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The first attempt at compiling my journalist philosophical construction-

Further research and reading led me to the comical works of Monty Python, that proved to be most useful.

Though on a more serious note…

Imagine a life in which you travel to different lands and meet foreign people. A life in which you constantly discover and unveil stories, and have the opportunity to share them with the world. This is the life of a journalist, a life that is most intriguing.

Confucius once said:

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

As a child, we are all asked ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ I was a child that could never decide on one thing, and would constantly change my mind- a fickle thought process that remained alive until the beginning of this year.

I have always loved writing and creating videos-my first in Kindergarten on the effects on the environment. Though if producing was not enough, being in the spotlight and on camera has always been appealing, as I would demand my mother to ‘click me’. It wasn’t until I had traveled parts of the world, and met an array of interesting and different people that I thought: ‘Maybe, I can make a career out of this.’

Since beginning my degree and through the involvement in UOWTV Multimedia, I eventually see myself specialising in the areas of broadcast/investigative journalism or in producing and taking the reins on my own projects. I feel that it is important to use these skill in a constructive manner and raise issues of political and social concerns, stories that affect us all. In all honesty, I believe there are more interesting things to report on rather than the size of Kim Kardashian’s behind, or what Justin Bieber’s latest scandal is.

In essence, writing a story effectively and the properties of good story telling is a concept that will challenge me, and thus far has. Each medium that a journalist uses encapsulates its own techniques. The media is consistently evolving, incorporating different forms of media and technologies-which is intimidating. I believe I am technologically challenged; this will need to be overcome.

I could write an endless list of fears that I have, thought that would be pessimistic. At the end of the day, I love what I do. That’s what is most important.

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twiwtterAlmost ten years ago, the online social networking service ‘Twitter’ was created, transforming and revolutionising the public sphere. With a limited 140-characters, users were now enabled to send and read short messages called “tweets”, discussing issues of news and current events to everyday activities and lifestyles. However, modern skeptics scoffed at the concept, criticising the effectiveness of such a limited platform in conveying ideas. Twitter has since grown in popularity with the world’s most influential news organisations, journalists and publishing companies utilising the platform for a direct dialogue with their audiences. Some of the most influential and widely-recognised include the following:

Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald)
A journalist at @The_Intercept, an author and self proclaimed ‘animal fanatic’, Greenwald’s tweets continuously delve into some of the most worthwhile subjects across the internet, frequently focused on civil liberties and human rights. Through this, he promotes his work and generates conversations by quoting those in question and voicing his opinions on controversies. #followgreenwald

Peter Greste (@PeterGreste)
An Australian journalist and foreign correspondent, Greste has worked for Reuters, CNN and the BBC all around the world. His tweets primarily consist of development in his career and his promotion of free speech and pardons for journalists, particularly with Al Jazeera. He is particularly concerned with the protection of journalists and the means by which we distribute and receive information. #followgreste

Paul Bradshaw (@paulbradshaw)
Writer Paul Bradshaw focuses on online & data journalism. His Twitter is heavy on politics and tries to reach out to current students in journalism. He utilises this platform as a means of promoting his online journalism blog, informing his audiences (particularly journalists),  and promoting education and understanding in the industry posting over 40 thousand tweets to date. If you are lacking inspiration or want to divulge in information. #followbradshaw

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