More females in the Journalism field and more diverse questions please, is it that hard?

Gender equality seems to be an ongoing debate in any job field. We are still seeing difference in gender equality in the newsroom. There are continuous debates over the limited female presence compared to males within the newsroom and the job position difference. With the noticeable difference in the information female reporters present, compared to those of their male co-workers. Finding women in the news reporting field tend to report more on what is considered ‘soft’ news.
It seems a small percentage of women are now leaving the field of journalism due to the lack opportunities to reach to the top positions. So maybe there needs to be a relook at the hiring process?

There still a slow growing percentage of women in the journalism field, however one aspect of journalism in particular seems to still be lacking growth in gender diversity and that is sports journalism. ‘A study conducted for the Associated Press Sports Editors found that women account for 6.3% of sports editors, 10.5% of assistant sports editors, 9.9% of sports columnists, 10.6% of sports reporters, and 16.1% of sports copy editors and designers’.

Image from google images- Footy Show panel

Image from google images- Footy Show panel

It seems this issue doesn’t just stop with the percentage of female journalist about but also how women, especially celebrities are depicted in the media? With the same stereotypical questions being asked. So why is it so important to discuss what they wore? Who cares if the dress was not sitting right? Or their hair was done in a certain way. What happen to focusing on what they had to say?

‘Women have been questioned on the utterly beside-the-point topic of their appearances even as they, quite literally, change the world’.

Will we ever see a whole panel of female sport commentators? Or journalists asking female celebrities more ‘refreshing’ questions on the red carpet instead of ‘who are you wearing?’ I guess only time will tell.


Is the media building more walls between cultures?

As a journalist your job is to report and seek out stories that are considered newsworthy, but what happens when what we are reporting starts causing other issues to arise? Is there a certain point when something should not be reported on?

Lately the hot topic that keeps popping up in our newspapers, twitter feed, Facebook and newsrooms is, terrorism.

Image from google images

Image from google images

It is clear society needs to be aware of issues that occur which include such extremist actions. However is the media coverage on these events going too far? Are we now just circulating fear? Or creating division between cultures? Does everything need to lead to the idea of terrorism? With ‘everyday situations (traveling to and from work) and objects (a back-pack, a credit card, a mobile phone) become subliminally associated with the threat of terrorism.

Terrorism and the media have developed this dangerous symbiosis’.  The media know exactly which headlines will grasp the audience attention. This is where the issue of too much coverage on these events is created. “The media are attracted by extreme terrorist acts not only because it is their duty to report on any major event but also because the dramatic and spectacular aspect of terrorism fascinates the general public.” But is the coverage of these acts by extremists giving terrorism the spotlight they desire?

The media allows for such acts to create an atmosphere of fear and to reach a greater audience.
It is clear that terrorism makes an attractive boon for media coverage, this is partly a result from the attention this type of news receives from readers. However the issue does not necessarily come from ‘why’ the media is covering this kind of news but more of the ‘how’ it is presenting the findings to the public.

“Seek truth and report it” where do we draw the line?

Birthe Skingen

Birthe Skingen

The idea of presenting human suffering in the media and how it is depicted in war correspondence and war photography provokes controversy within society. I wanted to draw opinions from various areas of journalism. Taking four journalism students aspiring to become journalists in various fields I presented them with the quote based off the ethical issues that arise when presenting human suffering for a story. “Journalists who don’t want to deal honestly with our own humanity and don’t want to take personal responsibility for human impact of our journalism. We’re just doing our jobs. We’re just being objective. Objects can’t be responsible”, and I questioned their opinions on the idea of ‘human suffering’ for a story.

Ethical journalism is a major important aspect of any journalism and sometimes this line of what to show and what not to show can become blurred. How do individuals see it differently and why is it important to journalism?

Young Isabelle Cuff who one day seeks to become a review journalist discussed the idea of War journalisms effect on society; “I think that some war journalism really highlights the negative effects of war and all the horrible things that happen as a result, which in a way is good, because I don’t think war should be glorified”. Aspiring war correspondence/war photojournalist, Daniel Henson could not agree more “Definitely in a negative light for the most part, which is how it should be portrayed”.

When asked about the portrayal of human suffering whether it through a story or a photograph, Daniel Henson makes the point, “Obviously you are going to search out a story. Whether journalists look for human suffering because they want to alleviate it, or because they need the story is a separate matter, and relative to that individual”.

