Timely advice: Don’t sweat the small stuff

Day five. Tip 1: If you are going to meet politicians, find out why they want you there. Ring their office before hand, and get your head around what they are trying to spruik. I learnt this the hard way. Tip 2: Don’t ring government offices at 3:30pm on Friday afternoon thinking you’ll be able(…)

Quest: Angle is everything

Day three: A lot of the stories I’ve received from the editor, have come to me in the form of media briefs written by companies that are spruiking their products. The role of the community paper journalist is to find an angle the story could be written from so it is not explicitly endorsing the(…)

Quest Newspaper: An eye-opener

Day one and two of my work experience at Quest Newspaper has already given me some experience into the media and news writing. On my arrival to the Australian, Courier Mail and Quest Newspaper building I was taken aback by size and aesthetics of the quarters.   The front door is a revolving one, and the(…)

Flemington ditches the crop

When you hear the words ‘Melbourne Cup’ you generally think of two things. Yes, horse racing would be the first but the second would be “what am I going to wear?” The Melbourne Cup is one of Australia’s most important days on the fashion calendar, where all the stars step out in their best frocks(…)

Would you like a Big Mac with your selfie?

There is no doubt that Instagram has become one of the two largest social media platforms, where everyday people become insta famous and the selfie became a social norm. But gone are the days of scrolling through endless amounts of perfectly angled and filtered photos without any disruption from the outside world. Just like Facebook,(…)

Vox Pop: Do you think Australia is a racist country?

Australia is an inclusive country according to Brisbane residents of diverse ethnic backgrounds. Five people were interviewed as part of this contentious vox-pop aimed at finding out whether Australian’s are a truly racist bunch. Turns out, we’re not. Whilst one (Caucasian) contributor, Alex, reckoned Aussies to be ‘…a bit racist,’ the positive experiences of the(…)

No Line on U2’s Horizon

U2 is without a doubt, the world’s biggest rock band and has been for quite some time. But having released their thirteenth studio album entitled Songs of Innocence, are the boys from Dublin on their last legs? It’s been 38 years since Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen, Jr formed the band U2(…)

United they stand

Having jumped back up to third on the Hyundai A-League ladder, Adelaide United are finally showing signs of the kind of soccer they want to play this season. Last week, I was among the 33,000 people who flocked to see United take on bitter rival Melbourne Victory in a top of the table clash. For(…)

Cheika to replace Mckenzie

So it’s been confirmed that Michael Cheika will be the new Wallabies coach, less than a week after Ewen Mckenzie’s shock resignation. One thing I couldn’t understand was the attack mounted against him in the media in the week leading up to his resignation. Rumours were circulated in the media about Mckenzie having an affair(…)

43 Years Long

1971 was an all-round important year. It was the year cigarette advertisements were banned from television, the year Richard Nixon installed a secret taping system into the White House and the last year the South Sydney Rabbitohs made it into the NRL grand Final. They won 16-10 against Saint George. Friday the 26th of September(…)

Extremists

It is the age old question; can you hate a religion for their extremists? The one answer is no, you cannot. You cannot hate someone for believing in the same God as someone else. This question has recently come to my attention obviously due to the fact that our wonderful little country has recently received(…)

Journalists unite against major parties

Journalists, newspapers, media unions and politicians have spoken out strongly against the federal governments amendments to national security laws that could land journalists or whistleblowers in jail. The Australian based Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance, the worlds leading newspaper body The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers based in Europe, the Paris based Reporters(…)

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