The ‘Serial’ effect of Podcasting

Podcasts are back.

While traditional journalism continues to change with advancing technology, the recent popularity of the podcast ‘Serial’ has seen podcasts and audio journalism develop as one of the most powerful mediums in contemporary convergent journalism.

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‘The Cinema Experience’


JRNL102 l Assessment 1: Audio Assessment – Person and Place


Before Foxtel and Netflix, seeing a movie meant a night out on the town with a choc top and bag of popcorn.

Since the doors first swung open at ‘The Roxy Cinema Complex’ Nowra, in 1935, the has building has extended, adding 4 new theatres to the complex. But although the original building has grown, a large portion of the cinema experience has remained the same.

Mason Solley has worked at the cinema for five years and although the experience has changed he still believes it’s one worth having.



A huge thank you to Mason for taking the time to talk to me!

– Hannah.

Sound Portrait l Part 3 – Reflection

For my upcoming JRNL102 Assessment I have decided to continue using the cinema theme. Working at a cinema myself, there are many sounds and experiences that I have become accustomed. Through my sound portrait I hope to be able to evoke that feeling you get when walking into the cinema. I want my audience to feel like they can smell the popcorn and taste their coke when they listen, reminding them how great going to the cinema can be.

I’ve chosen the cinema I work at, ‘The Roxy Cinema Complex’, not only because I have a connection with it myself but the building is very old, just celebrating it’s 80th birthday. My colleague Mason is one of the longest working employee’s and therefore I have chosen him to interview for the portrait. After working at the cinema for more than 5 years he has a very strong connection with the cinema and I feel that after working at the cinema for so long, his story of the cinema experience will help the audience feel a sense of connection.

To do this I am going to use mostly ambient sounds like popcorn, pouring drinks and people talking in the foyer to create the real feeling of being at the movies. This cut with my interview with Mason hopefully will create and uplifting feeling with the audience.

My purpose isn’t necessarily to tell a new story, but tell a simple everyday story that is relatable and made special.

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”: 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:

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

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