Focus on the media

Focus on the media

Media reports on current and sometimes controversial events often do not reflect the breadth of perspectives on a particular issue.
Use the student checklist [PDF] to critically analyse media reports.

  • 2014
  • 2009-2013
  • 2007-2008
  • 2006
  • 2005
Media archive: 2014

Bruce Djite challenges Australian football to tackle racism head-on - The Daily Telegraph Tom Smithies 20/03/2014
YOU can tell by the way he plays that Bruce Djite doesn't mind putting his head into some uncomfortable places... But flying boots aren’t the only thing the Adelaide striker is prepared to risk. As an ambassador for the anti-racism charity All Together Now...

White silence cannot dim the heroes of Utopia - Sydney Morning Herald Adam Goodes 7/3/2014
For the last few weeks, I’ve seen a film bring together Aboriginal people all over Australia . The buzz around Utopia – a documentary by John Pilger – has been unprecedented. Some 4000 people attended the open-air premiere in Redfern last month – both indigenous and nonindigenous Australians...

Adam Goodes: the right man for Australian of the Year - The Age Andrew Webster 21/01/14
The most ill-advised argument anyone could make right now is that Adam Goodes was named Australian of the Year for calling out a 13-year-old girl at the MCG in between chasing a piece of inflated red leather around a footy oval...


Media archive: 2009-2013

Boat arrivals are a drop in the ocean - The Age, Rachel Ball 7/06/10
The major parties exploit prejudice to cast a small problem as a big crisis. The Labor Party is trying to crack open a nut with a sledgehammer. Distressingly, the nut is a small group of asylum seekers arriving in Australia by boat...

Innocence lost as recruitment of children continues - The Sydney Morning Herald, Opinion: Steven Freeland 15/02/10
There are approximately 300,000 children acting as front-line troops in armed conflict worldwide, with another 500,000 who are conscripted into government, paramilitary and guerilla groups as sex slaves, porters, cooks, spies and to plant landmines...

Focus on the Human Factor - The Age, Opinion: Sujatha Singh, India's high commissioner to Australia. 10/02/10
The assaults on Indian students and members of the larger Indian community in Australia over the past few months have puzzled us all, Indians and Australians alike. The fundamental issue is the growing number of attacks, which seem to be disproportionately affecting Indians, especially in and around Melbourne..

Sarkoz's state of the nation dress: no burqas, please - The Sydney Morning Herald, Paola Totaro 24/06/09
THE FRENCH President, Nicolas Sarkozy, has thrown his weight behind a ban on wearing the burqa in public - before a new parliamentary inquiry has reported on the proposal...

Racist bullying rife in (British) schools - The Times Educational Supplement, Adi Bloom 24/04/09
Policies to tackle discrimination against teachers and pupils are not being used. More than half of all teachers say racist bullying takes place in their schools, according to a new survey...

Africans face 'racist abuse' - The Sydney morning Herald, Jewel Topsfield 17/03/09
There are approximately 300,000 children acting as front-line troops in armed conflict worldwide, with another 500,000 who are conscripted into government, paramilitary and guerilla groups as sex slaves, porters, cooks, spies and to plant landmines. These young boys and girls...

100th Anniversary of the NAACP - U.S. Department of Education Press Release 12/02/09
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan made the following statement regarding the 100th Anniversary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)...

Media archive: 2007-2008

When MySpace ends in tears - Fairfax Digital, The Age Calliste Weitenberg 1/02/08
Australian teachers are failing to effectively intervene in school cyber bullying, with "significant progress" needed to help bring them up to speed with interactive internet tools....

Refugees scared of citizenship test - Nine MSN 29/04/08
A fear of failing Australia's citizenship test is stopping refugees from applying to become citizens, a Victorian ethnic group says...

Don't touch people without permission, Uk immigrants to be told - Express India 05/02/08
Britain is planning to come up with an etiquette guideline for new immigrants, who will be told not to spit in the streets, grope women, or litter and learn how to stand in queues...

Islam and its Catholic connection - The Sydney Morning Herald Opinion Peter Manning 04/05/07
In Federal Parliament last year, Senator John Faulkner argued there was once a minority religion in Australia that threatened the fabric of our society, whose members bred faster than the rest of "us" and whose poor and uneducated were taught...

Media must take responsibility for perceptions they help shape - Human Rights & Equal Opportunity Commission media release 13/04/07
Media, journalists and commentators must continue to take their responsibilities seriously, National Race Discrimination Commissioner Tom Calma asserted today...

Veils and Vegemite - The Sydney Morning Herald Good Weekend 17/02/07
Buy a bikini. Go easy on the prayer. Sink a few coldies. Then you'll be true blue, mate. Muslim Australians are being asked to "fit in" but, asks Randa Abdel-Fattah, who has the right to define what is Aussie? And why do we need to?...

No prizes for playing second fiddle to the school grunts - The Sydney Morning Herald 31/01/07
I'M NOT sure what happened. I study hard and get good grades. I play a musical instrument, I debate and I have friends. I appear to be a well-rounded, perfectly happy teenager. But I'm not. I'm bad at sport...

