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Snapping fingers snapping photos

Landscape photography naturally lends itself to my taste in exploring creation and all the marvelous sights many city-dwellers may never experience. I personally believe the beauty conveyed in capturing the essence of the natural world seems to evoke a greater sense of the surreal than those of concrete-jungles or portraits, even though they may not be able to provide the same connection to a viewer whom has never visited that particular place. I often find myself wondering how people come across places like these, however having investigated the true extent of some photographer’s portfolios, these shots are too consistent to be accidents.

The unique aspect taken by Jeff Grant in utilising the square-ratio brings an alternate thought upon traditional and conventional rectangular images, and his use of helicopter-taken images facing directly down upon the forms also adds to the unusual yet intriguing aspect of his work.

"Delta Study 9" - Jeff Grant

“Delta Study 9” – Jeff Grant

Perhaps a more conventional photographer who adheres to the landscape aspect of pieces, Ken Duncan has been a name synonymous with photography in Australia for decades, and his published works are often collected due to the preceding reputation of a seemingly eternal talent. Having partially been the inspiration for my brother to begin his own amateur photography business, I have been subjected to a lot of Ken’s works, and their consistency of strong colours and simple transfers between subjects – ie landscape-seascape crossovers – makes following his pieces an enjoyable experience.

"Mount of Beatitudes" - Ken Duncan

“Mount of Beatitudes” – Ken Duncan

Finally, Matt Lauder provides a vast diversity to his portfolio, touching upon Cityscapes, Landscapes, Ariel and Surf photography over his time. As mentioned previously, exploring the places some may never reach is a section of photography in which I enjoy dabbling, and surf photography delves into this through the famed “green rooms”, otherwise known as barrels, the grand prize, and as a surf-lover, this image is still yet to connect to a personal experience, whilst simultaneously turning envy into motivation to go out and “get pitted”.

"Morning Curls - Just Waves" - Matt Lauder

“Morning Curls – Just Waves” – Matt Lauder

The portfolios for all mentioned photographers may be found below.

Jeff Grant –

Matt Lauder –

Ken Duncan –


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Multimedia Journalism – does it run itself?

Multimedia journalism has a funny habit of circling huge stories around and expanding the parameters extensively so that by the time the audience reads the updated happenings, the story has completely shifted focus.

Modern journalism will inherently become this morphing cycle which is presently emerging, and as such sensationalism and outrageously exaggerated stories will become commonplace, and this is the topic discussed in this week’s post on Storify.

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Fast paced world breeds fast paced news

Fast Journalism: Speed or Quality?

Fast Journalism: Speed or Quality?

Newspapers and the nightly TV news used to be the fastest means of coverage, however the emerging digital age is seeing the development of “fast journalism”. This is the idea that journalism in the modern era is more focused on speed rather than accuracy, as the sooner the news breaks, the more traffic is generated; and whilst the information mustn’t always be accurate, the timeliness seems to be the main scrutiny.


Everyone knows that journalism is a game of speed and accuracy. The online sector benefits from the ability to link from one story to the next – a feature print media cannot achieve – and this aids in the ongoing development of the story. A headline can break immediately with preliminary information and rumours, whilst the actual story is being written. This “fast and true” journalism has resulted in the current trend of aggregated and annotated news stories, whereby the writer “links, attributes, and adds value” – thus finishing with an altered story of their own.


The benefits to having the initial information in the market is obvious: generating readers. Whilst this is key, the important factor is in getting the information they are reading to be correct. An eternal aim in the investigative media world is to “Get it Fast, But Get it Right.” News-writers and journalists alike are keen to drill into students that quality and speed are equally significant.


However, an emphasis on speed will inherently limit the amount of valid and accurate information the story can contain. “Instantaneous everything” is leading the media to be lacking the type of critical analysis it is needed for – any regular citizen can gather the basics from an image or quote. And whilst the analysis is lacking, the descriptions themselves are susceptible to inaccuracy in the quest for being the first report outputted.


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Blogging: Journalism or not?

Blogging vs Journalism

Blogging vs Journalism

Modern technology has facilitated the rise of the blogging army. Often, the media holds a considerable sway in the realms of social change – perhaps due to the anonymity, or the geographical irrelevance of members. Whilst traditional journalists, and many citizens, may consider blogging to be a direct threat to the ongoing professional practice of journalism, blogging provides an invaluable platform for which budding journalists can publish their work and generate a portfolio.

“The enemy is bigger than we think, they are powerful, strategically placed around the world.”


However, there are no doubts that blogging has both positives and negatives in the flux of modern happenings.


Blogging and its simplicity offer journalists an easier platform of production, whilst simultaneously aiding the viewer’s uses by commonly supplying copious amounts of links to related materials for further consideration. The theory that blogging may soon overtake online newspapers may or may not be grounded, however both offer their unique benefits, and the “blogosphere” clearly has much to offer traditional journalism in all its forms, not least news reporting.


On the flipside, online groups such as Anonymous, who adopt a Robin Hood style of collaborative hacking to gain equality with the world’s big organisations and governments, have been shown to have a huge effect – the perceived effect depending on the viewer’s standing. Victims will naturally criticize breaches of privacy, whereas general population will support the actions which usually extract confidential and incriminating information from those covering it up.


Thinking realistically, blogging may well become the newest medium of next-generation journalists. The freedom and lack of red-tape restrictions placed on traditional journalists under their respective agency. Freedom of speech is emphasized, with no editor or brief to fulfill. For these reasons, it may in fact be the purest form of journalistic reporting, with no bias outside that of the writer.

