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Legal questions answered!

In Transient Spaces on March 31, 2009 at 11:52 pm

Email from Jenny re: legal questions.

Hi Tess,

getting permission to use the footage depends on who owns the footage. If Queens employed a person to take the footage, then I would say Queens owns the footage and that’s who you get permission to use it from.

If it’s more like a group of enthusiasts taking the footage than I would say it’s likely that you need permission from the individuals.

If the students gave consent to be shot in the initial shoot, you do not need to get their permission again. If they are just there in the background, I don’t believe anybody ever needed their permission.

I don’t think you have the right to simply lift a photo from facebook. There are no rights statements on facebooks photos, so you should assume they re protected.

If you take your own photos, then yes I beleive you should tell the people what its for and get permission. However if they are ppl in the background, only marginally identifiable, you don’t need permission. If you think it’s sensitive I guess you can blur teir heads


So I can use the old Queen’s footage, I just need to get permission forms from the guys who filmed it. I’ll contact anyone who’s in photos I use and it is not as hard as I thought it might be!


Good ol’ fashioned books, yee har

In Honours blog on March 31, 2009 at 9:50 pm

I went to the library yesterday and the ease of searching and finding something that was incredible pertinent to my research was amazing! Now I used to be a regular library user, but that was before I came to university and discovered online journals. But to be honest,  I had more “hits” in the library after 20 minutes than I did after an hour of internet searches.

Let me share with you 🙂

Mann, Chris and Stewart, Fiona, “Internet Communication and Qualitative Research”

Iorio, S.H., “Qualitative Research in Journalism”

Merrigan, Gerianne and Huston, Carole, “Communication Research Methods”

And this was just scratching the surface! I could have gotten twenty books!

So hopefully The Library will forgive me for my earlier coolness and embrace me with open arms now I have rediscovered all she can offer. Thanks Library. Seeya real soon.

Project Outline:

In Honours blog on March 31, 2009 at 9:38 pm

Create a 12 episode serial of five-ten minute podcasts about life in Melbourne for students.

They will be:

  • A series, but able to be listened to independently of one another
  • Have a clear theme for each episode
  • Be based around Melbourne
  • A resource as well as entertaining
  • Be in the first person
  • Akin to a feature article in terms of descriptive information, capturing the atmosphere of the city
  • Supported by a blog with video, sound, images and links

In my research I will explore:

  • Niche online media
  • Podcasting
  • Blogging
  • Online journalism
  • Traditional vs new media

My exegesis will be discussing some of the following:

  • The role of traditional journalism in the climate of web 2.0.
  • How can traditional journalism be adapted to make the most of the changing online culture of niche media, and social networks?
  • The relationship between hard news reporting, feature writing and emerging online journalism like podcasts and blogs.
  • Immersive journalism.
  • Explore case studies of successful online media websites, eg. Crikey.com.
  • The transition from people migrating from getting their news from mass media to private sources. Content vs reputation.
  • How to translate literary/immersion/feature journalism into web
    2 audio podcasting. Changing the medium but keeping the feel of the aforementioned journalism writing styles.

Documentary overview

In Transient Spaces on March 31, 2009 at 3:12 am

This is a general outline of the documentary.


It’s a multimedia production, using existing social software and resources where Queen’s College already has a presence, such as Facebook, Wikipedia, etc.


It will be presented on a blog with links to all of these websites. There will also be links to video segments I’ve edited.


There will be three main themes. I’d like to interview the Master as well as a current Queener and a Wyvern, and then edit their responses together to explore each of the below issues.


Queen’s as a successful urban community. Questions to the Master on this topic:

  • What is the most important element that keeps Queen’s operating as such a close community?
  • How has this community changed from his time as a student, to his role now as a Master?
  • How does Queen’s support the people within its community?


 Student delinquency in colleges. Questions to the Master on this topic:

  • What do you see as some of the more anti-social, and anti-community behaviours some students exhibit?
  • What measures are in place to halt anti-social behaviour?
  • Do you believe the students and the administration see eye-to-eye on what’s viewed as delinquent behaviour?


