Emma Watson takes on gender inequality and feminism in UN speech

Why did it take a celebrity to focus the world’s attention on gender inequality?

People haven’t been listening but it’s clearly time they did.

As the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, Emma Watson was asked to launch the organisation’s new gender equality initiative #HeForShe.

The actress gave a moving speech in New York, which received a standing ovation, in which she called upon men to do their part to help end discrimination against women.

Watch the full speech below.

Should bloggers disclose their sponsored posts?

Louis Vuitton

A Louis Vuitton ‘editorial’ post by blogger Nicole Warne has sparked controversy.

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Elaine Ford from ABC Online spoke to QUT Online Journalism students about online news.

Ford says the trick with online journalism is juggling the balance between being right and being first.

Ford says while the platforms are always changing, it’s all about how you write, get the story and get good sources.

When you’re out on a story, you have to file for everybody.

Radio is king in the morning, TV is king at night, online is king during the day.

However, there are times when certain platforms have to be updated more than others.

Court reporting

The radio cycle is now too slow for court reporting.

Most court stories, for online news, are being written from tweets.

Live blogging

Ford says journalists can prepare for some live blogs but cannot for all.

E.g. Scottish Independence Election

Multiskilling

Skilling in video journalism is increasingly important.

Elaine says,

Don’t pigeon yourself too tightly with your skill set.

E.g. of multiskilling: When Penny met Yasi

‘Citizen journalists’ vs professionally trained

Unlike ‘citizen journalists’, journalists need to think of things objectively.

Above all… think about the audience!

If the story isn’t packaged up with a multimedia approach, don’t use it.

What are people interested in?

How do the jigsaw puzzle pieces fit together?

What is the story worth?

The next step for online news

Speed and it’s getting faster.

The technology is great, but there’s still times when the technology has failed.

Every body makes mistakes but it’s important to be transparent about them.

6 ways to become a morning person

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No one likes a person who wakes up on the wrong side of the bed! Well, it’s time to wake up and smell the roses… (more…)

Is the hit worth the cost?

By Elise Eyears and Simona Varga

 

Dancing Bean Espresso barista Meg has today increased coffee prices to be on par with campus competition.

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Dancing Bean Espresso at QUT Kelvin Grove Campus.

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5 tips for blogging like a pro

5 tips for blogging like a pro

Do you want to blog like a pro?

Well listen up because you don’t become a pro by instinct. It takes time, research and some well-thought-out decisions.

Here’s my top 5 tips that’ll have you on the path to blogging like a pro.

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Ariana Grande ‘one less problem’

American pop artist Ariana Grande is sooooo hot, hot, hot right now.

With her hit ‘Problem’ exploding at over 183 million views and counting, it seems everyone wants a piece of her. (more…)

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Ariana Grande: the ‘diva’ with a ‘healthy ego’

A comparison of two online articles by Fairfax (Ariana Grande’s surreal life in the spotlight) and News Corp (Ariana Grande cancels Australian media photo shoots after issuing long list of demands) (more…)

1 reason why killer stats aren’t everything

Let me start by saying, seeing great stats from your content is great. Most people post on their blog because they want others to read, ‘tweet’, ‘share’ and ‘like’ their work. So of course, it is important to blog with your audience in mind.

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But may I suggest that even above this, you should write for yourself.  

Write about your interests and write using your voice.

If you want your content to standout from the sea of sameness, be your unique self. By being consistent to who you are, your followers will get to know you and they will respect you too.

Of course it’s important to know who your followers are, what they like and what they will read. But by keeping your posts true to who you are, people will follow you for your unique content and they will keep coming back for more. So, you don’t have to be chained to the stats. The ball is in your court.

 

What do you think is now important when blogging?

Read my related post ‘How often should you blog?’.

 

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Demand for university threatened as tuition fees set to sky rocket?

The grounds of Australian universities are filled to overflowing with students scurrying from class to class like crabs in shells of aspiration. The country’s top research universities, Melbourne, Sydney and Australian National University (ANU) are huge by world standards – typically enrolling 40,000 students, in comparison to American counterpart Stanford University with just under 16,000 filling their hallowed halls. With the Australian government’s budget cuts to higher education and plans to increase per-student contribution, some are concerned demand for degrees may drop and see the robust university sector fade to a skeleton.

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