Double or Nothing

Future In Journlism

At the moment a big question mark looms of the future of journalism, no one can seemingly tell where it is heading. Like everything, journalism is being forced to evolve with the digital age. The uncertainty lingering over the future of journalism is encouraging many students to undertake double degrees, not only to aid them on their career path but also creating a career backstop due to this uncertainty. I recently interviewed four of my fellow classmates about their career aspirations and their thoughts about the future of journalism, some were concerned, others excited but all presented valid ideas. Blair Hendricks is studying a double degree in journalism and communication and media, he hopes his approach in paring the two somewhat similar degrees will give him a leg up when applying for jobs within the media and journalism sector. Talking about the rise of citizen journalism Blair hopes it will not hinder his chances of finding work but will add an aspect to his work that previous generation journalist were unable to provide. Blair said “Doing a double degree has filled me with excitement for the future rather than fear as I know I should be able to find a job regardless.” When asking James Hugson about where he hopes his double degree in Journalism and Science will take him he explained how he hopes to write for one of Australia’s biggest media companies being at their forefront of science and in particular technology sector. Proceeding to talk about the future of journalism Hugson said “I am excited to be at the beginning of a new generation of journalist. Although our role may be somewhat different from traditional journalism, everything undergoes evolution whether we like it or not.” Hugson’s view was juxtaposed by Jessica Vace who is studying journalism and international studies with intentions of becoming a foreign corresponded. When asked if she thinks technology will deplete the need for a foreign correspondent she replied “It’s a real possibility, as technology continues to shrink the world, it continues to shrink my chances of becoming a foreign correspondent. However, in a world where we are made to improvise, I have looked at other ways I can carry out my work such as making documentaries where I physically have to be on the ground, reporting, in front of a camera.” It was evident that Vace held grave fears about her future aspirations alluding to the idea she may look to change degrees in the near future. Blair Tatum has chosen a different approach studying a degree in journalism and commerce. When asked why he combined the two he said, “I held grave fear for the future of journalism. People have said to me “You don’t need a degree to be a journalist, it’s a waste of time, however it’s always been a core interest of mine. I am fearful of the future of journalism so I decided to pair it with commerce as I know I can get a job in that field if all else fails.” A degree in journalism can literally take you anywhere, especially when paired with another degree. Journalism will always exist, in what form it takes we will have to wait and see.

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Appreciating The Little Things

Who knew a head massager could create such a picture perfect moment. Taken on the afternoon of the 17th of April, at a post university social gathering.  The photograph features Matthew Kane a first year journalism student relaxing and reflecting on his first semester as a full-time university student. Although describing his first semester at university as “challenging, hard and overwhelming” he is “extremely excited” for the future and hopes his dream goal of broadcast journalism is only a few years away. This photo is also a symbol for just one of many friendships that have been formed by new students within their first semester.

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Matthew Kane appreciating a head massager after a finishing his first 8 weeks of univeristy

 

Sports Journalism Within Adrian’s Sight

Adrian Dryden plays a game of basketball in his backyard to relieve the stresses of university.

First year journalism student Adrian Dryden attempts to escape the pressure of university through a game of basketball. He hopes his love for sports and journalism will eventually lead to a career incorporating both. The transition from high school to university is described by Adrian as the “most challenging yet rewarding” decision in his lifetime. When asked about sport he replied “It’s my way of copping, its how I stay happy.” When talking to Adrian it is evident he has the charisma, personality and overall character to produce a quality journalist and his love for sport will excel him on his way.

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First Few Weeks

Blair Arnold a first year journalism student at the University of Wollongong reflects on his first weeks of university life after the transition from high school. As Blair enters the silent atmosphere of the library he begins to reflect about the changes and challenges he has overcome. He’s see a new world, somewhat distorted and although different he feels a subtle sense of excitement whilst being riddled with nerves at the same time. Although Blair thought we had been “thrown in the deep end” by cracking a series of lame jokes we broke down the ice. Leading to this photograph, which can be seen as a symbol of our initial friendship.

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Blair Arnold’s image is reflected on a sculpture in the University Library

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A Tangle of Chains

One Community 

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A community of bikes not too far from the Uni Bar.

I captured this photo in my first weeks of university after coming from a local Catholic High School where we were all strictly dressed in uniform. Which is quite different to the university environment where people are free to express their individuality in however way they please. This allowed me to see the diverse range of people we have at the University of Wollongong. There are varying differences amongst students be it there personality traits, race, culture, religion, age, physical look or fashion style. I have captured this in my photography by using different bicycles around campus as a metaphor for differences amongst our UOW Community.

Individualism 

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A “hipster” bike, leant up against the arts building.

Stumbling across this seemingly old fixed gear bike highlights the diverse range of people we have at the University of Wollongong. The bike is some what an individual, different from normal style you may see someone ridding to university. The “fixed” gear bike has been a favourite amongst those considered “hipsters” for quite some time therefore is a symbol for those who dress in that nature. The idea that hipsters are individuals helps support the idea of individuality at UOW. Individuality is important as it promotes diversification leading to an interesting and entertaining culture.