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Multimedia Features

In their final course, third year RMIT Journalism students get an opportunity to bring all their training together by writing a multimedia feature on a topic of their choice. They either work on the story on their own or by collaborating with other students, utilising their investigative reporting, data visualisation, writing and digital production skills. 

Australian Basketball’s Issue with Diversity – How the South Sudanese community feels like they’ve been ‘boxed out’ by the game’s governing bodies.

Everyone agrees that the best players should always get the most opportunities in any sport, but unfortunately for the South Sudanese community, that hasn’t been the case in Australian and Victorian basketball. Kuany Kuany, a South Sudanese Australian professional basketballer admits that “he’s one of the lucky ones”, because he didn’t face the challenges many of his lesser known friends have.

Regional, Rural and Remote Women Need Resources to Fight Family Violence

Women and children living in regional, rural and remote areas are more likely to experience family violence than their city-living counterparts, with those living in geographically isolated locations facing additional barriers when it comes to accessing essential support services.

Belonging: Finding your cultural identity as a person of mixed race

The struggles of trying to fit in and feel a sense of belonging weigh down on us, whilst at the same time, we’re trying to figure out who we really are. But how do you find your sense of self and your own identity when you feel like there’s no one who truly understands you? For many third culture kids, that’s exactly how they feel - stuck in the middle or the ‘in-between’, not quite belonging anywhere.

“We’re Truth Telling And Putting The Truth Back Into History”: How Women Are Being Put Back Into The Music Industry Equation

The revised Splendour line-up now features three new headliners, Gorillaz, The Strokes and Tyler, The Creator – all of which are male. The original line-up (which is now being revised) was heavily male orientated as well with only 44% of artists featuring at least one non-male member. This received heavy criticism from fans and the media alike, with Project U founder Nic Kelly taking to twitter saying that it “feels like they exhausted the wishlist (ie. Lana) and gave up”.

Travelling with a vision impairment: How accessible is travel for someone with low vision?

There have been multiple headlines over the last few months depicting the rudeness and lack of consideration for those with disabilities; most shockingly people with disabilities having shopping stolen from their carts during panic buying. If the 2020 pandemic has revealed anything, it is how little our society is programmed to aid those with a vision impairment.

Gender and the Screen, Part 1: An exploration of women’s representation behind the camera in Australian film and television

The Australian screen industry has become a prominent source of storytelling in the nation’s vibrant and eclectic entertainment scene. It’s an industry that continues to be internationally recognised through both the film and television disciplines. It helps shape our concept of the Australian reality, and the world’s.Yet if women aren’t equally represented in the industry, how can the stories told be deemed a fair representation of society? 

Dance Politics: The End of “Urban” and the Beginning for Real Change

Amongst the chaos and hard hit to the arts industry, the pandemic has created room for conversation within the dance community. Dance pioneers in street and club dance styles from the United States have decided to cull the term “urban” due to it being a derogatory reference to the African American experience and an example of how the dance industry has capitalised on and exploited Hip hop culture.

Story of a season lost: Victorian local footy and the COVID19 pandemic in 2020

Increasingly severe COVID19 outbreaks across Victoria in 2020 saw the VFL, Country, Metro, VAFA and NAB Leagues put on hold. Initially, the seasons were postponed during the first wave of the virus in around April / May. By the middle of the year, following the easing of restrictions after a lull in infection rates, there was some hope the season could be salvaged.

Explainers

In their second year, RMIT Journalism students report on a topic or an issue for the whole semester in the Journalism Technologies course. As a part of this reporting exercise, they produce explainers that allow them to understand and explain the topic to a general audience. These explainers also allow them to practice their research and reporting skills as well as their digital storytelling and production techniques.

How did Australian universities end up in crisis?

A university degree was once free in Australia. In 1974, the Whitlam government abolished tuition fees for Australians. But record numbers of school leavers in the late 80s saw the Australian government introduce student debt: a.k.a, HECS/HELP

Is the Future of Democracy Digital?

Global dissatisfaction with democracy is at its highest level in almost 25 years, according to University of Cambridge researchers. One major reason for this downturn in support is a widespread governmental failure to evolve alongside information technology. To protect the future of democracy, many activists are pushing for technology to become part of the solution. This concept is called eDemocracy or digital democracy, and it’s already redefining the future of politics and governance.

Collaborative Projects

In their second year, RMIT Journalism students work on their collaborative reporting skills to produce multimedia stories that tackle the most important issues we are facing in Australia and globally. Through these projects, they gain investigative and research skills, the ability to work effectively and efficiently as a team and an opportunity to identify their strengths so that they know how to best contribute to their team, for their newsroom and to the world of journalism.

Media Diversity: Beyond The Newsrooms

While one in four Australians born overseas, and three out of five top migrants to Australia being from non-European and non-Anglo Celtic backgrounds, Media Diversity Australia's “Who Gets To Tell Australian Stories?” report shows that this rich diversity is not represented in newsrooms.
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#youareoverparty – What does it mean to truly cancel someone?

Cancel culture as it exists today is an especially unique phenomenon. However, the use of public shaming as a punishment has existed across various cultures for centuries. There are similar occurrences throughout history, which have led to many comparisons being drawn, but if there is one thing the past has told us, it is that public shaming as a form of punishment or deterrence is not new. When looking at the history of public shaming we must ask ourselves: how has public shaming evolved, and does it actually work?
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No Trace of My Father’s Hands Across Your Trees – experience of Afghan refugees in Australia told through poetry and journalism

Many Afghan refugees, especially women don’t feel comfortable sharing their stories in front of a camera. Some also don't even believe that their stories are worth telling. But we believe otherwise. We believe that their stories matter. And we believe that journalism can do better. So, in this project, we have tried to find a solution by working collaboratively with refugees by using a form of storytelling they are comfortable with: poetry.
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