The price we pay to have ‘human rights’

The price we pay to have ‘human rights’

A fierce topic that forces one to question the futility of life; if it is just a battle for basic human rights.

To turn a blind eye to issues in other countries, in favour of your priorities is standard in Society.

4 journalism students opened up about their goals and aspirations to make a positive change in society.


“I literally just want everyone to feel free like me!” 

Without realisation, individual’s pass judgement; ideologies are developed upon dress code, hair styles and life choices. No opinion or assumption of Lauren will stop her from enjoying life, even if her actions are not socially acceptable or ‘normal’. This 18 year old has a need to create awareness upon the impact of nasty glares or laughter based off of torment.
Following her dream to entertain, and a high intolerance for bullying, Allen strives to use Journalism to enforce acceptance of individuality. Vibrant teen claims “By focusing on adolescents in schools, I aim to inspire teens to who they are, at any time, anywhere!”

Lauren Allen 

“I can not even watch ‘those type’ of movies without feeling angry”

A concerned journalism student believes there is not enough coverage presented in the to prevent human trafficking. A threatening business taking away the freedom for children and adults to live without the fear of being taken, abused and killed. Enraged Brianna Gibbs is on a mission to create awareness through press coverage, writing and travelling overseas. A determined female prepared to force change upon the world – and who knows, it may be your life that this 19 year old might save!

Brianna Gibbs

“Although money is important, my need to stop discrimination is essential.”

Experience in a media agency opened Catherine’s world to presenting information accurately instead of false and manipulated news. Motivated 18 year old wants to experiment with all fields of human rights journalism, however has high hopes to travel internationally. Opinions involving the equality and fairness, globally intrigues Wilson. Politics motivate her belief that “everyone should be treated equal”. Judgment caused by sexuality, race, gender, and religion irritates wilson; enhancing her drive to write effective awareness in the media about the type of human rights she does not feel are being met.

Catherine Wilson 

“I enjoy helping people through writing!”

‘Dean’s scholar’ student has the need to explore all fashions of writing. Also used as an escape from his past. A way to stop all forms of discrimination.  A way to help others dealing with their sexuality; a secret that has empowered Kurtis Hughes to help others. Now, this 18 year old wants to face the public to help children, adults and families dealing with the negative connotations surrounding particular nationalities, sexuality, and differences. Basing his writing on all forms of inequality, this inspiring teen aims to create articles about the effects of bullying, as a result of difference in today’s society. The harsh truth that there is minimal support on ‘Gay marriage’ or ‘religion’. This teen won’t stop typing until these rights are legal, globally!

Kurtis Hughes

Journalists VS The Web

Journalists VS The Web

Can journalists keep up in the age of digital media?


Virtually anyone can provide updated basic and controversial news stories. Media platforms such as blogs or social media sites (Facebook, Instagram) are a growing forum, which is used as a way to examine or reflect upon controversial stories; aggregation and curation of information adds to the threat of employment in traditional roles of journalism. Hashtags and tags make news reachable globally. Media platforms not only have no control of what is presented to society, but it also may cause danger for countries that are in the lime light, for issues such as war. Moral panic is a result of web journalism (blogs, Facebook), as information may be exaggerated or false. Furthermore making it difficult for audiences to distinguish between credible news websites and other non-official news websites.

Digital media is a conceptual and a sociological change. Newspapers were certain and complete where as digital news is a living, evolving, limitless and relentless conversation and collaboration. Journalists fear the hierarchy within society is now diminished because some readers will almost certainly know more about a particular subject than the journalist. Journalists had no solution to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in Mexico, therefore ‘google doc’ was available for the ‘audience’ to give ideas, which resulted in top suggestions from marine specialist, divers and biochemists etc. A leveled world is more evident now, than ever.

Journalist’s relying on the public – previously known as ‘the audience’ to find a solution.

Listening and working with your audience is essential because they have plenty of media platforms to obtain the correct information. Katharine Viner fears that blogs put journalists jobs in jeopardy.  Often people refer to blogs rather than local newspapers. This allows society to demand news as it happens. ‘Immediacy’ may cause ethical issues. De Wolk claims “The desire to publish new information and the ease that it can be altered, may cause information to be made accessible before it is verified.”

Web journalism causes implications for the quality of news stories and the place for journalism. We almost can’t distinguish who is a journalist and who is not.

False act-usations

False act-usations


The media is controlled, bias, and controversial. The point of the media is to catch public attention and spark debate. This ensures a secure job for journalists, yet also causes moral panic upon the public sphere of social media. Stories that are presented by news websites are often connected to someone or have a role in society. Stories which capture the public’s emotions are usually in the category of ‘physically attractive’, a daughter, son, wife, mother or father. This manipulation of the media vastly catches a response upon society. Often stories are exaggerated or false. Although complaints can be made to the Australian Press Council, there is minute chance that the situation will be followed up nor noticed.

Stereotypes are established through experiences and knowledge gained over time. Society inevitably establishes negative and positive connotations surrounding cultures. ‘Australians’ are considered as ‘bogans’, ‘Asians’ are perceived as ‘computer geeks’ and Aboriginal’s are considered as ‘petrol sniffers’.

Social media platforms are fueled by news updates, sparking racism or ignorant ideologies.

