Hayne on the verge of cracking 49ers’ roster

Jarryd Hayne.
Jarryd Hayne.

Cross-code convert Jarryd Hayne is on the verge of winning a coveted spot in the San Francisso 49er’s 53-man roster, according to sports journalism expert Julie Tullberg.

Julie, who teaches digital journalism in Monash’s journalism program, was invited to speak on Boston University’s Only a Game program, hosted by Bill Littlefield. Only a Game is a sports program on Boston news station, WBUR.

Listen to Julie’s commentary here

Julie, a former digital sports editor with the Herald Sun who is also qualified in sports science and physical education, says Hayne has the characteristics of a champion athlete.

“Hayne is such a very determined character, who is a great student of NFL, and he’s been studying it for two years,” Julie told Bill Littlefield.

“Hayne has travelled to the US with friends, other footballers from Australia, to watch the game and totally absorb it.

“And he’s just super quick and powerful. And I think he can make it, and I think he’ll continue to make a statement.”

Hayne has made the 75-man 49ers’ roster, announced today. The final roster will be announced on September 5.

San Francisco 49er’s coach Jim Tomsula told reporters he was “pretty confident in Jarryd’s abilty to field the ball”.

“I’ve watched a ton of tape of him fielding a rugby ball. I’ve seen him in practice, and in game situations,” Tomsula told reporters.

“I feel very good about his ability to field. I feel good about his ability to perform with ball in his hands on special teams.

“The tackling, coverage part, I’ve seen lot of improvement. I’ve seen what I need to see. There’s been a great evaluation on him.”


Getting to know … Aleczander Gamboa

Aleczander Gamboa.
Aleczander Gamboa.

Aleczander Gamboa’s dream job is becoming an editor in chief of a fashion and lifestyle magazine.


Getting to know …

Name: Aleczander Gamboa

Course: Bachelor of Arts

Faculty/Division: Arts

Dept: Media and Communication

Campus: Caulfield

What has been the best aspect of studying journalism at Monash?

The hands-on approach and learning from tutors who have had real “on the field” experience. Everything you learn about journalism at Monash is easily transferrable to the real-life media rooms. You also build up a portfolio to later show employers what you’re capable of.

Do you balance uni life with a job?

Yes I do – I’m a contractor who freelances with different organisations in my spare time.

Why did you choose to study journalism at Monash?

The journalism major at Monash offered a diverse range of subjects to its students, from lifestyle journalism, producing digital news and broadcast journalism. I knew that the journalism major would equip me with a versatile range of skills, but also give me a freedom to choose journalism subjects that I was really passionate in, as opposed to having it chosen for us.


What is your dream job in journalism?

Editor in chief of a magazine, preferable in fashion and lifestyle. GQ would be the dream!

Who has been your biggest career influence and why?

Julie Tullberg, who taught me last year, has continued to be an excellent mentor to me. Her experience in the media and communications field is second to none. She always been very welcoming in providing me with honest valuable feedback for my work, as well as getting me through thick and thin when I had some challenging experiences.

The second is more of a general one, and that is fashion icon Tom Ford. He single handedly revived Gucci, started his own fashion empire and basically just did it all even if he received flak for it. I hope to one day emulate his level of work ethic in my own future endeavours.

First job?

Waiter at La Porchetta.

Worst job?

I don’t really count any of my previous jobs as the ‘worst job’ as I see all of them as learning experiences nonetheless.


What is your favourite place in the world and why?

Bookstores – I love its quiet environment and being transported into different realities in books. I could spend all day there.


What is your favourite place to eat and why?

I eat everything, so I don’t really have a favourite place! But if I were to really pick one, it would be Shandong Mama on Bourke St – those dumplings are literally heaven.

What is the best piece of advice you have received?

“Leave your s*** at the door” – something my VCE drama teacher would always tell us. It means that no matter what struggles you are going through in life, never let it get in the way of your professionalism. Leave your battles at the door and deal with it after.

Tell us something about yourself that your uni colleagues wouldn’t know?

I’m a die hard Pokemon fan, like even to the point where I want to get a pokeball tattooed on me in the future.


Dr Anderson to chat with Nobel Prize winner

Dr Deb Anderson
Dr Deb Anderson.

Monash University’s journalism lecturer Dr Deb Anderson will engage in conversation with Laureate Professor Peter Doherty at the Melbourne Writers Festival on Saturday, August 29 at 2.30pm.

Scientific knowledge used to be power. Professor Doherty argues that the powerful now try to deny scientists’ knowledge, particularly on climate change.

The Nobel Prize winner explores how science works and asks what non-scientist citizens can do to reclaim both power and knowledge. In conversation with Dr Deb Anderson at ACMI Cinema 1 at Federation Square on August 29 at 2.30pm.

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Conscious consumers to benefit from pop-up shop

Janene Trickey.

In this modern world of 24/7 work, unaffordable housing, consumerism and waste, have you ever longed for a simpler life: A life less hurried, more true to your ethical values and in touch with your community?

Janene Trickey did.

She left her marketing job in the city to go back to uni and complete a double masters in journalism and sustainability at Monash University. The time out allowed her to imagine a new future.

“Marketing is a young person’s game. I can’t imagine doing that in my 60s or 70s, and I doubt I’d be employable in that arena at that age even if I wanted to be,” Janene said.

Read Janene’s profile here

The result of this pondering is online store Evolution Emptor, which will soon pop up for a limited time in Pin Oak Crescent, Flemington.

Janene Trickey has established has established Evolution Emptor, which offers a lifestyle collection for conscious consumers.

