Poetry Online


This thesis identifies aspects of an ideal poetry website. The way poems are defined and various poetry criticism positions poetry as an artform that takes advantage and references the medium through which it is produced. This reveals that poets tend to write with the dominant medium of the time. As a result of these findings, Poetrys relationship with different media is charted through from digital poetry, aggregate poetry websites, poetry forums, poetry blogs and finally to online poetry journals. Two online poetry journals with different submission methods All Write Then and Cordite Poetry Review are contrasted to discuss issues of gatekeeping, editing and the prominence of sharing in online creative communities. My comparison finds that there are benefits to both an edited and non-edited journal and overall I suggest that aspects of each could be combined and built upon to constitute an ideal poetry website.


From the opening of the thesis (available below as a PDF):

The Maremma in Words


This research project involves the somewhat unique development of a travel guide for a currently little-known Italian region called the Maremma. The modern guidebook is not necessarily confined to providing directions and recommendations. There are now many forms of travel guides that cross a number of writing disciplines, from creative non-fiction to geographical studies. When dealing with a little-known destination, as this project does, it cannot be assumed that directions and recommendations will be sufficient. By incorporating elements from genres of creative non-fiction into travel writing, this project proposes to build upon recommendations and directions to produce a project that both engages and informs the reader.


This work consists of the preliminary work for a travel guide, and an exegesis (both available below as pdfs). From the exegesis:

Analysing characteristics of social media in cultural communication: An investigation of social media use at Museum Victoria


Social media is increasingly transforming cultural communication frameworks in museums and is representative of the shift in museum ideology over recent years. The thesis contextualises social media use in cultural heritage through a case study on Museum Victoria, examining its social media use and illustrating the value of this form of communication for museums. Social media enables museums to connect with audiences in new ways; conversely, museums are still grappling with the challenges that this communication form presents to their traditional role as cultural gatekeepers. Situated in the emerging field of cultural communication, the thesis uses digital cultural communication methods and practices as a framework to assess and evaluate museums social media use. Cultural Communication is an evolving field which is within and/ or in response to cultural activity, is interactive, proactive and offers opportunities for active cultural participation, engagement and co-creation (Russo, “Transformations in Cultural Communication”). Cultural Communication methodologies deal with the philosophical assumptions which underlie research directed and/or in response to evolving cultural programs. It uses a variety of ‘digital cultural communication’ methods which offer the tools and literacies required to engage in cultural activity, thus creating active cultural participants.


From the thesis, which is available below as a pdf:

Broken Bodies and Time: An examination of formal and narrative deterritorialisation in the cinema


Kristevan abjection and the Deleuzian conception of creation exhibited by time-image cinemas can both be seen as deterritorialisation mechanisms in that they contradict notions of stable identities. Abjection violates physical or institutional structures, presenting am ambiguity that undermines definition through a process of destabilistion.
Deleuzian movement-image cinemas foreground identity through the formal employment of a sensory-motor schema that facilitates ontological determinations of identity based on action. The time-image cinema contradicts this by acting as a perpetual becoming, which is irreconcilable with cinematographic conceptions of identity. This thesis explores the interaction of abjection as narrative deterritorialisation combined with Deluezian conceptions of cinema to examine the relationship between form and structure in the destabilisation of concepts of static identity.


From the thesis, available below as a pdf:

Public: Exploring Australian Women's Magazines


This practice-led research of magazine feature writing aims to re-negotiate the idea of the Australian women’s magazine. Born out of dissatisfaction with current commercial Australian women’s magazine this study looks toward niche publications such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and The Monthly as inspiration for combining two fields of interest – fashion and politics – in one publication. This combination of political commentary and fashion editorial presents a new vantage point and magazine concept. To examine women’s magazines this exegesis looks at Australian journalists and publications that informed the writing of the articles. As well as this, the exegesis discusses critiques that have shaped and initiated the discourse of women’s magazines. This research hopes to add to the Australian academic discourse on magazines as well as present an untried magazine concept to be tested by a focus group or other market research methodology.


