Multimedia stories: The good, the bad (not really) and the ugly (not at all)

During the break, I have a had a chance to take a look at some of the most interesting multimedia stories which have been released recently. I am particularly excited about the form, the emergence of news stories which are more interactive and engaging is a huge development to cater for the shortening attention span these days.

One of my personal favourites was The Guardian’s multimedia story Fire storm. The publication captured the moment with many vibrant visuals and appropriate audio. The following effect of layout which unveiled the story as your scrolled down was the most effective part of this story for me.


Assignment 3 pitch


For the third assignment, I have spent some time trying to get my head around the concept of ‘What is hidden’. Trying to come up with a creative and unique angle hasn’t been easy but I think I may be taking the assignment in the right direction. I always knew that I wanted to cover a topic where I could be creative with it but also cover a serious and/or current issue. I have decided to discuss internalised misogyny and sexism specifically in relation to body image and the media. Do you ever  find your always comparing yourself to others? Desiring to meet societies social standards of being a woman? These questions are all involved in a hidden (and sometimes not so hidden) ideology in our society in which we have been taught that to be a woman is weak. I have chosen this topic as it is an issue that I feel personally involved and passionate  about. As I am still developing my idea, I only have a very rough idea about the vibe I would like to portray and I have not chose the people that I wish to focus on although I have been talking to a few people who seem eager to help me out which is nice (and relieves some stress).

In terms of audio, visual and text, I would ideally like to create a sort of “uncomfortable” feeling with sound, both music and ambient sound, to imitate the way in which we live in this world, being bombarded with advertisements showing us how we should look and behave. This type of media has been normalised, even though it SHOULD be making you feel uncomfortable. Knowing that young girls are growing up into this culture and not knowing any different should make you feel uneasy and create the passion to make a change.

With the visual elements, I am thinking about playing around with mirrors and reflective surfaces to see what cool symbolic images I can come up with. I would like my visuals to represent how we see ourselves, the part that is hidden from everyone else.


Acres and acres of home

Disclaimer: This is not her usual farm get up :-)

Disclaimer: This is not her usual farm get up 🙂

My interviewee, Georgia Ewin, has spent a lot of her time on her picturesque farm house located in Milton, NSW. It has been the family home for many years and growing up with her 3 siblings has meant there was never a dull moment. Having that much land has given her a sense of freedom which could never been achieved had they lived in a small suburban neighbourhood. The animals are Georgia’s favourite part of the farm job as she has always grown up in that environment. We discussed her favourite things about her house and the certain smells, sounds and sights she has the pleasure of encountering everyday.

saturday morning ritual

Trialling places and the strong connection between people. Arriving at the netball court at 9:30 on saturday morning has become ritual for my sister and I as well as many other netballers ready to get into the game. The audio I was able to record was not the best quality and as it is by no means a controlled environment, I am reconsidering focusing on this “place” for assignment 1.

Storify web module: Music Journalism

It is becoming easier and easier to access content such as music and art and therefore this movement has begun pushing lifestyle and music journalists specifically to up their game and report higher quality content. Lifestyle journalism, as a whole, is important for the fuelling of creativity and celebrating art.

Bais in Journalistic Reporting? You be the Judge.

Bias in Australian newspapers? You be the Judge
Bias in Australian newspapers? You be the Judge

Bais is an important element to consider when reading and consuming articles written by journalists; well-respected or otherwise. Bias can come in many forms such as individual bais, corporate bias and advertising bias. Whether it be bias on political issues, ideologies, or gender, no journalist can write completely free of bias. Jonathan Stray suggests that the audience detects bias most commonly by brand or reputation. With a high and valued reputation, the audience is willing to trust the information they are being feed. 

Some publications have earn their readers respect while others have proven to regularly display media bias. President of the USA, Obama, made claims to Fox, saying the cable media giant is bias in its many facets. As well as swaying public opinion, bias is dangerous as the owners of the media have the power to effect whole populations. Fox news is convicted of having a heavy political influence which serves the question, is an election the true representation of the public’s needs or is it a reflection of the needs and interests of big corporate owners such as Rupert Murdoch. In Australia, Murdoch owns Newscorp which includes The Australian, The Daily Telegraph, etc.

The danger concerned with bias in the media is that the everyday public cannot differentiate between biased and unbiased writing and are susceptible to believing what they read. The Guardian claims that companies such as the ABC have right-wing bias which is “a threat to democracy and journalism”. Expressing any sort of writing comes with the writers natural choice of words and phrases which can deem the writing biased. It is the audiences job to decipher the information they are given and make their own personal judgement of the issue. This is where aggregation can become a very useful tool for journalists. 


