Who Takes Care of the Journalist?

Media coverage of the MH17 air disaster has been many things but above all it has been extensive. The public’s thirst for information has been insatiable and journalists from a variety of media have been quick  to provide stories as they unfold. News coverage has raised some ethical issues.  The newspaper which ran with pictures(…)

Media Coverage, Media Bias

For a while now there has been an endless stream of big news stories breaking around the world, with some stories taking centre stage, making a point or illuminating some issue or event before finally fading away, eclipsed by the next new news story. However, and as we have seen most recently with turmoil in(…)

Propaganda in face of MH17

Propaganda. That is what our ‘news’ has come down to. Whilst we in the West laugh at conspiracy theories purported as fact by Russian owned media outlets, in the face of downed MH17, it has become apparent that we also need to have a good hard look at ourselves. Look only to our own national(…)

Twitter grievances

Whilst there is much to be said about the future of political relations between the West and Russia following the event of MH17, something completely undeserving of attention struck me as curious: David Cameron’s use of Twitter in airing grievances. Now the British Prime Minister is a time poor man and I am not attempting(…)

Gamification

Have you heard of this term? Well it’s been hidden under our noses for the past five or six years. The term is well-known for its physiological implementation. Gamification is the use of gaming concepts and mechanics in non-gaming environments. For instance, when you’re going for a long walk, you may not have motivation. Whereas(…)

Controversies in Gaming

With cases such as Lindsey Lohan suing Rockstar Games, there has never been such a serious defamatory case until now. An ex-dictator is suing Activison over a Call of Duty game. Former Panama dictator Manuel Noriega has been portrayed as a kidnapper, murderer and enemy of the state in the best-selling video game: Call of(…)

Stuart Sherwin: Queensland Times Editor

Before stepping foot into the Queensland Times’ Ipswich office for the first time, there was only one thing I knew about editor Stuart Sherwin: he, like me, was an avid Tottenham Hotspur fan. With that solid building block in place, I sat down with the UK-native for a chat about his career to-date and, more(…)

The ABC internship

I was on television the last day of my ABC internship. You might not have recognised me because it was just my hand and notebook, but that still counts, right? The police media room was exactly like I was expecting, right down to the high school style chairs with the note taking desk attached. Police(…)

Week at the Courier Mail

Mon 9 Dec Having already had a week at the Gold Coast Bulletin, I felt like an ‘old hand’ at being the new girl, but there was definitely that little bit of fear of the unknown when arriving at The Courier Mail.   I was given the grand tour and then seated near one of(…)

Day one at The Tweed Daily

Day one at the Tweed Daily I phoned the day before starting and was told to come in with a few story ideas. I checked out the local council website, read some news from the area, came to grips with what was happening and then scribbled down all my ideas. First up, gave my story(…)

Interning at the ABC

About an hour ago I made my first phone call identifying myself as Bec from the ABC in Brisbane. I was calling the Office of Fair Trading after being handed a media release about the safety of portable pools. Unfortunately the story came to nothing, the new mandatory safety standards were not as a result(…)

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