What if you could demand one thing from our media this election?

Australia Votes

In writing a new piece about how we can demand better coverage from our media this election I asked my Twitter followers if they could demand one thing from our media this election – what would it be? Here are some of the responses.

Debs made a suggestion regarding the use of language about asylum seekers:


Ed called for more “important stories”


Lots of discussion about assessing claims and getting the facts:


On policy:


Less “horse race” politics (From Tumblr)

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On wasted opportunities:


What are your thoughts? Comment below or get in touch @JB_AU

Some tips for new journalism/media students

We Matter Media


Universities and TAFE colleges across Australia are currently preparing for their next influx of media, journalism, communications and PR students. If this is about to be you – there are thousands of young people just like you about to try and make their mark on one of the most competitive industries out there.

If you want a serious chance at getting anywhere in the media industry – you need to start preparing yourself now. As a media educator I support thousands of young people with an interest in a media career each year. Here are some of my tips for getting ahead of the thousands of others about to start on the same path.

1. Start volunteering/interning/creating NOW.

The best way to build your skills is to just do it. Many media/communications courses have an astounding lack of practical opportunities. By the time you finish your qualification, employers will…

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