Online journalism

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.



Live blogging

In today’s lecture Brisbane Times Reporter Natalie Bocheski (@girlclumsy) spoke to QUT students about how to live blog.

Here is a recap with some of the top tweets.

4 reasons you should use social media to study

I would like to propose a new way to study.

As I was sitting in my Online Journalism lecture today and tweeting using the hashtag #qutoj1, I thought to myself… why am I taking lecture notes in my laptop or on paper? The information is recorded in front of me in real time!

A great way to compliment this is to revise and record my notes in a blog post.


1. It’s fun and easy to use.

2. I can access my notes online from anywhere

3. I can signpost relevant tweets and thoughts from my peers and lecturers.

4. It’s interactive and creates conversation; I can share my posts and learn from other people too.

What do you think about this? Do you tweet or blog your lecture notes?

Keep a watch out for my next blog post, where I will use this study blogging technique!


Note: this post is an example of an online story with the use of embedding images, maps and video clips. This is not a real story.


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How often should you blog?

How often do you blog

It’s the golden question of the blogging age: how often should you blog?

To determine the answer, it’s crucial to look at the most important part of your blog: your readers.

Fashion blogger Nikki Parkinson spoke to a bunch of QUT students about her experience with blogging.

A successful blog business is built on solid content and a solid community engaged with that content.

Here’s a few tips of the trade.


The 20 people you should follow on Twitter

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With well over 645 million users and 500 million tweets sent per day, Twitter can be a daunting place to play. You may be one of the 271 million active users, or perhaps you make up the 40% of users who watch the tweets go by but never say a thing.

It can be a challenge to condense the right amount of wit, fact, comment or self-promotion into a 140 character tweet and send it out into the twitterverse. The 140 character phenomena has seen various ‘how to tweet’ blog posts and ebooks surface across the internet. And where some users may find this character count limiting, others see it as a challenge to conquer.

So who is top of the tweet line? Who are the best people to follow on Twitter to get your daily dose of news, sport, business, politics, tech, entertainment, lifestyle and travel?


What’s in a theme?

The theme of a blog is more important now than ever. Why? Because a blog can serve as an online portfolio of work for employers or clients.

When designing your blog theme, it is important to keep it as user friendly as possible.


User-generated content: an analysis

With the rapid increase of technological convergence, user-generated content and social networking has become an integral part of the outworking of mass media corporations. As a renowned traditional media organisation, the ABC is an exemplification of this step forward, as in recent years the corporation has begun to integrate user-generated content and introduce social media across a variety of platforms. This has created many challenges and opportunities. First, this essay will define user generated content and why it is important to the ABC, then analyse the ABC policies on user generated content, the forms of social media that the ABC uses, and how this media is incorporated into the ABC programs and news with regards to how the opportunities supersede the challenges.