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“Medium Soy Latte Please” Review by Jade Fitzpatrick

The article I’m reviewing is right here.

Basically, this article is all about native advertising, which is defined by Google as:

A type of online advertising that matches the form and function of the platform on which it appears. For example, an article written by an advertiser to promote their product, but using the same form as an article written by the editorial staff.

It’s something that looks like an article but is actually product advertisement – kinda sneaky if you ask me.

The author of this article has gone about a very humorous way of shedding light to this issue in journalism today. By giving the audience an analogy of the medium soy latte, it makes her point easier to understand and grasp.

The tone throughout is funny but contains just the right amount of seriousness to it. This helps with the embedding of John Oliver’s video as he makes serious issues funny and easy to understand.

There were just the right amount of embeds and written content, it was spread out evenly so that the audience can take a break and watch something or look at a funny GIF of a man metaphorically standing in the pouring rain, when he realises that there wasn’t soy milk in his latte.


‘The Gene Pool’ by Jade Fitzpatrick

Since 2009, eighteen year old Natasha Williamson has faced many medical battles that are not seen from face value.

To look at the young girl, one would say that she seems like your everyday teenager, partying on weekends and getting up to no good. However, little does anybody know that she pays a very high price for the everyday activities that she takes part in. There has been a plethora of bad luck that she has faced which started only six years ago.

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A Walk Among the Fields – Audio Report

You’re finally in line after what seems like an eternity of counting down the days.
You walk across the fields, streams of people surround the grassy grounds of Maitland. You wait for your ticket to be scanned by the scary looking guard who wears a fluorescent vest as bright as the sun. They give you the all clear and you head on through, walking around people. You see stages and stalls, but most importantly you see your happiness. You know you’re meant to be here. You walk faster and faster to get to the stages and listen to the music blaring. You are carefree.

A Walk Among The Fields

A Walk Among the Fields


At a first glance, I instantaneously wanted to choose my grandma as the character for my audio piece. However, she lives too far of a commute to be able to get this assignment done in under two weeks. I have therefore decided to lean towards my trusty sister.


My sister has a huge love for music. She especially loves the festivals and the feeling she gets when she is squashed like a sardine in the middle of a mosh pit. I hope to communicate this love and adoration for music festivals which have been something that she identifies with. How?

Through her narration of events that she has undertaken, ambient sounds and live music from the festival that we have recorded running in the background. Layering these sounds so that the busy and hectic vibe of the festival can be felt through the audio. I’d also like to incorporate some soft tones to represent the love and the feeling she gets when she’s at them and after they are over. I want it to feel very free spirited, just how festivals make you feel.

If this can be done well, hopefully it’ll sound like a dream land and make everyone want to attend a festival.


“It’s A Place of Escape” – Sound Portrait featuring Lara Fitzpatrick

Using ,my sister’s wonderful talent and face for the camera, I have created a Sound Portrait based on the place she likes to visit to relax and be free, the local pond. 






Sound Portrait 

Jade Fitzpatrick

Just as The Beatles once sang, ‘Come Together’…

The Book, Volume 1: Page 12, Picture 8, 1963, A picture of the legendary English rock group "The Beatles", L-R: Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, and John Lennon  (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)

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Here is my Storify task for the first week of JRNL102. Enjoy and let me know what you think of it.


JRNL101 – Citizen Journalists are on the Rise

Citizen journalists can be defined as people of the general public that analyse and share news by the means of the Internet.

A woman passing a serious car accident snaps a smartphone picture and posts it on her Facebook chat site with the caption, ‘bingle on the highway, hope everyone is okay‘ is an example of how citizen journalism takes place.

On the ABC’s website, the issue of citizen journalism has been addressed through the likes of interviewing a citizen journalist themselves, Mount Gambier resident, Josh Lynagh.

Lynagh started Limestone Coast Community News in 2013 and has since, reached 11,000 likes on his Facebook page. This is more than what Mount Gambier’s local newspapers Facebook page has (4,500 in 2014).

Lynagh makes comment on this in the following statement:

“I’ve always had a real interest in the community and what’s going on.

“I would just post the SAPOL (SA police) Limestone Coast page updates…from then I started doing fire or severe weather warnings and I started getting people messaging me about community events.”

There are good insights into what citizen journalism can bring to the industry.

‘Can you think of a better example of freedom of speech – or freedom of the press for that matter – than social media and citizen journalism? We’re free to express our opinions as we see fit.’

However, there is belief that citizen journalism is going to be the downfall of the industry. 

