All posts tagged: journalism

European Contiki Survival Guide

  You’ve stepped off the plane at Heathrow Airport, London, just a bewildered face in a flood of people. This is it – congratulations! You have successfully made it to the other side of the world and now it finally hits you. How are you going to survive a month long European Contiki? Well don’t fear – with these few tips you will have the time of your life in your new summer playground, Europe! Rule number one: Be outgoing! You have just landed in one of the oldest cities in the world. Do not give in to the temptation of resting your pretty little head on that warm and comfy bed. Jet lag is a bitch. Stay strong and awake. Get out in the city and meet people. Say hello and talk! Keep an ear open for that familiar Australian accent. It is an unwritten law that when in Europe, meeting a fellow Australian seems like meeting a long lost friend! Staying awake is key to adapting to your new time zone. Be prepared …

The 78 Year Old Bush Kid

Gary Tolhurst’s earliest childhood memories are etched into the large gum trees and hidden paths which run along the Illawarra escarpment; memories which are still as lively as the running streams in which he¬†played. Jump forward 70 years and Gary still smiles about his wondrous childhood and the unique relationship he developed with the Australian bush, a sanctum of life, beauty and raw nature. The bush has not only become a part of Gary’s identity, but has also ignited his passions for wildlife and nature, a fire which still burns so brightly in the dark green eyes of this 78 year old bush kid.

Surfing the Beach Soundscape

The relationship of which I was focussing on for this exercise was the connection my sister has with the ocean. Having grown up near the beach her whole life, Shannon has a real love for all beach related activities and culture. She spends most afternoons in the summer surfing and swimming and during the winter will often walk the beach to relax and get out in the fresh air. When creating this soundscape, I focussed on Shannon getting ready at the beach, listening to the wind, sand and water, and then finally her walking towards the ocean for an afternoon surf. One major challenge which I did face however was the velocity of wind that was blowing into the mic, though I was able to edit this level out the sounds at a more even balance.

Through the Looking Glass: An Introduction to Television.

Imagine being present during the introduction of television into Australian society. Here is this grandiose invention, a new way of seeing the world. Would you be one to look through this new looking glass and fall into a new and modernising world? For my father, Carl Stanbridge, 50, the introduction of television into his life was something that he will always remember. It was in his family home in Thirroul, when my grandfather, Cyril Stanbridge brought home a television. Cyril, his wife and my grandmother, Penny, my father and his brother, Ross, all eagerly awaited the unveiling of this new television and in doing so, the revelation of this new era which they were entering in their lives. “The television that Dad brought home was a small box. We really couldn’t afford anything more, but it was a symbol of stability for us. We were able to own our very own television”. Whilst the introduction of television did not alter family routine, with my father and his brother continuing to play outside until the streetlights …

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 …