The Making of Greg’s Vigil

There is a certain buzz in a newsroom when deadline is approaching and it’s something most journalists come to relish. It’s that same buzz of a looming publication deadline which was in the air when CitizenJ put together its first news package. The story was about Greg Rolles, a Brisbane man who decided to hold a seven-day vigil outside the Pinkenba refugee transit centre. His aim was to raise awareness of refugee rights. CitizenJ spoke to Greg before his vigil and he agreed to make his own personal video of his thoughts and feelings throughout the protest. A number of photographers and radio journalists also visited Greg throughout the week. At the end of it all we had Greg into… Read More →

Were you at the launch?

The CitizenJ community news program is well underway after a successful launch at The Edge’s auditorium last night. Over one hundred of Brisbane’s finest attended the launch, which also celebrated the first of the Walkley Media Talks series in Brisbane. State Librarian and CEO, Janette Wright, opened the event, announcing the CitizenJ newsroom open for business and the Experiments competition open for applications. Christopher Warren, MEAA’s Federal Secretary and CEO of The Walkley Foundation, then followed to introduce the first of the monthly Walkley Media Talks, exploring the topic ‘Change is Inevitable’. Sally Eeles from Network 7 played chair to panellists Stuart Watt from ABC News Online, Sharona Coutts from The Global Mail and Chris Jones from The Courier Mail… Read More →

Get experimental with CitizenJ

Think you’ve got what it takes to reinvent or create an entirely new medium for the way news is sourced, produced and consumed in Australia? We want to hear from you! The Experiments Competition is calling on creatives and entrepreneurs from around Australia to share in $30 000 and help shape the unpredictable future of citizen journalism with some unconventional new ideas. We want to see projects that have relevance in a regional setting, take advantage of the proposed high-speed broadband network and have the potential to be commercialised or scaled up. Successful applicants will receive up to $10 000 to craft a project in The Edge’s newly installed professional newsroom that will potentially have application to be delivered across… Read More →

A newsroom like no other

The Edge is creating the future of journalism; a newsroom like no other. Our new project is set to open up factual storytelling to the masses with a new media outlet run by the community aimed to record history through the eyes of local people. I have been assigned to help create this new newsroom and it’s an opportunity I feel very honoured to have. As a professional cross media journalist I have worked across many media outlets including the Courier Mail, community newspapers, community radio and broadcast television. I now want to bring what I have learnt back to the community and give everyone the chance to have a voice. The New Journalism Project at The Edge has been… Read More →

Citizen J

The CitizenJ New Journalism Program creates a new way of looking at journalism and news, based upon research developed both overseas and within Australia. The design of the new newsroom tears apart the old news model and rebuilds with a focus on the new generations’ consumption of news. The CitizenJ newsroom design is modelled upon research from ‘Young Thinking’, a project by Chris Sopher, a US journalism associate for the Knight Foundation, which is an organisation that fosters innovative ways to deliver quality journalism. It also funds the Knight Digital Media Centre. Mr Sopher’s research found that younger generations are news grazers; they engage with the news at irregular intervals. With the traditional news system focused on incremental daily or… Read More →