politics & society


Could family violence education in schools be a solution?

Senior secondary students from Hobsons Bay City Shire have introduced a Bill in YMCA’s Youth Parliament for the introduction of family violence education in schools. Alice Rennison asks if this solution is viable.

culture & lifestyle


Melbourne WebFest 2015: The Katering Show (AUS)

The Katering Show is a comedy web series that follows the lives of celebrity chef, Kate McLennan, and her food intolerant friend, Kate McCartney, as they cook their way into the Food Culture Revolution.



The Highs and Lows of Chris Judd’s AFL Career

Often regarded as one of the greatest AFL players, Chris Judd has announced his retirement. As a well-respected player, the football community has lost one of the greats. Ryan Rosendale looks back on an outstanding career.



Regional papers struggle to keep up

Kieran Balmaceda examines how the uncertain future of print news could affect local communities as the big outlets begin to downsize rural operations.


Giving HOPE to the homeless

With homelessness in Melbourne on the rise, some are sacrificing their own time and money to give back to the less fortunate, writes Tijan Biner.


Melbourne WebFest 2015: High Road (NZL)

Justin Harwood is the creator of the web series, High Road, which depicts the post rock star life of Terry and his lack of self-awareness.

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LeBron or bust for Cavaliers?

The Golden State Warriors take a 1-0 lead in the NBA Finals as cracks begin to appear in Cleveland’s “James” centric offense, writes Daniel Freeman.

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How popular media can influence childbirth

Johanna Brasier speaks to Monash University researcher Kate Young about the effects popular media can have on childbirth decisions.


Andrews government review: part two

In the second part of upstart’s review, Ewa Staszewska speaks with politics lecturer Nicholas Barry about the Andrews government’s performance so far.


Melbourne WebFest 2015: Noirhouse (AUS)

Tasmanian web series creators,Tim Logan, Nathan Spencer, and Shaun Wilson from Sky Machine, together with Latitude Films have created an authentic series of comedy, mystery and deceit, presented in black and white.


On-field reclaims the spotlight

After more than two years of off-field drama, happenings on the field have once again taken ascendency in the AFL world, writes Matt Goss.


Documenting the truth

They may be informative and insightful but many documentaries struggle to show the complete truth, writes Stephanie Atkins.


Melbourne WebFest 2015 program launch

51 web series, from 10 different countries have been included in this year’s official selection. More than 200 series were submitted.

Visit www.melbournewebfest.com for more details about this year’s program.

On Tuesday 12 May Melbourne WebFest announced the program for its third edition. 


The Inside Scoop: print media

In this episode, Philippe Perez speaks with writers pursuing careers in the vibrant and dynamic world of print mediums.

While it may be a challenge for some publications to survive in the digital era, many writers still find seeing their words on paper a beautiful thing.

We hear from those in the industry about ways writers can get their ideas published in magazines and print newspapers, the working day of a print journalist, and the battle for relevancy at a time when many readers are turning to screen rather than paper.

The Inside Scoop – Episode 4, Print Media by Upstart_Magazine on Mixcloud

Featured in this episode:

Rachael Roberts is a third-year journalism student at La Trobe University. She is one of the editors of Rabelais, La Trobe University’s only student magazine, alongside Sally O’Brien. Follow her on Twitter: @1RachaelRoberts.

Sally O’Brien is a third-year Bachelor of Arts student at La Trobe University, majoring in journalism and history. She also edits Rabelais. Follow her on Twitter: @SallyOBrien42.

Emma Watson is a journalist with the La Trobe Valley Express, a regional Fairfax paper based in Gippsland, Victoria. Follow her on Twitter: @emmywatto.

Valerie Khoo is the founder and National Director of the Australian Writers’ Centre. She is also an experienced author and journalist who has written for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. Follow her on Twitter: @valeriekhoo.

Listen to other episodes of The Inside Scoop here.


Philippe PerezPhilippe Perez is a third-year journalism student at La Trobe University and Media Editor of upstart. You can follow him on Twitter: @p_perez.





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