These ideologies are developed by the way the media portrays them. The Indigenous culture as a whole is rarely represented in a positive light; often reflected as having a low socioeconomic status and a high incidence rate of alcohol and drug abuse. It is clear that the media uses ‘valuable’ stories to increase ratings. It’s impossible to change history, yet media fails to provide evidence of growth or advancement.

Unfortunately (the majority of) the public aren’t intrigued by success stories. As a result of front page headlines, this culture is portrayed as being ‘lazy, drunk or abusive‘.

Another example of bias media coverage is the build up to the death of School Teacher & ‘bride to be’, Stephanie Scott. All news channels, websites and newspaper articles were riddled with updates upon this media issue. However, there are uncountable families in the same situation, yet there is no media attention.

The AUS media is extremely concentrated with only 3 owners – holding approximately 98% of the sector. The media coverage of the Indigenous culture isn’t diverse enough – further enhancing limited change and low chance of publishing positive stories. The cycle continues.


Arrangements re-arranged…

Arrangements re-arranged…

Puberty is relentless. Confusion and embarrassment has its own course – a tricky stage in which any girl struggles to find a happy median.
Achieving and succeeding is essential for small town sweetheart Kim. Motivation and determination becomes paramount in her studies, hence why the 19 year old had struggled to tolerate neighbourhood ‘street worms’ – or in other words, people who reeked of immaturity. An indescribable level of intolerance for neighbour Cooper would fill a whole room with tension. Staggering glares and evident sighs made family gatherings unbearable for the two adolescents.

“I would constantly compare how different I was to other girls, especially my age.” 

Being the eldest of 3 made establishing her identity and independence challenging. Makeup, nail polish and alcohol were almost a must for teenagers to fit in; however for this blonde academic, it was not. A free spirit who loved the outdoors made fitting in difficult.


Kim’s smile became more evident when reminiscing on where she found acceptance and inclusion most reachable. Words that accidentally steered her future into the opposite direction.

Pink cheeks and sweaty palms became Kim when the words “you’re the most beautiful girl in here” escaped Cooper’s mouth. At the breath of this comment Kim’s ideologies and opinions altered…feelings of irritation, quickly shifted to a child-hood crush.

Three years later, a relationship full of love, laughter and lust: Dreams and goals became shared. The two high school Valentines were about to take on a quest together. A plan to move out of a small-town, Griffith. Conquering the “BIG and BAD” University of Wollongong (UOW). With reason, the two were filled with excitement and motivation, accompanied with smiles that were undeniable, as they looked at their overflowing suitcases.

Unfortunately with a week to go, life forced Kim to make a decision too tough to digest. Again, words changed her feelings and whole perception. “Connor wasn’t accepted into UOW”. The torn teen emotionally shut down as an incomprehensible decision had to be made in a short period.

Her clear direction was challenged; the obscurity and fear of her unrecognisable future dampened her spirit. A remarkable decision to face University alone, proved her resilience to hardships. “I miss him and don’t want space or distance to tear us apart” Kim expressed softly as tears surfaced to her eyes.

A text message sent from Connor sent Kim’s nerves off the planet, “I’m coming to Wollongong to see you.” Kim had nothing but a dry mouth, and hair adjusted by the wind. “I couldn’t sit still, I had so many butterflies!” Kim expressed. A short visit that sparked emotions of happiness and joyfulness, which left the teens fulfilled and content.

In a society where alcohol is on the agenda, Kim will continuously encounter struggles to be accepted; and accept others for moral differences. Although daily reminders will wander in and out of her mind as an outcome of addressing emotions and consequences for leaving her lover behind, Kim has overcome identity and independence issues. “I have established my goal in becoming a fashion editor and I am learning how to live out of home without any assistance!” excitedly expressed Kim.

For some, University is a place to explore hidden or known talents. For Kim, it is an adjustment.

Reflection – constructive criticism

Reflection – constructive criticism

How often do you say ‘I love you’?
This heart wrenching vox pop makes you question how often you express your love, so pick up the tissues, and phone a loved one today.

Extended edit

An extended video with both strengths and weaknesses – The interviewer asked relevant questions to the topic, which led to in depth answers. Certainly clear, concise and rememberable, the sound was exceptional.

Although the interview was random, real emotion was conveyed through storytelling of real issues people do face. Being drawn into personal stories a connection with the characters was established!

A range of nationalities added flavour.

I believe further editing is necessary – although the extended answers did add to the tone/mood and intrigued me incredibly!

Short edit

The short edited voxpop kept me engaged the entire time – my mind didn’t wonder!

The stories were not as relatable and did’t trigger high feelings of empathy in comparison to extended video!

The tone and mood was not as melancholy or sombre – outweighed by uplifting stories!

Both were interesting and relatable.

Mistakes are lessons…

Mistakes are lessons…


High school subjects aren’t engaging; Journalism is a subject for expression, individuality, trial and error.

Jumping into my first assignment was daunting yet exciting – ‘making do’ with my iPhone and being up against students with the latest camera’s and computers never effected my confidence to attempt.

Reflecting back on my results of my assignment, I am aware of some changes I could make in the future.

No amount of editing, time or effort will be enough for a perfectionist…

I can’t wait for my next task because I have already learnt so much – even without receiving my results!

I asked myself … 


when I submitted my final assignment and realised all the errors I made. 

Well, I guess we learn and we live – actually live and learn!