Ethics & Multimedia Journalists

Journalists of all types, it doesn’t matter if you are a MOJO or a radio broadcaster or a TV presenter, you need to be careful with what you share with your audience. Not only for their sake, but to save your skin also. If you are not careful and cautious before sharing, you may be susceptible to various charges that could be serious! :O

Copyright Laws, Defamation, Contempt of Court are just some of the things to be aware of when you are sharing. I know alot about media law already as I am actually doing a Media Law as an elective for my last semester of uni so I must share my newly sourced knowledge with you so you too can save yourself a world of regret in the future!

Apart from the actual law that you need to abide by, journalists also have a code of ethics to abide by to show good will that you are a good ethics abiding citizen. Ethics are a set of moral guidelines that is usually self regulated such as: don’t plagiarise, be honest, don’t be deceitful etc. pretty common sense if you ask me!

Here is a really awesome webpost for Journalists staying safe in the world of online social media.

 

 

Social Media & Journalism

How is the increasing use of social media as a news source affecting journalism?

Good Question. Social Media has become a massively useful tool for journalists. Take a look at Twitter for example. As I scroll through Twitter profiles, I think every single Australian Journo at least and every single news outlet has an active Twitter account. ABC news alone has over 1 million followers. This goes to show you that social media can be an effective tool on on social media if used in the right way.

People are always on their phone nowadays so social media is a good way to reach your audience whatever content you want to post. For journalists, if you want to get read, you post on social media in 140 characters or less (for Twitter). Social media is everything. Newspapers are getting read less and less, the 6pm news is becoming less watched by younger people, websites are even less frequented too. Everyone has at least one social media account. And social media may be less formal but it is an effective way to get the message across swiftly, instantly and more concisely (140 characters for Twitter, don’t forget 😉

 

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Journalism on Social Media is a good way to getting your news story out there in an instant (Picture Source: The Wellesley News)

 

 

Live Video Streaming and Journalism

In conjunction with my last post, I believe the rapid uptake of live video streaming will change journalism as we know it. Live streaming provides an instant play by play of news and current events, and can take us where they won’t allow bulky cameras. These cameras take ages to set up with a tripod or lots of switches, buttons and white balancing. Not to mention syncing microphones and seeing if everything is actually recording. With the rise of smaller and smaller gadgets (your phone is the most useful gadget that can  record video, sound, send data, has so many  editing apps! You can literally produce a whole TV show on one smartphone!) that can do the exact same thing as their bigger counterparts, and can send recordings and data at the flick of a send button, it is not hard to see why and how much potential and convenience they hold to filmmakers and journalists alike.

In terms of journalism, a smartphone is the most useful gadget that can  record video, sound, send data, has so many  editing apps! You can literally produce a whole TV show on one smartphone! You can go ‘live’ anywhere and everywhere something happens and you can get a message out in a second. Live streaming also gives the consumers of your content to make comments on a live stream and allowing them to interact with you and ask questions that you can answer in an instant. This keeps the content relevant to your viewers.

Live Streaming can connect us in an instant in ways that are new and convenient (Picture Source: (Silicon Harbour Magazine)

Smartphone Journalism (MOJO)

In my opinion, MOJO plays an integral role in modern day journalism. To me, MOJO through means such as live streaming to get a scoop on an issue or event as it happens is a good way of sharing initial news with the world as it happens. In contrast to what they are saying in the ITV news video (that citizen journalism is from an non credible source and just is ‘witnessing video’), I think that it is much more than that and even if it not from a credible source, it helps begin and grow a story that credible journalists can use using their footage. Take the 9/11 attacks. These first attacks were filmed by citizen journalists on their phones or ametuer film cameras. Also, the rise in the success of user generated content sites such as Youtube, people are looking to other ways to consume content rather than switching on TV for the 6pm news headlines.

