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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.

JRNL101 – An Interview With Rob Brady

“When I was about seventeen, I had the police knock down my door because they were worried about my health. I was sent to a psych ward and they realised that I was bipolar type two.”


Nineteen year old Rob Brady became very political at the age of fifteen. Listening to rapper ‘Immortal Technique’, Brady found himself being drawn to the rappers passion for causes and describes his lyrics as being a ‘history lesson in every song’ which assisted Rob in finding his passion for politics.

“I just started to read everything I got my hands on and watched any documentary” Brady explains as he lights up a cigarette. When asked if being a politician was something he wanted to pursue, he simply said “no, because I don’t want to be a snake for the rest of my life.” Firmly believing in politicians ‘keeping to their word’, Rob explains that “they’ve got to be kept on track sometimes”. Protesting being a way of implementing this track.

“I was more of an observer than anything else”, Rob says of his involvement in the 2012 Anti-Muslim protest. “It got to the point where the police were pretty much cracking the whip. It was peaceful at first, then the protesters were fighting back, it was quite extraordinary to see”. Although Rob does not agree with how violent the protest became, he believes that they had the right to demonstrate their feelings about the issue.

“When I was sixteen I used to have really bad mood swings and there was a lot self-harm involved and I put my life at risk” explains Rob. He moves his hands up and down, mimicking the track of a rollercoaster to animate his adolescent behaviour.

“It took a lot out of me because the medication is quite daunting. It’s hard to get up in the morning because of sleeping meds and I used to have really bad acne because of it.” He explains that sometimes the medication helped and sometimes it didn’t.


Rob being diagnosed with bipolar type two is only an iota of what he has been through. At the age of fourteen, Rob was diagnosed with brain cancer.

“Three weeks before I was diagnosed, I had really bad vertigo, I couldn’t keep any food down. I’d been to my local hospital about four different times to have nutrients pumped through me.”

“They did an MRI scan and they found that I had a golf ball size tumour at the back of my head. They gave me brain surgery.”

Rob was diagnosed in July 2010 and did not stop chemotherapy until the 28th February 2011, after his fifteenth birthday. The aftermath of the surgery resulted in Brady not being able to perform to his former abilities in sports such as cricket, AFL and rugby union.

“People don’t understand that it’s not as easy as getting a kidney operated on – they will damage part of your brain. It’s inevitable.” Rob soon explains that his teammates were getting ‘angry’ at him for not being able to put in his full effort due to his situation. He then told them that he couldn’t do it anymore.

The protests were a way for Rob to be able to do something that was interesting to him while he was unable to continue sport.

“I had nothing to do for a long time and I was just sitting around on the couch watching television. I was just looking for something and I found what I needed in protesting.”

Written by: Jade Fitzpatrick.

JRNL101 – Uni Life: The After Uni Adventures

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Mount Keira Lookout

The beautiful views of Wollongong are a major factor that motivates me to get up in the morning to actually attend classes because I know I’ll be seeing something like this. Also the fact that I want to get high grades contributes to my decision but, you know. Mount Keira was discovered by my friend Lily and I on the way home from uni on the first or second week. I think all uni kids should give it a visit and just appreciate it’s beauty. Small islands are visible and ships sailing across the shoreline can be seen too. It’s one of Wollongong’s many hidden wonders and I’m glad I’ve been able to see it. I later found out when I got home and told my mum about my day that it is the place that my step dad had proposed to her. It adds a little bit of sentimental value to it as well.

JRNL101 – Uni Life: Gigs

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UniBar’s Musical Performances

Something that I cannot wait to experience at uni is the musical performances by some of my favourite artists. Music is one of those things that I just love and watching it live makes for one of the best experiences. Although I cannot attend them right now as I am not 18 yet, I always look to see who might be playing, just so that I can get annoyed at the fact that I can’t go and complain about it. This is a poster on the UniBar notice board, advertising the band San Cisco who I hope I’ll be able to see. If I can’t see them at the UniBar, then I won’t be missing out too much as I’ll see them at the music festival Groovin The Moo in May. I can’t wait to hurry up and turn 18!

JRNL101 – Interview with Hannah Laxton-Koonce

It was a pleasure getting to know Hannah through the portraits, VoxPop’s and this interview. Hannah talks about her travels through Europe and the things she learnt along the way.

Enjoy getting to know Hannah just as much as I did.


JRNL101 – Student Portraits: Marcus Lazarevski

Marcus Lazarevski 


The shy but funny 18 year old Marcus Lazarevski from the Sutherland Shire, undertaking part of the same degree as myself (Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies), at first glance is shy but as we kept on talking I discovered that he has a true passion for football outside of his studies. Marcus supports the teams Chelsea and Arsenal and although he is not certain on what career path he wants to undertake after he completes his degree, he has high ambitions and is quite a big goal setter.

Find Marcus here.

JRNL101 – Student Portraits: Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch


18 year old Declan Lynch from the Sutherland shire, undertaking a Bachelor of Journalism conveys himself in a very sarcastic and witty way, he’s a joker and a very good one at that. He too shares an interest in football and referees the game on his weekends. When finding out that my favourite football player was David Luiz, Declan replied with “he’s a twat”. Declan has plans to backpack through Europe later on in his degree and has thought about maybe deferring it for a year. Lynch also enjoys photography outside of university and often wanders around his neighbourhood for hours just taking photos.

Find Declan’s blog here.