From the exegesis, available as a PDF below:

The Unreality House: Investigating a Podcast Drama Aesthetic


The podcast, in relation to radio drama, is often seen as an alternative delivery platform rather than a medium with conventions that offer unique narrative opportunities. Consequently, podcast radio drama is often difficult to differentiate from broadcast radio drama in terms of how it is narratively-structured and produced. This project is an investigation into what radio drama might sound like when specifically tailored to the affordances and limitations of the podcast form. By producing three radio drama sketches, each an adaptation of the short story The Unreality House by Kirilee Barker, attempts have been made to produce drama that takes advantage of the podcast’s affordances to tell a story. The results suggest that rather than a broadcast radio substitute, the podcast is a medium capable of fostering a new production approach to radio drama.


From the exegesis (available below as a pdf):

Still in Motion: A Video Translation of the Video Essay


Through a program of practice-based research, I investigate how the documentary photo-essay can be translated into a video form. Undertaking such a project will enable me to both combine the approaches of a still and moving-image practice, as well as exploring the integration of interaction and the spatial arrangement of video. Three interactive non-fiction video works will be designed and produced, each directly informed by the aesthetic and narrative affordances of the photo-essay. The making of these prototype ‘video-essays’ will be used to develop a model for further engagement with non-fiction video, in my own practice. In a broader context, this research will provide alternative approaches towards digital video production and publication.


From the exegesis (available below as a pdf):

Remember Madoka: Transgressing the Magical Girl


The purpose of this thesis is to investigate how the Japanese anime series Puella Magi Madoka Magica both confirms and transgresses the conventions of the magical girl genre. Genres shift as audiences, creators and critics develop, mature and reform. Texts that transgress established conventions within their respective genres in turn shift perceptions of the possibilities of the genre, and thus influence the development of future works. Through analysis of several contemporary magical girl series, conventions that are commonly found within the genre are established, and then used as points of reference for a deeper analysis of the series Puella Magi Madoka Magica. This series utilises many of the conventions within the genre, but also takes them further and transforms them. It is thus a profoundly important contribution to anime in Japan.


From the thesis (available below as a pdf):

Korean Pop Culture and New Masculinity in Singapore


Whereas once scholars of gender argued for an understanding of hegemonic masculinity, more recently Connell’s theory on hegemonic masculinity is nowadays not seen amongst young Chinese males in the twenty-first century in Singapore. There has been a clear and notable difference in the way males have been portrayed in the media in the past as compared to the present context, thus there has been a change in the images of masculinity. This matters because there has been an increasing trend seen in young males to be more metro-sexual. I will be focusing on the increasing popularity of the Korean Wave that has and is currently swiping the globe and examining the ‘Rain’ phenomenon and his influences to young males across Southeast Asia countries. The phenomenon in Korea and the changing images of masculinity in Korea and the impact it has created amongst the young Chinese males has created a new perception and alternative form of masculinity in Singapore.


From the thesis (available below as a PDF):

Disability and the Press


There are no enforceable print journalism guidelines in Victoria on how to write about disability in an accurate and appropriate way. While systems of care have changed over the past 30 years, it is argued that a lack of knowledge in journalism about what language should be used, can lead to outdated disability-focused reporting. Adopting the Disability Council of New South Wales Media Guidelines (1994) on media reporting, this portfolio of feature articles, for a Victorian newspaper, examines how media guidelines influence journalistic writing practice. It offers an alternative method of reporting disability, for journalists to refer to when seeking to improve media representations of disability.


This project based research consists of a portfolio of feature length articles and a long exegesis. The research problem was about how print journalism could, and should, represent disability. The portfolio and exegesis are available as PDF's below.

Labsome Student Has Film in Festival

The Media Graduate and Honours student, Jim Elson-John has a documentary screening in the St Kilda Film Festival in the Top 100 Shorts competition.


GIVEN EVERYTHING: A celebration of influential Australian Musician Maurice Frawley. From the humble beginnings of country life we see the profound effect of one man's music.

Jim Elson-John


Jim graduated from the RMIT Bachelor of Communications (Media) in 2010, and has worked across a wide field of media production, including short film, documentary, music video, and transmedia works.

