WATCH: Insane Three-Day Long Brawl Aboard Cruise Ship Forces Families to Hide in Cabins

When you picture a ten-day cruise around the South Pacific, you probably picture stuffing your face at the midnight buffet and then rocking out to the sweet, sweet tunes of the ocean’s number one Doobie Brothers cover band, Takin’ it to the Seas. You don’t, however, imagine a massive 23-person brawl that goes on for literally three days, with the violence escalating to a point where non-brawling passengers had to hide in their rooms to keep safe. That’s exactly what happened to a number of horrified vacationers during a Carnival Cruise last week. The brawl broke out amidst a “big Italian family.” Yeah. A family of 23 angry people just looking for something, or someone, to smash. It wasn’t long, though, before they got bored with one another and focused their fisticuffs on regular passengers, with a keen eye to bust up Australians for some reason. “[People were] getting Continue reading "WATCH: Insane Three-Day Long Brawl Aboard Cruise Ship Forces Families to Hide in Cabins"

Why Teaching Data Journalism is a Challenge at Most Universities

This story originally appeared on Data Driven Journalism: Where Journalism Meets Data. Awareness that data journalism is a serious and valuable part of contemporary journalism has well and truly dawned. There are — and hopefully always will be — inventive front-runners finding new ways to fulfill journalism’s time-honored mission, while also using the latest tools available. But, what has been slower is the induction of these trailblazers’ key ideas into the curriculum of everyday journalism education. And this is no small thing. This was my dilemma in early 2016. My way forward was research. I wrote an academic paper that involved reviewing the literature and interviewing 35 other Australian journalism academics about what they were doing about the problem. What I learned, in brief, was that I was not alone, and there were tools and techniques that could help effectively bring data into journalism curricula.

Translating the Profession to Education

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Australian Journalism Education Fueled by International Collaboration, Field Experiences

The byline of the article caught my eye: “Reporting from Pakistan.” As a Pakistani settled in Melbourne, I was baffled. How could this Australian university-run news website have special reports from Pakistan? RMIT Senior Lecturer Alexandra Wake, a participant in my research project on trends in Australian journalism education, explained it was the product of an international collaboration between RMIT University (Melbourne, Australia), University of Peshawar (Peshawar, Pakistan), and University of Stanford (Stanford, Calif, USA). International collaborations like this one, as well as those with indigenous groups and across various regions of the country, are driving Australian journalism education right now. Additional key shifts include an emphasis on entrepreneurship, adaptation to a changing industry and a focus on indigenous cultures, all of which help students build connections in a global society.

How International Collaboration Worked

The students from Melbourne and Peshawar had a joint classroom via Skype
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BREAKING: SUV Plows At Least A Dozen Pedestrians in Melbourne, Australia

A vehicle has reportedly hit several pedestrians on a busy street in Melbourne, Australia around 6PM local time. Australian authorities have arrested the driver behind the wheel of a white SUV. At least a dozen victims were taken to the hospital, including a preschool aged girl who is in serious condition. It has yet been confirmed whether or not this was a terrorist attack. Reports have ranged between 15-19 people were hit.

WATCH: Australian Lawmaker Proposes to Partner on Parliament Floor Amid Gay Marriage Debate

As the debate on same-sex marriage continues in Australia, a lawmaker added a personal element while discussing the bill on Parliament’s floor by proposing to his partner right then and there. “In my first speech I defined our bond by the ring that sits on both of our left hands, and they are the answer to a question we cannot ask. There’s only one thing left to do: Ryan Patrick Bolger, will you marry me?” Said Representative Tim Wilson to his partner Ryan Bolger who was viewing the debate from balcony seating, as reported by Reuters. Bolger nodded and mouthed the word “YES” to a thunderous applause from on-lookers. While the couple are already wearing engagement Continue reading "WATCH: Australian Lawmaker Proposes to Partner on Parliament Floor Amid Gay Marriage Debate"