The future is looking bright

meg article pic
“Is this even the right subject?!” says 19 year old, Meg Grayson, her talent for photography not as clear as her way with words. Journalism students of University of Wollongong would know the feeling, the first assessment task requiring them to take portraits of their fellow classmate and record video footage for vox pop videos. These skills are becoming increasingly important for journalists now-a-days with the growth of online journalism. Journalists are required to be multi-skilled and flexible with their jobs. When Stephanie Cardillo was asked about which form of journalism she would like to get into, she said “probably digital, because it is the way I usually access my media these days, apart from the occasional magazine”.

Journalism is taught as a build up of essential skills like interviewing. “I’m looking forward to the next few years, covering some serious issues” says Teika Paegle, on the direction she would like to take in her journalism subjects. “It will be nice to eventually branch out and talk to some people who aren’t studying journalism and are not in quite a similar situation to me.” Journalism is an increasingly popular subject studied at university by students of all different ages, backgrounds and work experience. At UOW, the students have been learning about the components that make good story telling, exploring this concept through their own writing as well as reviewing other’s work. There are many strong voices among the group who have driven passions and are ready to get out there and start changing the world, one word at a time.
For Peter Wards, studying journalism has been a bit of a whirlwind having missed the first 2 weeks of class but he is hoping to continue with the subject, “I would love to work for ESPN, that’s the overall goal” he says. From sport to music, the possibilities when pursuing journalism are endless. “I’m really passionate about the environment so i’d love to be able to, ideally, write about environmental issues in eco-friendly magazines.” says Grayson. Good writing stems from passion or highly researched awareness for a particular topic. 

Travel is something that Paegle is looking forward to when she gets started in a career. “I have travelled a bit in the past and I really enjoyed it. I don’t know, it is just something have always seen myself doing” she says.  The versatility of a journalism degree and the ever-changing nature of the profession ensures that these students will be in for an exciting journey. Cardillo has her eyes set on primary school teaching, “I would like to hopefully finish my BA this year and gain entry into a diploma or masters of primary education. I have always kind of known thats the sort of career I want to pursue.” She is taking Journalism as an elective.

Journalism is now more relevant than ever, with the merge into digital media and never has there been a better time to study Journalism at university, whether you wish to pursue a career in journalism or obtain essential journalistic skills and learning how to tell a good story. “I am looking forward to getting out and talking to people and getting their life stories. Seeing some different perspectives will be nice” – Meg Grayon


Where art thou Print Journalism?

Traditional News Stand
Traditional News Stand

With the increasing popularity in all things digital, the consumption of print media and newspapers has decreased. The ABC’s media watch program noted the double-digit decline on several of Australia’s leading newspapers including Fairfax’s The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, and New Corps’s The daily Telegraph. Newspapers and Magazines have been the favoured media to communicate the daily happenings of the world and it was described as an art and a science by the New York Times Innovation report to deliver their highly acclaimed journalism to the readers. The online facet of media is growing and changing the way we thing about and define journalism but the decline in print journalism doesn’t necessarily translate to a decline in journalism as a whole.

Paul Grabowicz suggests that while topical breaking news is easier delivered online in quick headline bursts, traditional news papers have been moving towards more extended and contextual/feature writing and while they may not be thriving, newspapers will still be important in the delivery of substantial journalism. The online revenue has been successful in increasing the speed and efficiency of the public receiving news and with this evolving nature of the internet, newspapers are forced to adapt their material and structure to accompany online journalism.

There is optimism that print journalism will never completely die out, humans holding printed word in higher authority and value (link: 6). This same trend can be seen in the revival of other art media forms such as music vinyls. Although online blogging/citizen journalism may not be as accurate as newspapers who employ acclaimed journalists, online aspects can add value to a company for example articles in digital form are able to be edited and reworked over time to improve their over all quality.

Aggregation is seen by many traditional journalists as plagiarism but using the right techniques it can provide readers with relevant information available from the one place. Newspaper Death Watch is an aggregated site which provide information about the decline in print journalism, coincidently online. 




“I’m not interesting enough to be someones subject” says paige. Everyone is interesting in their own respect and your own thoughts and attitudes are what makes you different from everyone else. Paige is studying a Bachelor of International studies and a Bachelor of Journalism. Willing to give spanish a go, she is determined to learn another language. She quietly achieves and doesn’t believe she has changed much since highschool… it hasn’t really been that long.
Paige has an unchanging passion for music and hopes that university will give her a chance to try new things and meet new people.