Media archive: 2006

ABC gets stricter editorial guidelines- The Sydney Morning Herald 16/10/06
The ABC's managing director has outlined to staff strict new editorial guidelines designed to tackle perceptions of bias at the national broadcaster...

William Deane blasts citizenship test - The Sydney Morning Herald 8/10/06
The federal government's plans for citizenship tests on Australian culture and values has drawn another high profile critic, former governor-general Sir William Deane...

More Than a Cease-Fire Needed - The New York Times 21/07/06
Lebanon needs more than U.S. marines to evacuate Americans. It needs the fighting to stop and the international community to step in and guarantee the security of Israel and Lebanon. That will require not only a cease-fire and peacekeepers but also a guarantee that Hezbollah will be forced to halt its attacks on Israel permanently...

Prejudice in any form shames us - The Sun-Herald 18/6/06
I was on a committee where one of our members ('Jake') destabilised the chairman by plotting to replace him. Anyone who wouldn't support Jake's ambition to become chairman was savagely attacked and denigrated...

Australia's World XI - The Sydney Morning Herald 1/6/06
GERMAN-born Doris Schwarzer still remembers a conversation she had with her butcher in western Sydney in the 1980s. He asked what sport her son Mark played. When she told him soccer - as the game was then called - he said: "Soccer is for softies. A real man plays football." ...

Geoffrey Lee & Bilel Jideh - The Sydney Morning Herald Good Weekend 6/5/05
"I had this vague idea I wanted to go to uni, but I didn't know how I could achieve it. Geoff showed me the way."...

How schools deal with racism - BBC News 6/4/2006
Name-calling has always been a part of school life. Children pick up on differences of size, looks and, sometimes, race. A judge has been plastered across the press for his comments about a case involving a 10-year-old boy from Salford, Greater Manchester...

Digital Divide Closing as Blacks Turn to Internet - The New York Times 31/3/2006
African-Americans are steadily gaining access to and ease with the Internet, signaling a remarkable closing of the "digital divide" that many experts had worried would be a crippling disadvantage in achieving success...

Students request the due respect - St George and Sutherland Shire Leader 2/3/2006
St George and Sutherland Shire students have criticised the nation's leaders for further alienating Muslim youth...

Zambia's Plight Goes Begging in Year of Disasters- The New York Times 23/2/2006
NANGWESHI REFUGEE CAMP, Zambia -- Hundreds of refugees from Angola's civil warhave walked away from this remote United Nations outpost where most have lived for years, many roaming on foot as far as the Namibia border, 85 miles away...

Refugees wait for 20 years - The Australian 20/1/2006
WEST Papuan asylum-seekers who arrived in Australia 20 years ago are still waiting for a decision on their applications for permanent residency...

Media archive: 2005

Explosion in the suburbs - The Guardian 7/11/2005
The riots now sweeping France are the product of years of racism, poverty and police brutality. In late 1991, after violent riots between youths and police scarred the suburbs of Lyon, Alain Touraine, the French sociologist, predicted: "It will only be a few years...

Rosa Parks, Founding Symbol of US Civil Rights Movement, Dies - The New York Times 25/10/2005
Rosa Parks's refusal to relinquish her seat to a white man on a bus in Montgomery, Ala., helped touch off the civil rights movement in the US...

Outrage at Asian Parking Slur - The Sydney Morning Herald 7/10/2005
Parking signs at Cabramatta should be written in Chinese because Asian drivers are so poor at parking that the local council issues more tickets there than anywhere else, a Labor councillor believes...

Racism hits Koori students' work hopes - The Age 19/9/2005
Racism remains the biggest barrier to employment for Kooris who have completed vocational education. Research has found that "systemic barriers" may be preventing indigenous students from obtaining qualifications and jobs...

AFL crowns indigenous team of the century - The Age 1/8/2005
Champion Geelong ruckman Graham "Polly" Farmer was today named as captain of the indigenous team of the century...

Just who is un-Australian? - The Age 20/6/2005
It's the new term of chastisement, but what exactly does it mean, asks Hugh Mackay.

Vietnamese Australians sing Fraser's praises - The Age 6/6/2005
Hung Chau was 21 when he fled Saigon on a 10-metre boat in late 1977. He had heard on radio of the Fraser government's policies to welcome boat people and others, and read newspapers about Australia in Pulau Tengah camp in Malaysia...

New Mayor Talks His Way Across Los Angeles's Divides - The New York Times 30/5/2005
New Mayor Talks His Way Across Los Angeles's Divides. A bright but irrepressible boy who was thrown out of one high school and dropped out of another, Antonio had ambitions to match his mouth, telling one disbelieving teacher that he planned to be a lawyer, even as the school shuffled him off to an upholstery class...

Honour migrant achievers: Pratt - The Australian 16/5/2005
BILLIONAIRE cardboard king and philanthropist Richard Pratt wants to establish a new category of annual awards in Australia to honour the contribution of migrants to the development of the nation...

Terrorism: what they've said - Bulletin 11/5/2005
The 't' word has many meanings, as Susan Skelly finds."The unofficial or unauthorised use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims...