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The Maremma in Words

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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.

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

Public: Exploring Australian Women's Magazines

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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.

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From the exegesis, available as a PDF below:

The Unreality House: Investigating a Podcast Drama Aesthetic

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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.

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From the exegesis (available below as a pdf):

Still in Motion: A Video Translation of the Video Essay

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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.

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From the exegesis (available below as a pdf):

Disability and the Press

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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.

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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.

Rethinking Journalism Through Documentary Modes

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The journalism landscape is constantly changing, with new technologies and mediums re-defining the relationship between the news media and the public. Since journalism also seeks to function as a documentary practice, this thesis will apply the documentary modes Bill Nichols initially devised to categorise non-fiction film to the field of journalism in order to help chart the changing nature of the profession. Transposing these documentary film forms may lead to new theories and ideas about the role of journalists and their evolving relationship with the audience.

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Design Hub Online Documentary

Proposed honours project - Design Hub Online Documentary

Producer/Supervisor: Seth Keen,

Re-Inventing Journalism

graphic of the cover of the exegesis
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Many media companies were created in the age of print journalism and have found that in the transition to digital they have clung to aspects of the past. It is argued that as a result of this process, many companies fail to think about the best journalistic practice in the 21st century and are ignoring (major) innovation as a means of survival. I propose to re-invent journalism; as if it were to be invented for the first time in 2010. This will open new avenues for journalism to expand and grow as an industry.

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The Caribs

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The Caribs Capers is a documentary that traces the history of an Australian R’n’B band that in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s had a major influence on the Jamaican music industry. The documentary explores the adventure, personalities, talents and times of the Caribs and early Jamaican music through a series of interviews conducted by both Lloyd Dewar (from PBS 106.7FM) and myself. This period remains an under- discussed research aspect of both Australian and Jamaican music history. Through research into the conventions and trends within various conceptions of the sub-genre of music documentary, this project outlines both my own journey and filmmaking practice, and the most appropriate form and outcome for the documentary. The exegesis details the conceptual, philosophical and practical issues that frame my decision-making and creative process. The ultimate goal of the exegesis is to set out a map of the pathways I have explored to find form for the documentary. The ultimate goal of the documentary project is to bring attention and awareness to this unlikely and little known corner of Australian and Jamaican music history.

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An extract from this documentary project: Caribs Capers - an extract (QuickTime, 56MB).

Lloyd Dewar (PBS 106.7fm) approached me in February 2010 with a proposition: to continue a documentary project that he had started but could not finish. At first this meant to take on the role of editor and find a structure for a series of interviews that he himself had shot.

Moving Forward, Looking Back and Being In-Between

Screenshot from Danica's flickr set
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This research project is about my exploration of the process of identity reconstruction that takes place in my personal experience of social and cultural transition of moving to another country. My objective is to explore how my sense of identity is reconstructed through a multi-layered approach using video, photography, and hypermedia. This research project matters to gain an understanding of my sense of identity and the process of negotiating my relationship between two different cultures through a mixed media project.

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The completed exegesis is available below.

Life is Messy: An Exploration of Parallel Storytelling

Jasmine's exegesis cover
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“Parallel narrative” films depicting several main protagonists and intertwining plotlines are becoming increasingly prevalent in mainstream Hollywood cinema. These complex narratives “present[s] a particular craft challenge” (Bordwell 2006c, pg. 99) to contemporary screenwriters.

My honours project is a short film script of thirty minutes based on a particular mode of parallel narrative entitled “fractured tandem”. Fractured tandem possesses a number of specific traits such as non-linearity and a focus on the themes of coincidence, tragic accidents and consequences. The aim of the script is to adhere to some of these principles of fractured tandem whilst containing the story to thirty pages of script.

This exegesis contains a discussion of the possible origins of parallel narrative, its unique characteristics, and why it has gained such relevance in commerical cinematic storytelling over the past two decades. It also addresses the issue of how to approach parallel narrative, particularly fractured tandem, from a screenwriting point of view, providing a number of models and devices upon which parallel structures are based. Finally, the exegesis contains a series of detailed reflections documenting the process of writing my short fractured tandem film script.

