Month: March 2015

Ethics: Should I or Shouldn’t I?

Ethics. Aren’t they something that have been instilled into us since we were children? Well if so, why do some people have strong ethics, whilst others do not? Albert Camus ultimately states that ‘a man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world’, so one must question what would research practices be like without ethics? Academically, ethics are defined as “norms for conduct that distinguish between acceptable and unacceptable behaviour” (Resnik, D, 2011). So research ethics must be tied to the idea that researchers are doing the ‘right thing – by the project, its participants and society at large’ (McCutcheon, M, 2015). It is however, important to remember that there is truly no universal definition of ethics as they will always vary from country to country, culture to culture. But in the media, why should we strive to be ethical? Well firstly, the media is the centre for news. It is the very foundation by which society can communicate and learn. Journalists, from their very first days on the job, are drilled in media ethics. Report …

The Trip of a Lifetime: Schoolies Style

Schoolies, for many school leavers is the trip of a lifetime and for Monique her trip to Fiji was no different. Having met her current best friend, Teagan, through the discussion of a possible Fijian schoolies, Monique and four other friends set off to the islands of Fiji in November, 2014 for a week-long blur of beach parties and sun-kissed fun! Those four friendships quickly grew as the girls met other school leavers, also on schoolies from all over Australia. Monique wholeheartedly agrees with the 2014 Schoolies slogan claiming ‘it definitely is the trip of a lifetime’. From here, she has now even booked a trip to South America and having now caught the bug for travelling, Monique plans to venture to all corners of the globe for culture, experience and fun! Whilst the countless parties, sunny days and crazy events with internationally renowned DJ’s all made her Fijian schoolies an unforgettable event, Monique feels that it just wouldn’t be the same going back again for a holiday, but rather hold onto the idea of …

Media Research: Doing It On The Daily

Research. It’s a word that so many students are familiar with. Some may groan and roll their eyes into the back of their heads, but to me, research is brilliant! Our entire lives are saturated with investigations and research! I wake up in the morning and conduct research by scrolling through my Facebook and Instagram, sourcing information on what has happened in the previous 12 hours. I get stuck or intrigued by a question or idea, so I immediately turn to my friend, Google. Heck, even having a quick stalk on Facebook for the attractive guy or gal you have recently just met can be deemed as research. Research is educating us daily and opening our eyes and minds to so many new ideas and experiences. Simply put, it is when we are “looking for information about something” (Berger, A. 2014). But what does media research truly mean? Well, firstly within our course we are both conducting and engaging in scholarly research, which by Berger’s definition “is more systematic, more objective, more careful and more …

Dawn of a New Day

2014 was a complete whirlwind of new experiences and fresh memories. Being my first year of university, I was nervous and honestly had no true idea what I wanted to do or where I wanted to go. I spent the year choosing a wide range of subjects to gain insight into the different majors Communications and Media has to offer, though I still felt uneasy. The year brought me a whole new group of friends and a whole new sense of self. Though as 2015 has now dawned, I finally feel like I have direction. I have since decided to major in journalism and international communications and am eager to jump straight into my second year of university. This year is already promising to bring a whole bundle of new and exciting experiences to benefit both my education, career and who I am becoming as an individual. In July, I am off overseas to travel Europe on my own, something I have been dreaming about doing since I was a little kid. At the end …