Spending recent years between Melbourne and Berlin, Germany, Jim settled back in Australia to undertake the Honours program in 2011, with a focus on interactive video and documentary production.


jim.elson.john (at) gmail.com

Laura James


A graduate of the Bachelor of Communication (Media) program at RMIT, Laura is an aspiring radio programme producer. Specialising in radio throughout her degree, she gained invaluable hands-on experience at community stations, 3RRR and SYN for whom she presented and produced weekly live shows.

Hannah Bourke


Hannah is a graduate of the Bachelor of Communication (Professional Communication) program at RMIT in 2010. She finished the degree with a number of academic awards, and completed a double specialization in journalism and public relations, along with a major in Asian media studies.

Hannah joined the RMIT honours program in 2011.

Simon Gough


Born in Melbourne, I've managed to spend about a quarter of my life overseas, either traveling for tourism, or living in foreign countries as an extension to my parents' work.

James Joshua


I was born and brought up in Singapore, lived my 21years of teenage hood back there, coming to melbourne to pursue my Honours is definitely a wonderful and enriching experience and I hope to learn more.I completed my Bachelors of Communication at Singapore Institute of Management(SIM) in 2010. I enjoy hosting and organizing events, organized afew in Singapore.

Sean Lee Kai Xing


Sean was accepted into the Bachelor of Communications (Media) Honours programme in 2011. He hopes to complete the course in hopes of adding quality work to his portfolio for a career in video games development.

Elisa Scarton


When I was a kid I dreamt of being a doctor…but as it turns out, blood makes me squeamish. So I chose the nice, safe, blood-free career option of journalism instead.

Joshua McInerheney


Genetically speaking, I am 50% Australian and 50% Japanese. I grew up in one of the most isolated capital cities in the world, Perth, with aspirations to become either the next big football (AFL) star or a prominent fiction novelist.

Caroline Downes


My professional interests lie in digital communication, how governments communicate to the masses (effectively or disastrously) and best practices in communicating to a ever more niche population. Normal interests include coffee (surprise I am a Melbourne girl), music, festivals, gigs (surpise normal youth based interest) and eating (blame the Home Ec teacher Mother).

Elliot Heatwole


I was born in Canberra and moved to Melbourne in 2008 to study media at RMIT University. Initially commencing my studies with a view to entering a career in film production, I quickly learned that my most significant interest is in film theory, completing the Bachelor of Communication (Media) degree in 2010 with a major in cinema studies.

Susan Anderson


Susie Anderson resides in Melbourne, Australia where she is undertaking honours in media at RMIT University. During her undergraduate degree in media she majored in philosophy and literature and specialised in radio. Her radio exploits have included Room with a View on Triple R in 2009, and from July to October in 2010, Flash in the Pan, a radio show about food, on SYN radio.

Andrea Fox

Andrea Fox

My name is Andrea Fox. I graduated with a Bachelor of Communications (Professional Communication) from RMIT University in 2009 and am now back at RMIT, completing my Honours year.

Andrea Andric


After completing my BA in Journalism in 2009 I was offered a spot in the Labsome Honours project and while I accepted the offer, I decided to take some time off to travel. Experiencing, learning and wondering at the sights of Europe, Africa and a little bit of Asia for seven months has greatly contributed to my world view, work ethic and general disposition.

Leila Lee Bagundol


Leila Bagundol aka lilleilalee is a follower of Christ. Lover of the Word, raspberry spiders, zombie films, cheesecakes, tech, plush toys, t-shirts... It may or may not be in that particular order.

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2011 Timetables

I don't know why timetables are not yet available, they are usually available well before this. However, when they are available, you will be able to find them at:


2011 International Students (info)

This is from an official RMIT email:

2011 Program Electives

Below is a pdf of the electives available for honours students doing the program in 2011. You only do one elective for the entire year, NOT one per semester! We will go over enrolment during the first workshop (Research Workshop A) and if there are mistakes you can complete a change of enrolment form.

2011 Program Guide

Once upon a time we had Program Information Guides (yes, PIGs), which were PDFs that outlined what subjects where available and the like. Now they are all and only online, so please have a look at:


Design Hub Online Documentary

Proposed honours project - Design Hub Online Documentary

Producer/Supervisor: Seth Keen,

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