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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