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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“Pick of the Week”: The Weekly on Foreign Aid

The ‘Federal Budget‘, which was released this week, is promising “jobs, growth and opportunity”.

Who’s excited…?

For me, it isn’t apathy. I care about how the government is spending our money. It’s just, I haven’t been fooled by the new interactive media on the budget website – I feel like once again a large part of Australia is going to be disappointed with how our money is spent.

After the release of the budget this week, and as my upcoming politics essay loomed closer, I began to do some research on Australia’s foreign aid and one fact became very clear: Australia is not giving as much as we think we do, and Joe Hockey proposes we cut what little we do give.

Not with me? Well also this week ‘The Weekly’s’ Charlie Pickering unpacked the debate on whether or not we should cut foreign aid. Take a look – this is my “Pick of the Week”:

See more on iview: http://iview.abc.net.au/programs/week

Catch The Weekly on ABC TV Wednesdays at 8:30pm

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24 hours: Thessaloniki to Istanbul

It took us almost 24 hours to close the gap between Thessaloniki and Istanbul.

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The trip from Thessaloniki to Istanbul according to Google Maps

This is a trip, that according to google maps, should take no more than 6-and-a-half hours. However, as I told Brock Walsh in a recent interview, it was far from the simple trip that we had been promised.

It’s now almost 6 months since I’ve been back from Europe and speaking to Brock reminded of how many crazy things that happened while we were away. Spending a night stuck in Greek train station definitely makes the list.

As our group of gap year travellers began to split in late October, two of my friends, Alice and Taylor, and I made our way through Greece, planning to a dead line in order to make a flight we had booked from Istanbul to Budapest. Like most of our trip, we planned no more than 3 to 4 days in advance, making our decisions through online research and advice given to us by fellow travellers. However when ‘Googling’, “How to get from Athens to Istanbul?” the results appeared to be vague, but most highlighted Thessaloniki (Greece) as a necessary stepping stone.

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Comic Relief: Lee Lin Chin takes on Australia’s News Teams

SBS New Reader, Lee Lin Chin

SBS New Reader, Lee Lin Chin

If you didn’t catch Lee Lin Chin‘s fight against some of Australia’s biggest news anchors, you definitely missed out.

Late last year, as a part of the final episode of ‘The Feed’, on SBS2, many of televisions biggest faces took part in an epic battle, including TEN Eyewitness News’ Sandra Sully and Hugh Riminton, The TODAY SHOW’s Karl StefanovicLisa Wilkinson along with Richard Wilkins from Channel Nine; Channel Seven’s Derryn Hinch and ABC’s Juanita PhillipsSteve Cannane and Annabel Crabb.

It’s the strangest thing I’ve seen news readers take part in – but it’s hilarious! For those who have already seen it I’m sure you’d love to watch it again and for those who haven’t here it is:

Lee Lin Chin’s fight to the death in Broadcast Battleground.

You can thank me later…

Anti-Vaxxers slammed on Mediated Public Sphere

Q. What do ‘Q&A’ and ‘My Kitchen Rules’ have in common?

A. Both illustrate examples of a mediated public sphere.

The term ‘mediated public sphere’ was established in 1962 by Jürgen Habermas and Hannah Arendt (The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere), and is defined as “a conversational space in which citizens freely gather to debate matters of significance to the public”. Habermas pictured the public sphere as an 18th century coffee house in which citizens debate about common concerns, separate from the state and separate from the official economy.

Beginning our discussion public spheres in BCM110 a couple of weeks ago; it quickly became evident that this concept is not just important in media communications. A mediated public sphere offers a platform through which we can share our thoughts, opinions, enter into debates with others, and can vary in forms from trending #hastags to widely broadcasted television programs. Continue reading