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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

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

Just over 12 months ago, the future of Australia’s favourite steam train was in dire jeopardy. Puffing Billy faced possible closure, requiring a 25 million dollar cash injection to continue operating.

One year on, the iconic tourist attraction is thriving. Recently celebrating the 50th anniversary of the famous Belgrave to Menzies Creek line, the hardship of the past year seems a distant memory, but not to the people involved with the heritage railway.

Puffing Billy is an iconic Melbourne tourist attraction, and has been loved by families for generations, and its possible foreclosure came as a shock to visitors and volunteers.

Henry Shultz has been volunteering as an engine mechanic for nearly 20 years, says the railway is more than just a tourist attraction or a old steam train it is by no means just that –  “The steam locomotive machine is a snapshot into history, into an era that has shaped our world today, and the community support shown by the visitors, and countless volunteers shows the determination to keep Puffing Billy alive”.

The heritage railway relies almost solely on donations and visitors to keep the locomotive alive and running. Although the number of visitors is on a continuous rise, with a record 268, 984 passengers in 2011, Shultz says that “we still need further financial assistance and more volunteers to keep the railway running for years to come”.

From each ticket sale, 37% of funds go towards train operations and maintenance, 25% to track and land maintenance, 22% administration, 10% to marketing and 10% to coal. The locomotive is run predominantly by volunteers, who spend their weekends and spare time providing maintenance services to the track or engines, driving the train or tending to the thousands of visitors of this historic landmark.

“We have received enough donations to keep this beloved steam train running for now, but who knows what the future holds? That is why we want people to continue showing their love for the trains by visiting us, buying a ticket, and even donating money where possible. I want my great grandkids to enjoy this locomotive as much as I have” Shultz warns.

Although out of the woods for now by receiving overwhelming support and donations to repair the necessary tracks and engines ensuring the safety of the line, the threat for the future is still a concern.

Click here to watch the history behind Australia’s favourite steam train.

Amanda Beardmore

Ms. Brennan joins the choir with Indonesian-backgroud Christians on Sunday Service at the Brunswick Indonesian Uniting Church.

If you walk into many Uniting Churches in Melbourne suburbs, you will see congregations are swaying, clapping and singing their heart out in other languages than English.

The number of mainstream churches in Melbourne suburbs has declined over subsequent decades while the ethnic church has increasingly grown with the rapidly increase of immigrations.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, in Melbourne, about 64% of people identify themselves as Christian, but more recently, with the waves of immigration from South East Asia, the ethnic diversity of existing Christian denominations has increased.

As one of the ethnic congregations of the Uniting Church, the Brunswick Indonesian Uniting Church became recognized as an ethnic congregation in 2007.

“Our duty is to build up a secure base for Indonesian Christians in Melbourne and maintain relationships with non-Indonesian Christians,” the Minister of the Brunswick Indonesian Uniting Church Mr. Reu Lingky Widodo says.

“We provide dinners after Sunday service, and we expect people to become closer like a family during the dinner,” says Pastor Christina Tan of the Brunswick church.

“Here is more like a family, the family atmosphere; we feel like we were brought up together and stick together.”

Member of the Brunswick Uniting Church youth service, Vince Pangemanan.

Besides the Indonesian Christians, the Brunswick Indonesian Uniting Church also welcomes people from outside the church and who are not Indonesians.

“I believe the church is multicultural and Christ is above the culture,” Mr Reu Lingky Widodo says.

“We not specifically built for Indonesians, but for Christians,” he says. “We aim to reach out more people and welcome people from outside the church and who are not Indonesian,” he adds.

Worshiper Annette Brennan is of the opinion that compared to some local churches here in Melbourne; the Brunswick Indonesian Church is much more traditionally Christians.

“I have found the mainstream churches in Australia are really restricting and do not follow the Bible,” Ms Brennan says.

“Despite a lot of people still call them churches, I consider it to be more entertainment,” she continues, “they play like pop music, and they do not pray, and they do not have good sermo,.” she says.

“But coming to here I have found some contentment, the tradition is still there, the building is still traditional, they do traditional things, but the same time the songs are more modern and people are really nice,” she continues.

“I have done some Indonesian dancing, they give me costume to dress up in, I just like this very positive and happy environment”.

Listen to the interview with Annette  Brennan:

Photo gallery of the Brunswick Uniting Church:


Wedding photographer  Tonga Bonga is  filming for the wedding rehearsal at Glen Waverly Uniting Church.

It is Friday at 6.35pm, on the corner of Bogong Avenue and Kingsway, Glen Waverly, south-east Melbourne, the Glen Waverly Uniting church was ablaze with lights.

In the hall, new bride Karen Macartney and bridegroom Ricky Egginton were accompanied by their family and several of their close friends rolled up church for rehearsal before wedding on Saturday night.

Leading by the Priest, Macartney and Egginton practiced walk in and walk off the hall.

“We want to make mare sure the wedding would be perfectly represented to the guests tomorrow,” Ms Macartney says.

Video of the wedding rehearsal:

Aside the arena, photographer Tonga Bonga was also in the scene. He took out his camera equipment moved side to side, walked around to capture the process of the rehearsal.