Her website, evolutionemptor.com.au, provides a lifestyle collection and community for conscious consumers – evolved shoppers who care if the products they buy have caused harm to people, animals or the environment.

The online store stocks stylish products from small Australian businesses dedicated to principles of sustainable manufacturing.

The collection includes clothing basics, accessories, homewares, beauty products, cleaning products and gifts.

“The products we stock, first of all, have to be well designed and functional. We then check the supply chain to ensure the highest standards of workplace safety, conditions and environmental protection have been applied to their manufacture,” Janene said.

Some of the products have been made overseas, but most have been designed and developed by small Australian businesses.

“We want to support Australian designers who are as passionate about sustainability as we are. The collection will evolve as we find stylish new products that meet our strict criteria,” Janene said.

The Evolution Emptor pop-up shop will be located at 64 Pin Oak Crescent Flemington from October 17 to December 24 and will be open from 11am to 5pm, Thursday to Monday.


Getting to know … Janene Trickey

Janene Trickey.

Masters journalism and sustainability student, Janene Trickey, has established an online store, Evolution Emptor, which offers a lifestyle collection for conscious consumers.

Getting to know …

Name: Janene Trickey

Faculty/Division:  Arts, Double Masters Journalism/Sustainability

Campus: Caulfield/Clayton

What is your academic background? Bachelor of Business (20 years ago) and now three subjects to go in Double Masters Journalism/Sustainability. 

What research are you currently working on and what does it involve?  I established Evolution Emptor as an online store and community for conscious consumers in October 2014 for some part-time income while I studied.

I’m now keen to make this my full-time (paying) job by the time I complete my studies in 2016.

My days involve blogging and sourcing blog articles from contributors; discovering cool, new, sustainably made products for the online store; social media to promote the store; website development; packing and shipping orders and, of course, my studies.

I also have kids, and they’re my number one priority. There are never enough hours in the day. Luckily I don’t mind working seven days a week at all hours.

How do you combine your research with work commitments?

I quit my job in marketing communications in June 2013 to study full time, which I did for a year.

I’m fortunate to have been able to afford to take this time out from paid work to pursue something I can be passionate about. My savings are certainly dwindling though!

What do you like best about your research?

I like the flexibility of working from home. I can meet a friend for a two hour lunch and know I’ll be productive later in the evening to compensate.

I love developing and finding new products, though I’ve made that difficult for myself as I need to ensure they are sustainably made by asking questions about the raw materials used, working conditions in the factory and lifecycle impacts.

I opened a popup shop for seven weeks during the mid-semester break and it was great to meet customers face-to-face and tell them the stories behind each product.

People here are becoming more interested in buying more ethically, though we have a long way to go to catch up to Europe and California and New York.


Why did you choose to become a HDR student? I decided to study at Monash because I was feeling a little stale in the workforce and wanted to be more challenged academically.

I thought journalism would extend my skills as a marketing communicator and sustainability was an interest. It seemed like a good idea to combine the two.

First job? My first job was in a supermarket, like many other people.


Worst job? My worst job was my first out of university where I was responsible for administration for a small not-for-profit organisation, including accounts and reports for the Board.

I remember being at work after midnight one Friday night before the weekend Board meeting crying because I couldn’t get the accounts to reconcile. I left pretty soon after that.


What is your favourite place in the world and why? I’m about to go to Italy for a family holiday, so I may find some new favourite places then. One of my favourite places here though is a short walk in The Grampians National Park to Venus Baths.

The creek runs through the rock to create pools big enough to slide into.

The water is murky, there are sticks and sharp stones at the bottom of the pools and your bathers get totally wrecked in the seat, but it’s great natural, outdoor, unsanitised fun with the kids in summer.


What is your favourite place to eat and why? I meet one of my best friend’s for lunch every Wednesday at Pepper café in Flemington.

The food is good and reasonably priced and there’s a fire going in winter.

I feel that community is where my kids and I belong and hope to move back there in the next couple of years. I’m a few suburbs away at the moment.


What is the best piece of advice you have received?  Ask my kids and they’ll tell you I’m full of advice. I think my favourite sayings, or at least the ones they hear the most, are: “only boring people get bored”; “it can’t possibly be everyone else, perhaps it’s your attitude that needs to change”; and “wouldn’t the world be a boring place if we were all the same”.

Usually it’s in response to something or someone they’re complaining about: I don’t have much sympathy for that.

When I was in that job I hated, my Dad suggested I simultaneously pursue three alternative paths and follow the one that worked out first.

I planned an overseas trip, applied for other jobs and looked into further study. I ended up getting a new job that I liked. I think that was pretty good advice.


Tell us something about yourself that we wouldn’t know? I’m a pretty open book. I doubt there’s anything about me that someone doesn’t know.

To learn more about Janene’s business, click here: Evolution Emptor 


Footy and the Media: The Off-Field Game

Investigations expert Bill Birnbauer.
Monash senior lecturer of journalism Bill Birnbauer.

Do sports stars give up a right to privacy with their success? Do journalists have a right to ask them about their personal lives?

One week after the media spectacle that is the AFL Grand Final, join our panellists as they discuss where the line between personal and public lives should be drawn.

The panel’s speakers at the New News event, at the Wheeler Centre on Saturday, October 10, include Monash senior lecturer Bill Birnbauer,  Monash sports lecturer Dr Tom Heenan, the AFL head of content Matthew Pinkney, barrister Natalie Hickey, ABC investigative reporter Louise Milligan and AFL commentator and Hawthorn premiership player Terry Wallace.