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Knowlege Trails: Social Media in Support of Communities of Practice

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Parks Victoria consists of a multitude of members that have a wide variety of expertise in different aspects of parks management, but due to the diversity of skills, and the geographical distribution of the organization, there is no easy way of finding out what information each person possesses. This project will develop a prototype social media resource (referred to as Knowledge Trails) that will support the development of this distributed expertise to form a community of practice. The key problem that shall be explored in this honours project revolves around how a social media platform can be used to nurture such a community of practice.

This honours project was developed as a way to demonstrate how communication, sharing, and collaboration can occur within the organization with the help of social media. By developing a social media site to facilitate this communication, and the sharing and collaboration of knowledge, we can observe how people (that do not necessarily know each other) interact, search and obtain information from one another.

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Group120 Streetwise: Social Media and Community Making

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GROUP120 is a music project spearheaded by the Doutta Galla Community Health Services in Melbourne, Australia, as an effort to bring together youths from different cultural backgrounds through hiphop music. The group is named after their original home at the Flemington high-rise estate at 120 Racecourse Road, and prides itself in using music as a positive outlet for their creative energies.

In this research project I am the Social Media Manager for GROUP120, and my goal is to create and maintain its online presence. This will include creating and managing content on various social networks, strategising and executing digital marketing campaigns and training the members of GROUP120 on the most effective methods of presenting themselves and their music online. All this will be done on zero marketing dollars.

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The Evolution of Eddie the 'Ead

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Iron Maiden album covers all feature distinctly different artwork and incarnations of the band’s mascot Eddie. Over 30 years and fourteen covers, the only facet that remains steady is the typeface of the band’s name. The changing of the covers reflects the changes within the band, and also the shifting historical and theoretical approaches to metal. These ideas will be explored through a fictocritical approach, combining theories with fictional techniques.

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An Exploration of Fashion Writing in an Australian Context

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Steamed dumplings at Miss Louise: an exploration of fashion writing in an Australian context, aims to look at fashion journalism from an academic, journalistic and creative writer’s point of view. Via three articles of writing, namely, Australian Style, Something’s gotten hold on my heart and The Bespectacled Androgyne; it demonstrates the usage of a combination of feature, fashion and literary writing techniques. This project also charts my progress to find my voice as a writer. Like all the good writers before me, writing that strikes a reader, like a dagger to the heart, are the ones that remain with one. And through the variety of articles, I sought to discover what made my writing personal and unique. In this project, I also set out to test the perimeters of fashion writing in an Australian context. With this understanding, I sought to push the boundaries in place, to alleviate the reader’s awareness towards a fashion culture and to highlight the crazy/beautiful that is fashion.

Australians all let us rejoice.
For we are young and free; in Bonds chestys to Zimmerman Bikinis.
We’ve golden soil and wealth for toil, elastic sided R.M. Williams boots
and cosy Country Road knits.
our home is girt by sea;
Billabong wetsuits, Quiksilver boardshorts and Mambo tee- shirts.
our land abounds in Nature’s gifts,

One Blood: National Broadcast of a Radio Doco

Below is the press release for the broadcast of One Blood. This documentary is the outcome of Jessica's 2008 Honour's project, "Walking with Ghosts".

ONE BLOOD

The story of William Cooper: a voice raised in the silence

First broadcast: 5 December 2009

My Accented Lens: A Film Project Exploring Asian-Australian Filmmaking

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The purpose of this project was for me to develop a number of stories and ideas that I could further develop upon and expand into bigger projects after the conclusion of my studies. The central driving theme that I wanted to explore in these stories was the idea of being Asian‐Australian. The result is a collection of 6 films which are in various stages of development and completion, all of which can be viewed on the included DVD.

Though I strove and was hoping to present 6 complete and polished films, it was not an imperative of this project to actually complete the films. Rather, this project was more concerned with my experience of discovering Asian‐Australian stories, and my filmmaking practice as an Asian‐ Australian. The project focuses centrally on the developmental, pre‐production and production phases of the project.

