I am interested in writing a feature about a journalism student from China who consumes news from both Western and Chinese media outlets. With the coronavirus influencing her life since the outburst of it in her hometown Wuhan, Crystal has a better sense of her dream career.
The Story: what and why?
Crystal was doing internship in Beijing when her hometown Wuhan was locked down and kept her away from her family, her home. The travel ban from Australia forced her to travel to Thailand for another 14 days before she came back to Sydney to study. Throughout her quarantine life in three countries, Crystal sees the significant role of media playing in the crisis. It has the power to unite people but also the ability to generate hatred. Holding the dream of becoming a journalist, she has a deeper feeling about the responsibility of media in providing information and leading the society. Her dream is no longer limited to have her country being less misunderstood. Ambitiously but genuinely, she wants the globalized world to cooperate and fight together in the age of new media.
Facing the global health crisis, people are heavily relying on the government and the media. I choose to tell this timely topic from a media angle because this pandemic also creates the challenge of an infodemic. It is important to examine the role and influence of the media and think about some of the issues in news reporting now. The story is a diary of an international student whose life is impacted by COVID 19, but also a thought-provoking reminder for the media industry. I want the readers to hear the story from a relatively new perspective and probably think more deeply about their behaviour in media production and consumption.
Publication and Audience:
It is imagined for the junction, a publication showcases university student journalism from Australia and the Pacific. Since most of its audience is interested in the news industry, it is more likely for them to listen to the story of a journalist dream and consider the role of media. As a culturally diverse country, Australia has a connection to both the west and the east. With the significant number of Chinese students here, people are more likely to hear the story from a Chinese perspective without formed bias.
Source of Information:
I will interview Crystal for a deep and objective understanding of her thoughts and feeling. Meanwhile, I will collect a wide variety of sources including media coverage from both western and China, academic articles about social media and online journalism, statistics about media consumption etc.
- The timeline of the news
- Multimedia including photos, videos, and audio to present Crystal’s life and observation
- Subheadings to chunk the article for better viewing
- Hyperlinks to the original news report