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John Curtin's Australian Journalists Association badge, 2007

Prime Minister John Curtin's journalistic instincts came in handy during World War II when he kept the media onside with secret press briefings. He wore his AJA badge every day he was in office. 'John Curtin's Australian Journalists Association badge' is an episode from the series 'The prime ministers' national treasures', ...

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Judging WikiLeaks

What do you know about WikiLeaks? People are divided on whether this secretive whistle-blower organisation is irresponsible and illegal or whether it makes those it targets more accountable. This ABC news radio report was aired on 27 July 2010.

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Rise of a media mogul: Rupert Murdoch, 1967

What does it take to become a media mogul? The name of Rupert Murdoch, one of Australia's most successful businesspeople, has been a significant feature of the media industry since the early 1950s. In this clip, listen to Murdoch explain his plans to expand his media holdings across Australia and see how he was perceived ...

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Evolving English: the impact of television

Imagine if the English language never evolved. What would we be speaking? Possibly Old English, the language of the Anglo-Saxon tribes, a language written down using runes known as the 'futhorc'. English continues to evolve, but it takes the media to bring new words into common usage. So which form of media is responsible ...

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Attribute this!

On one side there are a creator's rights and on the other the development of culture through building on other's ideas. A range of laws try to keep these often conflicting demands in balance. Professor Lawrence Lessig is co-founder of creative commons, a non-profit organisation that enables copyright owners to allow the ...

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Filming a surrealist dream

Discover the world of surrealism in film as we take a quick look at the 'Surrealism: The Poetry of Dreams' exhibition at GOMA, the Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland.

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Film distributor or taste maker?

Madman Entertainment co-founder Paul Wiegard isn't sure if his organisation, which was set up to distribute films, has become a taste maker or simply mirrors a natural shift in Australia's tastes. One thing is certain though, as program host Marcus Westbury says, 'Madman is the '500 pound gorilla' of Australian niche culture.'

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A humorous look at the seriousness of video games

Ben 'Yahtzee' Croshaw comments on video games in a unique, unpredictable and often subversive way. He creates short animations by combining crude two-dimensional images, photographs and other visual elements with a few musical elements and his own rapid narration. He then publishes them online. The tone is humorous but ...

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Finding an audience for digital art

Are festivals, galleries and exhibitions outdated and ineffective compared to the opportunities presented to artists online? Paul Robertson's animations are seen by millions at the click of a mouse. The distribution and 'exhibition' of his work raises questions about the traditional mechanisms of the art world.

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Sharing the good news about Creative Commons

Making a media work about Creative Commons licensing can be a challenge. How do you get the message across without losing the interest of your audience? Christopher Lewis, an ABC Open producer from Western Australia, shares his video on the subject.

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Advertising for love

In 1875, when Edward William Cole was in need of a wife, he did the practical thing: he advertised for one. Mr Cole owned what was, in its time, regarded as the largest bookstore in the world, Cole's Book Arcade in Melbourne. In this clip, Aden Rolfe tells a quirky Australian love story, using digital media and illustrations ...

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Cartown: communicating a message

Explore arguments for and against plans to reduce the number of vehicles travelling in the centre of a city. Decide whether to support a traffic congestion toll during peak travel times. Build a television report supporting your viewpoint. This learning object is one in a series of two objects.

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Cartown: communicating messages

Explore arguments for and against plans to reduce the number of vehicles travelling in the centre of a city. Decide whether to support a traffic congestion toll during peak travel times. Build a television report or newspaper article supporting your viewpoint. This learning object is one in a series of two objects.

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Discovering democracy: getting things done

Interact with a slideshow of images and text to explore how change can be bought about by people taking action and putting pressure on their elected representatives. The issue of the Franklin Dam in Tasmania is used as a case study. Complete a related task.

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Twentieth-century representations of women - Teacher idea

This Teacher idea explains how the teaching of visual literacy took place within a unit exploring the representation of women in magazines across the twentieth century. It includes a unit of work developed and trialled by a teacher.

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The me generation - Teacher idea

This Teacher idea explains how a focus on advertising, using examples from the present and the past, can deepen student understanding of identity, the influence of the media, body image and new technologies. It includes a unit of work developed and trialled by a teacher.

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'Photographing marbles' cartoon by Judy Horacek, 1997

This black-and-white cartoon by Judy Horacek comments on the lack of coverage of women's sport in the Australian media. It shows two young boys playing marbles surrounded by the media, while a woman with medals around her neck stands alone, ignored. Further information is available for this resource.

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Robyn Williams talks on communicating science to the public, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of science journalist and broadcaster, Robyn Williams, talking about communicating science to the Australian public and the challenges of overcoming 'woeful ignorance' and 'tremendous confusion'. He suggests that the media and modern education hamper public understanding of science by encouraging ...

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Australia and the First World War - a unit of work

This unit of work for middle and upper secondary students explores the influence of the First World War on the construction of Australian identity. An introductory exploration of the Australian digger myth and legend is followed by five activities framed as investigations. Links are provided to a variety of online resources, ...

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Taking a stand - Teacher idea

This Teacher idea shows how an extensive range of digital materials can be used to develop students’ critical literacy and writing skills, which then helps them to identify persuasive techniques that authors use. It includes a unit of work developed and trialled by a teacher.