Monthly Archives: September 2012

Where’s the line?

Social media has severely blurred the line between acceptability and liability. Since the advent of social media, users have been encouraged to vocalise their every opinion, speculation and otherwise censored views. But the detriment of this practice is often underestimated by the social media populace. In fact, it is very easy to ignorantly violate the […]

Embrace the Internet Race

According to many journalists, the apocalypse is nigh. No one will ever get a job and the devil has been reincarnated in the form of Internet Explorer. In actuality, if anything, the internet has improved journalism and its main objective, to inform. A survey of 350 European journalists agree with me. In fact, 40% of […]

Live blogging – the cruelest form of torture

Last week I experienced what can only be comparable to Chinese Water torture – live blogging. An hour and a half of Anna Bligh media conference videos from January 2011 were aired and within this time a continuously updated live blog was kept. During this period of time I wrote some 2,500 words and believe […]

The power of social media phenomenons

David After Dentist is a two minute video in which a young boy shows the disorienting and hallucinogenic effects of dentist related drugs. This video has coined many catch phrases like “Is this real life?” and “I can’t see anything”. This hard hitting footage has received 113,929,695 views, and counting. The video The Sneezing Baby Panda, the title is fairly […]

Crowdsourcing or crowdsurfing?

Online journalism has revealed a number of new avenues to report, gather information and distribute stories. One technique that has arisen is ‘crowdsourcing’. According to Robert Niles of the Online Journalism Review “crowdsourcing, in journalism, is the use of a large group of readers to report a news story. It differs from traditional reporting in […]

Does shorthand give you sleight of hand?

Shorthand has basically been expunged from modern journalism courses. However, in a time where speed is of paramount importance, the relevance of shorthand should be reevaluated. Marissa Calligeros (@marissa_sc) the breaking news reporter at, debated that shorthand is a valuable skill for journalists to have as it allows them to record with speed, which […]

On the treadmill of live blogging

Live blogging is much like jogging. Journalists run along the with a constantly unfolding story, which may speed up, and almost inevitably causes them to break a sweat. Ultimately, live bloggers run with the story, so their readers can catch up. Daniel Hurst (@danielhurstbne) is an experienced blogger, contributing to the flourishing live blogging. […]

Android Vs iPhone: A duel to the death

Adroid and Apple systems have been battling each other in a dramatic warfare. Each side has sustained blows, but this vicious dispute still wages. When comparing apps, the tools of a successful online journalist, the conclusion is debatable. Marissa Calligeros said that reporters from major news organisations in Brisbane generally employ iPads or iPhones. This […]

Walking the Tightrope with Comments

Online journalists walk a fine line on the precarious edge of the nature of comments, which have the potential to create invaluable interactivity or propel you into the vile world of trolling. Ombudsman for Nieman Reports Alicia Shepard debated that when audiences commented on Nieman reports they often write messages that are “thoughtful, engaging or provocative”. However, […]