MOJO can be a very useful and ‘up to date’ tool for the creation of new information and footage that can fit right in your pocket and in the palm of your hand! (Picture Source: schoolofjournalism.co.uk)

Having said this, professional journalists can use MOJO as a good mobile tool to use in the field. For example, if a foreign correspondent journalist enters a war zone where they can’t necessarily bring a crew in or heavy equipment due to logistics reasons or safety reasons, they can record on a phone easily. Phone footage can be edited in apps and also can be sent to anywhere in the world from a phone also.

 

Korean Wave makes Big Splash in Melbourne

Despite the current political tensions between North and South Korea, Koreans and Hallyu (Korean Wave) fans had something to smile about here in Melbourne last week. The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) in Melbourne hosted the eighth Korean Film Festival (KOFFIA) brought to Melbournians by the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea.

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Korean Film is one aspect of Korean Culture that showcases more than fancy costumes and singing and dancing, it showcases the Korean way of life and gives the viewer a snapshot of what Korean life is truly like. Avid Korean Film Fan, Jesse Blackman, perusing whats on offer at the Korean Film Festival in Melbourne (Photo by Zoe Guild)

Multicultural events like KOFFIA have become a regular affair in Australia which is unsurprising as Australia has swiftly become a more culturally diverse nation according to the 2016 Australian Census. Forty nine percent of Victorians (2,910,631 people) were born overseas or had one or both parents born overseas, and six percent (1,538,835 people) spoke a language other than English at home. The census also revealed that 123,017 people in Australia identified as Korean Australians. Multicultural festivals are often held in Melbourne with other notable festivals held at Federation Square like the Thai and Japanese Cultural festivals.

With the likes of SBS television show SBS Pop Asia showcasing music from Korea and K-pop having its own news page on the SBS website, it is not hard to see that this so called ‘Korean wave’ has engulfed Australia, if not the world. Not forgetting to mention the rise of K-culture such as the viral dance ‘Gangnam Style’ by K-Pop sensation PSY, whose video has almost 3 billion views to date. In Melbourne, there are no less than thirty Korean dining spots in the CBD alone according to online dining site, Zomato. It is easy to see that Korea and the love for multiculturalism in Melbourne remains popular.

The recent KOFFIA event had a special screening of the documentary Passage to Pusan. It tells the story of an Australian mothers journey to South Korea to find the grave of her son who died in the Korean War. Haeji Ahn, Project Officer for Economic and Cultural Affairs at the Consulate-General of the Republic of Korea in Melbourne was delighted to talk about the special event. “This year we are very lucky to have Louise Evans, author of the book which inspired the film Passage to Pusan, attending the KOFFIA in Melbourne to hold a Q&A session after the screening – we are sure to get some beautiful insights from her about her journey writing the book and it’s on-screen depiction” she said.

The following audio features Dr Andrew Jackson of Korean Studies at Monash University, Jesse Blackman, a Avid Hallyu consumer and Asian Inspired Artist and lastly Dennis Christopher, an English Language Teacher based in East Asia.

KOFFIA rides on the back of the global Korean phenomenon ‘Hallyu’ or Korean wave. Similar to KOFFIA, ‘K Con’ was another Korean Cultural event that was also held last weekend in Sydney, showcasing K-pop Culture to lovers of K-pop. This event had also drawn one of K Pops biggest bands, EXO whose most popular video on Youtube has almost 156 million views and counting.

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Aspects of the ‘Korean Wave’ include pop music, film, beauty, and videos. Parts of Korean pop culture lives online through fans watching videos from all over the world. (Infographic created by Zoe Guild)

Dr Andrew David Jackson, Head of Korean Studies at Monash University and Founder of the Korean Screen Culture Conference, refers to the Hallyu Wave as a ‘soft power’ and he ponders that the success of the Korean cultural industry may be a model for other cultural industries of the world in terms of global influence.

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Dr Andrew David Jackson talks about the popularity of the ‘Korean Wave’ and discusses how Korean Cinema has pushed its way forward as a prestige artform as opposed to the more K pop and K drama (Photo by Zoe Guild)