Story Topic and Angle
Australia has always been a diverse country. The Immigration Restriction Act 1901 was introduced to restrict non-white immigration to Australia and to deport illegal immigrants from the country. This act was considered openly racist. It was until 1973 that the Whitlam government announced that it was abandoning the Immigration Restriction Act 1901 and replacing it with new policies that encouraged Australia’s cultural diversity.
While the end of the Immigration Restriction Act 1901 symbolised the end of an overt form of racism, racism still exists in the daily lives of non-white people, particularly in the international student community. According to statistics based on The Migration data, there will be approximately 567,947 international students studying in Australia by January 2023.
The University of Western Sydney interviewed 12,512 respondents about racism between 2001 and 2008, and one-fifth of respondents from overseas said they had experienced racism. And another survey in 2006 interviewed 4,000 students at the University about the types of racism they had experienced. 19% of respondents said they had experienced verbal racism. 52% had experienced racist jokes, 63% had experienced racism in the media, 65% had experienced abusive racism and 51% had experienced offensive gestures.
With the outbreak of COVID-19, racism has become even more serious. Investigations show that COVID-19 has led to a surge in racism. In February 2020, the Commission received more allegations of racism than at any time in the last 12 months. Whereas previously many international students were trapped in their home countries due to border restrictions, with the liberalisation of borders in various countries, a large number of international students are returning to Australia.
I wanted to create a feature article that would provide an in-depth report on the experiences of racism faced by international students returning to Australia.
Timeliness: This issue has always been a problem in society.
Proximity: The events being discussed take place in the context of Australia.
Human interest: This core of the story is encouraging the international student community to share their experiences of racism.
Publication and target audience
The preferred publishing site for this news article is ABC News. ABC News is a well-known Australian news website with high popularity. Therefore publishing the news on ABC News will attract more readers’ attention. And ABC News has already published several articles about minority groups in Australia that are suffering from racism.
The target audience for this story is the international student community and the general public. The topic of the news is the racism faced by the international student community, which resonated more with this group because of similar experiences. For the broader public, the story hopes that the wider community will become aware of this phenomenon that still exists in society.
Sources of information
- 5 international students from the University of Sydney.
- Tim Soutphommasane – the Professor of Sociology and Political Theory from the university of Sydney. He was the Australian Commissioner for Racial Discrimination at the Australian Human Rights Commission from 2013 to 2018.
Multimedia, Hypertext & Interactivity
- Use the hyperlinks to add more relevant related information
- Use relevant images, and youtube videos
- Audio or video of the interview
- Embedded twitter post
- Create social media sharing links below the post to increase interactivity