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  • Leading sports journalist Mike Sheahan, in a lively Q&A session with Monash journalism students, predicts the inevitable rise of digital journalism over print. He also offers his 12 commandments for young journalists.  By YE YUAN A new era is coming in journalism, says Mike Sheahan, one of the legends of contemporary sports reporting in Victoria. Although now a ... Read more

Politics

  •  Activists planned to disrupt the passing of new anti-protest laws, but say they were kicked out of Victoria’s Upper House  before they had the chance. By YE YUAN ACTIVISTS were dragged from Parliament by police during the passing of the Summary  Offences and Sentencing Amendment Bill last month, a Bill designed to curb protesters. The new law gives ... Read more

Life & Style

  • Myer’s former Lonsdale Street store has been transformed into  Emporium Melbourne, which will hold more than 200 designer retailers. This seven-storey shopping mecca’s soft opening on April 16 launched Australia’s first Uniqlo flagship store with the formal grand opening expected in August. BARBARA LEGASPI took a look inside. Emporium’s opening completes a massive, inter-connected  fashion hub that spans the central ... Read more

Environment

  • Everyday life will have to adapt in all kinds of ways as climate change affects our world. The Victorian Centre for Climate Change Adaptation Research is working hard to make sure we’re ready. By RICHARD PROUDLOVE When the Abbot Government shut down the Climate Change Commission, it appeared to many that a gulf had suddenly been created ... Read more

Culture

  •  Billed as the biggest cultural event in Australia,  the Melbourne International Comedy Festival will attract an audience of  more than 650,000 people over the next few weeks. One of the popular, free events is the (Very) Big Laugh Out, which takes over Federation Square every day during the festival, from March 28 to April 20. Aimed at ... Read more

Sport

  • Head injuries have long been a common part of football, but administrators, former players and medical experts are working hard to change the rules. By AGRON DAUTI In all codes of football, at all levels, players face the reality of injury every time they play. Most expect to finish a game with no more than sore muscles and ... Read more

Other stuff

  • The search for self-knowledge can go disastrously wrong for thousands of young travellers drawn to Peru’s Amazon rainforest to try ayahuasca, a psychoactive brew made by shamans and taken as part of a spiritual ritual. Despite its popularity, there are major risks involved, the Australian Government warns.  By ELLA DAMIANI A trip in the Peruvian rainforest can ... Read more