I am currently a third year journalism student at the University of Southern Queensland. II am completing a Bachelor of Communications, majoring in journalism and doing minors in Communications & Media as well as Creative Writing. This page is to post my articles and news stories so I can get viewers opinions and hopefully become a better writer.
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The survival of investigative journalism

Investigative journalism can be most simply be defined as uncovering something hidden (Conley & Lamble, p 36). With the evolution of online news which has seen the production & distribution of news become even faster, the survival of investigative journalism is somewhat threatened. The biggest issues facing investigative journalism are lack of funds and lack … Continue reading

Issues in reporting for a global audience

Issues in reporting for a global audience This blog relates closely to the last post. †A journalistís audience is no longer either national or regional, but often both. They must make their articles widely accessible, understandable and relevant to a larger audience so to not lose readers to other publications who do cater for those … Continue reading

A discussion on: making stories relevant to an online audience

As discussed previously, with the digital age of the internet brings a new and exciting way to connect to almost anyone and everyone around the world. This produces a new challenge for journalists‚Ķ or does it? How do journalists work around making articles relevant to an online audience? It is most likely you won‚Äôt find … Continue reading

What constitutes a credible source?

Being a journalist is not just about interviewing a talent and publishing whatever they say, it‚Äôs about using instinct, as well as the tools of verification to determine the authentication and credibility of their talents statements. A talent may be hiding their own agenda, be bending the truth or have their own bias (this is … Continue reading

Key Factors Affecting the Preparation and Delivery of Online News.

This post will discuss the ideas of timeliness, text length, accuracy, multimedia and legalities and how they are implemented differently in the online medium. Robert Johnston (The Daily Miracle, p 303) says that the internet presents a whole new set of challenges for journalists in terms of writing and presentation. Presentation and delivery of information … Continue reading

The question of the week – ‚ÄėWhat defines news in the online environment?

In this day and age with the internet literally at almost everyone‚Äôs finger tips there can be confusion over what is really news. I believe the same definitions for print news can be applied to online news the biggest difference is the potential for readers to mistake a piece for information for news, when in … Continue reading

Course Newspaper: Pet Proof Your Garden

It‚Äôs not only native animals that can damage your garden but household pets as well. As spring approaches we tend to spend more time outside with our pets. Gardener, Marianne Binetti believes it‚Äôs easy to create a beautiful and animal friendly garden. ‚ÄúHaving a pet-friendly backyard doesn‚Äôt mean you have to limit your creativity in … Continue reading

Council set to spend 23m on Flood Proofing Toowoomba

Tuesday, 17 May, 2011¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† TBA Flood Shearer/Christina¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 5pm TOOWOOMBA council is set to spend 23 million dollars on flood proofing the city after the¬†devastating flood in January. ALI SHEARER reports. FW: Toowoomba City council… LW:… completed by 2014 DUR: 23 secs TOOWOOMBA¬†City council¬†has asked Regional Development Australia for flood mitigation works around serveral creeks. TOOWOOMBA¬†Mayor … Continue reading

National Heart Foundation Week

Tuesday, 3, May, 2011¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Heart Foundation Shearer/Subs Name¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†5pm TOOWOOMBA will host a women’s luncheon to raise awareness for National Heart Foundation week. More than 1-hundred people are expected to attend the event held at Gips restaurant tomorrow. Heart foundation project manager, JUDITH SKINNER says the luncheon is a great opportunity to raise awareness of heart disease … Continue reading

Striving for Sustainability

Sustainable Living 1/1 Headline: Striving for Sustainability Toowoomba residents gathered together for World Environment Day on June 5 to discuss and acknowledge current environmental issues. One of the two events held in Toowoomba was The Pathways to Sustainability Expo, organised by the Householders Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE). The aim of the expo was … Continue reading

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