Tonga is a young, passionate photographer and specializing in wedding photography. He owns a wedding photography studio “Tonga’s Photography”, but in this case he presented for wedding Event Company.

“I have never met them before this rehearsal,” Tong said. He illustrates that it is very important to get to know the personalities of his clients.

“Coming to here is to get touch with this couple and make them have trust on me,” he said. “So when I shoot I know how to capture their most natural emotions.”

Also as an attendee in a local church in south Melbourne, he starts off his career from the church.  “It is a really strong base to support my career,” Tonga says.

Australian census shows that the Uniting Church has about 1.3 million members in Australia and that they worship in 25 different languages. It is the ethnic populations who are keeping Uniting churches in Melbourne suburbs vibrant. These ethnic Uniting churches are not only spiritual communities but also secure bases for ethnic populations.

Multicultural church websites

Great resources for intercultural ministry and biblical exploration,   and debates over homogenous churches and ethnic congregations:

More information from the views of Australian public media about cultural diversity and religious diversity in Australia:

The article reports the increasingly growing ethnic Christian population in Melbourne and then raises debates about growing immigration from South East Asia in Melbourne.

Introduction of the background of Christianity in Melbourne and official analyse of historical reasons of the divisions of Christianity. Also statistics of Christian populations in three different denominations.

The 3rd to 9th of September the Australia’s fashion crowd was gathered in Melbourne Town hall  for a week of runway shows, exclusive party’s, and fashion.  It was the 18th time Melbourne spring fashion week (MSFW) was arranged and according to the bloggers, designers and the fashion minded people it keeps getting better.

Fashion blogger Dyen ( was at all the shows this year and was really satisfied with the week and the development within Australian fashion.

-I guess Melbourne fashion week are new on the global stage, but there are some designers who are started to get noticed in the US and Europe. Australian fashion has a lot of details bur are not overly dramatic, it is really relaxed and layback and represent Australia in a good way. This has been the first year I really got to be here and take pitchers during runway shows and it has been the best fashion week I have attended so far. Its been really enjoyable.

A place to see and be seen.

With so many fashion interested people under one roof , you have to really stand out if you want to  get noticed. And both the models on the  runaway and  the guests where dresses in creative outfits. Hair dipped in pink paint , leather sweaters, big hats and sexy dresses, under you’ll find  pictures from this springs fashion week.

Fashion and social media side by side.

The fashioned minded people  also participated trough social media.  On instagram you’ll find over 7000 pictures from the  week under the hashtag #MSFW and the twitter feed is still going strong under the same hastag. A link to the feed:!/search/?q=msfw&src=typd

Costco sign at the Docklands store

THIS week construction work has commenced on the site of the new $65 million Ringwood Costco project.

After years of negotiations, the American retail giant announced in July this year that it would open its second Melbourne store.

An aisle of Costco Docklands

Mayor Cr Rob Steane supports the development as he believes it will bring more business to the area.

He also said that the construction phase will generate 160 jobs and upon opening, the store will employ another 400 people.

“Since the announcement of Costco, QIC (the owners of Eastland) have had a significant increase in inquiries from potential businesses wanting to set up in Eastland.   So it is apparent that other businesses can see the potential in Ringwood that Costco is attracting,” Cr Steane said.

“Customers travel specially to Costco.  That will draw customers to Ringwood from Frankston, Cranbourne, Eltham and elsewhere.   These are people who would typically never come to Ringwood to shop.”

Cr Steane does not believe that increased traffic will have a negative impact on the area and that there won’t be any loss of business for surrounding businesses.

“In relation to traffic, Costco again has another unique advantage – its proximity to Eastlink. Increased traffic is well able to be handled by that facility.   Additionally Costco will have nearly 1000 parking spaces on site,” Cr Steane said.

“In relation to other businesses, whilst some local residents will move from some smaller businesses to Costco, the increased customer traffic will spill over to other businesses. The people who come to Costco, will also sit down and have a coffee, have some lunch, shop at other shops.”

Costco will be competing with nearby supermarkets Woolworths and Coles in Eastland shopping centre but local resident Kate Varnam does not believe Costco will steal their customers.

“You need a membership for Costco so I don’t think smaller shops would lose business… I wouldn’t buy vegetables or meat from Costco,” said Ms Varnam.

Janet Debeleak is an employee at Costco Docklands and believes a new Costco will be good for the economy.

“People come in from everywhere so sometimes it helps to have a Costco on the other side. It’s good for the Government, other businesses, people looking for jobs, for everyone.”

Costco Docklands employee Janet with Darcie

The Ringwood Costco is being built on the corner of Market St and Bond St and is expected to open by the end of August 2013.

Construction work on the corner of Market St and Bond St

Construction work

For more information, read these stories:

Maroondah Leader ‘Work starts at Ringwood Costco site’

Maroondah Leader ‘Costco to open in Ringwood’

By Darcie Quinn

Every year 65,000 Australians attempt to commit suicide; 2,500 are successful. Worldwide one million people take their own lives annually; that is more lives lost to suicide than to war and homicide combined. It is statistics such as these that signal the global need for change when approaching the issue of suicide.

