I pursued honours in 2010 with the aim of further developing my research skills in preparation for a PhD in journalism. As a journalism graduate, I’m interested in the news industry and in addition to my practical experience, I hope to further my academic career to give me a broader understanding and engagement with the area.
Abstract: The journalism landscape is constantly changing, with new technologies and mediums re-defining the relationship between the news media and the public. Since journalism also seeks to function as a documentary practice, this thesis will apply the documentary modes Bill Nichols initially devised to categorise non-fiction film to the field of journalism in order to help chart the changing nature of the profession. Transposing these documentary film forms may lead to new theories and ideas about the role of journalists and their evolving relationship with the audience.
Author: Natalie Puchalksi
Supervisor: Alex Wake
My name is Kristofor Lawson and I am a 2010 Journalism honours student at RMIT. I have completed bachelor’s degrees in both journalism from the Queensland University of Technology (2009) and Interactive Entertainment (Animation) from QANTM College (2007). Both of my degrees have focused on telling stories effectively in ways which both engage and captivate an audience. I have had a deep interest since my early teens in quality storytelling. No amount of cool visual effects can make up for a bad story, and I wholeheartedly believe that a well told story is the key to making any production a success. My journalism work has been broadcast and published in various forms by several organisations including the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, The Walkley Magazine, and QUT News. I have also previously worked as the web master for the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation in Brisbane. My professional interests also include blogging about multimedia journalism through MediaFire (www.mediafire.com.au) and I am very active on Twitter (@kristoforlawson).
Research: Re-Inventing Journalism
Research: Re-Inventing Journalism
Abstract: Many media companies were created in the age of print journalism and have found that in the transition to digital they have clung to aspects of the past. It is argued that as a result of this process, many companies fail to think about the best journalistic practice in the 21st century and are ignoring (major) innovation as a means of survival. I propose to re-invent journalism; as if it were to be invented for the first time in 2010. This will open new avenues for journalism to expand and grow as an industry.
Author: Kristofor Lawson
Supervisor: Alexandra Wake
Susie Anderson resides in Melbourne, Australia where she is undertaking honours in media at RMIT University. During her undergraduate degree in media she majored in philosophy and literature and specialised in radio. Her radio exploits have included Room with a View on Triple R in 2009, and from July to October in 2010, Flash in the Pan, a radio show about food, on SYN radio.
Throughout 2009 Susie undertook an administration internship for RMIT Union Arts, where she realised that life wouldn’t be very interesting unless it was creative too.
In 2010 she completed an editorial internship for ArtsHub Australia, finished her undergraduate degree in media and became part of the editorial committee for Voiceworks magazine. She hopes to combine arts, writing and radio into some sort of delicious mega career.
Research: Poetry Online
Research: Poetry Online
Abstract: This thesis identifies aspects of an ideal poetry website. The way poems are defined and various poetry criticism positions poetry as an artform that takes advantage and references the medium through which it is produced. This reveals that poets tend to write with the dominant medium of the time. As a result of these findings, Poetrys relationship with different media is charted through from digital poetry, aggregate poetry websites, poetry forums, poetry blogs and finally to online poetry journals. Two online poetry journals with different submission methods All Write Then and Cordite Poetry Review are contrasted to discuss issues of gatekeeping, editing and the prominence of sharing in online creative communities. My comparison finds that there are benefits to both an edited and non-edited journal and overall I suggest that aspects of each could be combined and built upon to constitute an ideal poetry website.
Author: Susan Anderson
Danica graduated from RMIT University under the Bachelor of Communication Media in 2009. She is currently studying Media Honours to advance her skills in applied research and media production. Danica is passionate about creative content and new media. She is also committed to various opportunities for career and skills development as well as being part of a creative team.
Abstract: This thesis examines Radio Television Brunei Media Carnival, a promotional strategy developed to help promote Radio Television Brunei (RTB) to audiences in Brunei Darussalam. It summarises a short history of RTB, from its origins as sole broadcaster in Brunei to the loss of audiences caused by competition with a satellite television station broadcasting from Malaysia, and attempts by RTB to counter through the creation of new channels with programming similar to externally produced content. It then examines the strategies of RTB Carnival, which is a further attempt to win back its audience by re-branding its tarnished reputation. This thesis argues that this strategy has failed. The main purpose of the research is to propose what should be done next, via a comparison of Carnival with other forms of promotion used by broadcast networks in the West. The outcome of the thesis is a comparison of different strategies that could be adopted by RTB, which will adhere to Brunei’s philosophy of Malay Islamic Monarchy.
Author: Nisa Halim
Supervisor: Philip Dearman
Nisa joined the 2010 honours program aiming to learn more about her passion for the cinema. Still searching for loops and holes that can be explored in her favourite silent films, she seeks inspiration through photography, Charlie Chaplin, and auteur biographies.