Crying over Boiling Potatoes

Lots of years ago, (1989-1994) I rode my pushbike around Australia and New Zealand (with my dog) for something to do and now I am attempting to put the stories onto paper. The thing is, this time I have ditched the sequential part of writing the story and am finding the they come out much(…)

Non-response is the response.

My vox-pop experience has so far not been good. Firstly I need to sell myself as someone with authority in search of the truth. I’m a hard hitting journo who doesn’t take no for answer, or rather I should be. Those I approach assume I am a hawker of goods or a bible-seller intent at(…)

The Sunday Mail

My first week of JSchool was exciting and it wasn’t long before I was indulging in my local, state and national newspapers with glee.  There was one article that really stood out to me and I felt the need to write about it.  What a thunderbolt of an article!   27, July 2014 The sky(…)

Semi-Conscious Journalist Awakened

JSchool has been a great experience! After much contemplation on what to study and how to study, a memory from high school english class came flooding back.  My teacher asked me what I would like to do when I left school, and without hesitating I promptly replied  “I would like to be a journalist.”  As(…)

Legacy is not only a charity, it is a promise.

I’ve see all sorts of advertising and media stories on Legacy week. An interview I saw on a morning news program a returned service man was talking about his involvement in Legacy and his reasons for doing so. In combat he had lost a good friend who, while he was dying, had asked his friend(…)

A medal of honour for heroic journalists?

The beheading of American journalist in Syria was tragic news. James Foley’s story, although horrific, also serves as a reminder of the important work a journalist does. At least 69 have been killed in the conflict in Syria, including some who died over the border, which is believed to be the deadliest country in the(…)

History judges a society on the treatment of its children

  The world abhors the senseless deaths of the children shot down in the MH17 air tragedy. International condemnation is levelled at the hundreds of fatalities in the Gaza conflict, many of whom are reported to be children. Yet Australia, arguably still the world’s “lucky country” with its high standard of living, wide open spaces(…)

The Science behind simple writing:

The human mind is capable of many things. Comprehending, learning and improving being some of the many. And as journalists we must be capable of perfecting the art of communication, so to speak. There are many disputes and discrepancies on how to divulge our information. (I’m assuming that the audience is intelligent, as I shouldn’t(…)

Hacked Off? Back off.

Is the manner in which Frances Abbott secured a Whitehouse Institute scholarship a contentious one? I am not going to comment, but I do pass on my kudos to New Matilda in attempting to evidence Ms. Abbott’s scholarship as one created especially for her. What is contentious however is the police investigation surrounding the ‘hacking’(…)

Pros and cons for online Journalism:

The Journalism industry is fast-approaching the turnover to technology. With social media becoming mainstream, publishers are now urged to convert from their “ancient” method of delivery to online. Although this has already happened, what challenges will we – as journalists – face in the coming change of delivery? The average reader spends 25 minutes a(…)

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(…)

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