‘… it gets more difficult for all of us to decide what to believe. With traditional journalism, it was safe to assume for a long time that the information we were getting was factual. Checked and re-checked for accuracy.’

“I’m literally just a guy who is very interested in the community and what’s going on,” explained Lynagh to ABC.

Citizen journalism isn’t so harmful, and both professional and citizen journalists can co exist, just as they do today.

JRNL101 – Career Aspirations and Issues in Journalism Today

Arta Ramadani. Studying a Bachelor of Communications and Media Studies.

Arta Ramadani. Studying a Bachelor of Communications and Media Studies.

“I’m not afraid of not getting a job, I’m afraid of not getting a job because I won’t report on something I don’t agree with” says eighteen year old Brock Walsh when asked about his fears in the journalism industry. His view being extremely captivating, Walsh shows the security he has within himself. With photo journalism and/or correspondence as his journalistic preferences, Walsh tells me that one of the issues journalism is facing is the idea of ‘citizen journalism’. “It’s a worrying trend. Also, how journalists aren’t considered ‘journalists’, and are officially called ‘social media coordinators.”

The idea of citizen journalism also crosses future photo journalist, Cassandra Norris’ thoughts.

“Source credibility in citizen journalism, safety of foreign correspondents overseas, and in the field of photo journalism the issue that “everyone is a photographer” or that everyone thinks they are one.” With both opinions being said, it makes it clear that it is a main concern to studying journalists today.

Undertaking a Bachelor of Journalism/Bachelor of Communications and Media Studies, Norris is able to relate to the way that journalism is changing. “Journalism is changing in the way we consume the content. We’ve moved away from just reading the newspaper and the 6pm news to reading the newspaper online and watching the news whenever we want because we now have the technology to record TV and catch up on TV through apps.”

Along with citizen journalism, the growth of technology and finding a good story to tell are also issues that Kimberley Perlowski and Arta Ramadani shed light on.

“Today journalists face many issues from the increased growth in technology especially in fashion journalism with social media. Although it’s an issue, it’s starting to change the face of journalism, probably for the better” expresses nineteen year old Perlowski who is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Arts, in hopes of transferring to communications next semester.

Bachelor of Communications and Media Studies student, Arta, makes the following statement about issues in journalism:

“Finding a unique story [is an issue journalists face today] as it is so competitive and there are other companies competing to share the same stories. It makes it harder to find an engaging way to connect with the audience”.

Ramadani is an aspiring travel/photo journalist and is concerned about getting her work noticed in an industry that is so competitive.

Although there are many changes that are taking place and that will take place in the future of journalism, the students acknowledge the change as being a good one in some perspectives.

“It’s good in that it gives readers a far more expansive net of information from a far more expansive group of people, leading to new perspectives and new ideas on almost every issue” says Walsh.

It has been discovered that the future journalists of the world are concerned for what is to come, however, they are also embracing all the changes that are headed their way and are ready to adapt to a new way of telling stories.

Written By: Jade Fitzpatrick.

JRNL101 – Can I Say A Few Words?



Source here. Scott McIntyre – former SBS reporter.

The right of freedom of speech is ‘the right to hold opinions without interference, and cannot be subject to any exception or restriction’.

Earlier this year in April, SBS soccer reporter, Scott McIntyre tweeted five times about Australia’s participation in several wars around the world. McIntyre had his own personal views on the ANZAC’s and this was not taken into consideration. SBS had terminated McIntyre’s position as ‘effective immediately’ as it ‘breached the networks Code of Conduct and social media policy.’


Source here. One of McIntyre’s controversial tweets.

While tweeting about his views on the ANZAC’s, McIntyre was not officially working. As this being his personal twitter account, McIntyre should technically have been allowed to post about anything he feels and in this sense, his freedom of speech has been abolished so that the reputation of the SBS network may still stand strong.

There is some truth to his madness, it can be found that some Australian’s do use ANZAC day as an excuse to allow themselves to be able to do things that they wouldn’t be able to do regularly.


Source here.

However, his tweets were extremely disrespectful to the people that ‘fought for our freedom’, their families and Australian’s in general. The tweet above would be enough to have his job terminated. This leads to the following question: where does journalist’s freedom of speech stand?

With more than 30,000 followers on his Twitter account, McIntyre has a large audience reading his content online. These people, more than likely are reading his tweets to gain some knowledge about the world of journalism and getting the proper insight into one’s professional opinion. When a ‘professional’ journalist is unable to give their own opinion on a national matter, it raises the question of the boundaries of freedom of speech and when the line is being crossed.

Written by: Jade Fitzpatrick.