The topic I have chosen to analyse for this assignment regards a young Australian couple who both have down syndrome (Taylor Anderton 21, and Michael Cox 25) , and the question of whether they should be allowed to follow their dream of having children together.
Much controversy was stirred following the appearance of the engaged couple on Australian Story, where they expressed a strong desire to have children (four to be exact)– much to their parents concern.
Both sets of parents expressed a strong apprehension about this desire, and neither think they should have children. This belief brought into play talks of sterilisation and commentary by the PWDA (People with Disabilities Australia) who think they should be allowed to.
I will be analysing two articles which present opinionated commentary on the couples desire to have children and the opinions of the parents. Specifically I will explore two oppositional stances adopted in 2-3 opinion pieces:
- Supporting the parents opinion they SHOULD NOT be allowed to have children (two articles yet to decide which to use)
- Supporting the PWDA outlook that they SHOULD be allowed to have children
MDIA2002 Assessment task 4- brief outline
Terri Slater, z5091091
I am choosing to focus on option 1- Institutions and other large-scale entities, focusing on child sexual abuse within the Catholic Church, and more specifically the investigations into the cases at Ballarat. I will be using a combination of news and opinion pieces that hold opposing views, so I can compare and contrast the author’s viewpoint and level of subjectivity/objectivity. As I plan to use a variety of articles, I am yet to find all my sources, however they will likely consist of both newspaper and news broadcast articles. I assume I will reach the conclusion that each author writes with the assumption that the audience generally agrees with their point of view on the highly sensitive and controversial issue. I may specifically look at articles that discuss the reaction of Cardinal George Pell as well as the allegations made against him of cover-ups as well as child sex crimes that he has committed.
For my final assignment, I will address how Rodrigo Duterte is portrayed in media. Due to his controversial statements and inappropriate, crude remarks, Duterte has been compared to Donald Trump by media outlets. I will be using this comparison as a starting point for my analysis.
Duterte as the ‘Trump of the East’ (subjective; news satire) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tebans1dOYo (published on 9th May, one day before the Presidential election)
Duterte as a ‘Dictator in Waiting’ (objective; news report) http://www.smh.com.au/world/philippines-election-dictatorinwaiting-rodrigo-duterte-headed-for-a-huge-victory-20160509-goqaj2.html (published on 10th May, the day of the Presidential election)
Duterte worse than Trump (subjective; op-ed) https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/may/10/donald-trump-rodrigo-duterte-philippines (published 11th May, first day of Duterte’s presidency)
Duterte =/= Trump: a more sympathetic take (subjective; op ed) http://www.newmandala.org/how-to-introduce-duterte-in-southeast-asia/ (published on 16th May, first week of Duterte’s presidency)
Duterte as a sinister threat to the Philippines (subjective; op-ed) http://time.com/4453587/philippines-rodrigo-duterte-dictator-impunity-marcos/ (published on 16th August, roughly a month since Duterte was elected)
Other hard news articles to consider:
Ashlee Barnes, z5020668
Plebiscite on Same-sex Marriage
I have chosen to analyse how the potential plebiscite on Same-sex marriage is being presented to readers through looking at both Views Journalism articles and News Journalism. I intend to look more closely at how we as a reader are positioned to either negatively or positively interpret the effects of a plebiscite on the subject. I want to look at both sides of the case, where it is portrayed as negative as well as beneficial to society. With the Views Journalism I will also look at whether the article intends to persuade or convince readers of one perspective or the other. I think a conclusion will be made that, particularly pertaining to blog and opinion pieces, that it is almost impossible for writers to keep their biased opinions out of the equation.
Articles to be considered:
For my final media analysis I will be discussing articles written on the current social issue of the banning of abortion in Poland. I am planning on looking at how the media portrayed in particular the black Monday protests that took place and how their views agreed or contrasted to the support of the ban by the Polish government. I so far have been looking at a number of opinion and hard news pieces that convey the issue. I also plan on researching the significance internationally of the issue of abortion and how it is being viewed and portrayed relation to other countries such as in Ireland where it’s actually being legalised and the debates raging in America during the election. The conclusions I think I will draw from my analysis is how the media does not necessarily reflect or support the issues being pushed by the government and that specifically with social issues relating to the rights of women (which are obviously significant) they are more likely to hold a more liberal standing point.
