Assignment 4 proposal – Kim Kardashian

Susan Chen


For the final assignment, I want to look at the different ways which the media portrays celebrity Kim Kardashian. The articles I am considering focus around her recent robbery. They take present opposing viewpoints regarding Kim’s extravagant lifestyle and sexuality, and debate whether or not she is a positive role model for young women.

Some of the articles I have looked at:

I wanted Kim Kardashian to die – by Vanessa de Largie

Your hate for the Kardashians is misdirected – by Megan Palin

Why Kim Kardashian is one of my feminist icons – by Amy Buswell



Assignment 4 – Step 1, Proposal

Lindsay Stevens
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Assessment Task 4 – Step 1

General Focus Area/Topic:

In light of the recent “smashed avo” controversy – sparked by Bernard Salt’s comments in his column in The Australian – I plan to cover the media representation of millennials and their relationship with the current housing market.

Anticipated conclusions:

Regarding this area of interest, I expect to find that more conservative publications will be posting articles that tend to blame millennials and their behaviour for the problem of an unaffordable housing market. On the contrary, I anticipate that more liberal publications with a younger assumed readership will potentially either discredit claims of the lack of young people in the housing market as being a direct result of their lifestyle, but will focus on current economics and perhaps be comparative between economic trends.


“Moralisers, we need you!”
By Bernard Salt – October 15-16 2016, The Weekend Australian Magazine

By David Adams – October 17 2016,

“Property ownership out of reach due to high prices, not ‘smashed avocado’ penchant, millennials argue”
By David Taylor – October 17 2016, ABC News

“It’s not avocado on toast that’s keeping me out of the housing market”
By Madeline White – October 18 2016, The Sydney Morning Herald

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Assignment 4 Proposal

Jiaqi Lu; z5037864

In the final assignment, I will focus on how media portray female athletes. The anticipated conclusions fall into:

  • Media portray female athletes in a sexualized manner rather than an athletic one. (highlight their attractiveness rather than achievements)
  • Media portray female athletes in conjunction with males.

(mention her husband, coach or other male relatives)

  • Media portray female athletes with the ideals of femininity.

(emphasize mental weakness and the role as a mother)

Part of selected items:

Covers of Sport Illustrated

Headlines of news articles / Captions of photo gallery

Extracts from articles featuring tennis players including Maria Sharapova, Li Na and golf player Cheyenne Woods.

Representation article Step One: Plan of attack!!

By Bridget Murphy 5062047

Q: Briefly indicate the general subject area of the items you plan to cover and indicate, as best you can at this stage, what sorts of conclusions you anticipate you will be reaching with respect to this data. If you anticipate you will be focussing on just a few items – i.e. four or fewer, provide links if possible to this material and very briefly describe their content.

I am planning to continue with the same general topic area as article one, that being issues relating to the Generations. Specifically, I am going to look at how Generation Y and Z are represented in the media.

I am planning on discussing Triple J as the ‘voice of the youth’ or the national youth broadcaster and how they operate in terms of targeting Gen Y and Z so well by projecting the interests of the youth and “siding” with the youth on many issues.

One item I will concentrate on specifically is the Triple J HACK program, and snippets from their feature investigation “The War On Young People”, which provided a young person’s response to issues such as why young people can’t afford houses, why young people are so passionate about climate change and other key socio-political issues.

In terms of other articles to compare and contrast with the aforementioned ideas, I am looking for a range of articles from different publications that target various demographics (I feel that concentrating on social class as well as generational age is important to this discussion) and how they discuss the youth. I am considering delving a little further back into some archived articles to possibly see whether or not some of the negative idea’s of the contemporary youth have travelled over time. For example, say if an article published in 1989 called the youth of the day ‘lazy and entitled’ in the same way that article’s published in 2016 have. A possible discussion on whether this is influenced by engrained social ideas of ‘age = wisdom’ may ensue.

Also, after completing the tutorial preparation for this week (wk 12), I found the idea of collecting ‘research’ of sorts to weave into my article in order to gain some sort of reactionary detail. As my focus area is regarding the generations, and specifically how GenY and Z are represented, it would be quite easy to gather this as I can easily ask the opinions and reactions of my friends (and compare this with my own interpretations), and contrast this with the opinions of my parents or even my grandparents. This is just a thought, but I think it would be interesting to discuss.

