“As soon as we landed, we walked around the streets to soak everything in. After walking for about 5 minutes, we got invited to a party by some locals, and we instantly stopped worrying about everything and felt welcomed”
Chloe White is a 19 year old Australian from Wollongong who went on the trip of a lifetime in New Zealand a few years ago with her friend. She bought a ticket to Queenstown in the South Island, which is considered the iconic place for back-packers and adventure lovers. She booked a hostel for the next 3 months, and went on a hunt for a job.
“I was getting paid $11 or $12 an hour, which isn’t much compared to back home, but the cost of living was lower, and I wasn’t so worried about the money, I just needed enough to live off“, Chloe recalled when talking about how she managed to pay for everything overseas. Working overseas is probably everyones dream, and even though it wasn’t at her dream job, it’s an achievement “I should have saved up more money before I left, I missed out on doing a lot of things”
Most people are scared to move out of home, or even to travel overseas by themselves, but Chloe somehow managed to do both at once, and didn’t regret it at all. “Meeting new people from different backgrounds gives you a bigger understanding of life“, Chloe continues, “I accidentally tried to get a Jewish person to eat bacon, I didn’t realise it wasn’t a part of their culture. I chose New Zealand so I wouldn’t get a culture shock, but there you go”. But Chloe wasn’t settling just for Queenstown, she saved up enough money for a car, and road-tripped it around the South Island with her friend. “It was such a great trip. I’d recommend it to everyone“.
Travelling isn’t all fun and games however, she goes on to say how “you’re never alone in a hostel, which can be a good and bad thing. In the last week, I just wanted to go home and shower. I was home-sick and it was getting too much having to wear the same clothes every day.” Everyone wants to travel, but no one is prepared for that feeling that can make or break holidays that make you want to turn around and go home.
When you get older, you remember all the amazing trips and life experiences you had while you’re young, not the day-in, day-out routine of working and earning money, “It’s important to create memories” Chloe finishes. Chloe’s created her memories, now it’s time to get off your chair and create your own, whether it be travelling overseas, or inviting those lost backpackers in for a party you’ll both remember.
Illawarra’s local newspaper, the Mercury, is undergoing heavy cuts to jobs, losing potentially half their staff in budget cuts, which will result in the newspaper being seriously limited to what they can report on. The lack of jobs for journalists in traditional newsrooms is not surprising, Margaret Simons writes about how there are still plenty of jobs for journalists, but just not in traditional news rooms. “If being a journalist meant working in a traditional newsroom, the next generation would have reason to be concerned. But it doesn’t and they don’t.”
Dianna Bossio writes however, that graduating journalist students should be worried about entering an industry where there’s large change from the traditional newsroom to a more digital world. She explains that understanding the digital side of journalism is important in journalism students, “young graduates actually have a distinct advantage over experienced applicants. They live in the digitised, networked social media environs that media practitioners so desperately want to understand.”
Having a strong understanding of the digital world will set graduates apart from the rest
Kylar Loussikian from Crikey looks at the statistics of journalism graduates and journalists with jobs, observing a 13% decrease in print journalists since 2006 to about 5500, and that number is expected to decrease more with the amount of current budget cuts soaring through Australian Newspapers. Kylar also writes that the amount of enrolments at the universities he received statistics from has increased from 2006 each year, with 1750 enrolling in 2012.
The industry of journalism is undergoing a massive change in how it works, the traditional newsroom is getting the cold shoulder as it’s audience moves to online sources, making jobs redundant. Graduating into a field with constantly lowering amounts of jobs is not exactly a smart and safe life decision, but graduates these days are entering the workforce with a large understanding of digital culture and an understanding for digital elements that most people aren’t aware of, that will make them stand out in traditional newsrooms, and the modern online-journalism outlets.
“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’.”
In today’s society, that would be considered not only news, but an act of journalism. Documenting events and posting about them online for the public to read or see. The internet, and social media, has forever changed the concept of journalism, and has birthed something new: Citizen Journalism. To compare the two methods, Kate Hill writes for ABC South East SA that her branch of professional journalists only have 2000~ followers online, while a ‘non-professional’ social media page called ‘Limestone Coast Community News’ has 8,300. The owner of the page, Mr Lynagh describes the popularity of the page as “mind-blowing”.
Social Media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and especially Twitter, all allow us to broadcast ourselves and our stories to whoever is listening. The term ‘Snapchat Journalism‘ has even been coined, since it’s an effective tool in recording, broadcasting and sharing your stories all across the globe.
