Journalists and Social Media

With social media being the dominating force that is controlling the internet, many have utilised its many functions and abilities for their own mutual benefits. For some it may be promoting music, or showing the world their amazing Magret de Canard that they had for dinner with multiple hashtags saying ‘foodie’ and ‘yum.’ But for journalists, its the chance to share their work with the world, providing their opinions on issues in the world and to use as a personal space to show their more ‘human’ side.Screen Shot 2015-11-05 at 12.48.03 pmScreen Shot 2015-11-05 at 12.51.33 pm

The main focus of this article is a journalist that has been a part of my timeline for quite some time now, David Mooney. A writer for ESPN as well as his own personal blog, he promotes his variety of work, ranging from his podcasts to the articles he has written, all through a simple tweet or retweet.
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Serenity is not freedom from the storm, but peace amid the storm

For this group of teenage boys, their serenity is a hidden place, far away from their busy social and working lives, and hidden from the rest of the world. This place is known to them as, ‘The Huts’.

When the clock strikes midnight, this quiet location becomes a hotspot for these boys, unbeknown to most of society. To one of the boys, the huts ‘becomes an initiation’ into to this brotherhood. Its when you reach ‘a certain level of knowing the boys’, thats when you are introduced to this underground, drug fuelled serenity.

Asking another one of the boys what they got up to while at the huts, their response was straight forward. “Drugs, smoking billies and getting high.” But how did this group of teenagers stumble upon this location that is unknown to their community?

Their discovery of ‘The Huts’ came from those who had previously used the location and were passing it down to the next group of teens. “Its pretty much the same for everyone,” one boy said, “someone introduces you to the Huts, you introduce the next person and it keeps on going.” While to some of the boys, it was just another weekend at ‘the Huts’, but for another it was a new experience.

“I only found out about this place last night on the bender.” The teenager had finally reached ‘that level of knowing the boys’ and was finally introduced to this hidden location.

While some of the boys were old enough to spend their Fridays and Saturdays in the city, partying until the early mornings, some were not and used the Huts to their advantage.

“When I found out about the Huts, I was under 18 so if you wanted to go hang out on Friday or Saturday night, the huts was the place to be.”

To these boys, its what the location means to them, that makes it special. “Its just the way you’re able to make new friends, one of the boys answered, while another commented on the atmosphere. “Its just so chill and everyone loves each other” he jokingly said, the other boys surrounding him, laughing and ripping into him, “you get there and its like ‘bro give me a hug.’ ”

Its this type of drug fuelled friendly environment that provides these boys with calmness and peacefulness and to these teenage boys, whose lives are fast paced and busy, ‘the Huts’ is their serenity.

91 Riverside Drive


One week, a lifetime of memories.

91 Riverside Drive became a symbol for friendship. A group of mates who grew up together, all together under one roof for the last time. It was a period of time where these teenagers could be teenagers one final time, without anyone to interfere. It was their last time being ‘kids’ before entering the ‘real world’.

This two story house, situated upon Lake Macquarie, fosters the memories of a group of friends and in particular, Les, who feels that this house will hold the bond together of friends that went their separate ways.

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Emerging from the Underground – A change in concept

Originally, my plan was to interview Les at the Underground in the University of Technology Sydney, however, I felt that his connection wasn’t as strong to the Underground as it was for the holiday house where we spent most of our time at.

The difficulty in recording, for this connection to place was the fact that the holiday house was in Port Macquarie. With the stories that Les told, it is difficult to have ambient sounds in the background. The stories Les has told, really developed his character and I feel that any ambience would take the character development away from the story.

However, in one of the stories, Les mentions a particular song that will always connect him to this house. This song in the background adds significance to the story, and I believe further develops Les’ character.

“Creatures of the Night” – Review

This audio piece was my favourite out of the three I listened to, for the way it was structured along with the use of music and ambient sounds.

The ambience of what is first thought as a fire, along with the sound of the harmonica playing, creates the idea that the interviewee is like a western cowboy sitting by the campfire in the middle of no where. A great thing about this piece is the way that ambient music comes in during the breaks that the interviewee has when speaking, setting a great pace to the story.

The narrative provides a great insight into working the ‘graveyard shifts’ at fast food establishments. The interviewee tells his experience well, and his voice sounding tired further shows the difficulty in working late nigh shifts.

The Underground – Whats the Reasoning?

“When people tell you a story, it’s like they’re singing you a song. Every voice has its own musicality, its own tone and timbre. And even just a little half-sentence fragment can go in through your ear and tell you something profound about a person’s soul.” – Aaron Henkin

The particular person that I have chosen for this Assignment is one of my best friends, Les. One of the reasons I have chosen Les for this assignment, is that he has expressed his cultural background through a tattoo. See, what makes Les so different to others, is his background being both Aboriginal and Maori, and his tattoo tells a fantastic story on how he intertwines these two cultures.

We begin the interview at the Underground, the bar which is located at the University of Technology, so that the interview is somewhere where the interviewee is comfortable to tell his story of his tattoo. I hope to intertwine this with a shift in ambience, changing the ambience from a small bar crowd to a bit of a natural ambience. This change in ambience will symbolise his connection to his tattoo, one which involves nature and the environment. I hope this will display how a connection to one place (a bar) can unravel stories of connections to other significant environments.

The Underground Part 2

The Underground at the University of Technology Sydney is where the focus of this task will take place. There are many difficulties in recording the right sounds when situated in a bar, where there are a variety of noises that can interfere and disturb the subject being recorded. The positive aspect of recording in a bar like the Underground, is being able to pick up ambient sounds of the atmosphere, such as people talking. This ambience allows for perfect background noise, which will contribute to the context of the situation. It also gives ‘character’ to the recording, removing any background silence which might be considered ‘bland’ or ‘boring’.

There are, however, some negative aspects about recording in a public area such as a bar. Trying to record certain aspects of the bar, such as the pool table or drink pouring, is difficult if the background noise is too loud or interferes too much with the audio. In some instances, the ambient background overrides the sound that you actually want to record, meaning that to record a certain sound will have to wait until the ambience is a lot quieter or recording the sounds somewhere else.