Step 1 – Assignment 4 Proposal Siobhan Plowman

The subject I plan to tackle for my analysis is the representation of Donald Trump in the media, particularly his current characterisation and representation as a misogynist. I plan to briefly outline the history of Trump’s representation in the media – ranging from some brief analysis of headlines from five years ago, to 2015-2016 during his presidential campaign, to now; noting how the trend has dramatically shifted to overwhelmingly represent him as ‘misogynist’, particularly from mid-2016, as more and more damaging allegations and information about his past has come forward – coinciding well with some particularly sexist statements on his part (and culminating in the recent emergence of the 2005 recording).

At this early stage I believe my contention will be that the representation of Donald Trump in the current media landscape (late 2016) as a whole— from views journalism to news journalism, national and international— positions and portrays Trump as a misogynist. First I will look at this broadly through analysis of current headlines, in both Australian and international media; I will briefly discuss some common trends in the current media coverage (such as those pieces that sit back and let Trump’s own words and actions do the talking, or those that use the symbol of Trump as a launchpad to discuss broader sexual assault or sexism issues); and even look at the images and captions that are frequently used in media pieces about Trump (for example, selected images of him leering behind Hillary, or images of him getting close and personal to Miss Universe stars in the spotlight, and the particular captions that accompany these).

Then I will go into some more in depth analysis of particular pieces (at the moment I am considering these four):

Brisbane Times (Au) – ‘Tape shows disgusting Donald Trump at his sexist, misogynist worst‘ by Paul McGeough (Oct 9, 2016).

This is a piece of views journalism that is very open and forward in its views of Trump, but uses many facts, statistics and appeals to authority. It is also really interesting to note how this piece has used certain images and videos throughout its piece – for example, the carefully selected images of women he has allegedly assaulted, contrasted with the images of female Trump supporters.

The Age (Au) – ‘In the ultimate act of self-promotion, Donald Trump has destroyed his brand‘ by Jennifer Rubin (11th Oct, 2016).

This is a very strongly opinionated views piece that seems to pinpoint exactly how damaging Trump’s representation in the media has been. Unlike the first piece, this author doesn’t use many appeals to authority, fact or statistics., (Au) – Donald Trump to Miss Teen USA contestants: ‘Don’t worry ladies, I’ve seen it all before’ by ‘Staff writers’, October 13, 2016.

This is a piece of hard news that represents Trump in the same light, however it is simply far more subtle in its techniques and communicative workings.

Cartoon, by Steve Benson of Creators Syndicate (US):


I feel the symbolism used in this cartoon makes a pretty clear statement / message about Trump.

It is important to note that while the written pieces were published in Australian media outlets, at least one or two of them were reposted pieces that originally appeared in American media sources, such as the Washington Post. This again further demonstrates my point that the media as a whole seems to perpetuate the same image. I hope my choice of analysis of two different views pieces, a hard news piece and a cartoon further emphasises the broad scope of this representation.

Step One: Assignment Four (Topic – The Constitutional Recognition of Australia’s First Peoples) by Ryan Mahon

MDIA2002 – Step 1, Views Journalism analysis 2 (Assignment 4)


Briefly indicate the general subject area of the items you plan to cover and indicate, as best you can at this stage.

The topic that I am proposing to cover in this assignment is the current public conversation around the constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as Australia’s first people in the Australian Constitution.

There have been numerous articles and opinion pieces, which have both supported and critiqued the notion of constitutional recognition. Some articles assert that Constitutional recognition will result in a new range of court cases on native title and other articles have critiqued the consultation community with local stakeholders. I believe that Constitutional recognition would fall within the criteria for this assignment for the following reasons:

  • Items of the following politics related topics:
    • The policies of political parties.
    • Political protest and/or activist campaigns.
    • The performance, character or popularity of politicians and/or political parties (As there have been numerous opinion pieces published by Australian newspapers and publications both praising and critiquing the government’s plan to address the issue of constitutional recognition).


If you anticipate you will be focusing on just a few items – i.e. four or fewer, provide links if possible to this material and very briefly describe their content.