New News by the Centre for Advancing Journalism is a three-day series looking at the present and future of journalism – and an exploration of the most up-to-the-moment developments in how journalism and the media can create and support engaged citizenship.

Dr Tom Heenan.
Dr Tom Heenan.

Exchange ideas directly with the industry’s most respected professionals.

Panellists this year will represent mastheads both new and established – including the Age, Herald SunSaturday Paper, Crikey and Junkee.

You’ll also hear from prominent bloggers, freelancers and media entrepreneurs.

They’ll be joined by leading journalism researchers from Swinburne University of Technology and the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne.

This event is also available for booking as part of the Saturday Day Pass.


Alana Mitchelson stars at the Indy

Alana Mitchelson.

Pulliam Journalism Fellow and Monash journalism graduate Alana Mitchelson has enjoyed success at the Indy Star newspaper in the United States, producing many lead news stories.

Alana won a fellowship to work in the Indy Star newsroom, based in Indianapolis, for three months.

“Reflecting on my experiences in America thus far, an overseas reporting trip has been truly eye-opening and is definitely one of the greatest decisions I have ever made,” Alana said.

Read Alana’s work here

“The experience has been invaluable and I have met so many talented people who I know I will remain in contact with for many years to come.

“It has given me a different perspective of the industry and I feel that it has enabled me to solidify in my mind the kind of journalism I wish to pursue in the future.”


Alana said there was a strong focus on analytics in the American newsroom.

“All of the top stories performing the best online at any given time are displayed on large television screens situated at various points across the newsroom,” Alana said.

“So everyone is always very conscious of which articles are doing well and those that aren’t.”

Alana has covered the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway where the famous Indy 500 race takes place. She has also enjoyed various journalistic challenges and has scored a number of front-page stories.

“Being new to the city and the United States, the work has been both challenging and exciting,” Alana said.

“Editors have asked me to try my hand at reporting on local American politics and to write about their unfamiliar educational system which includes charter schools.

“In terms of the writing style, I have noticed some slight differences. First-person features are more commonly used by reporters and I think this goes hand in hand with their emphasis on also building audiences for individual reporters – something which seems to be more of a focus for broadcast journalist personalities in Australia.”



Getting to know MFJ manager Jodie Wood

Jodie Wood, manager of the School of Media, Film and Journalism & National Centre for Australian Studies.
Jodie Wood, manager of the School of Media, Film and Journalism &
National Centre for Australian Studies.

Jodie Wood, the manager of the School of Media, Film and Journalism, has been working at Monash for 26 years. She is passionate about Monash and helping make a difference to students and staff.

Name: Jodie Wood

Title: School Manager

Faculty/Division: Faculty of Arts

Dept: School of Media, Film and Journalism

Campus: Caulfield

How long have you worked at Monash? 26 years

Where did you work prior to starting? Casual work at hotels.

What do you like best about your role? Hopefully making a difference to staff and students experience at Monash.

Why did you choose your current career path? Natural progression.

First job? Casual work at hotels

Worst job? None

What is your favourite place in the world and why? Venice, love the water!

What is your favourite place to eat and why? Takeaway at home, love being at home but prefer someone else to cook.

What is the best piece of advice you have received? You can’t do everything.

Tell us something about yourself that your colleagues wouldn’t know? I LOVE to renovate, build, etc, and stage manage festivals/theatre, etc.


Journalism education at Monash University

TV journalism lecturer Nick Parkin chats with a student at Monash Open Day on Sunday, August 2 at Caulfield.
TV journalism lecturer Nick Parkin chats with a student at Monash Open Day on Sunday, August 2 at Caulfield.

Journalism staff and students engaged with secondary school students and their parents during Monash’s Open Day at Clayton and Caulfield campuses on Sunday, August 2.

The students were informed of the exciting developments in the journalism program, including the $3 million state-of-the-art facilities, which will be operational early next year.

Please click here to see the Open Day presentation on Journalism and Journalism Education at Monash University (PDF)

TV journalism lecturer Nick Parkin (pictured right) was one of many staff members who engaged with the public on what was an exciting day for many young people.


Getting to know … Phil Chubb

Monash University’s Head of Journalism Phil Chubb.
Monash University’s Head of Journalism Phil Chubb.

Monash Head of Journalism Associate Professor Phil Chubb says the best thing about his role is enabling students to understand how to acquire the skills of journalism and how to apply them in contemporary media.

Getting to know…

Name: Phil Chubb

Title: Associate Professor

Faculty/Division: Arts/Media, Film and Journalism

Department: Journalism

Campus: Caulfield

How long have you worked at Monash? Seven years.

Where did you work prior to starting at the University? Media industry.

What do you like best about your role? Enabling students to understand how to acquire the skills of journalism and how to apply them in contemporary media.

Why did you choose your current career path? I wanted to change the world.

First job? The Age.

Worst job? No job has been that bad.

What research/projects are you currently working on and what does it involve? My research involves environmental communications and politics.

What is your favourite place in the world and why? New York. It is the media capital, but so much more.

What is your favourite place to eat and why? Italy 1 in Camberwell.

What is the best piece of advice you have received? Always stay the distance.

Tell us something about yourself that your colleagues wouldn’t know? Every week that North Melbourne is not at the top of the ladder is a week I shrivel inside just a little bit more.



Hannah, Kate named Walkley scholarship finalists

Monash University journalism students Hannah Scholte and Kate Wong Hoy have been named finalists for the 2015 Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship.

Hannah Scholte is a finalist for the 2015 Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship.
Hannah Scholte is a finalist for the 2015 Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship.