Chris Shaw, the editor for ITN Productions says, “Social networks are opening up whole new vistas for documentary filmmakers“, and goes on to explain the benefits of citizen journalism in terms of his documenting work. Kate Bulkly from The Guardian writes about the possible benefits and negative aspects of citizen journalism, and focuses around documentarians who had used found footage from events in the work. Aside from Chris Shaw, she also interviews Jeff Deuthman who claims “The new technologies certainly open up new possibilities for filmmaking“.
Dan Gilmore from The Guardian as well writes about these issue, but changes his focus to the Ferguson Shootings in America, and how the public “turned the notion of ‘see something, say something’ back on the state, via a digital tool of enormous power“.
With today’s technology, documenting and sharing the world is at your fingertips
Whether if you’re aware of it or not, by sharing what’s going on around you online to other people, you’re actively participating in Citizen Journalism, one story at a time.
“To get there, you need to intern with a lot of people, get a lot of contacts and work your way up”.
This is a phrase you’ll hear most university students say when asked how to get a dream job, and it’s no exception for Journalism.
Cassie Norris tells me of her dream to become a photojournalist, and her ultimate goals of becoming a National Geographic Photographer. “I like to carefully think about the photo i’m about to take, and knowing about composition can completely change a picture”. She goes on to share that a huge influence in her work and love for photography extends from Steve McCurry, who’s famously known as the man behind “Afghan Girl”, which was one of the most known cover photos for National Geographic.
Photojournalism and travel journalism go almost hand-in-hand, and aspiring aspiring journalist Paige Mott can’t decide between the two. “Photography is my main interest, so i I could do that and write stories, it would be my ultimate goal”, she says when asked to clarify her dream job. She plans to travel overseas, to a poorer Asian country, to photograph and write about the poverty and poor conditions. She has a back-up plan however, as most journalist students would these days. “If it doesn’t work out, i’d like to become a teacher, at such a young age, I get to help them decide what they want to do with their lives“
Stephanie Bailey, another journalist student aspiring to get into travel journalism, shares her thoughts on photography within journalism, “It’s a big part, it can really show what’s really going on“. She considers herself a daredevil, not really caring for her safety, reaching the point where her father has even ‘forbidden’ her to ever skydive. When asked what she can bring to the table of travel/photojournalism, she replied “I’m good at forming relationships with people, and it shows in the photos I take. It can completely change the meaning of the photo“
Photojournalism is something that another Journalist, Chloe Dicks, also shares an interest in, claiming “A good caption can sum up the whole story, but you can’t have a good caption without a good photograph”. She’s one step ahead of most journalism students in their pursuit of a dream job, having landed an intern position at 40K as a photographer over in India at the end of the year. “You need to show what the subject is feeling in the photograph, and not what you feel”, Chloe answered when asked what she thought ’the most important part of photography is’, and she’ll get the chance follow through on her philosophy when she arrives in India to intern with lots of people, and make plenty of contacts.
I recently interviewed Amii Chouvin, a UOW student with an international background. She currently lives at Campus East down in Wollongong, but her mum lives up in Sydney, and her father over in France. I wanted to ask her a bit about her background, and about her life considering the distance between her parents.
Chloe is a second year media students who is just beginning her studies as a journalism student. Reigning from a town in the middle of no-where named ‘Yamba’, she moved on campus in her first year, and loves the campus life. She loves hanging out with her friends and having a laugh, and you’ll always catch her with a coffee in hand or talking to friends.
Struggling through her allergies to studying, she somehow finds time in her busy life to get everything she needs done while working with the University itself toward, primarily around future students.
Blake is a second year Communications and Media student, who is just beginning his Journalism Major. Coming from a surfing family in Bulli with the beautiful beaches they have, you would expect him to be a big surfing enthusiast. That judgement couldn’t be any more wrong. Blake, an enthusiast for lack of physical activity, is a bubbly and exciting character, who always seems to brighten up the room with his personality. His unique humour and pop culture references come every few minutes, and unless you’re keeping up with the Kardashians, you’re sure to be left behind in his personal life.
Procrastination is something that everyone is guilty of. No one really wants to do all their homework, so suddenly, almost everything becomes amazingly interesting. Who knew cleaning was so much fun! So I decided to go around and ask what everyone else at UOW thought about the topic, and what they like to do instead of that essay they have due tomorrow.
Turns out i’m not the only one that enjoys cleaning whenever I have an assignment due! Thanks heaps to everyone that helped out in front and behind the camera!
Last week I begun to ask the big questions at UOW. The ducks at UOW are almost as famous as the university itself, and they all have a wide variety of personality’s, some of them are nice and friendly, while others will fight you to the death for your lunch. We all know of them, but what do we all think of them?
Thanks to everyone that helped out and were happily interviewed!