pillar of strength for his mother consumed Kaleb’s entire existence, it was his main focus in life for three weeks and everything else ceased to matter. “My two younger brothers are still in high school, which they had to get back too. My older brother has children, a career and lives away. He had to get back to his life but me, my casual job and Uni could be pushed aside. I felt like I had to be the one there for her.”

After the funeral and after a couple of weeks passed, reality set in for Kaleb. He knew he had to go back to Wollongong, back to work, back to University. But the pain that his brother was no longer around didn’t go away. The double edged sword of having to go back to normality when life was no longer normal has taken its toll on Kaleb’s day to day. All of the things that he used to like doing, his hobbies and interests, didn’t entertain him anymore. How can you laugh and play Playstation when every time you turn it on, you remember all of the times you played alongside your brother, and that you’ll never get to do that again? Everything made him feel empty.

Everyone tells Kaleb that nothing could have been done and that it was no one’s fault, but the nature of losing someone to suicide resonates differently to the loved ones who experiences the loss.“There is no way to describe the way it feels to someone who has never experienced this, and it is impossible to describe it to someone even if they have. There is this overwhelming feeling that something could have been done and Matt would still be here.” 

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JRNL101 Assignment : Interview

There are more pathways to University than starting a degree straight out of the HSC. For some, getting out into the world and gaining some real life experience and skills to help make an informed decision about what they want to study is a more logical path. This is the route that 23 year old Thomas Duff has taken.

JRLN101 Assignment 1: Vox Pops

Vox Pop 1: Transgender. 

At the time of filming this Vox-Pop, the Sydney Mardi Gras had just finished, which is always a good time to bring up sensitive issues surrounding sexuality, particularly the more “taboo” or even more “unaccepted” sexuality issue of transgender. Bruce Jenner, step-father of the Kardashian sisters, recently came out as transgender and has been all over tabloid magazines and programs because of it. So we went to the students of UOW to ask: “What is your opinion on Transgender?” We wanted to know what they thought, if they accepted it or if they thought it wasn’t a real thing.

Vox Pop 2 : Ban the Burqa? 

Australians, as a whole, are very country-proud people. The notions of mate-ship, being there for the little guy and helping a fellow Aussie out in a time of need are all qualities that we associate with ourselves. We also claim to be “multi-cultural”. However, with all the recent news about ISIS, Muslims and should-we-or-should-we-not ban the burqa (a garment that some women wear that cover their whole bodies except for their eyes), are we really as accepting as we think we are? We asked a bunch of UOW students what they thought of the whole “Ban the Burqa” debate, as well as why they thought women wore the burqa, and whether what someone else is wearing has an impact on them personally.

 

Both of these Vox-Pops were thought of, filmed and edited by myself and another student, Amy Livermore. 

University Life 2 : Too Much Knowledge

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Libraries are amazing places. People respect the library in a way that does not carry over to other designated “quiet places”. The quiet carriage on a train is no more quiet than any other carriage, people chat to one another in lectures and have entire conversations in movie theatres. But if you enter the University of Wollongong’s library – silence. If you walk down the corridors of knowledge, books stacked higher than you on both sides, you could lose track of time. If you sit on the floor to retrieve a bottom shelf book and look up, you get a very real sense of just how much information you are surrounded by. You also might think “wow, if all these books fell down right now, I’d probably die”, which is a very literal interpretation of the phrase all of us students will use at some point during our degree “I feel like all my work is crashing down on me”.