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Documentary maker and The Age reporter Jane Lee outside Media House.

The Age reporter Jane Lee’s recent New York documentary ‘Yesterday’s News’ investigates mainstream media’s potential for survival in the digital age.

In her thirty minute production Ms Lee shares her insight from a series of interviews with prominent journalists and academics to establish what went ‘wrong’ with the media industry.

The share price for Fairfax alone has dropped from 96 to 39 cents in less than one year and with jobs being laid off, a downturn in circulation and falling revenues, the newspaper industry currently presents itself as an unstable frontier.

“Traditional legacy print media organisations around the world forecast their futures based on old revenue models without really doing any serious due diligence on the trends online,” Ms Lee said.

“I think that showed a massive lack of foresight from a lot of media companies and I guess they’re starting to realise now.”

In her documentary Ms Lee reports on a range of media start-ups to explore how journalists should deal with the rapid changes in their industry.

“There are some small pockets of opportunities, like in the documentary we found Talking Points Memo as a website in New York that started as a political news site. It started as a small following, and now their revenue’s up year on year, much more than a lot of major media companies. So there is some hope,” she said.

ABC investigative journalist Bruce Hill agrees that the key to surviving the changing times is to innovate and embrace the challenges presented by citizen journalism.

“Where there is increasing competition from blogs and websites that people put up for free we’re going to have to provide our audience with something that’s a bit special and with a bit more added value,” he said.

Mr Hill believes that some newspapers only have themselves to blame for falling revenues as they are alienating their readers due to the growth of what he calls ‘committed’ or ‘biased’ journalism.

“Journalists can have their own opinions but if it’s going to start influencing the way that you’re writing and what you’re writing about, your readers eventually detect this,” he said.

“They’ve created a bit of an ideological bubble for themselves and I think the city doesn’t like being talked down to.”

Both Bruce Hill and Jane Lee agree that the future of mainstream media will be more fragmented with a choice of media to suit different interests.

“People are going to listen to people who make them feel good about themselves and comfortable, and that possibly means the idea of mass media culture that everyone shares in is probably over and that’s very uncomfortable for a lot of people,” Mr Hill said.

Ms Lee and her co-director intend to present several screenings of ‘Yesterday’s News’ at journalism schools around Australia.

Go2News Extra: Will there be a future for young journalists?

ABC Investigative Journalist Bruce Hill and The Age Reporter Jane Lee respond.

Yesterday’s News Trailer

During it’s second trimester in 2012, Deakin University’s Burwood campus has seen a renewed enthusiasm amongst student clubs and causes for the use of chalk as an advertising medium.

The widespread appeal and relative ease of social media advertising has seen past campaigns take place almost exclusively online.  Despite this, a number of clubs appear to be going ‘back to basics’, and venturing out, chalk in hand, by the dozens.

The Christian Union group has been by far the most active agent in this, with dozens of students taking part in a promotional campaign surrounding their ‘heightened evangelistic season’ during the first four weeks of the trimester.

The response however, has been unexpectedly hostile to both the method and the message of the campaign, as a number of students have expressed their grievances on online forums, and even the club’s own Facebook page.

One student, who wished to remain anonymous, suggests that  ‘Christian union isn’t exactly promoting talks, it’s just putting it in people’s faces.  Some people don’t appreciate having religion put in their face.’

One of the Christian Union students in action.

Others have suggested the chalk is ‘rather off putting’, and ‘defacing the campus.’

Interestingly, the other groups involved in chalking (including the ‘study abroad’ initiative) have not faced such opposition to their chalking.

It is clear that the Deakin University Students Association (DUSA) permits chalking, provided that it occurs on uncovered surfaces, so that the chalk can be easily washed away by rain.

This would seem to suggest that the opposition to the chalk is based not on the chalk itself, or even the content of the advertisements, but to the Christian group and its activism on campus.

‘We’ve faced similar stuff before’, says club executive member, Matt Jacobs.  ‘People have even complained when we set up a table on campus, even if there’s a bunch of other clubs around.’


At this stage, the club has sought to address any complaints or grievances individually with the party involved, which has so far worked reasonably well.  But it is foreseeable that the club will face even more of this opposition, especially as it has been growing in size over the last 4 years.

‘We don’t think we’re hurting anyone’ says Jacobs,  ‘and we’re actually quite glad that people are engaging with it.  We’d love to chat with anyone who’d like to talk about it.’


Victorian Boat Operator Licence

Jet Ski riders in Victoria are facing new restrictions after the Sandringham Foreshore Association has called for crackdowns on “aggressive and reckless” riders.

It comes only weeks after a 51-year-old South Melbourne man was killed after being struck by a Jet Ski near Port Melbourne Beach. The accident occurred when a 21-year-old driver entered a restricted zone.

