Through FilmNeverDie’s photowalk, we explored film photography in Melbourne.
Junior Space succeeded to reel in over 75 people in celebration of its first year anniversary through the opening night of the exhibition named ‘One’ — an exhibition in tribute to the spaces first anniversary showcasing mixed media art by the space’s own art community.
Junior Space is an art gallery and store that is located on the corner of Smith St and Gertrude Smith in Fitzroy, it is home to many notable artists and is a continuous supporter of creative entrepreneurs — Bec Capp, owner and director of the space shares the philosophy on Junior Space and how the name reflects the actions the gallery is doing.
‘The word Junior comes from being small, I find it when people say short or small its always condescending while I like to think it’s tough — I didn’t want to limit it to be just being gallery or shop.’
Bec finds people walking into the gallery with an element of surprise. Foot traffic that goes by Smith St is attracted by the retail experience the gallery has to offer, and is then followed by the actual gallery space past the stairs.
However, despite celebrating its first year anniversary — Bec shares the struggle it does own a gallery where commission for artists doesn’t play a big role into the gallery’s financial wellbeing. With the rent increasing in Fitzroy, this has not only impacted Junior Space but well-known contemporary gallery Gertrude Contemporary has moved to Preston with the reason of expensive rent.
Sally-Forth, art student and gallery visitor believed that not only the expensiveness of the suburb but also the condensed scenes going in the same area.
‘Theres already too much, there is already too much there so if there were any new places, it will be too condensed. No opportunity to start something new.’ Sally also adds on that she thinks suburbs such as Preston and Doncaster can play as the new ‘arts hub’ of Melbourne.
Gallery director of This is No Fantasy in Fitzroy, Nicola Stein, mentioned that ‘non-for-profits and non-commercial galleries wills that moving further out and probably a few commercial galleries as well because the rent in Fitzroy becomes incredibly high’ as the notable Gertrude contemporary makes it move to Preston.
But on a positive note, Bec managed to continue on Junior Space’s work by getting involved with Kick Starter — an online based funding program, where just last Sunday (4/6) has managed to reach the target fund of $7,516
You can see the full video on my channel here.
Smartphones are becoming a journalist’s essential tool in today’s era of journalism. Not only in recording facts but also in editing and distribution as well.
The smartphone is able to take notes, record audio and video and send and share information via one click. What more could a journalist ask for?
Poynter, a must-read blog for any aspiring journalist mentions a few key things that every journalist should take out of the smartphone into the journalist’s routine in this article titled ‘5 ways journalists can use smartphones for reporting’. Aside from the obvious function of recording, the article also mentions ‘filing copy on deadline’ which I find very important for a journalist in handing in assignments on time – the smartphone gives efficiency in publishing pieces.
Another perk of the smartphone is that it increases resources for news media. As everyday citizens can now contribute to traditional news outlet by sending in news from their own handheld device. One case is the 2003 Iraqi invasion, everyday citizens were handing in their own footage to big media – now, in some news media, footage from citizens has its own segment in highlighting everyday issues around the globe.
Truth Voice mentioned in this article, that the camera on the smartphone becomes a “..objective observer” in regards to facts. What is recorded is purely what is recorded, giving journalists a more open opinion towards the piece they are writing without gaining perspective from a subjective source.
The smartphone, of course, deserves the ‘smart’ it is labelled by. And with the combination of words, facts and wit – anyone can create a “great story”.
A good story, in my opinion, is a story that not only informs the readers/viewers but also has its emotional value towards it. As Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel mentions in ‘The Elements of Journalism‘: labels this as “storytelling with a purpose.”
As I mentioned the week before, stories surfacing on the web may be fabricated to some extent in order to create popularity or even create a reaction. In the era of reaching targets and fulfilling profits, the concept of followers, likes and viewers seem to shift the main reason of “story telling”.
The Ethical Journalism Network mention 5 fundamental principles in journalism as:
- Truth and Accuracy
- Fairness and Impartiality
Truth and Accuracy is a very important aspect in regards to creating a good story, in this TEDxPerth video, it stars journalist Andrew Jaspan, editor-in-chief of The Conversation: an an independent source of news, sourced from the academic and research community to deliver to the public.
He mentioned the fall of journalism’s quality with scandals surfacing (fake news, phone tapping etc.), he mentions one way to rebuild trust is by coming up with a new way of news writing, which is through giving readers something more: better, integrative news. He believes that this then serves “..the needs of a functioning society and democracy” or what he calls 21st century better, informed citizenship.
He mentions that expertise is one key in creating this environment, know what you’re writing about and sticking to the truth, highlighting the importance of transparency in today’s journalism. Skills can be brushed, and creativity can be developed regardless – but the truth will always come first.
The key ingredient in becoming a successful journalist in today’s era, in my opinion, is the ability to be able to story-tell across integrated news media. This may also be labelled as multi-platform journalism.
However, with the development of technology, honesty and integrity in journalism may be questioned when in search for news in today’s time. Last week, I mentioned the fake news” phenomenon and how easy it is for anyone to become a “journalist”, this I believe is derived from the change in the news industry – profit and viewers seem to shift towards the main reason for a news piece or media. But same as “fake news”, this can be taken advantage of by giving the audience/readers a more credible piece.
An article from WIRED earlier this year mentioned the change in the industry; “National-brand advertising has given way to automated exchanges that place ads across thousands of sites, regardless of their content”. However, with that change, WIRED also found that some media sites that manage to utilize technology to listen and respond to audiences, giving readers somewhat more content rather than just “telling them what to think”.
Read more about it here.
So with the opportunity of creating a relationship with audiences, and with “fake news” flying around the web, trust and credibility are one thing readers seek. This then becomes a challenge for a journalist to accomplish, and which as easy it is to lie and sell a story but to tell the truth and still have an audience is what makes a great journalist.
With the development of the technological informational world, journalism itself has grown into a more implemented information portal. The birth of social media, easing not just for the people gaining access towards new information but news medias in spreading the word, not to mention with the internet arise, anyone can write a piece and give an opinion on any random topic and call themselves a “journalist”. However, the term fake news comes forth from this phenomenon, giving contrast to news medias in their existence. As Charlie Becket, journalist and London School of Economics and Political Science media professor mentioned in his piece,
“It (fake news) gives mainstream quality journalism the opportunity to show that it has value based on expertise, ethics, engagement, and experience”
credit: First Draft News
With that being said, journalism will never really die, rather it will develop more in following the flow of technologization.
So how would a journalist survive in making it in the new culture of journalistic opinion? Honesty and transparency as well as adaptation. There is no point in adapting towards the new environment if honesty within the words cease to exist, as it would the other way around. Aware and alert on what is going on and understand how to differentiate what is what and where it belongs. With those factors being a strong background, add on boldness and originality in order to stand out in the epoch of modern opinion.
If you think you have what it takes in surviving the new era of journalism as well as overcoming so-called faux, join our team of honest, modern journalists in telling news-worthy stories for the world.