How to consume more media that matters (part 2)

In the early days of the internet, academics and I.T. people thought it heralded the begining of a ‘global village’, in which divisions wouldn’t matter and everyone’s voice could be heard.

The reality has been far from that ideal. In a polarising political landscape, the news media can often fall victim to an environment which encourages sensationalism, populism, and a print-first-edit-later attitude. Newspapers are going out of business left and right, news rooms are cutting staff, and journalists are leaving TV in droves.

The solution, in my view, is to go back to basics. As much as we often don’t like to view it as such, journalism is a business. We have to actively give our money, views, and subscription numbers to the outlets doing it well. The good news is that there are good brands out in the media doing all the right things.  The less good news, is that many of them are ailing, plagued by shrinking budgets and lack of audience engagement.

 

If you missed my last post on this topic, I gave an overview on what to look for. This time, I come bearing recommendations. 

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How to consume more media that matters (part 1)

When I started my journalism education, many of my friends and family didn’t understand why. They saw news as misleading, biased, or even irrelevant.

In an increasingly fragmented world, trust in the news media is plummeting. The 24-hour news cycle has left journalists chasing the next big thing, crime and conflict going way up in the queue while nuanced, complex issues are dissolved down to two neat sides.

That said, I still believe news is incredibly important, and that real, good journalism is out there. It’s just increasingly a matter of knowing where (and how) to look. If you’re not satisfied with what you’re getting, get it from somewhere else.

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The long, winding road to marriage equality

The politics of marriage equality in Australia have been nothing less than confusing.

It was hard enough to keep up when things were only happening every week or so, but the last few days alone have been a whirlwind of political activity that still (somehow) seems to be going nowhere.

At the moment it’s likely that postal plebiscite will go ahead (in which case, ensure you are enrolled so that you can vote: click here for more info) but if the last few days have been any indication, anything could still happen.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed and a little lost, don’t worry. Here’s everything you need to know about what’s been going on happened, and where we’re headed from here.

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How public relations is beating journalism in the race to control the media

“Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.”

-George Orwell.

For anyone working in media, public relations, or journalism related fields, the beef between Journalists and PR is not new. The tension bewteen the two fields has existed as long as journalism has, due to the simple fact that as soon as you have a media that can theoretically print anything it likes about you (barring libel and hate speech), experts who can help you navigate the industry become necessary.

But while journalistic legend George Orwell seemingly had pretty strong views about PR (whether he actually said the above quote is oft-debated- but that’s another blog post), journalists can’t really sustain a career by only publishing things ‘someone’ would rather keep hidden. If they did, they’d probably only put out a few stories a year.

There just aren’t that many Watergates in the world. Sometimes you have to do a fluff story about the community centre down the street. And that’s fine.

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As it happened: Adelaide’s student rally against university fee increases

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Students gathered all over the country today to protest the changes to education funding announced in this year’s budget.

The government cut 2.8 billion from universities and dropped the income threshold for HECS-help loan repayments from $55,000 to $42,000, and will phase in tuition rises of 7.5 percent over the next four years.

Adelaide’s student rally, which began in front of parliament house, featured student activists and Greens MP Tammy Franks as key speakers, but fizzled out in Rundle Mall after police intervened in an altercation between a student protester and a Trump supporter counter-protesting at the event.

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#Budget 2017: Five changes young people need to know about

Budget time is a bit of a media frenzy, and it can often be hard to sift through everything to find out what you really need to know. Between media outlets publishing a thousand different versions of why the budget is horribly awful or the best thing ever and pollies taking shots at each other left and right, the whole thing gets a bit confusing.

But not to worry, since I had to watch the budget speech for my job, I decided I would do all the hard yards for you. I know that even though the budget info is available online, it’s a lot to read, and you have better things to do. So here are the 5 biggest changes that will affect young people, and what exactly those changes are.

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Selling Our Pride: should businesses get involved in politics?

This article was also published in On Dit Magazine, Issue 85.4

Last month, Coopers Brewery copped heavy backlash for its partnership with The Bible Society, over a video about marriage equality. The video, produced by the Bible Society, featured Liberal MP’s Andrew Hastie and Tim Wilson debating the already beaten-to-death pros and cons of marriage equality, over a light beer provided by Coopers.

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