Sandringham Foreshore Association president Vicki Karalis said “more accidents would happen unless tougher licensing laws were passed”.

Jamie Raffelt, a veteran boat builder and operator, believes tougher laws are not the answer.

“The current licensing system is a joke. Applicants are given a book to read and then sit a written test. Unless these soon to be operators are physically taught how to control a vessel in the flesh, then tougher laws will be of no help” he said.


Lake Nagambie, Victoria

Kristen Fonseca, a 16-year-old American national was killed earlier this year after Australian Tyler Dagley, 20, was recklessly operating a Jet Ski. This incident has yet again placed Jet Ski riders under review, and has prompted further action to be taken.

Queensland has been the first state in Australia to adopt new legislation for Jet Ski riders. From January 1 this year, all riders will be required to carry a registered Electronic Position Indicating Radio Beacon, or EPIRB, when boating more than two nautical miles from land.

In addition to this, handheld flares have become a requirement.

“Carrying extra safety equipment and flares won’t help a user who has collided with a swimmer at the beach” Mr Raffelt said.

While these laws have been a positive change for Queensland waterways and users, the rest of Australia is still using dated safety legislation.

While still behind the other states, Victoria made a step forward in December 2009 with the introduction of ‘Hoon Boating Laws‘. The initiative aims to punish users who choose to act in an irresponsible and dangerous manner. While this will no doubt curb some of the reckless behaviour, it is no substitute for proper education.

Until such a time when boat licensing moves toward a pratical and hands on competency test, swimmers and boat operators are at increased risk of injury to themselves, property and others.

The question now is if the other states are willing adopt these changes before anyone else gets killed.

David Kirby

Get More Men into Childcare?

Posted: October 5, 2012 by izabrina in Deakin University, Education, Melbourne

Childcare Centre is being motivated to hire more male employees in order to increase staff shortages and it is not an easy task.

Childcare has become an important part for many parents in the world and they are getting busy to finding the best caregiver in many childcares.

Mostly childcare Centre is typically be managed by females and based on survey less than 10 percent male work in this field.

One of member Society for the History of Childhood and Youth, Professor Shurlee Swain, has representative of the childcare is about educating the children for the future.

“Society such as a whole should bear the responsibility of providing the best possible environment for the development of all children regardless female or male workers.”


Ernest Goldman is program coordinator in Wattle Park Children’s Services Centre and has been worked in childcare for the last two years.

“First I feel a bit difficult get to know each child because they have different unique characters. Some children are very talkative and silent, some are naughty and not listening to me but after all I feel really fun and enjoy work here because now I get used to it. I already know how to deal with their unique characters, “he said.

The fact is, there are many male who wants to have career in this area but some opinions that doubt their ability to be success.

The most important things are come from public opinion, which are suspicions about the motives of male who want to working in this field such as they are homosexual or pedophile.

Goldman believed that male childcare workers deserve to get a chance to be accepted from this job. They got to know him and he had built up a good reputation as male caregiver there, and after all parents are started to trust him for their children.

He still recognized male may still be very few in this field because of low pay or public opinions and that they may not even consider it as a profession but only part time job.

About the job, Goldman said he did not do it just for money,’’ Children laughter and joy is the most motivating thing that makes me loves this job, it also keeps me hope to reach for a better life,’’ he smiles.

Ironically the fact remains; some parents are uncomfortable with male childcare workers.

According to one parent in Burwood, Suchi Chowdury, who has a fifteen months old daughter, she does not really agree her daughter taking care by male caregiver because based on her experience a child is comforted or settled sooner by a female than a male.

‘’Female are better able to understand a child’s needs and respond to them timely and efficiently’’, says Suchi.

‘’We need to make sure their character and quality before decided male in childcare and look at how we can target more male through career guidance in this field because looking after children do not come so naturally for male,’’ she concluded.

On the other hand, many parents are calling access to more male to work in this area for their children especially single mothers who hope their children can see male as caring role models.

‘’It is really important that a child’s life they have good contact with both male and female role models in their childhood ’’, said Natasha Asenjo one of single parent in Wattle Park Primary School, whose have a five year old daughter.

Deputy Director at Deakin Community Childcare Centre, Diane Duncan, believes that male not always ignorant when dealing with children. It all depends on their qualifications, experiences and how they communicate with children.

‘’Public have to open their mind and learn to trust male caregivers by reason of having a balance of female and male in workforce has other benefits. It can bring different approaches, outlooks and styles to working with children,’’says Mrs. Duncan.

Melbourne- The Place to Live.

Posted: October 5, 2012 by bstetina in Melbourne
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It only makes sense that people would want to travel to Melbourne after being named the “World’s Most Livable City” for the past two years in a row. The survey ranked 140 cities around the world and yet again Melbourne is on top of the list.

