Category News

Antiquated or overshadowed?

In an era where technology is constantly in flux, is it best to always use what’s newest, most updated or advanced? Often the answer is no. While new technologies allow for a torrent of new platforms to report through, the most well-established and oldest principles of journalism are really the core and crux of reporting. […]

Campbell Newman’s LNP government cuts: The effects to the Queensland community

Since Campbell Newman’s succession as Premier of Queensland, a series of cost-cutting measures have been evident across the state, which Unions and community services say will have widespread effects on the Queensland community. Campbell Newman’s Cuts on Dipity. The Newman government’s cuts and reductions to jobs and services have enraged many Unions and community organisations who say […]

Action Time

After 24 posts, 156 tweets and 10 weeks of studying online journalism, it was action time. Specifically, it was time to create my own online article that incorporated all the techniques and principles that had been discussed over the semester. My story is a news feature based around the recent cuts and defunding to public sector employees […]

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 […]

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. […]

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, […]