Communities as closed environments. Questions to the Master on this topic:

  • Do you see Queen’s as an open (welcoming) or closed community?
  • Do you think that colleges are insular, or that students are “living in a bubble” while in college communities?
  • Do you think that experiencing a college community gives you an advantage for your academic, personal and professional life?

 I’ll interview the students asking generally the same questions. Depending on the Masters responses I might ask them to respond to his answers. These will be like three mini-documentaries supported by all the other social networks and communication websites. This way it will be published across a range of social networking sites, reaching people of diverse backgrounds, not just the ones on Facebook.

Theories for Queen’s doco

In Transient Spaces on March 27, 2009 at 2:25 am

Jenny was discussing Blaze’s doco and asked some questions to trigger some thought about theories. I’m not completely sure what theories I want to use in my project just yet. So this seemed like a good way to think about it.

* What is community?

Community is supportive, something you can identify with, organised (to some extent), it is social and shares some common interests.

* Then according to the definition of community that he proposes, several theoretical issues might arise:
* Is the community very homogeneous? If so, does this make is weaker or stronger?

Queen’s is generally homogeneous. Because there is an interview process to get in, people are selected because of qualities they possess that the administration thinks will be valuable for the Queen’s community. For example you have to do well academically in year 12. It helps if you are involved in sport, community groups, extra curricular activities and leadership roles. They also select people to ensure diversity in degrees, they attempt to reflect the broader community of Melbourne University in the variety and number of people doing different degrees.

So there it’s bound to be leaning towards the homogeneous side of the scale. But they do try to represent broader society as well. So there is all the natural diversity that occurs with different personalities, hobbies, opinions and attitudes.

* Does the community set up strong borders (who is in it, who is outside it)?
Very much so. In a physical way as well as the general mentality.

There have been problems with thefts in the past. As a result gates and fences have been put up all around the grounds. There is still some access for the public during the day, but it is restricted. In the evening a key is needed to get into the grounds.

The general attitude of all residents is very much Stranger Danger. Everyone knows everyone. So if you come in as a stranger people will ask you what you’re doing, who you’re coming to see, etc. While very polite, there is still a strong feeling of unwelcomeness towards strangers, people are wary and untrusting.

Then there is the border that comes from any social clique. It is intimidating to go to a Queen’s function unless you are a current Queener. There are in-jokes, trraditions and lots of history. These are hard to overcome as an outsider. And like a t-shirt I saw the other day there is almost the attitude of “Fuck off, I’ve got enough friends.” There is so much happening when you live at Queen’s that you don’t need to go anywhere else. You barely have enough time for class as it is, so why would you waste time leaving college and meeting other people?

Wyverns are in a strange limbo. Wyvern is the name given to Queen’s alumni, a community that I’m a member of. And you are not classified under Stranger Danger, you still don’t feel entirely welcome. People will still ask what you’re doing if you come round to Queen’s. It’s a strange feeling because it goes from being your home, and let’s face it, the centre of your life, to being just a building strangers.

* How does the community deal with bad behaviour?

There is a student run General Committee who are responsible for most discipline and organisation of events in the college. They have weekly meetings and decide on punishments. Eg. Water Wagon, not being able to attend events, etc. The GC answers to the Master and the Vice Master of the college who operate similar to the Principal and VP at a school. The buck stops with them. They have the power to kick people out because of bad grades or bad behaviour. Bad grades can be failing a subject two semesters in a row. Bad behaviour can be nudity in a public place.
* What threats to the continual existence of the community exist?

Right now there is unrest between the administration and the students. Many of the students have been unhappy with decisions the Master and VM have been handing down. Changes such as reducing the amount of sport played, reducing the number of social events and kicking a student out in 2008 for nudity.
* Does the community have clear leaders? (is it hierarchical or democratic?)

There is a strong hierarchy between first years (silly freshers), second years, and third years. Within the third years there is the eight person GC. And eight additional people who together with the GC made up the O-Week leaders. Then there are the heads of committees (boat, social work, music and drama, etc.). Then at the top is the Master and the VM.