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Melbourne is the capital and most populous city of Victoria with around 4 million people. According to the Tourism Victoria Corporate website, the number of visitors that stayed overnight last year in Melbourne reached 54.9 million.

Tourists from all over the world come to experience the city of Melbourne. Some stay for a day and some stay for a year. Charles Murzeau, who is 26-years old, is an architect from Paris, France. He has been traveling around the world since last October and has traveled to every continent besides Antarctica. He has decided to take a break from backpacking around the world and start a new life here in Melbourne.

Within one day of being in Melbourne, Charles found a job, opened up a bank account, and fell in love with the city.

“I don’t know if I’m just lucky that I got a job on the first day or if it is just this city, but it makes me feel very comfortable and welcomed,” said Charles.

Coming from a man who has now traveled to 40 countries, Melbourne seems to give off a great first impression.

“This city offers great public transportation and it is easy to get around. The architecture is so pretty to look at.” Charles stated.

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Charles’ original plan was to stay about 6 months in Melbourne, but after being here for only three short days he already changed his plan. He is now going to stay for a year. He would like to even stay longer but his visa requirements only allow him to stay up to a year.

If you would like to know more about Charles’ travels or even check out some amazing pictures he has taken along the way you can do so on Charles’ personal website

Deakin Lions Season Review

Posted: October 5, 2012 by tomaszng07 in Deakin University, Melbourne, Sport

The football season of 2012 has concluded for most metropolitan clubs. The Deakin Lions have completed their most successful season, notching up more wins, more goals and more points that last year.

Playing in the FFV Women’s Metropolitan League North-East this season, the Lions began the season strongly, with an unbeaten run of 5 games including beating Boroondara and a draw against Eltham. An unexpected 7-2 defeat away to Croydon followed with a depleted squad. That proved to be one of the signs that the season was not going to go too smoothly, as the Lions failed to find any sort of consistency in the season following that match.

When they fired, it was worth watching, demolishing Fitzroy 10-0 and 10-1 in their two meetings. They also exacted revenge on Glen Waverley in spectacular fashion, having previously lost 1-0, the Lions trashed them 4-1 without some of their star players.

In the end, a season tally of 29 points eclipsed their total of 24 the previous year, finishing a position better in 5th, 11 points behind winners Swinburne University.

Table Comparison

The difference of two seasons for the Deakin Lions

Injuries to key players only caused more problems for the side, losing their captain Rebecca Peisley to a hip injury, while also losing their winger Meliza Murphy to a broken ankle in that loss to Croydon. Then there was the season ending knee injury to midfielder Rachel Tan, and many other more minor injuries which paralyzed the squad, robbing them a chance at winning the league they looked like winning when the season started.

Still despite those problems, Deakin still managed to beat the feats of 2011 which shows some of the true character from the squad. 2012 was surely an interesting year for the Deakin Lions, who now face having to rebuild for the next season.

Technology takes Flight

Posted: October 5, 2012 by rebeccaevenden12 in Education, Global News, Melbourne, Social Issues

Technology takes Flight

Society are about to get even more connected as Airlines consider implementing in flight mobile phone useage.  Even being 30,000 feet in the air may no longer be an excuse to escape the tweets, status updates, calls, texts, emails which consume the typical modern day, busy lifestyle.

Despite previous concerns surrounding in flight phone usage, significant advancements in aviation and technology have led airlines to consider this decision.

However, these  concerns are yet to be completely dismissed and Jetstar Flight Attendant, Sam Jamieson explains some of the main safety risks which this decision may cause from a professional perspective.

Jamieson states that “the cabin crew need the passenger’s full attention throughout the flight and if passengers are on their phones during taxi-ing and landing, it’s going to be difficult to get the cabin crew’s att

For many passengers, this potential decision will be seen as a positive advancement in aviation which is long overdue – particularly for those with busy work schedules.

Rrestrictions currently in place against mobile phone useage on flights

Frequent flyers with round the clock deadlines to meet may have been awaiting this decision for a long time but there will be passengers who will no doubt be disappointed with this drastic lifestyle change.


In a confined space where you are fastened into one seat for the majority of the flight, phones buzzing, ringing and conversations all around may be distracting for some.

Jamieson explains “If someone’s sitting next to you on the phone, chatting away, the person next to them is probably going to get pretty annoyed.”

These distractions will ultimately have potential to cause distress for the passengers as well as the cabin crew.

Ex Pilot, Phillip Relf however has a very different opinion to Sam Jamieson.  Phillip is not at all suprised by the current developments and believes that if everything runs smoothly, this is an opportunity which aviation should grasp immediately.

