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(…)

One week at the Bully

Talk about thrown in the deep end! I have just completed my first week of internship at the Gold Coast Bulletin and it has certainly been busy. I have been the week’s ‘Voxie’ girl, approaching people about all sorts of things from Christmas lights, to being labelled a bogan by the local MP. I have(…)

The last assignment

Only a few people are ever so lucky to fall in love with one job and be able to live their childhood dreams each and every day. Peter Weekes, news editor of the Northern Star is one of those few. When he had recounted his 20-odd-year career, one can’t help but to imagine him as(…)

Townsville Bulletin (Part 2)

I had 9 stories published in my first week at the Bully, as it is affectionately known among locals. The Chief of Staff was relentless in issuing one “pic story” task immediately after the earlier had been filed, and I stayed late a few nights to get them written up.But I was grateful for the(…)

Townsville Bulletin (Part 1)

A climate rally was my first story, published the morning I started. I had gone to a rally about climate change on Sunday, at the esplanade known as The Strand. When I counted over 300 protesters I called the office and pitched the story. I introduced myself to the weekend staff as the new intern(…)

The Age (Part 2)

There’s too much to say about what I learned at The Age to do it justice. I rubbed shoulders with giants. 20/09/13 Grassroots Labor debates leadership (p.5 in print) 20/09/13 Street crime down after Meagher’s death 22/09/13 Not sure why but Shaw’s their man (p.5 in print) 26/09/13 It’s a long way from Glenferrie (p.6 in print) 27/09/13 Purple hordes descend upon Melbourne (p.6(…)

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