Q&A & Sports Analysis

Q&A with Tony Jones (7 March 2016) 

This was the first time I had actively engaged in the Q&A Twitter conversation courtesy of the Journalism Ethics, Law and Power course. I felt it was an extremely useful and fun exercise. It taught me how to consume news first up, and respond to it quickly – this is the age of journalism we are in now.

It’s important to note that International Women’s Day was a day after this show. Naturally, gender equality was raised. I tweeted about domestic violence when the topic was debated; I think both Tony Jones and his guests missed a crucial point: mental illness amongst males.

Mental illness should not be used as a ‘get-out clause’ for domestic violence; in fact far from it. However, the stigma which confronts males concerning depression is horrifying. It is very hard to admit to troubles when the stigma is such, and the expectation is for males to be strong individuals who do not express emotion.

I think this issue needs to be addressed when tackling domestic violence.


Promoting My Podcast (28 March 2016) 

Promotion is a fickle thing, and I can’t quite say I’ve got it right – yet. In many cases, it’s an art form in itself. It’s a necessity for most businesses, and yet few can pull it off with success.

I think one of the reasons for this is the recipient of the news can sense whether someone is passionate about what they are promoting. In this case, the above tweet is something I love doing. I love sport and I am also invested in media. It would be difficult to produce a podcast over an hour if you were not energised by the subject matter.


Updating My Followers on an AFL Footballer’s Health Condition (4 April 2016) 

I do not understand why this phrase is used solely in politics and is somehow not transferable to the AFL?

One week is a long time in politics.”

One week is also a long time in AFL; in fact if anything it’s probably longer. Not just because of the games which occur on a weekly basis, but also because of the injuries which can occur from a match.

The above tweet was just one incident where a player legally tackled an opposition member, yet Mitch Duncan (the affected player) still could not play out the remainder of the match.

Naturally, there were concerns about Duncan’s health, not only because of the heavy impact – he is a key player at the Geelong Football Club. Once I viewed his tweet, I immediately notified my followers of the good progress he is making in recovery. No doubt the Geelong supporters will be happy.


Q&A with Tony Jones – Domestic Violence (14 April 2016)

The guests are on the Q&A show for a reason, and perhaps several more. Though I hesitate when some walk out of their comfort zone and speak about topics, which they probably have no experience of. Domestic violence is a huge issue not just in Australia, but globally. It affects a range of families, whether from the upper class or lower class. It’s great that domestic violence as an issue is gaining more awareness, but I don’t think we can neglect those who have experienced it. The victims of domestic violence need to be heard.


Q&A with Tony Jones – Malcolm Turnbull (18 April 2016)

There was plenty of criticism regarding the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, as of April 2016. The tweet I typed up, was serving as a reminder to the Q&A audience that Malcolm Turnbull does not run a monopoly over the Coalition. He has personally stated beforehand he supports same-sex marriage. The plebiscite proposal could be just a way to appease other party members. We already know through the statistics that Australia supports same-sex marriage.


Q&A with Tony Jones on ANZAC Day – Freedom of Speech (25 April 2016)

Both religious and secular people, can be guilty of having closed minds. As discussed on the Q&A show this evening, the principle of freedom of speech is also dependent upon respectful disagreement. Aggressively berating another’s viewpoint, whether it is right or wrong, achieves nothing but point scoring (though there is always a time and a place for that). You see it in parliament, the Opposition and the Government constantly berate each other. This is exactly how not to pursue our everyday lives and discussions.


Q&A with Tony Jones – President Barack Obama (2 May 2016)

Amidst all the hysteria relating to music artist Kanye West or businessman Donald Trump, potentially becoming the President of America – this speculation would not arise if President Barack Obama was allowed to fulfill another term. At the moment, the 22nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution forbids Obama from serving out a third term.

In short, the 22nd Amendment states: “No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice.”

In my opinion, he’s been exemplary in his role, speaks brilliantly and is very humble. Therefore, I think one could make a strong argument that President Obama should be an exception to the 22nd Amendment.


Q&A with Tony Jones – Community Radio Debate (9 May 2016)

It’s no secret more young people in Australia are turning to casual jobs. This really is an indictment on our policy makers for failing to cater for the future needs of our country. As discussed on the Q&A show, young people seem to have been neglected, in some instances. The recent budget outline revealed the Coalition Government, if elected, would cut over $1 million in community radio. Having been involved in the environment of SYN Media’s young community radio set up, it would be a travesty if funding is reduced. Media broadcasters are constantly looking for new ways to improve and innovate their content. Reducing funding will leave us behind in a department where media is constantly evolving.


Q&A with Tony Jones – Apostasy in Islam (16 May 2016)

Apostasy refers to the departure of a previously held religious faith – in Islamic countries, apostates are condemned by many. In fact, there are Muslims living in Islamic countries who believe that apostates should be put to death and this clearly restricts freedom of speech. Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who is an activist, said on the Q&A show it is necessary to criticise aspects of Islamic law, within reason, and I agree with her. In my opinion, the West have a duty to point out the flaws and positives of any religion, so others can make informed decisions without being indoctrinated. If a death sentence is carried out due to apostasy in Islam, we should criticise it, and not be afraid of doing so. Similarly, an apostate should feel free to remove themselves from a prior belief without consequence or penalty.


Q&A with Tony Jones – University Degrees (23 May 2016)

Christopher Pyne, under Tony Abbott’s leadership, was the Minister for Education who wanted university fees to be deregulated. I cannot trust a politician of Pyne’s caliber on any subject to do with education, given his controversial stance on raising university fees in the past. My tweet served as a reminder to my followers, and the Q&A audience, of Pyne’s previous position on raising education fees, as this subject was raised during the Q&A show. As a university student myself, I fail to comprehend select degrees being worth approximately $100,000. My parents did not even have to pay for their university education, as it was paid for by the Government. Whilst the economy around the world has come a long way, due to population growth and rapid advancements in globalisation, why should university degrees be worth over $100,000? Politicians such as Pyne should also cater for students who live in the rural areas of Australia, rather than just focusing on the wants of privileged students to acquire a ‘superb’ education.