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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