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Video Work From This Project

Social Network Advertising: Marketing Online Personas

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The Internet is the perfect, ever present marketplace that is accessible to anyone with a connection, anywhere in the world. Netizens have learnt to create alternate online identities to represent themselves. I wish to explore how businesses can take advantage of creating their own online persona and then marketing it through Social Network Advertising. I investigate this by setting up my own blog-shop and brand as a means of demonstration.

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Teresa: The Feminine Universe and the Divine

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We need to reconfigure the relationships between woman and world, woman and god, woman and father, woman and man in order to move into a new age of more fluid and ethical relationships. Film is essentially a medium that enables a reconfiguration of time-space relations and furthermore a medium which- in particular forms- consistently strives to ‘penetrate’ or allude to a sense of human subjectivity. If film can pose questions of interiority and exteriority through its capacity to sculpture time and place, then it is through film that I would like to express my visions of a feminine subject in relation to faith, subjectivity and corporeality.

I intend to develop a film that expresses the relationships between woman and the divine in order to create a meaningful work drawing on a feminine imaginary. In this, I will specifically be drawing on the writings of St. Teresa of Avila under a modern feminist reading in order to create a relationship between the female imaginary and the divine, as a means to a reconfigure femininity is terms of an idea of a transcendental spirituality.

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The texts of Spanish mystic St. Teresa of Avila are the subject of explorations in a number of differing practices, ranging from psychoanalysis to literary criticism. Her “texts” continue to hold relevance for their originality, formal qualities, poetic expression, and psychosexual dimensions, as well as for providing an evocative presentation of Teresa’s subjectivity.

GetUp!: A Digital Media Communication Strategy

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The research problem examined in this honours project considers Generation Y's perceived lack of knowledge with regard to a key social advocacy issue. It is often suggested members of Generation Y do not engage with social advocacy issues, yet it can be argues this perceived indifference is a response to a lack of relevantly disseminated information. In a reflection of Generation Y's extensive use of digital media, this project will see the development of a digital advertising campaign that informs this social grouping about a key social advocacy issue. The intention of this campaign is to educate young Australians about the value of social advocacy engagement. The honours project will be presented in the form of a 'pitch' document that would then be presented to a relevant 'real world' social advocacy client.

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Research has shown a large number of Australians aged between 16-20 are not motivated to inform themselves about political issues, a social behaviour that ultimately affects the way in which this group votes in elections.

Into the UGC - A Study of the Interaction Between Broadcasters and Participatory Cultures

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As Radio National pursues its online, networked media presence, it is engaging in the same media landscape as participatory cultures do, changing its relationship between the audience or uses and the broadcaster. As there is no precedent for this type of model, the ABC doesn’t know how to engage with their users, posing a problem with the formula of production. by designing, producing, and managing a participatory culture project for an ABC Radio National program in the Pool community, I will be encouraging users to engage and produce cultural artefacts for broadcast. This will provide a pilot or case study on how the ABC can interact with its audience and users.

User-generated content (UGC) has established itself as the outcome of a convergent culture wishing to participate within the media landscape. The form could be as a video hosted on YouTube, a photograph uploaded to Flickr, or a story about your street on a discussion board.

Children's Live Action Drama

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With the creation of a new digital channel for children, there is industry concern that it will become a dumping ground for repeats and international productions. It has been recognised that in order for the initiative to have value, the number of new children’s television programs being produced in Australia for Australian children needs to increase. By increasing development of productions that have both a television and internet outcome, we can help the initiative to improve the quality and availability of Australian television series for children as well as help the industry t grow and remain relevant in times that no longer recognise television as its primary form of entertainment consumption.

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Is That Smoker's Cough?

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Is that Smoker's Cough? And Other Fun Filled Stories Bought to You by Your Favourite Social Networks.
A cough is an annoying interruption, and an uncontrollable and unavoidable part of everyday life. Due to having Cystic Fibrosis, my cough is a large part of my identity. Through fictocriticism, I will explore the abstract metaphor of a cough, presenting it as a hypertextual approach through uses of different social media platforms. This will allow me to creatively explore matters of identity and experience in a multi–layered and more connected way.

