Interview exercise (classwork)

Interview exercise (classwork)

18-year-old high school drop out, Olivia, left to pursue her dream of Culinary Arts at AUT only to be declined for the degree, not having any University Entrance on her records.

After a disappointing start, Olivia decided to do a Practical Certificate in Patisserie to make up for the loss of year 13 requirements, where she soon fell in love with the course.

7am starts is what she and her fellow students now encounter in pursuit of their dreams.  The recently opened Piko2Go store on AUT city campus is open for only one month of the year in order for patisserie students to deal with real life situations like they will face once finishing their studies.

Olivia is wanting to extend her certificate to two years in hopes that it will allow her to one day open up her own cafe. Originally only wanting culinary food in this, the course has unearthed her passion of patisserie.


Potential Story

Potential Story

Noting in a previous post that prioritising my studies over work was something I needed to push for, I took work off this past Monday to catch up and finish my journalism essay.

Resulting in filming for another class and further procrastination, I finally got the ball rolling this week and contacted a few people for interviews and am anxiously waiting for a reply.

After seeing all of the helpful responses on Neighbourly, I have a certain topic in mind that I’m really hoping will pull through. If all goes well, I think I might have FINALLY found my news story!

Lecture material has taught me that what gives a publication personality is the news values of which it encompasses. The current issue I have in mind achieves my goal of writing about someone doing something good for the community and also successfully accounts for these values.

Fingers crossed that everything runs smoothly.

Until next week…





Golden neighbourly ideas.

Golden neighbourly ideas.

A new discovery has been made after strolling down to the local Sunnynook Community Centre. New Zealand double Olympic Champion, Lisa Carrington, actually lives in Hillcrest, a surrounding area of Totara Vale.


As amazing as I believe it would be to interview someone that has achieved such triumph in her career, I want my final story to be about the community as a whole, rather than an individual.

Coming to this decision after using the Neighbourly website, of which contained a plethora of ideas for possible stories, my mind is now boggled on which angle to take my story. With ideas ranging from community projects, transportation changes, and charity work, it seems that there are far too many good options to simply choose one.

In coming to a decision, it is important to keep in mind that defining news is as simple as the word itself. What is new? What do people not know about already that they should be informed of? Hopefully, if I keep this thought in mind, I’ll be able to decide on a story in no time.

‘No time’… This phrase seems familiar. Oh yes, I HAVE NO damn TIME. With uni four days a week and working all day for the other three, I’m really struggling to keep up with the workload. Time to start prioritizing.

Time to set sail.

Time to set sail.

Journalism is about truth. So in utter honesty, I was a little too hung over to attend the lecture this past Friday. Duly noted, my ideas lacked a bit of inspiration because of this… Until earlier on today.

Keith, an elderly gentleman approached me at the bus stop explaining, “I like to just sit here and look at the sea views. I used to spend all my time out there”, gazing out to a glimpse of the Pacific Ocean surrounding Castor Bay. Keith divulged into every little fascinating detail about his life, including how his mother has 17 brothers and sisters and his uncle, 21 children.

The fact that Keith was willingly able to open up to me, a stranger, about his life, made me think, was it my demeanour that allowed this? According to Lynn Barber (1991), Screen Shot 2016-09-26 at 9.36.16 AM.png

Now, I understand that I wasn’t technically interviewing this man, but a journalist never misses the chance of a good story. In realisation of the fact that what I thought was only a mere chat, turned into an interesting story of a man who lived his dream, my journalist instincts kicked in.

Through the use of open-ended questions, allowing Keith to do most of the talking and me, the listening, the conversation commenced into his career and love life.

Before the introduction of the Auckland Harbour Bridge in 1959, Keith was employed by the first ever ferry service operating on Waitemata Harbour. After the Toroa was put out of business in 1980, Keith went on to sail the whole west coast of New Zealand, where he met his now wife of 53 years. He informed me of their romantic love story, meeting at a dance at their local sail club where they instantly connected.

With talks of the government creating a light rail link through the Additional Waitemata Harbour Crossing to the north shore, to be completed by 2030, how many other ferry services will be put out of business? I intend to look into this further in blog posts to come.

I have been telling myself that I would get out there and talk to the people within my neighbourhood, but this is proving difficult due to my anxiety of door knocks. But as William G.T Shedd says,“A ship is safe in harbour, but that’s not what ships are for”.. I think it is time to stop testing the water and plunge right in instead.

