Magistrates’ Court Case

In the early stages of learning about court reporting and media law, we were given a scripted scenario, in which the class played out characters from a court hearing at the Magistrates’ Court. The crime – Ms Miller, a housewife, stole grocery store items at a Greener’s Supermarket. Her court hearing included testimonies by Ms Miller…

Court Reporting

On the 6th May, the “Journalism: Ethics, Law and Power” class, visited the Victorian County Court. We sat through various confronting cases, listening intently and taking notes for our next major assignment on court reporting. Having learnt about defamation, contempt of court and sub judice, we were theoretically ready to write our own hard news…

Article on Local Government

For “Journalism: Ethics, Law and Power’s” first major assessment, we were divided into groups of three and given an electorate within Victoria to investigate. My group focussed on the electorate of Gorton, which covers the outer western suburbs of Melbourne. To be able to gain a strong understanding of the political profile and background of…

Background Briefing: The Goolding Inquiry

During one of our tutorials, our class was given a scenario based on the British television show The Thick of It, in which one of the episodes was about “The Goolding Inquiry”. Basically, the scenario was about an inquiry set up to investigate the “Government’s” involvement into the suicide of a National Health Services housing campaigner…

Media Law Exercise

In one of our tutorials, we were given an exercise which involved “striking” through any material within a scenario that could be legally unsafe to publish. The scenario was about a robbery and the attack of a young shop assistant at a pharmacy in Box Hill, with information beginning from the time when police found…

Article on a Councillor

During one of my lecture’s, our tutor organised for a Councillor from the City of Moonee Valley, Jan Chantry, to come speak to us in order for us to learn a little bit more about the structure and governance of Local Government. As she spoke to us about her role and Moonee Valley’s plans etc.,…

Online and Teaser Writing

For our third tutorial exercise, our class was given a lengthy scenario based on a football awards night. It was presented in the style of author, Sir Terry Pratchett’s fantasy novels, with its use of jargon and characters. Due its odd language and context, it was difficult to not only understand the story and its underlying ethical…

Privacy of a public figure?

For our second “Journalism: Ethics, Law and Power” tutorial exercise, our class was provided with an interesting scenario regarding a politician’s personal “affairs”. These so-called “affairs” included the use of a government car for personal purposes, being arrested for drunk driving and, yep, an actual affair. Now myself, as stated in the scenario – being “a struggling…

Story Intros

In one of the first “Journalism: Ethics, Law and Power” tutorials, our class was asked to write story intros for a couple of scenarios. The scenarios included basic information and facts on each news item, requiring us to find a news angle and write an appropriate lead.   Here are couple of my hard news pars…

Prestigious academic program sends young South Australian across the world

One lucky South Australian student is already on his way to becoming a future neurosurgeon, as he embarks on a scholarship to Scotland’s prestigious St Andrews University Oxbridge Program. Westminster College student, Oscar Jolly, was accepted at the Oxbridge Program’s youngest entry level, as a year 10 student, for his interest in medicine. “I was…

The Twilight Market Stimulates the Senses and Nourishes the Soul

Success never tasted sweeter with The Market Shed on Holland’s latest project, The Twilight Market’s favourable first opening on Saturday, May 30th. Attendee of the market, Alicia Carruthas, described the event as busy and bustling with an array of delicious food and wine. “It was a chance to go somewhere chilled, drink wine and hang…

Junior Champion Cyclist ready, set, go for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Adelaide’s youngest rising cycling star, Chloe Moran, has the potential to become one of Australia’s cyclists for the upcoming 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Brett Aitken, Chloe’s coach from the South Australian Sports Institute (SASI) said, “I think she could be one of the best time triallers in the world.” Chloe, who is 16-years-old, always enjoyed…