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The future of newspapers

Newspapers in Australia are under threat. Readers are increasingly getting their news fix online, and leaving papers on the stand. But newspapers have a long and colourful history, and one man believes they have a lot of life left. In this report, I speak to Rachel Buchanan, an author and historian who researched the life and…

Carmen Yong at a beginner's MMA class.

In the women’s corner

  The room smells of sweat and the air is warm and thick. There’s a pair of men wrestling on the ground, their bodies twisted and contorted. From an onlooker’s perspective, it doesn’t look like they’re doing much—in a weird way they could be embracing—but their faces are red and strained, their jaws clenched. The…

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Beekeeper Barry

I am involved with a radio documentary and feature program, All The Best. It’s a weekly half-hour show broadcast nationally by the Community Radio Network. Essentially All The Best is a program committed to telling the stories of Australians. Earlier this year, All The Best worked on a special episode dedicated to the CERES Harvest…

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Free condoms dispensed at RMIT University

This story was first published in Catalyst, the university magazine of which I am an editor, on 24 February 2014. The RMIT University Student Union (RUSU) has purchased six condom dispensers in a bid to provide more students with easier access to free condoms. Prior to the dispensers, condoms and lubricants were available in fishbowls…

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K-pop in the classroom

This story was first published in the Korea JoongAng Daily newspaper on 28 January, 2014, while I completed an internship in Seoul. A group of students packed into a classroom at Kyung Hee University last Friday formed a circle and sang and danced to a popular track from K-pop sensation Crayon Pop. The students traveled…