Monthly Archives: May 2011

Twittersphere: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly


In this fast paced consumer driven society, news reporting has become an ingested, chewed up and then spat out product. Of course I understand that the times are changing but the question I ask here is, in what way are they changing, for better or for worse.

In a way journalism has a future but to what kind of future it has remains unanswered.

“…just as the landscape painters must have realised when the Cubists turned up – that future is definitely going to look a little different because everything is changing. For journalists, change is always a great story. We’re in thrall to it, love reporting it. Lots happening mean lots of news”. (Scott, 2010)

This semester saw the use of twitter as a huge part of our assignment based criteria and I have to admit that I am still not convinced by its construction and its delivery in regards to reporting news and current affairs.

Although I do merit twitters ability to draw in the masses and to make them communicate across a vast range of topics I still remain skeptical.

When it comes to using twitter as tool for media purposes it seems that I’m not alone in my opinion, as the thought that ‘twitter is journalism’, has sparked a long standing debate within in the media hungry community.

Of course like all debates there are two sides of the story. The first side is the advantages that twitter has in news community.

– It is real-time journalism, meaning that when a story breaks twitter is there reporting on it seconds later.
– It can grow an audience by offering different perspectives and views
– It’s a worldwide organization. Anybody from anywhere is the western world can instantly communicate and discuss and swap ideas.
– It offers faster eye witness accounts of a live event.
– It produces links to other news organizations and stories
– It’s raw and unedited and free to use.

The second side is the disadvantages that twitter produces in the news community.

– The credibility and verification issues that arise from retweeting misleading or incorrect facts.
– There is only a 140 character limit where correct grammar and spelling tend to be the first to go. This can also create other problems like misinterpreting the content of the tweet by limiting the expression outlet.
– Higher percentage of rumors that occur during a breaking news story.
– Only really used in the Western world. Thus only the western world is getting the large quantity of news information.
– Can be used as propaganda.
– The lack of analysis and deeper understanding.

With both the advantages and disadvantages of twitter highlighted it is easy to see how the media community is still debating whether or not it’s valuable enough or not for reporting news.

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Blogging: The trials and tribulations


Ok so to be perfectly honest I have found this blogging experience quite challenging. As I tend to be a fairly private person amogst strangers. However that said, i have found that it is quite a profesional tool when you want to broadcast yourself and what you have done.

The Difficulties

Trying to figure out how to embed video’s and or images. It took me a few hours playing around on the wordpress website before I figured this out.

The themes and widgets were a little easier to understand however still ran into having to trial and error each attempt.

The Fun

The most I have enjoyed about blogging is the challenge and the freedom of expression and creativness it allows.

Anyway guys I will catch up next time till then stay cool 🙂



Ok so for this weeks blog you will need a bit of back ground knowledge and here it is.

When I first heard of 104.7fm I was only a youngster traveling trough Canberra with my parents. However since doing a Journalism degree at the University of Canberra it has always played at the back of my mined that getting a job with a radio station would be a dream achieved.

Thus today I went for an interview at 104.7fm and let me tell you that radio stations look completely different in real life than what you picture in your head.

The job I was applying for was the Black thunder position. I know, I know, not exactly the most important role in the station but its a key step into the radio realm.

As I found out today that radio stations tend to be quite internal when it comes to jobs and progressing the ladder. But hopefully this time next week I will be coming to you through your radio.

So stay tuned.

Multimedia Slide show pitch


This week in class we presented our multi-media slide show pitches. My group consisted of Ashley Leal, Kimberly Granger and myself.

After much discussion on what topic to cover we decided on doing a slide show of the big issue vendors and ask how and why they sell the big issue.

It was an interesting discovery for myself as I had never really brought the Big Issue magazine. We discovered that the Canberra edition was organised by a lady called Julie who worked at the Woden Community Centre.

It was from her that we got invited to the Big Issue magazine launch on a Friday afternoon. A new issue of the magazine is released every fortnight and each fortnight the Woden Community Centre holds BBQ’s where almost all the Canberra Big Issue vendors come along to catch up and have a festive time.

The editing side of the assignment was quite interesting. I mean without the knowlegable tech guys in building nine, our slide show would have been very dull indeed. However after many many hours in the computer labs we finally pieced together our assignment.

And the end result, I have to say is quite pleasing. You can find it by clicking on mutli-media slide show on my blog.


Networking the News Environment


For this weeks blog I am only going to use two examples of the online news organisation environment and that is the ABC and the Daily Telegrapgh.

For this blog I will examine and analyse the differences and simlarities between the two news groups.

As we all know online news consumption is quickly becoming the heart and soul of the News organisation. People are less likely to buy a newspaper during the weekdays as time is limited. Thus people are turning to online news website to get there daily fill of news.

So to the nitty gritty, the ABC online news sector is quite expansive, meaning it covers all areas. Some could go as far to say its quite innovative with what it’s trying to do and achieving.

An example of this is the ABC Open website. A website that dedicates itself to the community and there stories. This is something that the Daily Telegraph does not do. but is not to say that one is any less important than the other rather than they simply have different audiences and goals.

The Daily Telegraph, for example is more committed to news stories and not the individual stories within a community like the ABC open. What I mean by this is that the Telegraph is a different organisation with different goals and outcomes.

If you look at both the websites side by side there are many simlarities between the too. A good example of this is that they are both user friendly. The tools that make them such are the sub headings and quick links at the top of the page.

One main difference that I would like to point out is the the ABC features very little ads at the top of its page, where the Telegraph have ads at the top of their page which are almost the same size as the news story video next to it.

However like I mentioned earlier, the two examples I have choosen are aimed at different audiences thus there online content will and also will be different.

Social Media: Professional vs Personal


This week in class we looked at how particular forms of social media like twitter and facebook have defined the way that Journalist today have to go about communicating.

In particular we looked at whether or not it’s best to have a personal and professional account of both twitter and facebook or to have one account single account that is used for both presonal and professional uses.

For myself I beleive that having a seperate account for personal twitter and profesional twitter is not only safer but more respectable and is viewed as being my professional in the relam of online media.

However not everyone shares this view as the online journalism world remains divided on which is the best solution.

Take Mark Colvin for instance, on twitter and has limited lists for news organisations and or personnal chit chat.

One the other side of the street however, Annabel Crabb is more organised and has set lists for News and other stuff.

Although the method of organising your twitter lists into personal and professional can help create a more professional outlook I believe it is best to just have a seperate account altogether.

Another area of the online media sector that I had to face this semester was the use of moblie phones to update, check and comment on and in the online relam. Whether it be Facebook and or twitter not having an iphone I beleive made me just that little bit behind in recent and current news updates.

However on a lighter note the end of my phone contract is coming up and maybe this experience will incourage me to buy an iphone.
Lol 🙂