My media task will be about how Melania Trump is represented in the media as a potential first lady.
I especially want to focus on the articles which allude to the fact that she’s not first lady material as a model, who posed nude in her 20s (See: New York Post’s Ogle Office cover).
Another angle is her status as an immigrant, where conservatives have criticised her and doubted her US citizenship. Many articles also make reference to the fact that she’d be the first immigrant first lady if Trump was elected.
Here are links to some of the articles that interest me:
ATAR Anger- Universities accepting students way below advertised cutoffs
The topic I have chosen to investigate in this assessment relates to university entry across Australia. In January this year, Fairfax Media revealed that NSW universities are admitting students with ATARs as low as 30 into some of the state’s top tertiary degrees. Articles of a similar vein have been published in Victoria and Western Australia.
The majority of articles that I have found so far are news journalism items, however I plan to source a couple of views journalism pieces to supplement them. I anticipate that my conclusions will reveal a negative representation of universities across Australia, placing emphasis on the lack of transparency and truth when it comes to ATAR entry cut offs. I believe that this viewpoint counters much of what people believe about universities as tertiary educational institutions are often held as places of esteem in society. Most of the articles I have sourced so far do not condone universities accepting students who do not meet the advertised entry requirements, although the pieces take slightly different perspectives as to why this behaviour is negative.
The articles I have sourced thus far are below, however I will not be using all of these.
By Nicole Phillips
Media coverage of that the murder/suicide of a family of four, including two children with Autism, was heavily critiqued by Autism awareness groups. A trending blog post written by disability activist, Briannon Lee, condemned mass media coverage of the events for portraying the murdered autistic children as one-dimensional individuals, defined solely by their disability. Additionally, reporting was criticised for including quotes from neighbours that commented on the burden posed by the children, suggesting that their parents were perhaps justified in their actions.
Through a comparative analysis of several news journalism articles that present similar perspectives on the autistic community, I anticipate reaching conclusions similar to that of Lee; that mainstream media reporting portrays a one-dimensional perspective of people with autism, without reference to their individual identities. From my broader knowledge, implicit evaluations of the autistic community in wider news journalism tends to position audiences to view autism autistic people as less capable/competent than the wider community. The characterisation of people with autism will be of particular interest in this analysis as the idiosyncrasies of individuals on the autism spectrum are often conflated into broad understandings of the condition.
Some key articles I will be focusing on:
z5042565 MDIA2002 H10A
Assessment Task 4 – Step 1
I have chosen to analyse Donald Trump and his portrayal on news network CNN, The Advertising Age and on the programme Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. I believe this will be effective as previous CNN producers have acknowledged Trump as being “good for advertising,” posed with The Advertising Age’s approach of being completely negative and John Oliver’s comedic approach to help educate his audience.
I hope to explore how these media companies approach stories of Trump’s self-branding, his policy ideas (in particular immigration) and his controversial comments (sexist, racist comments).
I hope to discuss what each media company will benefit from discussing Trump in their respective opinions.
Subject: Domestic violence in the NRL
Item of interest: Early this year prominent NRL player Shaun Kenny Dowall of the Sydney Roosters was acquitted of 11 charges of domestic violence. This case was one of many, when it comes to domestic violence charges against players of the national rugby league. What’s significant about the specific case however is that due to Dowall being acquitted, many articles have been published stressing the importance of a presumption of innocence when it comes to rugby league players. It also lends to a larger debate of Australian culture glorifying men who are violent towards their partners – an issue that is endemic among sports in Australia.
Conclusions: Basically I want to compare articles that look at changing the culture of domestic violence with the National Rugby League by removing players from games as soon as charges have been made vs articles that propose keeping with the presumption of innocence and allowing players to continue to play rugby league.
Sources so far:
The Guardian: Rugby League has a domestic violence problem: The NRL’s lip service won’t fix it
Daily Telegraph: Shaun Kenny-Dowall: Still dealing with emotional toll of recent court case
News Local: Players Deserve Presumption of Innocence
Daily Telegraph: NRL must address the ugly bruise on the face of the game of rugby league that is domestic violence
ABC IVIEW: Hitting Home with Sarah Ferguson