Palm Oil Podcast JRNL301

Below is the podcast that I produced for JRNL301 about the effects of palm oil plantations, developed from data on deforestation and smoke emissions.



Medium Soy Latte Please Critique – Week 12

As a lactose-avoider, soy-cap-consumer I know the sinking feeling of tasting a milky coffee and not being able to change it.  Gemma Mollenhauer perfectly chose this comparison to illustrate the contemporary media practice of native advertising – we think that we’re watching the news and then disappointment sets in as we realise that there’s definitely an angle to what we’re watching.

Gemma uses the Storify platform’s ability to curate and combine relevant web sources in an interesting and engaging way, and each online artefact she links to add an extra dimension to the story.  Even the use of popular-culture gifs are effective in portraying the emotional reactions we have to this practice in a way that is relatable to the reader.

The research featured in this article is varied and relevant, showing that Gemma has cast her net wide while examining this issue.  As we scroll down the report, the more in-depth the information gets, a good tactic in sucking an audience in.
Through these writing techniques and the effective use of the Storify platform, this report provides a light-hearted but informative analysis of a relevant and pertinent newsroom trend.

Read the original article here

Journalists use of Twitter – Week 10 Module

Recently, in an effort to broaden my twitter horizons I followed three journalists: Leigh Sales, Lisa Wilkinson and Andrew P Street.  I chose each of these journalists for a different reason, and it is clear that they use the platform in different ways, despite sharing a common profession.

I chose to follow Leigh Sales because of her reputation for pithy commentary on current affairs.   It appears Leigh mostly uses her account to promote guests and segments on 7.30, the program she hosts.  She also promotes other journalists’ work, mostly from the ABC, and provides commentary on debates that are going on in journalism.

Lisa Wilkinson appears to use Twitter in a more commercial fashion, again tweeting about her show Today, and also promoting books by her husband and other authors.  She also tweets straight news more than Leigh Sales, reminding us of her journalist credentials.

I sought out Andrew P Street’s twitter because I enjoy his satirical columns for the Sydney Morning Herald.  His twitter usage is in the same tone, as he lambasts and lampoons the news of the day, as well as promoting his new book.  Looking him up on Facebook he seems to have a separate page for his personal and professional, but he still posts professional work on his personal page, which I think is interesting.

Frisbee Fans

Not many people can say they play a hidden sport.  But Alex Hah and Jayden Ferguson, who play competitive Ultimate Frisbee, both know exactly what it’s like for people to have no idea what their sport is.

Alex and Jayden recently travelled to Adelaide with the Wollongong team ‘Krank’ to compete in the Australian Mixed Ultimate Championships, an event that was attended by hundreds of ultimate players from around the country.  Yet the influx of high-level players to Adelaide’s Victoria Park caused hardly a stir, because apart from the competitors, no-one knew it was on.

‘Frisbee is sort of like a mix between netball and gridiron,’ Jayden says.  Teams of seven throw between each other, without running with the disc, to try to move the Frisbee up the field and catch the disc in the endzone to score.  The sport is increasing in both its size and its achievements in Australia, with an Australian team, Ellipsis, this year becoming the first non-North American team to win the coveted U.S Open.

However, when members of the team were interviewed on The Project, they had to spend the majority of the segment explaining the basics of the sport to the presenters, rather than discussing their achievements on the field.  It’s hard to imagine a Socceroo having to describe their sport, but it goes with the territory of a hidden sport like Ultimate.

But for Alex at least, it’s about the community that accompanies this hidden sport rather than world-wide recognition.  The limited number of people to play with and against, as well as numerous tournaments away from home, results in close connections forming with teammates, who often turn into out-of-frisbee-hours-friends.

Jayden enjoys the unique aspects of the game that are afforded by playing with a disc, ‘most other sports have round balls, but you can do a lot of different things with a Frisbee.’ The way a disc travels and floats results in some spectacular play in the air, reminiscent of the high marks of AFL. ‘Being able to jump is quite helpful,’ is Jayden’s advice.

Neither Alex or Jayden seem bothered by the unknown quality of their chosen sport, and although Alex says she gets over having to explain Ultimate Frisbee to many people she meets, it’s the uniqueness of their hidden sport that keeps them coming back.

Storify report with tweets:

The Nowra Style

20150821_134343Every week Mitch, 22, drives an hour and a half south to the climbing crags of Nowra. Hidden in the suburban bushland is South Central, a hundred-metre cave with walls polka-dotted by chalked holds and adorned with metal bolts.

It is here that Mitch tests his strength, endurance and problem-solving skills as he deciphers the route to the top. It’s an all-consuming activity, in which the climber must reject all the issues of the world and dedicate everything to the beta of the wall.

Week 4 – Reflection

When I stop and consider my reasoning for choosing to create an audio piece about my boyfriend’s love for a climbing crag in Nowra, I realise that my motive is a fairly selfish one – I want to find out exactly what it is he does each weekend.  I’ve never accompanied Mitch on his weekly (sometimes twice-weekly) expeditions south and I’ve been meaning to find out what the fuss is about, so this assessment gave me an excuse to tag along.  My unfamiliarity with this place also meant that I came to it with no preconceived ideas and a fresh pair of ears.

I hope to communicate through this piece an understanding of why my boyfriend makes such an effort to go to South Central each week, and what he gets out of this place.  To do this I have captured the audio atmosphere of the place, which is nature-rich and feels quite remote despite its close proximity to the suburb.  I have also interviewed Mitch about not only his love of the place, but his love for climbing, which I will weave into the piece. I think my interview material has captured the almost whimsical nature of Mitch’s passion, and so I hope to set a similar tone throughout the piece.

In terms of the structure of this piece, I am planning on beginning with the walk into the crag, as the suburbs are left behind as you get further into the bush, before setting the scene at South Central using Mitch’s interview description and ambient sounds.  I will finish the piece with audio of Mitch falling off a wall, and some closing comments on why he keeps coming back to hopefully answer the question I have been contemplating.