Hannah and Kate will compete for the prestigious award against five other finalists, including Annalise Bolt (University of New South Wales), Sam Cucchiara (RMIT University), Christina Guo (University of Sydney), Lucy Hinton (RMIT University) and Naeun Kim (Macquarie University).

This scholarship was established with the generous support of journalist and producer Anita Jacoby, to honour the memory of her father Phillip Jacoby– a pioneer in the Australian electronics and broadcast technology industry.

Hannah is  excited to be in the running to win a career-changing scholarship program.

“I don’t think I could dream up a program more appealing to me at this point in my career, so I’m very pleased to be chosen as a finalist and incredibly excited about the prospect of being successful in taking it,” Hannah said.

“I’m passionate about pursuing video journalism, so gaining experience in the media workplaces involved and completing a short course at the same time would be an invaluable opportunity.”

Katie said she was very grateful and honoured to have been selected as a finalist for the Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship.

Monash University's Kate Wong Hoy is a 2015 Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship finalist.
Monash University’s Kate Wong Hoy is a 2015 Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship finalist.

“It is an incredible opportunity and I am thrilled to have reached this stage,” she said.

“One of the videos I submitted was a current affairs story that I filmed on my Mum’s stroke recovery story and it is a piece I am very proud of.

“It is amazing that it has now been recognised by industry professionals. I have dreamed about being a television journalist for years and I am so excited to be one step closer to realising that dream.”

Final-year journalism students and recent graduates, with a passion for investigative or long-form television reporting, were encouraged to apply for the 12-week paid internship.

The winner will spend eight weeks at the Nine Network, four weeks at The Walkley Foundation and complete at least one TV production course through the open program at AFTRS.

They will also be mentored by senior journalist members of The Walkley Advisory Board and work with and learn from some of Australia’s leading journalists and producers.

The scholarship is open to students 26 years and under enrolled in journalism or communication studies at an Australian university.

The winner will be announced at the Walkley mid-year Celebration in Sydney on July 29, 2015.


Dani wins the Herb Thomas Memorial Trust award

From left: Herb Thomas Memorial Trust chairman Roger Hall, Monash University's Dani Rothwell, Star News Group editor Garry Howe,  RMIT's Sian Johnson and Lauren McKinnon.
From left: Herb Thomas Memorial Trust chairman Roger Hall, Monash University’s Dani Rothwell, Star News Group editor Garry Howe, RMIT’s Sian Johnson and Lauren McKinnon.

Dani Rothwell has won the Herb Thomas Memorial Trust award as the most outstanding journalism student in the Bachelor of Professional Communication degree at Monash University.

Dani, who was presented with her award at a function in Pakenham on May 5, has been awarded with prize money to help pursue her career within the industry.

Dr Paul Atkinson represented Monash University’s School of Media, Film and Journalism at the awards night.

“Members of the interview panel lauded Dani’s involvement with local community groups and her commitment to highlighting the challenges faced by young people in the region,” Dr Atkinson said.

“The award is managed by the Berwick, Pakenham and Narre Warren Rotary clubs and is presented in honour of Herb Thomas, a respected journalist and newspaper proprietor of the Pakenham Gazette.”

Dani said she believed the ability to create lasting change within a community relied on being able to effectively communicate.

“Like many others, I share the desire to create change and leave the world a better place,” she said.

“As clichéd as it is, over my years of community involvement, I have found a key difference between people who achieve their desire and those who do not.”

Dani said change started with identifying a problem and creating a great solution.

“For me, the problem within my local community was that young people were killing themselves. Young people were left alone, and had nowhere to turn,” she said.

“I understand that these are generalisations and that many other factors were at play, but the bottom-line is that young people were dying unnecessarily.

“As a passionate believer in the power of young people as change agents, this left me heartbroken. After a period of grief and negativity, I embraced this as an identified problem that needed a long lasting solution. This is when I realised the power of investigative communication.”

Dani, who is president of the Monash Union of Berwick Students,  hopes to be a national political reporter in the future.



Getting to know … Dr Andrea Baker

Dr Andrea Baker
Dr Andrea Baker

Name: Dr Andréa Jean Baker

Title: Senior lecturer in journalism

Faculty/Division: Arts

Department: School of Media, Film and Journalism

Campus: Caulfield campus

How long have you worked at Monash? 

13 years. I began working in the journalism section at Gippsland campus in July 2001; and then in 2006 the journalism section moved to the Caulfield campus.

Where did you work prior to starting at the University?

I was a sessional tutor in journalism and media studies at Swinburne and La Trobe universities and at the same time producing (award-winning) freelance documentaries for ABC Radio National plus the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. I was also working one day a week as a registered nurse in oncology. They were busy times, juggling three jobs to make ends meet.

What do you like best about your role? 

Teaching future generations of journalists, watching them learn and grow. I also really enjoy the creative side of research, developing a project that impacts on the way we live and learn.

Why did you choose your current career path? 

It chose me, actually. I was encouraged by a former lecturer at Swinburne Uni (my alma mater) to embark on a career as a radio journalist and then as a journalism academic.

First job? 

At 15 years old, working in Target department stores as a check-out chick

Worst job?

For many years I worked as a registered nurse in a cancer ward and (although nursing is a noble profession) on my last shift at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, I helped to lay out four people who had passed away. It was then that I thought this job was too sad, and I had to get out.

What research/projects are you currently working on and what does it involve? 

