Terror on Bourke St, Melbourne

An energetic but solemn Friday in what was my final appearance at the Daily Telegraph offices and, due to the circumstances, I will be prosaic. The major story was at 420pm: the terror attack in Melbourne. Gathering up as much photo and video footage of the attack as possible was front and centre. I was(…)

Janet returns, 1st News Conference (Daily Tele)

Day three I attended my first news conference, run by deputy editor Anthony De Ceglie. I received a topic sheet and watched the COS’s and sub-editors report on what they were running for the day and future press. Janet returned from a trip to Gosford and so I was pushed to the outer circle of(…)

Melbourne Cup @ The Daily Telegraph

On my way to work Rowan emailed me some photos of a hapless rock-fisherman. Requesting I write the copy I got in contact with photographer Peter Lorimer who had now shot the man three times. Eddie Qi, our quirky angler proved difficult to track down as, Lorimer informed me, he had no phone. That said,(…)

Everyone has something to say

Everyone has something to say

One of the things I wondered about when I first started researching stories was how willing would people be to talk? It turns out they are very willing! I’m sure a lot of people think they would want to avoid interaction with the media but I’ve learnt that if there is an issue that is(…)

Council meetings as a source of news stories

Council meetings as a source of news stories

I am five months into my Jschool diploma and currently have six stories on Newsbytes. Out of the six, three stories have come from attending council meetings and listening to the submissions made by residents concerned about something that is happening in their suburb or the street they live in. Local council meetings have proven(…)

Podcasts and the Intellectual Dark Web

Podcasts and the Intellectual Dark Web

Many well-documented changes occurred in the media with the advent of the Internet, Google and Facebook. Something else that occurred was the invention of the podcast, a far-reaching format that allowed for many voices to be heard, but of great importance was a particular group of people outside the mainstream who gained traction. This loosely(…)

Journalism and Big Brother

Journalism and Big Brother

The importance of journalism was reinforced to me last week when I came across the headline: “Hands of my health records, in the name of privacy” (The Australian, July 18). The headline was catchy, I am concerned with privacy and I do enjoy author Janet Albrechtsen’s writing so I forged ahead. A new government initiative,(…)

Final Days at the Courier Mail

So we never did get back to do the streetscape. Wednesday was taken over by a murder in Kuraby. Madura was out covering it when I arrived at the office so I was on my own to do the Word on the Street and any other stories that came across the desk. It was a(…)

Day Two at the Courier Mail

Today started like Groundhog Day. If you saw my day one post I mentioned that Clare was stressed about the ‘Pride of Australia’ series the Courier Mail is running. Today I would be working another journalist, Madura McCormack, and she too was stressed about ‘Pride of Australia’. So once again it was straight into work(…)

Day One at the Courier Mail

It’s only my first day at the Courier Mail and I already feel I am acquainted with the pressures of journalism. I met Clare Armstrong, whom I would be working with, and she seemed a little flustered and stressed. The Courier Mail runs an annual ‘Pride of Australia’ series devoted to highlighting the exploits of(…)

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