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Current affairs

'Four Corners' is an excerpt from the TV current affairs program 'Four Corners 40th Anniversary' episode produced in 2004. 'Four Corners' is produced by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and this excerpt is used with the permission of ABC Content Sales. This video clip is included in the website From Wireless to Web ...

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TV killed the radio star

Can you imagine a time when, instead of watching dramas at home on a screen, people listened to them on the radio - a time when the most popular of those dramas were made in Australia? This Four Corners program from 1964 examines the reasons for the death of Australian radio serials, the role played by television in their ...

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Paying for the news, or not

Imagine a time before modern technology: no television, radio or computers. How did people find out about what was happening in the world? Through newspapers! Times are changing, however. With the internet at our fingertips, do we even need newspapers anymore? Watch this clip to find out how the internet is creating issues ...

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The future of the book

What is the future for the print book as we know it? Will it ever completely disappear? In this clip from 2010, Behind the News visits schools and talks to students about their use of ebooks (e-books). Find out about some of the ereaders (e-readers) now being used at school and at home and listen to different views on the ...

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South Korea: wired for speed

South Korea's high-speed broadband internet has allowed for the development of a new gaming subculture. Gamers have achieved levels of fame much like those of sporting stars in Australia. In this clip you will see the connection between gamers and their fans and hear about the lucrative lifestyle they enjoy.

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Radio pirates

Imagine life before mobile phones. In this 1973 clip from a Four Corners program, discover the lengths that many determined Australians were prepared to go to in order to communicate through the air waves from their cars and other locations. This was long before the invention of mobiles, video conferencing, social media ...

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Is Big Brother watching you shop?

Should data from your phone be available to help retailers provide shoppers with a better experience? Mobile phone data about our movements and shopping habits can be gathered by companies and on-sold to retailers. As the tracking technology continues to roll out, some people are questioning its legality.

Assessment resource

Design a layout: magazine: assessment

Test your understanding of how visual elements in a magazine page affect reader response. Compare a poorly created magazine page layout with a good page layout and identify how the visual elements in the good layout work better to convey meaning to the reader. Explore how the style, size, colour and placement of images, ...

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Design a layout: magazine: assessment: teacher guide

Use this resource with 'Design a layout: magazine: assessment' (L9683). First, see a profile of that assessment object, which gives you some helpful background information. Then follow clear guidelines on the marking and interpretation of student input. For each of the tasks, read notes on the three main anticipated levels ...

Teacher resource

Design a layout: advertisement: assessment: teacher guide

Use this resource with 'Design a layout: advertisement: assessment' (L9684). First, see a profile of that assessment object, which gives you some helpful background information. Then follow clear guidelines on the marking and interpretation of student input. For each of the tasks, read notes on the three main anticipated ...

Teacher resource

Design a layout: newspaper: assessment: teacher guide

Use this resource with 'Design a layout: newspaper: assessment' (L9686). First, see a profile of that assessment object, which gives you some helpful background information. Then follow clear guidelines on the marking and interpretation of student input. For each of the tasks, read notes on the three main anticipated levels ...

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Yorketown Post Office technology

This is a black-and-white photograph probably taken early in the 20th century inside the Yorketown Post Office in South Australia. It shows three men: one is using a typewriter, one identified as Tom Spender is using a morse key, and the third man is using a telephone at a small exchange.

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A telecommunications advertisement in 1953

This is a black-and-white photograph of a display in the window of a Brisbane telegraph office. A large advertisement encourages people to 'Save MONEY - ADDRESS YOUR TELEGRAMS TO A TELEPHONE ADDRESS - Save TIME'.

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Australia Post - Olympic Post Script, 1956: Preparation

This black-and-white clip shows footage of the Olympic host city, Melbourne - its streets, its Yarra River and its modes of transport, followed by scenes showing the telecommunications systems for the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne being prepared. This preparation included the installation of telecommunication cables and ...

Interactive resource

Online news: Perfect Pets

Help a pet shop to sell more of their unusual pets. Examine a web page promoting a giant cockroach. Build pages describing why ferrets and hermit crabs make great pets. Choose titles, words and images to interest an audience and support your message. For example, use words such as 'lovable' and 'cute' to create a positive ...

Interactive resource

Dorothy Griffin: great Australian women

Help an editor to produce a series of magazine issues about outstanding Australian women such as Dame Nellie Melba and Edith Cowan. Choose from a shortlist of women well known in these fields: writing, the arts, business, social reform and 'firsts'. Review and compare historical material, including photographs. Summarise ...

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Headlines Through History

How have big events in Australian history been reported in newspapers and magazines? Newspapers and magazines inform, manipulate, frustrate and entertain us. In them we can find the heroes and villains of the day, fact and opinion, and the aspirations of previous generations of Australians. Before the internet, newspapers ...

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Storyboard: Flutter-by friends!

Explore the title and picture on the cover of 'Flutter-by friends!' Then make a prediction about the storyline. Listen to the story and follow as each word is underlined. Find out if your prediction matches the storyline. Put the jumbled events of the story in the right order.

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Biography: Federation people: David Syme

Investigate newspaper editor and proprietor David Syme's role in Federation. Examine two different types of biographies of Syme: one short and the other more detailed. Inspect examples of how he was visually depicted in his time. This learning object is one in a series of objects in the 'Biography: Federation people' series.

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Biography: Federation people: John West

Investigate the role of John West, anti-transportation leader, Congregational Church minister and 'Sydney Morning Herald' editor, in the events leading up to Federation. Examine two different types of biographies of West: one short and the other more detailed. Inspect examples of how he was visually depicted in his time. ...