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The role of the media in a democracy - unit of work

This is a unit of work about freedom of the press and the influence of the media in Australia and elsewhere. Intended for middle and upper secondary students, the unit is organised around the factors that influence the role of the media in a democracy - media ownership, truth in media, political interference in the media ...

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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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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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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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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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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Are festivals, galleries and exhibitions outdated and ineffective compared to the opportunities presented to artists online?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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SMART Notebook: Representation

An IWB resource that focuses on the definitions of representation and how families are represented in a variety of media and social contexts. It examines how families are represented in popular TV programs and advertising. This resource supports the BOS NSW Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum in English K–10.

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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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Democracy and the media - a unit of work

This unit of work for middle and upper secondary students explores the role of the media in democratic societies and examines some of the limitations on free speech and freedom of the press. Through five activities students are challenged to think about the relationships between democracy and the media, media ownership ...

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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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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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reSolve: Probability - Forensic Investigations

This lesson investigates real-world applications of probability. Students examine real-world case studies of probability being applied in misleading ways. They assess and explain the flaws in the mathematical methodology used. There is also an emphasis on accurate and inaccurate ways of communicating mathematical concepts ...

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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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Difference Differently: media madness

This is a resource with four related sets of student activities that explore how and why the Australian news media represents different cultural, social and religious groups. It explores media texts to see how language and literary devices, such as inference and emotive language, can be used to influence readers’ perceptions ...

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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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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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Clare Martin speaks on being a female politician, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of Clare Martin, former chief minister of Australia's Northern Territory (NT), talking about being a female politician. Martin discusses some of the difficulties faced by women politicians, particularly those with children. She says that balancing their professional role with their role ...

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Difference Differently: portraying Australians

This is a resource with four related sets of student activities that explore how Australian identities and diversity are represented in contemporary film, television and advertising. It looks at how and why groups can be stereotyped in the popular media, with a focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and ...

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GeogSpace: years 5-6 - inquiry and skills

This is a web page consisting of an overview and two illustrations of practice on the GeogSpace website, a resource for teachers. Illustration 1 focuses on the use of inquiry in identifying the ways in which people shape the characteristics of places and the spaces within them, and developing the skill of working collaboratively ...

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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, ...