“What’s Hidden?” Assignment #3 Proposal

It’s taken me quite some time to not only try to understand the “What’s Hidden” brief to the best of my ability but to also think of a creative, individual idea for my project. I’ve discussed this concept with close family members and friends and each have suggested things that are important to them; art, music, wildlife, culture, travel, politics and much more. However, it dawned on me that why weren’t we focusing on the individual? Us?  

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Self-esteem is something that we all battle with regularly. However, it tends to be most prominent in younger girls (teens – young adults). Self-esteem is how we feel about ourselves: it’s not just how we look but how we feel about how we look. Eating-disorders, low self-esteem and depression are the most common mental health problems in young girls.

For my project I have decided to film and take photos of a group of young girls, individually removing their makeup. A façade that the majority of us hide behind for several reasons. I will also be interviewing girls who don’t wear makeup at all. I’m not saying either is morally correct – the purpose of my project is to investigate and share the opinions of young girls on this concept.

I’m still undecided on how I will be filming the girls – whether I should film and shoot in black and white or colour and whether I should get them all to wear the same thing. I know I will be using an instrumental backing track – and for my ambient sounds I am also still undecided but I do know I am going to be very selective with them and will be the last things I add to my piece. So far I have a list of about 40 girls from the age of 16-24 who have put their hand up to help me out. Anyone else who is interested don’t hesitate to contact me.

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Reflection – Assessment #1

NPR Producer Aaron Henkin writes: “When people tell you a story, it’s like they’re singing you a song. Every voice has it’s own musicality, it’s 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.” For my first journalism assignment in second semester I really wanted to try and encompass this to my best ability. Looking back I think I achieved some of the elements I wanted too but there were definitely things I could’ve done better.

Firstly, I was going to use a close friend of mine who studies at Brent Street Theatre School in Sydney and I was going to highlight her connection to stage as her chosen place. I managed to get a few photos of her but we agreed to meet up again to do the interview. Unfortunately, her rehearsals took up most of her time and she cancelled on me. 

Plan B is what I have used, Pamela, a new friend from University whose currently struggling with the transition from living at home to living in a share-house with 3 other people she didn’t know previously. Overall I’m happy with the interview and the image I’ve used, however I wish I had been able to record more ambient sounds. I enjoyed the assessment nonetheless. 

“Home is where my family is” – Pamela Seckin

Pamela Seckin, 22, feels most at home when her family is close by. Her childhood home in Campbelltown is where her fondest memories have been formed for the past seventeen years. Over time her siblings moved out of home until it was just Pamela and her parents. 

Three months ago Pamela and her family moved out of their home and Pamela has now relocated into a share house for University. Looking back, Pamela’s feelings have started to change about her childhood home as “it didn’t feel like a family home anymore because the family wasn’t there.” 

 

*Note – music used is “To Build A Home” – Cinematic Orchestra. This music was obtained through copy-right free methods. I do not own this track. 

“Doing what makes you happy is the most important thing in the world” – Daisy Valerio

Daisy (19) has moved away from her home town of Byron to pursue her music theatre career. Being accepted into Brent Street in Sydney was a huge step for her. “Although living away from home is difficult at times.. I’m doing what I am most passionate about and that’s what is important to me and my family.” Daisy was also the lead role in the recent production of Cinderella at Brent Street which was a huge opportunity for her and has also travelled to the US. 

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Social Media’s Impact – Digital Reporting is the Future

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The rapid growth of digital media, especially the use of social media has started to create a change in how news stories are told today. Media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Tumblr and other blogging sites enables a much more “connected” community and any individual can self-publish by means of these platforms. Citizen journalism has become the tag for these individuals carrying these networking devices. One of the major problems with citizen journalism is that the facts usually can’t be verified; nor can you be completely sure it is not being used to promote an agenda.

Due to social media rapidly expanding, journalism as a whole has begun to change. Therefore, through this new digital age new types of jobs will be created. In return, traditional media (newspapers) will be outdated and arguably non-existent. 

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The major for concerns for traditional journalists due to the boom of social media are job losses. For journalism students on the other hand is to find  a job once they have completed their degree. Peter Fray, a former editor at The Sydney Morning Herald and now a media lecturer at the University of Sydney, saysalthough graduates with journalism skills are still in demand, they are more likely to work creating content for health funds or banks. As the media is broken down into smaller organisations over the coming decade, traditional cadetships (already now uncommon) are likely to disappear.” The Herald Sun offered six cadetships last year, whilst Fairfax suspended traineeships altogether in 2008.

In 2012 the Herald Sun appointed their first “social media editor”. This is an example of what sort of jobs are around already and a hint at what jobs may be just around the corner. It is also a recognition by the industry that social media is changing journalism and that the ability to communicate engaging journalism across different mediums is important from a job-seeking perspective.