I am currently investigating the renowned global music cities such as Melbourne, Austin and Berlin and assessing their contribution to the global cultural economy. I’m pretty excited about chairing a talkfest on this topic at the largest music and media conference, South by South West (SXSW) on 15 March 2014 in Austin, Texas (USA). In 2013 I held research residences at the University of Texas (Austin) (and attended SXSW) and at the Freie Universität’s Institute for Arts and Media Management in Berlin; and interviewed over 50 key music personnel (local council, annual music week organisers, music industry and music journalists) about ‘What makes a global music city’ for my (second) forthcoming book, Music(o)polis (Melbourne, Austin, Berlin).

What is your favourite place in the world and why? 

For years I had a love affair with New York City, having been there over 12 times for holidays and/or research (sabbaticals at City University of New York). However since 2010, I have developed a stronger love for Berlin. Its culture and history are fascinating and the people are super cool and talented.

What is your favourite place to eat and why?  

Claypots in St Kilda, because the seafood dishes are wonderful; it has awesome music gigs, and the place has a European feel.

What is the best piece of advice you have received?

Believe in yourself and troubled times will pass.” – advice from my dear Mum.   

Tell us something about yourself that your colleagues wouldn’t know? 

I was in a girl band when I was young, singing (and playing) with my two sisters around the shopping centre circuits in Brisbane. I still sing to this day, and have recently picked up the acoustic guitar (again)… so maybe some gigs in the future!


The Peter Greste case & notions of press freedom

By Dr Andrea Baker

The imprisonment of the Australian journalist Peter Greste in Egypt received news attention worldwide.

The court case was complex and multifaceted and riddled by unsubstantiated evidence, contradictory testimonies and procedural irregularities. As a result, it proved to be a difficult case to report on by three major media outlets such as Al Jazeera English, the BBC and the ABC.

Their news coverage was reduced to a Western versus Egyptian view, according to a new study, with less than half the reportage focused on the allegations against the three journalists

As a former ABC and BBC journalist, Greste, along with Egyptian-Canadian national, Mohamed Fahmy, and Egyptian, Baher Mohamed was working for Al Jazeera English when they were arrested by Egyptian authorities on 29 December 2013 for allegedly producing false news that was detrimental to the country’s transition to a democracy.

The trio were also accused of associating with the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s oldest and largest Islamist organisation, which had been blacklisted as a terrorist group since late December 2013.

The long trial concluded on 23 June 2014 and the journalists were sentenced to seven years (Greste and Fahmy) and 10years (Mohamed) in jail in Egypt.

This case marked the first time a Western journalist (such as Greste) had been imprisoned due to terrorism-related offences in Egypt, amid fears of a frenzied press freedom crackdown by military authorities afterthe Arab Spring of 2011.

Journalism academic Dr Andrea Baker from Monash University’s School of Media, Film and Journalism analysed the coverage of the trial by Al Jazeera English, the BBC and the ABC from the day of the arrest (29 December 2013) until a week after their final sentencing (30 June 2014).

“The networks were chosen because they were credible, public broadcasters, Greste has worked at all three; and it would be insightful to examine how the outlets reported on a court case of their employees, both past and present,” Dr Baker said.

Of the 294 articles analysed, 40 per cent of the stories came from Al Jazeera English, 38 per cent from the ABC; and 22 per cent from the BBC.

Proportionately, 70 per cent of the AJE stories focused on the innocent victims’ news narrative; 60 per cent of the ABC reports centred onGreste and his family, and60 per cent of the BBC coverage concentrating onpress freedom issues.

The findings also highlight how parochial the Australian media are, with 55 per cent of the ABC’s coverage focused on Peter Greste while the other two broadcasters focused on all three journalists.

Dr Baker said the findings suggested the media outlets had allowed a Western bias by focusing on innocent victim, family or freedom of the press angles while downplaying the Egyptian point of view.

The complete outcomes of this research is published in a monograph titled, The best things in life are free (The case of Peter Greste and notions of press freedom) for the upcoming Australian Journalism Monograph, 2015 Volume 15, Issue 1, (which is published by the Griffith Centre for Cultural Research, Griffith University, QLD, in association with the Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia).

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Alana and Naomi are finalists in the Young Walkleys

Alana Mitchelson is a Walkley finalist in the Student Journalist of the Year Award.
Alana Mitchelson is a Walkley finalist in the Student Journalist of the Year Award.

Monash University journalism alumnae Alana Mitchelson and Naomi Selvaratnam have been named finalists in the Young Walkley Awards to be held in Sydney on July 29.

Alana, who will soon formally graduate from her Monash journalism degree, is one of three Walkley finalists in the Student Journalist of the Year Award. 

Her Walkley entry includes three stories Family of WWI veteran Jim Kerr finally reunited with his treasure trove of Anzac memoriesGrowing demand for employment support for adults with autism, and Knitting fake breasts to provide support.

Other finalists in the student category include Derrick Krusche from The University of Melbourne and  Sai Mi Jeong, from the University of Technology Sydney.

The student finalists, who produced “distinctive and original journalism”, are regarded as the best emerging talent of the new generation of journalists.

Alana, who will soon commence her prize-winning Pulliam Journalism Fellowship at the Indy Star in Indianapolis said it was an “incredible honour” to receive a nomination for a Walkley award.

“Each of the writing samples I provided within my application were stories that I will always hold close to me and it is so rewarding to be recognised for my work,” Alana said.

“I hope that through my nomination, these pieces may continue to raise awareness for supporting women who have had a mastectomy and adults with autism struggling to secure long-term employment.”

