JRNL101: A Shade of Red – Renee Middlemost

“It’s either a love or a hate. There’s nothing in the middle. People come up to you, and either say, ‘I love your hair so much’, or else you’ll be walking down the street, and people will be yelling out crazy abuse at you.”

After dyeing her hair a different colour, every six months, for most of her life, 34 year-old, Renee Middlemost, loves her current shade of red. “Red has been the longest-term commitment I’ve had,” she joked. “Nearly two years. I know – it’s a long relationship.

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“I don’t understand why other people aren’t as respectful,” 34 year-old Renee Middlemost explained.

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JRNL101: SBS Saga Splits Opinions

On the 26th of April 2015, SBS sports journalist, Scott McIntyre was dismissed from the broadcasting service, after posting a series of tweets on ANZAC Day.

During the course of ANZAC Day, McIntyre tweeted five times, to over 30,000 followers, criticizing Australia’s participation in a several wars.

SBS Managing Director, Michael Ebeid, and Director of Sport, Ken Shipp, stated that McIntyre had breached the station’s Code of Conduct and social media policy, Ebeid describing the tweets as “inappropriate and disrespectful”.

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JRNL101: The Great Gonzo Debate

Gonzo is a style of reporting, which has regularly divided journalists in many areas of the field.

Hunter S. Thomspon, father of Gonzo journalism - Source: Daily Post

Hunter S. Thomspon, father of Gonzo journalism – Source: Daily Post

The genre of reporting, known as Gonzo, spawned from American author and writer Hunter S. Thompson, and was first illustrated in his detailed first person narrative, The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved.

The style contrasts traditional methods of reporting, with Gonzo journalists renouncing their claims of objectivity. This is a practice, regarded by Guardian reporter Bradley L. Garrett, as essential.

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JRNL101: Sexism in Journalism Remains Undefeated

A brief look into journalism lectures across Australia shows that, predominantly, female students dominate the classes. Move into most newsrooms and the reality is vastly different.

There is an evident gender split within journalism and this concern has been emphasised through one of the largest surveys of female journalists in the Australian media.

Monash University researcher Dr Louise North, has revealed that gender bias and sexual harassment is still a problem. In North’s study, of the 577 women surveyed, 57.3% has experienced “objectionable remarks or behaviour from a male colleague or manager in a senior position,” and of these women 87.2% decided not to report the incidents out of “fear of victimisation” or that “there are no benefits in doing so”.

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“Pick of the Week”: VICE Talks Film with George Miller

If you haven’t seen ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’, I feel like I need to be suspicious of you…

Thankfully I understand that people have lives, and I have the added bonus of working at a cinema, which probably has something to do with my new found fascination with George Miller’s latest film. I am in love with this movie – and considering my disinterest in cars, I feel like that’s saying something.

I’m aware that plenty of people have mixed feeling about the latest Mad Max: ‘it isn’t like the old ones’, ‘there’s no Mel Gibson’, ‘it’s filmed in Africa’, ‘it’s one big car chase’… But at the same time it what George Miller has managed to capture has to be acknowledged. It is unbelievable to watch.

Recently George Miller spoke with ‘Vice’ in their first installment of VICE Talks Film – a new series in which they speak to talented and creative minds in the movie world, discussing their work and “how they’re seeking to push the boundaries of the medium”.

Check out the interview discussing the 17 years it took to finish ‘Max Max: Fury Road’, as well as the new characters, stunts, creation of the Wasteland, and feminism. This is my “Pick of the Week”:

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JRNL101 | Student Interview with Birthe Skingen

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting up with 20 year-old Birthe Skingen, a vivacious student at UOW who is studying a Bachelor of Journalism. Birthe, or Brittany as her friends call her, moved from her hometown in Norway three months ago to start a course at UOW and follow her passion for sports Journalism.

I interviewed Birthe to find out more about her hometown, what she loves about her new home and what she is finding difficult since moving to Australia.

See Birthe on:

– WordPress: birtheskingen

– Twitter @bskingen

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I Miss You feat. Atu by Ta-Ku – soundcloud.com/takugotbeats

JRNL101 | Student Portrait 3 – Introducing . . .

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“It was painful… I couldn’t wait to start Journalism.”

18-year-old Cal Behrendt moved from Bathurst, at the beginning of 2014, to a new home and new course at UOW. With a love of sports like soccer and hockey, Cal joined the University’s hockey side, however spent one season on the team before deciding he wasn’t enjoying it.

 What he can say he is now enjoying, is finally beginning his second year at Uni, after an entire year of nothing but Law. He now has the freedom to start the second course in his double degree, Journalism, and it was clear from his smile that he is loving the new change.

Want to learn more about Cal? Click here for his WordPress blog.

– H. x