politics & society


Australia’s renewable future

In order to lower Australia’s carbon emissions, more money needs to be invested in solar and wind energy sectors, writes Ewa Staszewska.

culture & lifestyle


Stop the tax on tampons

Menstruating isn’t a choice. Joely Mitchell explains why pads and tampons should be categorised as important health goods and become tax-free.



Tiger loyalty unabated by microwaves

Despite having lost a few memberships to microwaves over the years, Richmond supporters remain amongst the most loyal in the AFL, writes Matt Goss.



The Inside Scoop: television

In the third episode of this podcast series, Philippe Perez talks to people working within the medium of television.

same sex marriage

Australia one step behind with marriage equality

With Ireland the latest country to legalise same-sex marriage, it’s time Australia extended equal rights to gay couples, writes Nick Harrison.

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Don’t sugarcoat stress

Sugar can help to ease our nerves when we’re stressed but the long-term health effects could be damaging, writes Nick Harrison.

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Ready, aim, fire: Cox shoots for Rio

With the 2015 International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup behind her, the Rio Olympics is in the crosshairs for shooter Emma Cox, writes Stephanie Atkins.


Emerging journalists blogroll

Please help us welcome a new cohort of emerging journalists to the blogosphere. Here’s the first pick of the produce from La Trobe Journalism’s first year students.


Melbourne: the Greens’ stronghold

The Greens’ leadership change reflects the party’s growth and popularity in inner-city Melbourne, writes Nat Kassel.


Fashion ads that shouldn’t be banned

There’s a fine line between fashion and censorship. Are policies being pushed too far or are some ads really too risqué to reveal? asks Tijan Biner.


Defence barring North’s road to success

North Melbourne will not be finishing in the top four this year unless drastic changes are made on the defensive end, writes David McPherson.


Melbourne WebFest reveals 2015 nominees

With more entries than ever before, Melbourne WebFest has announced a diverse array of web series nominees for this year’s program, writes Ewa Staszewska.


Choc Tops: Minions trailer review

The Minions trailer divides opinion among our Choc Tops, Chris and James. Check out what they think.


The Inside Scoop: television

In this episode, Philippe Perez speaks with three journalists pursuing careers in different areas of television news.

They discuss the workload and routine of a television news journalist, the team nature of the medium, the pressures of limited resources, and how the introduction of 24-hour channels has changed Australia’s news landscape.

The Inside Scoop – Episode 3, Television by Upstart_Magazine on Mixcloud

Featured in this episode:

Bridget Rollason is a Canberra-based journalist for PRIME7 News. She is also a former editor and staff writer for upstart. Follow her on Twitter: @bridgerollo.

Katie Hale is an assistant chief of staff and assistant producer for the Channel Nine newsroom. She worked on Ten’s Wake Up, as well as in the radio studios of 2Day FM and Nova FM. Follow her on Twitter: @katie180.

Harriet Conron is a casual guest liaison at the Melbourne studios of Sky News Australia. She is a third-year Bachelor of Journalism student at RMIT and volunteer at SYN Media. Follow her on Twitter: @harrietconron.