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Realistic dreamers compromise

Following childhood passions is something kids are taught from a young age – and this advice was evidently taken on board by University students Jovica, Thomas, Mitchell and Tom. All admit to sharing a passion for sports of all kinds, imparted upon them from father’s and copious amounts of hours spent yelling at the TV on weekends and long summer afternoons after a good game in the backyard or local park.


The drive to make this hobby a livelihood  is epitomised by Tom’s attitude of “I do it at home, why not be paid to do it? If I was offered a job, f*** oath I would do it.”


Players turn writers

Players turn writers


The realisation of not having the natural ability to be a professional athlete is a phase which strikes most teenagers, Mitchell Finlayson and Jovica Babunski included, and leads many down the path they chose – “writing about the sport I love” for a living. This group of peers have excelled in their respective sports, with most reaching representative level, and this intimate knowledge of the sport at a higher level will no-doubt provide them with the insight a regular blogger is unable to construct.


Role models are key in the ongoing development of any professional, skill-based professions more-so than others, and these students are not lacking their ambition, matching their goals against European footballing greats, SBS anchors, fast bowlers and swing kings. All stated the paternal figure played a significant role in developing a keen interest in sport, with Mitchell stating “He taught me everything… he ignited my love for sport and I haven’t stopped loving it.”


The emerging theme from these four students was the modern versatility and variety of skills and content they are interested in utilising – with none having narrowed their options down to a particular medium of production, and with all being open to reporting on an array of sports. Mitchell was driven by the videogame NBA2K to shift from cricket to his current NBA craze, with Thomas (Horse Racing), Tom (Baseball) and Jovica (Tennis) also widening their horizons to greater enhance their employment opportunities and ongoing professional development. Thomas’ diversity in particular speaks for itself, with “Rugby League being the sport I identify most with, but I’d be happy to cover horse racing or football. Any sport really…” – and this ability to apply his skills to any sport in focus will be an ongoing trend in the increasingly competitive journalism industry.


The thirst for journalism as a career path is clear by their universal desire to travel in order to be closest to the most elite competitions – England and Spain for Jovica and Thomas, with America for Tom and Mitchell. Holidays to Europe and America have furthered all four student’s desire to commit their time and effort to getting the latest scoop in sports news, and whether it be football, baseball or basketball, these four will be there to write about it.


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Jess Olson – Survivor to Writer

The personal strength Jess possesses can be seen through the phrase she boldly utilized in her stage of remission from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, which proudly stated:

              To: Cancer,

                     I had you, but you’ll never have me!

Jessica dancing through life's battles

Jessica dancing through life’s battles

It is said that the “real you” is on the inside, and inside the life of Journalism student Jessica Olson is a story that deserves to be told. Initially Jess may seem like yet another first year University student struggling with the costs and workload of student life, however her story is one of perseverance under exceptional circumstances yet recovering to be better through the trials.

Seen by Jess as “a way to express myself”, dancing and physical culture have been key activities by which Jess has matured physically, mentally, and developed ongoing friendships with fellow participants at such a high level of competition. Rising to the level of National Championships for ‘Physie’, the standard of competition bonds the competitors through the collective hours of practise and mutual injury struggles, adding to the fact that “most of the girls I compete with I’ve done so against since we were toddlers”. This ongoing competition pushes these athletes to improve yearly, and Jess confesses to enjoying the competitiveness present in each event.

Additionally, the basic health benefits have aided Jess’ continuing participation as they enabled a swift recovery – having been diagnosed with blood cancer at 15 – into resuming competition. The drive to overcome this massive personal hurdle was obvious, as Jess was upset about not being able to participate in her first senior Physie Nationals at the Opera House. A year later – having recovered from the cancer itself, depleted muscles, lessened flexibility, numerous shin splints, torn and strained hamstrings, and both cardiovascular and general fatigue – Jess was able to rejoin her lifelong friends in their mutual passion. The “hardwork & dedication to reach the national level again” is easily noted in her application to her studies, and the ability for her to encourage others in their work is a great reflection on how humble and yet positive Jess can be in the wake of such a harsh battle with cancer. The infectious laughter she brings isn’t one normally associated with a cancer survivor, however this is testament to her upbeat personality.

As not only an activity which connects Jess to her Physie peers and their parents – seen as an extended family considering their continual presence – but an escape from University life and the struggles of battling such serious illness, Jess excitedly spoke of how she wishes to follow the trend of people well into retirement still participating in Physie. As her studies at Wollongong continue, Jess hopes to establish where her calling in Journalism lies, and the diversity her International Studies subjects offer her will allow her to take this calling overseas should that be where she chases it. In the meantime, her passion for dancing supersedes the desire for employment abroad, and so the inspirational story of Jess’s can be shared to those alongside her at University.

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Journalism – Where will your skills take you?

Journalism – What Interests You?
Career skills are very broad with career paths being constantly specialised and shrunken. Students were asked what skills they had developed during their course at UOW and where they saw these skills taking them in job opportunities & life in general. As explored by interviewee’s, the most common skills are those taught at the most elementary level – such as interviewing and researching, however the more intricate skills of photography and filming were not so prevalent in first year students. This will help to explore the skills deemed necessary by these students and explain why they were seen as such.




Magnus Sundstrom, “Interview with Micke Karlsson – Marrie Laveau/Little Quarter” 11th November, 2011 (Accessed 21st April 2014).