Naomi Selvaratnam is a finalist in the Young Walkleys in the radio/audio journalism category.
Naomi Selvaratnam is a finalist in the Young Walkleys in the radio/audio journalism category.

Naomi Selvaratnam,  an SBS World News TV journalist, is a Walkley finalist in the radio/audio journalism category. She is recognised for her entry Blackmailed: Sexual assault victims held to ransom with footage of their rape.

Naomi, who graduated from Monash in 2012, was a finalist in the same Walkley category last year.

“It’s an honour to be a finalist, and to be recognised by journalists whose work I greatly admire,” Naomi said.

“I hope that this nomination will draw attention to the issue of sexual violence in Australia, especially for migrant and refugee communities, who face particular vulnerabilities to this form of abuse.”

The winner of each category will qualify for the Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year and will undertake work experience with CNN, Twitter and Huffington Post in the United States.

The winners will be announced at the Walkley Mid-Year Awards in Sydney on July 29.


Jenan Taylor awarded the Guy Morrison Prize

Jenan Taylor has won the Guy Morrison Prize for Literary Journalism.
Jenan Taylor has won the Guy Morrison Prize for Literary Journalism.

Monash University’s Jenan Taylor has earned national recognition for her unique pauper story, winning the Guy Morrison Prize for Literary Journalism.

Jenan,  a Master of Journalism student, was presented with her prize at the Sydney Writers’ Festival on May 22, which coincided with UTS’s anthology launch.

Her award-winning story, A Quiet Farewell, was published in The Weekend Australian Magazine.

Jenan’s prize follows her recent success as the Melbourne Press Club’s 2014 Student Journalist of the Year, awarded for the same investigative story.

Applications for UTS’s Guy Morrison Prize are invited from Australian undergraduate or postgraduate students who are studying either journalism, communication or writing.

Jenan is thrilled to win the prize for her investigation into what happens when a pauper dies.

“My story on the pauper funeral of a single mother was an attempt to highlight what we take for granted in contemporary Australia isn’t necessarily within everyone’s reach, not even after we die,” Jenan said.

“It’s difficult journalism that keeps throwing up, among other challenges, its own range of moral and ethical questions, the more I practice it.

“However, I’m absolutely elated to have to won this award and feel particularly encouraged to keep pursuing this kind of journalism.”

Judge Chris Feik described Jenan’s article as a “wonderful piece of reporting”.

“It does what the best journalism does: it tells us things we didn’t know,” Mr Feik wrote.

“It explains what happens when a pauper dies. We witness in vivid close-up the embalming of an anonymous woman who ‘could not afford to die’.

“Throughout the piece, the writer addresses the deceased subject. ‘Am I ready to touch your skin,’ Jenan asks, and decides: ‘I am’. Such a device could easily seem forced, but is handled skilfully here.” 

Jenan said it was too easy in this age of 24-hour news to lose sight of the complexities and nuances behind the headlines.

“For me literary journalism is about revealing these insights and even throwing a spotlight on lives which we would normally never think twice about, which is why I’ve always been attracted to it,” she said.

Jenan said Monash journalism staff Associate Professor Philip Chubb and Dr Monica Jackson were encouraging as she researched her story, and thanked them for their support.


Students retrace historic footsteps of the Great War

Monash journalism students have produced historically significant work in News Corp publications to mark the centenary of the Great War and the contribution of Australian soldiers.

Alana Mitchelson.
Alana Mitchelson.

Sir Keith Murdoch Journalism Scholarship recipient Alana Mitchelson worked tirelessly to produce outstanding research for the Herald Sun and other News Corp publications, including news.com.au and the Geelong Advertiser.

Alana, who spent three months researching stories on the Great War, contributed to a segment on The Today Show on Channel 9 after program producers followed up on her research.

Alana Mitchelson compiled information for the Herald Sun's poster and page of the Gallipoli landing. Source: Herald Sun
Alana Mitchelson compiled information for the Herald Sun’s poster and page of the Gallipoli landing. Source: Herald Sun

Alana said the Herald Sun assignment put her investigative skills to their first true test.

“The work was at times quite challenging but was extremely rewarding,” Alana said.

“I was able to track down the relatives of a WWI veteran and reunite them with a treasure trove of their grandfather’s possessions, including his military medal, which had been lost to the family for over 30 years.

“This was an especially moving story to be a part of and the grandsons were very grateful to me for my persistence.”

Alana was also recognised for her contributions to the Herald Sun’s Gallipoli magazine.

“It was so special to see my byline among all of these highly experienced senior journalists’ names in the Gallipoli centenary supplement, such as Andrew Rule and Patrick Carlyon,” Alana said.

“This experience has definitely reinforced my strong desire to continue pursuing a career in journalism.”

 CEW Bean Prize recipients Elizabeth Johnson, Louise Almeida, Robert Moseley and Jason Walls filmed Monash students at Gallipoli in Turkey last year, who shared their views on one of Australian history’s significant stories.

The students’ work was published in the Herald Sun and the Courier Mail in Queensland in the lead-up to Anzac Day on April 25.

Elizabeth Johnson.
Elizabeth Johnson.

Elizabeth, who spoke at a RSL centenary event on Anzac Day, said it was an honour to share her experiences and research.

“In terms of my experience, today of all days really brings together the experience and draws our major project to an end,” Elizabeth said, who shared her story with the Herald Sun.

“I feel I have learned a perspective that is just not taught in schools, that is, the true horrors of war, or in Bruce Scates’s words ‘a slow, sordid and remorseless war of attrition’.”

Elizabeth said hiking the cliffs on the Gallipoli peninsula was such a challenge, but it was one she felt privileged to have the opportunity to do.