“Customers of airlines have been wanting these advancements for a long time and it just does not surprise me at all.”

In this modern society where communication has become a greater necessity which is becoming more efficient and easy to access, it would seem that if implemented, this decision will certainly provide many short term opportunities for airlines and customers. Whilst it is difficult at this stage to predict just how effective this could be and what difficulties may arise from this, technology has created a society with such high expectations that perhaps it is plausible for their needs to be met, even at 30,000 feet.

On average, 2,100 Australians commit suicide each year, accounting for more deaths than those caused by road accidents. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, it is the leading cause of death amongst young people aged 15 – 24 in the country.

Last year, in the City of Casey in Melbourne’s South East suburbs, too many teenagers ended their lives. Often rapidly, one after the other, these tragedies shocked the community and left families, friends and schools in constant fear. Beaconhills College in Berwick lost 4 past and current students in the space of 12 months, heartbreakingly leaving the area desperately searching for a solution to the horrific situation.

Rowan Membrey was one of the young boys to take his life in 2011. His father, Craig Membrey, spoke to ABC earlier this year about his son.


Late last year, after receiving the news that there had been another teen suicide – this time of a 14 year old girl named Paige Menzies – Beaconhills College senior students Jess Cummings, then 17 and Thom Hartland, 18  decided that something needed to happen.

“It really shook up the community, especially the school we both attended.
When we found out that people even younger than us were taking their lives or considering it, we definitely knew that was the time to change things.”

In the hope that they could raise awareness of the rising suicide epidemic that appeared to be racing through their local community, they created a Facebook page called Coming Together to Prevent Youth Suicide.

Twelve months on and it has swarmed through the social media sphere, with a giant 18,500 followers to date. Whilst the Australian media currently reports very little regarding suicides, essentially to protect vulnerable individuals and families, attitudes are changing. After rumours of a suicide pact being in place in schools in the area, parents, friends and the families of those affected are pushing for the lift of these media norms. By targeting the right demographic via social media to broadcast the serious issue, Cummings and Hartland’s page exploded in a way that they never expected.

“We added six people the night we made it [the page]. The next day we had about 1000.”

Having been close with several of the deceased teenagers, both Jess and Thom have become incredibly passionate about their cause. Unfortunately, they have taken on the burden of thousands of follower’s emotions and have felt the tragic weight as teenager’s worldwide turn to the page for both help and a friend.
National charity In2Life has offered their assistance, and provided the page with professional moderators, guidelines and counselors to monitor the content that is being posted constantly.

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At a recent youth suicide forum in Berwick, the State Minister for Mental Health, Mary Wooldridge, said that almost $150,000 of this year’s Headspace funding would be channeled towards a dedicated suicide prevention worker for the City of Casey and Cardinia Shire area’s for 12 months.

“Along with the local councils, schools and youth services, the Health Department is supporting services to effectively respond to young people presenting with mental health issues and to minimise the risk of suicides occurring.”

The Honorable Anthony Byrne, MP for Holt acknowledged the bravery of those that attended the forum and held a summit to address the issue.

A recent survey conducted by major mental health organization Beyond Blue investigated the attitudes towards depression amongst Australians. CEO Ms Kate Carnell said, “It seems that many people still don’t know depression is an illness which needs and responds to treatment, and still don’t know how to help themselves or someone else who may be struggling.”

The survey revealed the following response:

*   62% wrongly believed antidepressant medication is addictive
*   34% wrongly thought people with severe depression should ‘pull themselves together’
*   25% wrongly thought it would be helpful to take a person with depression to the pub for a few drinks to help them forget their worries
*   19 % wrongly thought it would be helpful to tell a depressed person to ‘put on a brave face and push on’
*   14% wrongly thought people with severe depression are weak-willed.

“This indicates we need to work harder to make people more aware of the signs and symptoms of depression” said Ms Carnell.

A simple Facebook page created by two high school students has gathered 18,500 followers, and a community has banded together to support each other during the aftermath of a series of heart-rending tragedies.

With the State funded suicide prevention worker and the slowly changing attitudes towards the portrayal of suicide in the media, the City of Casey is trying to open the lid on youth depression and suicide in an attempt to try and understand why their children chose death.

We asked the public about their attitudes towards depression, suicide and its representation in the media.


If you are experiencing feelings of depression or suicidal tendencies, please contact any of the services below:

Lifeline – 13 11 14 (cost of a local call)

Kids Help Line – 1800 55 1800 (free call).

Beyond Blue 


Monday the 10th of September was World Suicide Prevention Day. ABC’s Four Corners program addressed the issue, and interviewed Jess Cummings and Thom Hartland of Coming Together to Prevent Youth Suicide, along with the parents of suicide victims and Beaconhills College Head Master. You can watch the video here: