Data Journalism

The future of journalism may well be data gathering, or so a recent report from the Colombian Journalism Review suggests.

Digital journalism interactive

An update from the 2014 journalism interactive conference.

If there was ever a reason to think that Australia lagged far behind European and American journalists then this link might offer an explanation.

Australian universities should be offering equivalent courses with these sorts of conferences that emphasise the skills needed in the digital realm.  Nonetheless we have social media to thank for keeping us informed if we can’t attend these conferences in person.

Here is a link to some to the recent Journalism interactive conference held in Florida.

Privacy and Consent in a Media Age

As a class we finished reading through Chapter 4 Technologies and discussed various points in the chapter.

In particular we looked at how damaging releasing footage without consent can be to those who are unaware they are being filmed or have their private footage uploaded to the internet. In the mid 2000’s Star Wars Kid was a typical example of misue of video where a student had private footage uploaded to Youtube by a group of students who found the digital footage. He was humiliated by the footage but went on to achieve notoriety and have his footage watched by over 20 million people. It even promoted a fan club where others took the footage and insterted the original video into scenes from Hollywood Films.

We discussed viral video and how this works through mediums such as Youtube. We watched the Racism in America and in particular Racism in an Elevator  as an example of Viral Video. Youtube is increasingly becoming like a tv station with people establishign their own channels.


Changing technologies influence the way we consume media. As we progress in the development of technology they get smaller, faster and more powerful. Mobile phones can now do cheaply and easily what it took supercompters to do 10 years ago. However, as technology changes our world we need to consider whether advancements have been made in our use of these tools or whether or intellectual progress can be hindered.

Chapter 4 in Media – New Ways and Meanings dicussess technology and the key concpets of covergence and divergence. In class we discussed whether technology has retarded or enhanced educational possibilities. The link will take you to the notes we made in class.
Technology Retards or Enhances Our Education