The Great War Centenary will honour Australians who  served their country.
The Great War centenary honoured Australians who served their country.

“It makes me think about how many of those boys and men had that same feeling of anticipation, but i wonder how many of them felt lucky in the end,” she said.

” I walked where they walked, I fell where they fell, but I got back up, dusted the dirt off and kept on going. Lest we forget those who couldn’t and didn’t get back up.”

Masters of Journalism student Luke Mortimer.
Luke Mortimer.

The 2015 CEW Bean Prize recipients are Masters journalism students Luke Mortimer and Uma Muthia, who will film in Gallipoli and the Western Front in July.

Uma Muthia is a recipient of the CEW Bean Prize.
Uma Muthia is a recipient of the CEW Bean Prize.

Luke and Uma will study 12-point unit, ATS3387 Beyond Gallipoli: Australians in the Great War.

Professor Scates has led several tours of the battlefields and commemorative sites of the Great War, including the Premier of Victoria’s Spirit of Anzac.

Visit Monash’s Great War Centenary website for more information on these tours.


How Hackett made it back to championship swimming

By Julie Tullberg

Grant Hackett’s foundation training for the 1,500m freestyle event, which started more than 20 years ago, has been a key reason for his shock return to the Australian swimming team.

Experts and swimming fans alike have been amazed at Hackett’s ability to bounce back after just six months of training and a six-year break from competitive swimming.

Hackett qualified for the Australian men’s 4x200m freestyle relay after finishing fourth in the 200m final at the 2015 FINA World Championships selection trials in Sydney earlier this month.

Hackett, at 34, is the oldest athlete in history to qualify for the Australian swimming team and will contest the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia in July.

How could this possibly happen?

Fitness in the pool

There are two physiological reasons which may explain why Hackett returned to form so quickly. As one of the fittest swimmers in the world during his ten-year reign as 1,500m freestyle king, Hackett developed a high-level endurance capacity.

Hackett says his lung capacity has been developed to an exceptional level and interestingly, it has not declined during the past six years.

His blood health hasn’t changed, which indicates his enormous ability to cope with fatigue under physical stress during competition.

Hackett told the Sydney Morning Herald:

“All of a sudden, you see yourself improve and your body holding up more and more and you actually think, ‘I’m physically okay’.

I did all the testing. My bloods, my lung capacity … it was the same as when I competed before.”

There is a reasonable explanation of why Hackett’s physiological capacities have avoided decline. Hackett maintained a good level of fitness during his six-year retirement, which helped him return to near-peak condition.

Athletes may reach their physical peak between 25 and 35 years of age. But swimmers normally peak before they reach 25 because of the intensive nature of swimming, the risk of shoulder injuries and the expense to continue long-term in the sport.

There is no reason why Hackett cannot continue to improve in the lead-up to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Research shows it is physically possible for Hackett to be competitive in the 200m and 400m freestyle events -– if he is willing to give himself that chance.

But it may be too late for Hackett to return to the 1,500m freestyle, as it takes years to build for this specialised event. The shorter freestyle distance events are more achievable for Hackett.

Hackett’s return has generated excitement within the Australian team, as the swimmers are looking forward to his leadership and wisdom. He will prepare in a professional manner, and inspire those around him with his meticulous approach and positive demeanour.

Hackett returned from the United States a year ago after having treatment for addiction of Stilnox sleeping pills. His specialised medical treatment occurred after the culmination of ugly public incidents, including his marriage breakdown to singer Candice Alley.

Hackett’s reputation was damaged and he was determined to look forward and rebuild his life positively.

Back on the Gold Coast

Hackett returned to familiar surroundings on the Gold Coast after receiving valuable advice from his support group.

He rejoined his boyhood swimming squad at Miami, under the tutelage of Australian coach Denis Cotterell.

After speaking with US Olympic great Michael Phelps last year, Hackett began swimming training for the pure joy of it. He was a retired athlete and the past pressures were behind him.

Hackett quickly found his rhythm and those foundation years of training served him well as he surprised himself with incredible times at the trials in Sydney. He even scored a bronze medal in the 400m freestyle final.

A happy athlete is a successful athlete, and this has proven to be the case with Hackett. Back in his home town, with family, friends and a supportive partner, Debbie Savage, Hackett appears settled and content.

A highly intelligent athlete, Hackett’s recent choices and wise outlook have proven to work in his favour. He says the joy to swim without pressure has been a factor in his impressive results in the pool.

Not all comebacks are successful

While Hackett has made a stunning comeback, former champion Ian Thorpe struck a rocky path during his comeback attempt for the 2012 London Olympics. Thorpe trained overseas, hoping to rebuild his form and fitness in relative isolation in Switzerland.

But it proved a big mistake. Thorpe failed to make another Olympic team. He cited his lack of racing practice and physical preparation in the lead-up to the London trials.

There are huge differences in the nature of Hackett and Thorpe’s comebacks. Hackett returned to familiar surroundings, where he had achieved so much success previously, whereas Thorpe chose the opposite approach – and isolated himself.

Thorpe also had sponsorship commitments and placed pressure on himself as he returned, while Hackett is now swimming for pleasure.

A caring and functional home environment is often the most comforting place for athletes, as they aim for success on the world stage. That’s why Hackett is thriving once more.

This story first appeared in The Conversation.


Monash graduates make their mark at News Corp

Monash journalism graduates are scoring key roles and winning awards at News Corp publications, particularly the largest newspaper in the country, the Herald Sun.

