Who’s done what, where and how?

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Research – Critical Summary

In this blog I will explore and critically summarise who both media and individuals are publishing material in my chosen area of interest, Extreme sports.

With only the occasional news story of some extreme sporting event, achievement and/or death not much is published in the mainstream news. This is due likely because is such a small interest sport. Although many of the events get sponsorship and some degree of advertising one is still hard pressed to find extreme sporting stories featuring nightly on their television screens.

However that said of course online publication is found in abundance. Websites like, Xsessions tries to cover all areas of extreme sports and plays host to a vast number of multi-media information outlets. For example, videos, interviews, news, articles, activities and even a forum which invites visitors to the page to connect and share common interests.

Another popular online publication is Xreme Sports.com.au. Being another Australian website it is very similar in its formatting to Xsessions however it is set up as more of a public page, where extreme sport nut heads can upload and share video participating in their chosen activity.

Taking that video sharing page idea and expanding upon it one is likely to come up with a website like Freecaster.TV. A website purely designed to encourage budding adventure filmmakers to showcase their talents. It also offers live streaming of events being held around the world.

These three online publications are but a small snap shot of what is actually out there on the web and it is here that I will this blog for now.

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What is my area of Interest?

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Okay here is my first blog of the semester for Online News 2 and I have thought long and hard about what my area of interest will be and have come to the vital decision that extreme sports will be the theme that holds the flags.

This is not just an interest that is studied through books and Google searches and is safely examined from the comfort of indoors but something that I physically participate in and one day wish it to become a life choice or even a career.

During this semester in Online News 2 I aim to use these blogs to explore not just extreme sports but more the psychology behind them.

Have you ever watched an extreme snowboarding DVD or rock climbing video on YouTube and thought to yourself, why the hell do that, there insane!? Well that is the question that I hope to answer this semester with these blogs.

With research from sport psychologists’ and extreme adventure nuts I intend to look at all sides of the picture by asking many question’s some of course more in depth than others. These include but are not limited to:

• What makes people participate in these kinds of activities?
• Is it an escape for them?
• How do their friends and family feel about them taking such life threatening risks?
• How do they support themselves, emotionally, physically and financially?
• Are they sponsored?
• Do they have to raise money?
• Why is it only some people that do it?
• What is different about them that make them want to participate in extreme sports?
• Can they get addicted to it?
• Do they have a higher fear factor threshold than others?
• Do they consider the consequences?
• Do they cover themselves with insurance?
• Will they ever feel like they are satisfied with what they have achieved or will they just keep on going?

This of course will grow and become a more solid definition of what I’m aiming for during the next few weeks but for now it gives a broad over view of my area of interest.

666 ABC Internship

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Day Ten

A nice and early start at 5am to get my editing under away before the morning crew arrive at 7am to set up for the outside broadcast. With most of my package done and edited I felt confident that today I would be able to leave at the nominated time of 3pm and not 5pm like some of the other days.

With the helpful hints and tricks from the ABC team it wasn’t long before my package was on the home stretch. Had I had more time I would have liked to tweek it a bit to make it sound tighter but sometimes these things can’t be helped.

So with the audio of the package finished by the 7am deadline I assisted the morning crew in setting up for the outside broadcast where the mercury had not risen above -8 degrees. Thus I assisted in getting coffees for the crew to warm the hell up.

Never being a witness to an outside broadcast before I was amazed at how smoothly it all went. Even when we had to organize 50 or so primary school kids to sing live on air.

With the final minutes counting down to what was a lovely and crusie broadcast cheers of joy erupted from passer-by’s and crew members. It was another working week over and with that an internship.

Back at the studios’ I filed away my online story for my radio package for the online crew to upload it on Monday when the package goes to air, handed in my security pass and left the ABC and the Internship behind.

Amazingly I survived.

666 ABC Live Outside Broadcast from Canberra\'s city centre: Vox pops, Gauge the temperture from passers by

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Day Nine

The day started off slow and routine like. Pitching story ideas and not making much progress in that area. It was not until after the morning program had gone to air that I told producer of the morning program Gabrielle Rumble that I would like to do another package. This time on something that would be a bit more fun and entertaining, the Greenfaces comedy festival.

With this package though I wanted to not tell about how the festival works but to explore how a comedian prepares for his or her routine. Is it a craft that can be learned or is it just a something that a person has to posses.

This package I truly did feel the pressure of the deadline looming as I only had one more day left at the ABC for my internship and this was to air on the Monday morning program and the one day that I had left was to be spent outside broadcasting live from Garema Place.

This meant that I had to record the package that eventful Thursday night at the festival and then get up and into the studio by 5am the next morning to start editing it together.

This package was the most fun I had had in ages not just the journalism side of it but socially as well. The crew out at Greenfaces we’re more than helpful and the Adelaide contestants we’re so friendly and welcoming. I hadn’t experienced honesty and open arms like that for a long long time and it was a real breath of fresh air.

The art of telling a cracker joke package:
Is the art of telling a joke as easy as it looks?

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Day Eight

Vox popping on a beautiful warm sunny winter’s morning was a welcome change as opposed to sitting in front of a computer screen and pitching story ideas.

Out and around Garema Place was where I was asking a random selection of Canberran about what they think of the city centre, Garema place and city walk especially since the centre’s North Quarter has opened.

The questions I asked were open ended and I tried to make sure they were not leading in any way.

What brings you to civic today?

How often do you come to the city?

Why do you come to civic?

What do you like or dislike about civic?

Has civic changed since the centre has opened up the north quarter?

I must admit that I enjoyed this experience quite strongly. Just being outside was a relief and a pleasure I almost didn’t want to go back to the studio to edit my package together but reluctantly I set off in the brightly marked ABC Commodore and edited my package together.

To my surprise the editing didn’t take that long, perhaps I was getting use to the program called Netia or perhaps it was because I had taken onboard the helpful tips and tricks from the ABC morning team and the Manager Jordie Kilby.

Either way it was a very pleasant way to spend a day.

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Day Seven

Today was a simple day in terms of work load. Arriving at 7 am and pitched more story ideas for the morning program however again none were successful in making it to air.

I watched the program go to air and assisted guests in and out of the studio. After the program I emailed some of the guests their interviews with Alex Sloan. Then I thought up some questions, four in total, for my vox pops that I would be doing the following day to air on the morning programs outside broadcast on Friday.

Why only four you might ask? Well that is because you want a high concentrate of answers from a large cross section of people. It also helps when you come to the editing stage of footage. To much footage can mean time wasted and the point your trying to make can get buried in unwanted footage.

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Day Six

9am saw me driving from the ABC studios in the seriously marked ABC red commodore to interview Michael Richards, the Manager of Research and Collection Development at the Museum of Australian Democracy for my Mrs Prime Ministers wives exhibition package.

The exhibition explores the lives and the roles that each individual woman carried out during their husband’s time as Prime minister.

Whilst there I have to confess that I was nervous, not because I felt I haven’t had enough experience interviewing people but because I was representing the ABC.

Once I got back to the studios I spent the day editing my package. Also called up the ABC’s archives for clipping of the Prime Ministers wives speaking. By editing in quotes from the women it added another dimension to the radio package and gave it depth.

In just one day however I discovered that I did not in fact know everything about journalism. Although university had prepared me better than I could have done myself I did learn some extremely helpful tricks when interviewing and also in the editing suite. Things like when handling a microphone wrap the cord around your hand so you don’t get feedback from the lead when you’re recording amongst other things.

Mrs Prime Ministers Wives Package and Story: Mrs Prime Ministers\' Wives Package