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An interruption is something that breaks continuity or stops something from happening. Interruptions can make our lives interesting and more engaging by introducing unpredictable elements but they can also dispense disturbance and irritation if the interruption is unpleasant.

Industry Expectations of Public Relations Graduate's Web 2.0 capabilities

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With Web 2.0 increasingly growing in importance as an influential medium, Australian public relations practice has to adapt to stay up to date with these new technologies. As social media grows in prevalence, industry expectations of public relations graduates are also changing. Understanding what is expected of public relations graduates will, not only increase their chances of employment, but also lead to better overall public relations campaigns.
In addressing this issue I will develop a thesis based around industry expectations of Australian public relations graduates’ Web 2.0 capabilities.

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As social media increases in significance for the communication industry, the need for social media education in undergraduate public courses also grows. While research on professional use of social media is continually being updated and discussed, both online and off, little research on what is expected of graduates in this area exists.

The B-Side Story of music

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Music forms part of our daily activities and a part of our daily news diet. There is more to music than it being a mere product on the shelves of music stores, as it helps us express ourselves and express the ways we view social, cultural, political issues. I intend to write articles such as song/album reviews and feature stories, which will focus on bringing to people’s attention the social and cultural meanings, or consequences of music. Besides entertaining readers or music lovers, these articles should present an understanding of how we make sense of our music experiences and the place of music in our lives, in our society today.

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Cross Cultural Advertising - Human Rights

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When launching an advertising campaign with multi-cultural audiences, some advertisers, tend to forget the fact that they are dealing with more than one culture; especially when dealing with sensitive issue such as racism against international students where every culture experience and deal with this matter differently. This is a problem because a successful campaign for a group of target audiences can simply be offensive or irrelevant to the others. This will result in the failure to deliver key message to the target audience as well as damaging brand image. Understanding target audience by recognizing different culture and their unique communication system can be the solution to this problem. By doing so, advertisers increase their chances of producing a successful campaign that communicate the message across efficiently to target audiences from different cultural backgrounds.

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The Melbourne Dérive

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I’m researching the role, benefits and features of podcasts and how to incorporate journalism techniques into a 12 episode serial. I don’t think mainstream media is embracing new online media as much as they can. In order to keep readers/listeners/viewers engaged mass media has to go online. I’ll be exploring immersive, gonzo, participatory, feature journalism and the elements I’d like to bring across to podcasts. The theory of the dérive and psychogeography will influence the style and atmosphere of the podcasts. My research will look into the future of mass media, and the role of new and niche media. How podcasts can support and engage their audience and provide a unique media experience. I’ll demonstrate how podcasts are a piece in the web 2.0 puzzle. Being part of a package of social media, blogs, multimedia, hyperlinks.

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In this project, I’m researching the role, benefits and features of podcasts and how to incorporate journalism techniques into a 12 episode serial. I don’t think mainstream media is embracing new online media as much as they can. In order to keep readers/listeners/viewers engaged mass media has to go online.

Research and Doco Blog

Eira has her blog project happening online. It is split across two blogs, one is the documentary, the other is the research documentation project.

Flanear: wwsssSHP wanderings through ethnographic soundscapes and Web 2.0

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Hobnobbing with the most bitter of postmodern cynics, musical aesthetics have plateaued and dulled; the search for that new sound proves to be fruitless, if not at least unconvincing. Bodies gigue mechanically to the orchestras of CBDs, indifferent to Luigi Russolo’s celebration of the human capacity for culturally attuned listening, where the potential musicality of noise resides. Digital technology enables accurate repetitions of sonic objects to instigate what Pierre Schaeffer calls “reduced listening” on an audience, which in turn offers an opportunity to realise the aesthetics of perception above simply the perception of aesthetics. Musicality as a specific product of its social context will stop flogging the dead horse that is the physical acoustic source and instead refocus on the curious psychology of listening.

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Flanear is not merely a soundscape; it is a revelation of the musicality of noise and the celebration of prosumers transcending their supposedly initial Internet context and fixing their place within all perceptions of art. Where, indeed, will music go from here?

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