The articles that I anticipate to cover include:

  • Article one: “It’s time for governments and Indigenous people to talk” by Jackie Huggins.
    • Acknowledges that there is still a long way to-go when thinking about Indigenous rights.
    • The primary claim is that it is the responsibility of the government to represent the views of people that elected them.
      • The government needs to open up a dialogue with Indigenous Australians and move beyond rhetoric.
    • Article two: “Australia needs a treaty and constitutional recognition for Indigenous People” by George Williams.
      • The article argues that in order for Australia to move forward and progress as a nation, we need to recognize Indigenous Australians constitutionally
    • Article three: “Indigenous recognition deserves serious debate, Andrew Bolt shouldn’t be a part of it” by Paul Daley.
      • Against the person argument as Paul Daley is criticizing political commentators who are opposed to recognition.
      • By doing this, the author hopes to undermine the arguments of these commentators by lowering the status of these people in the eyes of the readership.
      • The article calls for an open and thorough debate the includes wider community input and consultation.
    • Article four: “Scant Recognition: Have Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have any reason to hope?” by Megan Davis
      • Argument that Indigenous people should accept incremental change instead of what the authors to be unlikely, constitutional recognition.
      • Cites previous failed attempts at constitutional recognition.
      • Generalisation that the Australian people would rather skip, “the difficult part” of recognition and move immediately to a peaceful co-existence.
        • The article argues that this would not happen if a debate on Constitutional Recognition ‘drudged’ up cases of mistreatment and racism in the past.


What sorts of conclusions you anticipate you will be reaching with respect to this data?

I have concluded that, the articles provide a wide range of conclusions about how the government should respond to the issue of Indigenous recognition. Most articles employ certain primary claims and have a privileging of information, in order to convey a particular perspective. Some of the articles begin with analogies, however one analogy is for recognition, whilst one is against it, using a slippery slope argument. The articles have been published by a number of media organisations and they have different objectives and aim to influence their imagined audiences in different ways.

Step 1 – Assessment 4

Agnes Jeong

The main topic that I would like to cover is based on the School Dress Codes implemented by schools in the United States. The controversial issue and its discrimination towards female students has been significantly focused upon by the media, especially since the 21st century. Gender inequality remains a sensitive topic within society and when mentioned, ignites heated discussion. The two articles that I plan to discuss are Laura Bates’ “How School Dress Codes Shame Girls and Perpetuate Rape Culture” and Dave Obee’s “Dress codes still belong in school.” (Currently, I am searching for another article that provides more factual evidence on this issue which could be compared with the two articles I have.)


The main conclusions that I aim to derive are that both articles have the same belief, that current dress codes are ethically wrong and something should be done about it. Also, both pieces are aiming to incite certain behaviours and perceptions from readers through their combination of recommendation, causal and evaluative arguments. Despite both readers illustrating the same view on school dress codes, the first article portrayed a stronger negative opinion on the issue whilst the second attempted to persuade readers with an objective voice.

z5020516 Step 1 Assessment 4 Maesie Harris

For my final Assignment I have chosen to address how Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump are being portrayed in the media and if there are any stark differences and stark biases ( I suspect there will be). I will also be attempting to understand if underlying sexism play a role in the expectations of each candidate.

I will contrast articles from the likes of the Boston Globe, The New Yorker and a range of Australian sources to fully understand how each candidate is being presented to perceived audiences and what the major differences are.

The sources I have so far are:

Step 1: Assessment Task 4

by Grace Parsons (z5063095)

Subject: Donald Trump

Items of interest:

I’d like to examine both written articles and video footage that report on/ discuss Trump (and his campaign). By analysing different mediums, I think it will give an interesting insight into how personal or network bias reveals itself to its readers/ viewers.


Given the amount of poor press that Trump has received, I believe my conclusions will confirm a tendency for news networks and journalists to report on the candidate in a negative manner and fairly explicitly too. I also suspect, broadcast news/ video footage will be more implicit in how they position themselves when compared to written articles.

Sources (so far):


Paul McGeough: ‘We have to consider the idea that Trump is more stupid that he lets on’.

(Online article by the SMH that is explicitly biased against Trump. Heavy use of quotation and hones in on “Obama founding ISIS” comment that was made. Includes footage.)


Steve Robson: ‘Awkward moment Donald Trump tries to kiss girl at Republican rally and she’s not having ANY of it’.

(Online article by the Mirror that is more implicitly biased against Trump. Relates story to sexual assault allegations. Includes footage.)


US Election 2016: ‘US election: anger over Donald Trump gun rights remarks’.

(Online article by the BBC that discusses accusations made towards Trump regarding gun policy and inciting violence. More implicitly biased against Trump. Includes footage and Twitter screenshots.)


Fox News: ‘Donald Trump strikes presidential tone in Mexico City’.

(Online video by Fox News where a panel discuss Trump’s appearance in Mexico City in August. Primarily explicitly biased towards Trump, however there is commentary from more unbiased speakers.)