These are some of the theoretical issues we have touched on or will touch on soon. There is both drama and theory inherent in these sorts of questions.

So from all of this I need to now pull out some theories eh? I need to do some thinking…

Honours project rethink

In Honours blog on March 26, 2009 at 2:36 am

After meeting with Adrian 32 minutes ago I have some new direction for my Honours project.

Through a blog and weekly podcast I would produce a resource for students in melbourne. This would be the equivalent of feature writing, all about the smells and the texture and the atmosphere. As well as conveying information and insights.

It would be entertainment as well as a resource. There would be a different theme for each week. Eg. My parents are coming down for the weekend, what do I do with them?!?

Going to the footy for the first, jpgisitics, the experience, how to get the most out of it.

I could incorporate google.maps, flickr and other social networking sites. Sideshows, links to websites, vox pops…

I need to look into literary, immersive and gonzo journalism.

I need to find examples of podcasts I like and what works for them.

I need to start scripting episodes.

I need to look at journalism and citizen journalism and where to draw the line. Would this be Tessa the journalist making these podcasts? Or Tessa the blogger/podcaster?

Project idea

In Honours blog on March 25, 2009 at 2:55 pm

After chatting to my many student acquaintances several people have suggested developing a travel guide website, or similar. A lot of students who move to Melbourne to study (a high percentage, I wonder how many?) don’t know the city at all.

Restaurants, bars, clubs, the post office, where to take their parents when they visit for the weekend, cheap movies, photocopying. All of these things require some local knowledge. So it has been suggested that a Student Guide to Melbourne would fill a niche need of students in Melbourne.

I could present in an easy to navigate, contributor-friendly, vernacular way. Really specific advice. Eg. Arrive at X between 10pm and 10:30pm. Girls should be in dresses, boys need non-sneakers and a collar. Beer costs X, spirit costs X. The bouncers are mean and if you’re a dude you wont get in unless you have girls with you. Music is a mix of X and Y. Normally shuts at X. Crowd is early twenties. Trendy alternative types. Good for chilling out on couches if you don’t want to talk (too loud) or dancing. Etc. Etc.

I could have a standard review style.

And all reviews would be in this style, with room for user comment. This could be as small or big as it wants or can be. Something that could expand with user content. Like Wikipedia.

Possibility? Students I’ve talked to suggest this is a major hole in student resources online. There doesn’t seem to be any centralised resource like this for students.

Niche media a threat?

In Honours blog on March 25, 2009 at 12:30 pm

A powerpoint presentation I found titled,

Media, Communications and the Internet

describes the growth of niche media as a challenge to regulating online content.

It was fromt he website National Pro Bono Resource Centre.

I suppose because websites can be on such a small scale, and there are just so many being created everyday it becomes a pretty impossible thing to regulate or monitor. has the internet given us too much freedom to express ourselves? Can you have to much freedom of expression?

Future of journalism

In Honours blog on March 25, 2009 at 12:10 pm

Future of Journalism conference in Sydney Australia #1

One of the speakers at this conference described the future of mass media as on the decline, and niche media as the future. She cited Crikey as an example of a successful niche media.

Is mass media doomed?

Interviews, theories and themes

In Transient Spaces on March 25, 2009 at 12:07 pm

I’ve contacted the Master’s PA to see if he would be interested in being interviewed. As well as to ask if I have permission to film on College grounds.

After the lecture today I’m thinking I could explore delinquency. Looking at the perspectives of the administration and the students. There are often controversial decisions regarding expulsions, restrictions, etc. A student was kicked out last year for nudity. Other students have been put on the “Water Wagon” at College events after drinking too much. This would be interesting because there are often completely opposed views on the punishments given out. For instance, nudity is seen as completely unacceptable by admin, a clear case of delinquent behaviour. Whereas a majority of students are involved in this at some stage in their college career, and see it as harmless fun.

The GFC could be an issue to look into as well. Less country students are going to university, it would be interesting to see if Queen’s enrolments have dropped substantially.