Devi’s news report proposal

17 09 2009

Coffee in melbThe news report to be researched and developed aims to investigate the supposedly overrated coffee culture in Melbourne as reported in ‘True brew’, a recent article in The Age. Since the article also claims one gets better coffee in Sydney as opposed to Melbourne, the opinion of the general public and international tourists who have visited both states apart from that of various coffee associations and the city’s acclaimed cafes alone would be looked at- that which the article failed to consider. Documentary sources include the article which provides an insight into the possible aspects to be covered in the proposed news report while functioning as a reference piece to refer to for generating ideas on possible interviewees. Another documentary source is ‘Melbourne Coffee Review’, a website where people from all over the world post entries on Melbourne’s coffee and its coffee culture in comparison to that of home countries or various destination countries. This source is of high credibility as the posts entered are not only by Australians but by people from almost all over the world who have visited Melbourne and in some cases, various other parts of Australia as well. The official website of ‘Australasian Specialty Coffee Association’ is another useful source which provides contacts of professionals in the industry whose comments on the issue would be of relevance. Confirmed face-to-face interviews include Steve Agi, the director of ‘Melbourne Coffee Review’ and the president of ‘Australasian Specialty Coffee Association’. These interviews aim to provide a balanced view on the issue by looking at the issue at both national and state level. Vox pop on the issue would also be included in the multimedia webpage where the news report will eventually be posted. The news values of the proposed news report include timeliness, human interest, conflict and proximity as it is certainly a recent report that would be of interest to not only people of Melbourne or Australia in general but also, to people almost all around the world as coffee is something most people could relate to and the fact that the news report deals with the element of conflict between the traditional rivalries Sydney and Melbourne also adds to its news worthiness.

Tools to be used for researching the news report include various articles (e.g. ‘True brew’ in The Age) which are relevant to the issue looked at in the proposed news report and also, the official websites of various associations such as ‘Melbourne Coffee Review’ and ‘Australasian Specialty Coffee Association’. These tools aid in researching on the possible aspects to be covered and in gathering relevant information on potential contacts to be interviewed. Various blogs and websites such as Delicious, igoogle and twitter could also be used while researching as these tools present relevant information which would be of great help in fostering a greater understanding of the issue to be tackled. In doing so, one is presented with not only recent information but also, that which have been archived. This allows one to delve into past assumptions and records on Melbourne’s coffee culture and its coffee standards when comparing that of to the present.

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Tools to be used for developing the news report include vox pop so as to present the opinion of the general public and international tourists who have visited both Sydney and Melbourne and also, video footages of various interviews conducted as only parts of the interviewees’ response will be cited in the news report itself. In doing so, a balanced view of both sides to the coin will be presented. Flickr is another great tool which would aid in searching for relevant pictures to be used in the layout of the news report. A hyperlink to the various associations looked at while researching on the news report and relevant articles and information on blogs and websites such as Delicious, Tweeter and igoogle will also be established. A Google map locating the highly recommended coffee places in Melbourne based on research and vox pop is another tool which will be used in developing the news report.


Rebecca’s news report proposal

17 09 2009
Sunset over Tasmania's Bay of Fires

Sunset over Tasmania's Bay of Fires

The story I have chosen to investigate is that of the argument between the Australian Aboriginal society and the state authorities over the Bay of Fires. The issue has been hotly contested and both parties want to conserve the land in their own way – the Aborigines feel affronted as they feel they rightfully own the land and the State of Tasmania feels the land should become a National Park, so as to protect it from an influx of tourists.

To faithfully and fairly cover this issue from all angles, I have gotten in touch with a Tasmanian Tourism association, who are quite happy to speak about the issue. I’ve also gotten in contact with Melissa Castan, a lecturer on Aboriginal Rights, part of Monash’s Law faculty. Lastly, I would like to speak with someone who could speak from the Aboriginal point of view, to fully cover all perspectives, but this may be difficult, given that they would be in Tasmania and I cannot physically reach them. This interview could possibly be performed via the phone though.

The tools I plan on using for the publication go my Bay of Fires based story are Google maps, Flickr, possibly youtube or video of some sort, articles on the issue, video and sound recorders.

Google maps will be an excellent way of visually showing where Tasmania’s Bay of Fires actually is; particularly for international readers, who would be skint of knowledge of the geography of Tasmania.

Flickr and youtube are good resources to mine for images of the area and already recorded news reports. The videos can be used for research and, if they are applicable, be imbedded/linked to the blog. The images and video would be an excellent way of showing the complexities involved in the issue – it is a beautiful area, which needs to be preserved, but the Aborigines feel it’s theirs to own, not the states (the videos could contain information from their point of view.)

Articles already published about the issue could give the some names of personalties or talents worth interviewing and the media devices – video cameras and sound recording devices – would be a wonderful way of telling the story without words. It would remove all chances of the reader getting bored by slabs of information and thus, they would be compelled to look into the issue more.

The video and sound recordings could be vox pops, asking the general public of their opinion on the issue of Aboriginal rights versus state preservation actions – the public view would be quite important, given the contentious issue is a debate of the people. The sound recordings could be used in a similar way. I could also ask current tourists of their opinions, how they would feel about Australia as a country in relation to Aboriginal issues. If they were planning to travel to the Bay of Fires, now that Lonely Planet has highlighted it as the ‘it’ place.

All of this would culminate in an interactive and interesting blog/news story for the reader interested in travel. I also plan on including the ability to respond, so that the issue can become public debate within the confines of the blog.

Welcome to our blog.

27 08 2009

Karla, Maria, Devi and Rebecca would like to welcome you to their blog.

Here we’ll focus on travel information ranging from where to go, to breaking travel news. If you are desperate to travel to the Land of Oz, read our blog and jump on a plane over here, because you’ll be more than prepared. Locals who want to travel within Australia will be catered to as well.

Devi tastes her way around Melbourne to keep you up to date on where the best coffees can be found. She’ll compare them to grinds from around Australia, in particular, Sydney. Devi will investigate the question of whether Melbourne can truly claim to have the best coffee in Australia.

Rebecca is taking a look at the hottest travel destination this year – Tasmania’s Bay of Fires. There’s a serious struggle going on down there over the ownership of the stretch of beach – should it be deemed national park land and as a result be protected land, or is it the rightful land of the Aboriginal people?

Maria is investigating the misfortunes of travel; what can go wrong when you step outside your front door. She will particularly focus on George Dobson, a disabled man who cannot leave India. Young travelers in particular should be wary and Marias story will tell of the worst that can happen.

Karla will delve into the seedy world of schoolies. Her tell all story will be a cautionary tale to schoolies – how to keep safe when you go away for the break after year 12. If your parents are worried about you running off to the gold coast, Karla will give you some quieter, but equally fun options of where to spend your schoolies week.

If you are young and have been bitten by the travel bug, we’ll soothe those symptoms and keep you hungry for more.
Globe Trekkers.