September’s World Suicide Prevention Day and R U OK? Day promote such a change by encouraging people to openly speak about the taboo subject. Each day aims to not only raise awareness and funds to prevent suicide, but to also let those affected by or considering suicide know they are not alone.

Lifeline’s Out of the Shadows hosted a walk at St Kilda’s Catani Gardens on September 9, 2012 to mark World Suicide Prevention Day and promote these vital ideas. The core message for the day was fitting; ‘It’s okay to talk about suicide’.

“I think the slogan that we’ve got this year; ‘It’s okay to talk about suicide’, is very important,” Louise Flynn, Support After Suicide’s Manager, said. “There are unsafe ways to talk about suicide, but there are also safe and responsible ways and we need to talk about it.”

This message comes not long after the public breakdown of 46-year-old celebrity Charlotte Dawson. Dawson was repeatedly verbally abused and told to kill herself by internet trolls via the social network site Twitter. In the end, that is exactly what she attempted to do.

Sadly Dawson is merely a drop in the ocean when it comes to cyber-bullying with Microsoft’s 2008 research finding that one in four children reported to having been bullied online.

The development of technology and the growing popularity of social media have provided tormentors with additional outlets of abuse where, apparently, there are little to no consequences. What many cyber-bullies do not realise, however, is the severity of their actions.

In recent years suicide has climbed to the highest cause of death amongst men under the age of 44 and women under the age of 34. Bulling is a large contributor to this statistic.

“Every one of us has the power to lift someone up or to put them down, even in small ways that we may not realise,” founder of suicide support foundation Life Is…, Tony Gee, said. “I suggest that we all be thoughtful in our ways and walk with compassion and with care.”

Those whom operate Lifeline’s suicide hotline demonstrate the importance of being compassionate and caring. Each year 700,000 calls are placed to Melbourne’s Lifeline where 320 volunteers operate the phones day in and day out. Each volunteer aims to alleviate the callers stress and help them through their crisis.

“Our goal and, I guess our reason for living is our cause; people in crisis, people who are in danger of going down this (suicidal) road,” Terry Keating, Melbourne’s Lifeline Manager, said. “Hopefully we can change that.”

If you or someone you know is showing signs of suicide, whether it be withdrawing from friends and family, giving away possessions or talking about ‘ending it’, assistance is available. Please contact Lifeline’s 24 hour helpline on 13 11 14, Kids Help Line (5-25yrs) on 1800 55 1800 or Mensline on 1300 789 978.

If you or someone you know is in need of support following a suicide, contact Support After Suicide on (03) 9421 7640 or visit for more information.

The  last few months has seen a renaissance of protesting, sit-ins and political unrest at la Trobe University in response to 500 plus proposed cuts to the humanities and social science faculties.

The students are concerned about the university’s plans to cut 45 academic staff jobs and 500 subjects from its humanities and social science departments due to depleted enrolment.

The university announced the plans in a document released June 20 with Humanities and Social Science Dean, Tim Murray declaring a final decision will be made sometime this month.

Since hearing of the news students have partaken in overnight occupations of their university grounds, protests, marches and a series of petitions to combat these changes.


Under the threat of expulsion and weeks of peaceful protests, the raging debate reached a tension filled apex as the Stop HUSS Cuts Collective  and Occupy La Trobe grew forceful in their frustrations.

Escalating from peaceful to pushy, a La Trobe University Professor was forced to use an underground network to escape the student’s wrath.

Vice Chancellor, Professor John Dewar was ushered into a room by security staff during La Trobe’s annual Open Day when students protesting against proposed cuts confronted and reportedly hounded him into a building at the university’s Bundoora campus.

Student protestors and media take over the Bundoora campus Humanities and Social Sciences building

Since this time significant changes have been made to the proposal including a decline in the number subject and staff redundancies.

 As it stands La Trobe University are planning to cut 37 jobs by the end of this year along with the dismissal of 370 subjects.

La Trobe University Professor John Dewar released a statement  on the reviewed proposal late last month.

  “We may all wish it were otherwise, but we must recognise that traditional arts degrees are no longer sufficiently enticing nor relevant to school leavers and employers alike, and students have been voting, in effect, for a smaller humanities faculty with their feet.” He stated.

Morgan Cummings, a third year arts student at La Trobe University and student union representative believes the battle is far from over.  Morgan took the time to answer a few questions about the future of the movement.

With a final decision still looming on what will come from the tireless protests and student efforts, Occupy Latrobe have implored the university to enter into negotiations with the National Tertiary Education Union in good faith, to create a shift in focus from saving money to saving jobs and for a redistribution of executive pay to save other jobs at the university.

Grace Stevens, Madeleine Gray and Caitlyn Kelly pictured at the La Trobe Agora showing support for the No Cuts protest.

Madeleine Gray (pictured above), a third year International Relations student at La Trobe University  and active member of Stop Huss Cuts considers this to be a positive step forward in the ongoing movement but one that still has far to go in ensuring their beloved institution is maintained.

With negotiations still surging it will be some time before the impassioned students and staff of La Trobe University receives final word on the proposed cuts. For the students and faculty members this will be a fight not soon to slow down.