Birthe Skingen who hopes one day to make impact on sports journalism finds that photo journalism gives a ‘face to the faceless’, this idea of making the situation more real for viewers as the story has been humanized by the image. However 21 year old Birthe also finds the concept of human suffering can be misleading. “Sometimes what the media portrays can be taken out of context. In certain situation those that are shown may not actually be suffering as much as we think, how can we really know unless we are there in that situation ourselves”?

The idea of human suffering in the media is an interesting and ongoing discussion. “I guess the idea of human suffering is different for all us, but I feel there is importance in reporting on it. As you cannot fix something unless you know about it.” Jessica Perkins who one day would like to work at festivals as a music journalist points out, “Sometimes you need that shock factor and war correspondence and war photojournalism is what will deliver that”.

Journalists who report either on human suffering or by using human suffering itself to deliver a story, will always have the issue of whether it is considered appropriate or not.

Dance Like It Is Your Last

Renee York, 22yrs

Renee York, 22yrs

Passion is what drives us to pursue our most wanted desires. Once you find that passion you make the most of everything. That’s exactly what 22 year old Renee York did, and ended up making her dream of dancing at one of New York’s well known dance studios ‘Broadway Dance Centre’ come true.

“I first started dancing when I was 5, my mum had enrolled me into classes because I would not stop dancing around the house to Hi-5. So I guess she saw I had a passion for dancing from a young age.” It is clear to see from all of Renee’s achievements, her mother’s decision to enrol her in dance lessons paid off.
Attending dancing tours in Malaysia, to taking various classes across America including at Millennium LA dance centre, is only a few of Renee’s experiences.

The years of dancing have been etched into her memory, “I still think about when I first got accepted into Ev&Bow for a two year full time training contract”. When reminiscing about opening the letter of acceptance after her mum had picked her up from dance company practice, it is clear to see this is just one of the memorable experiences that Renee still holds.

The time Renee was presented with the opportunity to be a backup dancer for Kelly Rowland on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ was a decision that was easily accepted with no hesitation. This was not the only time Renee has performed in front of large crowds, Sydney Fashion week is just another achievement to add to her growing list. ‘It was such a fun experience dancing on the runway with the models walking down’.

After enviously watching Renee perform splits, jumps and other incredible flexible poses (that only one who has been dancing for years can manage) for the shoot, the sheer love for dance is still so clear on her face. When asked ‘Does this make you miss your dancing days?’ Renee’s answer is a clear simple, longing ‘yes’.

After the two years of full time dance, Renee eventually made the decision to attend University. “I never wanted dance to be my only career path. Don’t get me wrong I did love it and still do, but opportunities for a career in dancing were limited”. Eventually the decision to complete a Bachelor in Communications and Media Studies with a major in Marketing was made. Now currently in her final year her future has never looked brighter.

“I guess you can say I have achieved a lot for a 22 year old, with spending a few years doing what I love. I now have exchange in America and graduating to look forward to”.

Renee’s career course may have veered in another direction, however dancing will always be a big part of who she is.




Kebab anyone?


Our American friends were big fans of the Kebabs


My first night out in Wollongong with University students I discovered my love for the 1am kebab. All started back at my time on Campus East when I went out on a Wednesday night and tried my first kebab from ‘Fat Boys’. From then on it has become a ritual for my friends and I to grab ourselves a snack after a night of dancing on the sticky, crowded dance floor.

If there is one thing I have learnt from University life is every now and then people enjoy a nice drunken snack and what better way to do it then with a nice chicken kebab.


Good Old Team Spirit

We were the winners for B grade last session

We were the winners for B grade last session

Just a few of the activities the University supply include their competitive sports. It was in my first year in second session that I started to participate in more activities at University, this included my friends and I putting a team together for the Tuesday night Netball games. The one thing that stands out at Uni is the amount of team sports and sportsmanship.

Meeting new people and just getting involved in activities at University is definitely a must try, plus you never know you might discover a love for a certain sport and make great memories along the way.





Chelsea Thomson

(Bachelor in Media and Communication, Major in Marketing)

Chelsea Thomson, 20yrs

Chelsea Thomson, 20yrs

“So in 2014 in January I travelled to Cambodia for a month.”

“I was assisting with a Christian organisation that my dad is a part of. We built houses for villages and the program went for two weeks”

After her volunteering Chelsea travelled through Cambodia visiting temples and sightseeing. This whole experienced opened up her eyes culturally. When asked would she travel or visit Cambodia again, there was no hesitation to her answer. Chelsea has caught the same travel bug that everyone else obtains when travelling.