Several graduates have secured positions this year, while other journalists have won major awards in the Quills and Walkleys, and in the News Corp annual awards.

Caroline Schelle.
Caroline Schelle.

Masters student Caroline Schelle has recently commenced a News Corp traineeship based at the Herald Sun’s Southbank offices.  The program runs for a year before the journalists vie for positions in News Corp newsrooms.

Caroline will rotate among various Herald and Weekly Times publications, including The Weekly Times, mX,  Leader Newspapers, the Geelong Advertiser and also join the Herald Sun’s digital team.

Jade Gailberger.
Jade Gailberger.

Jade Gailberger, who also secured a News Corp traineeship,  is currently based at The Advertiser in Adelaide.

Jade, who is gaining experience in news and sport, writes stories that also appear in other News Corp publications, including the Herald Sun.

Sophie Smith, who graduated from Monash in 2007, has worked for Time Inc UK as a sports reporter.

Sophie recently secured a news reporting position on the Herald Sun after returning from London.

Sophie Smith.
Sophie Smith.

Sophie has returned to Melbourne after covering major sporting events in Europe and Asia, including the Spring Classics (2013, 2014), Giro d’Italia (2013, 2014), Tour de France (2012, 2013, 2014), UCI Road World Championships (2012, 2013, 2014), Saitama Criterium and the 2012 London Olympics.

Sophie has recently covered the Essendon Football Club saga, in the aftermath of the AFL anti-doping tribunal’s result.

Masters student Caroline Zielinksi is a Herald Sun-based digital journalist and producer, creating stories for five News Corp mastheads, including the Herald Sun, news.com.au, The Daily Telegraph, the Courier Mail and The Advertiser.

Caroline formerly worked as a breaking news journalist at The Age and is skilled at delivering high-quality content at high speed.

Kate Salemme has been appointed as and AFL content producer at News Corp,  generating digital packages for all News Corp mastheads, including the Herald Sun.

Kate, who has worked in digital communications at Hawthorn Football Club, completed a successful sports internship at the Herald Sun in 2010. She will be based at the Herald Sun.

Tiffany Korssen.
Tiffany Korssen.

Masters student Tiffany Korssen, a recent finalist in the Melbourne Press Club Student of the Year, has been appointed as an editorial assistant at the Herald Sun.

Tiffany has produced many interesting stories in the Herald Sun in recent weeks.

Brendan Casey.
Brendan Casey.

Brendan Casey, who graduated at Monash in 2010, is working as a social media producer at the Herald Sun.

Brendan has been innovative in his work for the Herald Sun’s department of the internet.

Other prominent Monash graduates include Herald Sun national politics reporter Annika Smethurst, award-winning AFL reporter Sam Landsberger,  Quill winner and news reporter Monique Hore,  Walkley and News Corp young journalist of the year Ashley Argoon,  and Herald Sun city reporter Christopher Gillett.

Herald Sun editorial assistants Chad van Estrop and Phillippa Butt have also produced many stories for Melbourne’s largest metropolitan newspaper.

The Sir Keith Murdoch scholarship winner Alana Mitchelson has recently finished her three-month internship at the Herald Sun.

Alana has won Pulliam Journalism Fellowship, and she will soon work at the Indy Star in Indianapolis, the United States.

Monash journalism alumni Jonno Nash has recently accepted a TV reporting role at Channel 10 after working at the Herald Sun for several years.

Other Monash University alumni and Herald Sun journalists include Gold Walkley winner and Underbelly author Andrew Rule, general news reporter Shannon Deery and AFL digital editor Alistair Paton.


Endurance: Australian Stories of Drought

Dr Deb Anderson Journalism lecturer Dr Deb Anderson has published a fascinating collection of oral histories in her book, Endurance: Australian Stories of Drought.

CSIRO Publishing and Museum Victoria invested in the project, which has attracted much interest from all sectors, including an intrigued public audience.

Here is an overview … As the Big Dry swept across large tracts of Australian land last decade, a dramatic rise in public awareness of climate change intensified debate over rural futures.

It was an era the Federal Government recorded as having “severely tested rural endurance”.

What might it mean, though, to endure drought in a climate-change world?

This book sheds light on what drought and climate change mean to rural Australians – in their words.

Endurance begins by tracing the power of battler histories in Australian culture and politics, exploring the relationship between climate and identity in a dry place.

Here, the past informs the present: this book underscores the significance of lived experience for people whose communities are in long-term decline.

This holistic approach offers a much-needed context for the life stories at the heart of the book – of rural Australians faced with the frightening prospect of more severe and frequent droughts under climate change.

For four years during the millennium drought, Age journalist and historian Deb Anderson recorded oral histories in drought-affected communities dotted across the semi-arid Mallee wheat-belt in Victoria.

In these stories, people shared how they live with, represent and struggle with drought as a core component of regional life and identity.

Fortuitously, the history collection captured a marked shift in public ideas on Australian climate – a moment of big history – prompting reflection on the meaning of drought and exposing the core interpretive problems of climate change.

Amid the apprehension of climate change, a greater narrative resurfaced: a battler history of endurance, revealing livelihoods and identities were at stake.

Endurance presents twelve of these multi-generational stories of climate, which form a new collection for Museum Victoria, accompanied by a striking series of documentary-style photographs.

By sensitively and compassionately seeking answers to historical questions of cultural adaptation, this book shows how conceptions of climate are shaped by narratives of identity – in this case, forming both a cultural legacy and a shield from anxieties about the future.
As the nation looks ahead, Endurance uncovers a rural Australia clinging to its past, and now gearing up to endure more.