Is Australia becoming Americanised? Who are the up and coming stars of Australian cricket? And what is freestyle rap and how do you become good it?
These are just some of the questions being explored by students at La Trobe University in their new blogs. For the second year running, we’ve asked everyone enrolled in the first-year subject The Emerging Journalist to set up a blog on a topic that they feel passionate about, and to curate a Twitter list that will function as a news feed for their chosen theme.
Why blogging in a journalism degree? After all, “blogging” isn’t synonymous with “journalism”. But blogging can help students (and not just students) develop a personal brand by improving writing and research skills, and developing an understanding of what it takes to build an audience. As British journalism educator Sue Greenwood puts it: “blogging shows would-be journalists that the point of writing a story (or making a video) is that someone who cares about the subject will read it”.
So here’s the list so far (and it’s growing) of the blogs and their authors. Between them, they explore everything from politics to fashion and football and culture.Take a look, and follow this year’s class on Twitter via the #TEJ2014 hashtag.
The List So Far
Jessica Whitby – Spring Street Said
Kurt Bryant – United States of Australia
Val Febbo – The Big Server
Danica Wild – The Packing List
Peter De Stefano The White Board
Xavier Martin – Pub Jive
Josh Schonafinger – Out on 87
Lindsey Martin – Melbourne Arts Profiler
Rachael Ward – Eltham Election 2014
Sheridan Lee – The Young Backbenchers
Ryan Harrison – The Last Second Three
Jena Marino – The Real Songwriters of Melbourne
Joshua Campbell – Drop Punting
Andrew Paloczi – Pint of View
Jessie Storm – Cheap Plate
Caitlin Nobes – Who’s the Sub?
Leticia Searle – Seeing it All
Lydia Hean – Incrednibbles
Deniz Uzgun – The Carrier Pigeon
Sam Murphy – Nobody Puts Delly in the Corner
Mary Gilmartin – How Technology is Being Used and How it Affects Us
Isobel Piotrowski – Beauty Got Soul
Jarrah Vella-Wright – Off the Plate – where the baseball office comes alive