This portfolio consists of writing pieces submitted for assessment as part of my journalism undergraduate degree at the University of Southern Queensland.

Is globalisation a threat to the environment?

Can economic and political pursuits of corporations and governments be harmonious with citizens’ concerns for the health of our planet?

‘Taking the piss’ or unfair ridicule? Aussie journalists and defamation law

Australian humour has a penchant for using satire or ridicule to ‘take the piss’ out of just about anyone or anything. As such, satire has been a mainstay in Australian media poking fun at the news, famous people and especially politicians … And even though we no longer risk being hung, drawn and quartered for publishing offensive comment like in Elizabethan times (Pullan 1994), there are still boundaries to what we can write or report, and some not-so-funny penalties for overstepping them…

Democracy demands shield laws for journalists

One in five Australians think journalists hold high ethics, marginally above public opinion of politicians (Roy Morgan 2017). Paradoxically, the public rallies the media as their tribune (Hirst 2013) – to alert them to harm and redress their injustices. To do this, journalists routinely depend on confidential information received from whistleblowers or undercover sources … this essay examines four cases of state leaks to argue journalists should not be compelled to reveal their source when they have served their democratic, watchdog function. In doing so, it questions whose interests the courts are serving when disclosure is determined to be in the public interest.

Consequences of nineteenth century imperialism on South Africa

Essay submitted as assessment for HIS1003: World History Since 1500CE Documents: Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa by David Livingstone & Letter to Sir George Grey by King Moshweshewe of the Basutos Nineteenth century abolishment of trans-Atlantic slavery bestowed Africa little reprieve from zealous Western-European imperialists – colonising under banners of religion, ethnocentrism, potent…

How are female doctors represented in current Australian drama television?

Essay submitted as assessment for CMS1012: Introduction to Media Studies  Medical dramas are a long-enjoyed staple on Western television screens – audiences eager for their benevolent, heroic doctor to swiftly administer his medical expertise to save patients’ lives. The male profiling in the preceding sentence was not at all incidental – considering from the 1950s all…

Investigation of an argument: Corporate social responsibility is a largely meaningless slogan

Corporate social responsibility (CSR), burgeoning in the last decade, is the practice of corporations extending their responsibilities outside of their financial and shareholders interests, and towards the communities and environment in which they operate and society at large (Boatright 2012, pp. 276-277; Shaw & Barry 2014, p. 211). These three interests: social, environmental, and the…

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