Born to Win: A tale of acceptance

Born to Win: A tale of acceptance

Assignments due dates appearing rapidly, the subject of my current radio project, Benjamin Thomas Watt, known on Wikipedia as “The world’s first openly gay boxing judge”, became an interesting development within finding a news story on my street. After this week’s lecture with guest speaker, Kirsty Johnston from NZ Herald, my take home note was to dig deeper into national affairs, as in Johnston’s experience, her best work has come out of finding stories that the government has tried to hide. Jervis stated, “News is what someone, somewhere wants concealed” (Burns, p.19).

In this, I decided to dig deeper into Benjamin’s story. Being the first within the sports panel to be openly gay, I examined how his honesty actually affects preconceptions within the sport. Where hegemonic masculinity has claimed the sport as its own, Watt challenges these prejudices by expressing himself fully and introducing women into the sport through his promotion company, BTW Promotions, (Born to Win). Why is it that in a society of ever-changing gender norms and expectations, it is only just recently becoming a regular thing for different genders to participate in activities as they please? Does the media have an influence on what we see as acceptable in society?

Creating a news story based on this, how mass media portrays gender identity in New Zealand, could call for further investigating. But regardless, Benjamin gives me hope that somewhere within this little nook that I live in, there will be another story of someone who throw’s these norms back in humanity’s face.

Photo Credit: Benjamin Thomas Watt

Sunnynook, Sunnycrook?

Sunnynook, Sunnycrook?

A newsworthy story in Sunnynook? Problematic from the get-go. Researching copious amounts of new stories based on the area, I was presented with a perfect illustration of my neighbourhood.

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To be ‘worthy’ means to possess qualities that deserve the stipulated action or respect. These values comprise of timing, significance, proximity, prominence and human interest. From this week’s lessons, I have learned through these standards are extremely important, however, the audience cares more about how the story is actually written rather than the topic of said news. To catch the eye of the audience, a striking headline or intro is essential to arouse the curiosity of the casual reader or listener. (Sissons, 2006) So basically, if I come up with a few nifty headlines, I pass the assignment, (I wish).

Searching for topics within my area might be a tricky task considering I have never even set sight on my neighbours, but I guess as a rookie journalist I better start somewhere. Who knows, maybe there’s a crook living in the nook? Perhaps, a hero dog story or even a tale of one’s journey up Mt. Everest. One thing is for sure, with road works due to poor grate systems and flooding on muddy grass, I’ll definitely be able to dig up some dirt soon enough, pun intended.

POJ16: Where it all began.

POJ16: Where it all began.

After reading multiple #poj16 blog entries, I’ve come to realise that unlike others, the news has not always been a fascination of mine. In fact, as a kid I found news frustrating due to my powerlessness to help, forced to just sit in front of the box and apprehensively await change out of my own hands. As I’ve grown older and technology has developed, my interest in mass media has matured equally. Knowing the power that journalism has in affecting people inspires me to influence for good.

As I’ve grown older and technology has developed, my interest in mass media has matured equally. Knowing the power that journalism has in affecting people inspires me to influence for good.

In 2015, whilst travelling overseas, I came across the Newseum in Washington D.C. Immediately falling in love with the place, one area, in particular, sparked my interest, Photojournalism.

Always having a love for photography and writing, I knew from that moment, that my life would consist of exposing the world’s news and communicating stories through photographs.

By taking Principles of Journalism this year, my dream seems to be edging closer into grasp.

In light of this, what exactly is journalism? As aforementioned, whilst technology has advanced, so has the influence of journalism in mass media. With varied definitions and opinions on what it means to be a journalist, I believe that writing a blog or ‘tweeting’ is not equivalent with that of professional journalism. Without the ‘real’ journalists, we wouldn’t receive the news that we, citizen journalists, then pass on. “The simple ownership of a computer doesn’t transform one into a serious journalist any more than having access to a kitchen turns one into a serious cook”. (Keen, 2007, p.46).

Finding out that I would be creating a story based on my street made me anxious. Moving into my second house of the year, a fear of the unknown overwhelms me. At the same time, I look forward to stepping out of my comfort zone to see what this paper and degree has to offer. I hope to see all of my fellow classmates through to the end… Or should I say, beginning?12010691_10203551830395252_5346825080219650092_o