Melbourne Period Project

Recently, I was honoured enough to have an opportunity to interview Donna from Melbourne Period Project, an organisation dedicated to providing care, support and sanitary products to homeless women & trans men. I was super excited to learn more about the works of the organisation through the interview, but I was unaware of the incredible impact my interview could have.

The interview started off with a general discussion on the organisation, moving through the recent rural expansion of the project and how social media has assisted the Melbourne Period Project in gaining a following and a solid team of volunteers. However, it was the story that Donna included that really touched me, and many of my fellow RWAV team.

Donna outlined a story of a woman of whom received a period pack on Swanston St. She had been recently released from prison and was due to have access with her children the next day. However, her period was due and she knew that due to the lack of products and money she had, she would be forced to steal sanitary supplies. This would have lead to her being arrested if caught, meaning she wouldn’t be able to see her children and would most likely end up back in jail. This story really captured the wider impact of the project. By that woman receiving a pack, she didn’t have to steal and got to see her kids. The thing is, the ‘what could have been’ side of this story is a reality for some homeless women- turning to theft in order to manage their period. A circumstance that isn’t thought of or discussed widely was highlighted and I was proud to have fostered the communication of the severity of the issues in which the Melbourne Period Project have dedicated themselves to.

The discussion of the expansion into rural areas also sparked interest after the interview went live to air today. Almost immediately after my interview had gone to air, the RRR Receptionist came looking for me, as a woman from Anglesea was dying to get in touch with Donna and learn more about she can help in the Great Ocean Road region.

This taught me 2 things- 1. that RRR listeners are different to your average commercial radio listener- they want to get involved; they are active

1. that RRR listeners are different to your average commercial radio listener- they want to get involved; they are active

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2. my interview was able to spread the word about this amazing organisation and the incredible effects that their work has had.

In terms of the technical side of the interview, recording was smooth sailing. Rosie, Sally and I decided to help each other out with the interview process, to ease the first time interview nerves and to make the process a whole lot easier to manage. My editing process was time consuming but not terrible. Despite having to edit out a billion sections of me saying ‘ya know’, I hardly had an opportunity to touch many other parts of the interview, as Donna just had the right words in the right order, prompting me to ask the next question and giving me wonderful information to bounce back off.

For my first radio interview, I am pretty happy with the result. Not only was I able to learn things not only about the process of interviewing and the organisation itself, but I was able to pass on the word about the Melbourne Period Project and see the result of my broadcast.

A pretty pleased India signing off

 

Listen to my interview and read my annotations here:

https://soundcloud.com/user-607193157/india-interviews-donna-from-the-melbourne-period-project

 

 

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Radio runs in the family

What an exciting day it is today. My wonderful Grandfather has made it to the front page of the Shepparton News. As a media student, I just love it when good people get acknowledged on large scale platforms, especially because of all the bad news circulating through both television and print media these days.

Norman Weaver, or as he as known to me and my cousins, “Gramps”, is an 86 year old ex-farmer, ex-auctioneer and now author who has lived in Country Victoria his whole life. He has overcome many tough times in his life, including growing up during WW2 and recovering after a terrible tractor accident. He is launching his book, As the Twig is Bent  this Saturday at the Shepparton Library, a book that has taken over 10 years for him to write. The book outlines events and stories that have come about over his incredible life.  I am yet to read this book- and before you get confused, I shall explain to you that I struggled to read the interview in the paper today through the tears. I also struggle to read the poem he wrote about me when I was 5, also due to the tears. I cry because I am proud, and I guess I just can’t control my pride!

Today we also received a call from Gran (Elaine Weaver), to let us know that he is being interviewed by the ABC about his book. Isn’t it funny how things align in life: 2 Weavers 2 radio interviews 1 week… how about that!

Gramps has always been involved in radio, regularly reading to the blind and participating in many interviews over the years to help out his friends and community in classic gramps style. Maybe this is where my passion stems from- my genes.

Anyway, little old proud me just wanted to brag in blog form to let you all know that

a) My Grandfather is a legend

b) I am too proud to even stop the tears

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c) Radio runs in the genes kids

The Final Countdown

*RWAV INTRO PLAYS to give India 52 seconds to prepare her notes and herself for this blog*

Wow, how time has flown. It is one week until we go live to air. I am both excited and nervous for the show, but also terribly thrilled to have such an enthusiastic and positive group to work with (let me tell you: it has made the process as easy as drinking water despite its foreign nature to most of us!).

We have recorded and organised the interviews we plan to put to air and we are all raring and ready to go. With Easter so close to our show, it did prove difficult to organise 2 live interviews, but the Easter bunny was on our side last week, as Thrusher and Melbourne Period Project, our scheduled pre-records, referenced each other in their respective interviews #WIN… nothing like a lovely link to make you all warm and fuzzy on the inside. Another great thing that came from recording our interviews was that Sally, our legendary DJ and panel operator was able to get one last shot at using the equipment before we go to air.

We had a really great idea to send a longer list of songs to Elizabeth for checking and confirmation- which means that if we need a back-up song, or encounter a technical difficulty (again), we have a variety of 3RRR approved songs to fall back on.

For this show, I am in charge of the social media platforms and web page and am super excited to put what I have learnt through my involvement with other social media and marketing projects to use with RWAV.

It is all very exciting indeed- Tune into 3RRR on Monday at 12pm to hear the wonderful duo, Corey and Jess, talk talk talk!

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India-terview

Today I did my first radio interview. As a kid, I imagined saying that sentence after becoming the next Nikki Webster and touring the country with my hit song, written at the ripe age of 3 titled “Ooh Baby Baby”. But this interview had far more meaning than I could have thought (or any interview I could have ever participated in as a wannabe-celebrity)

I chose to interview Donna from the Melbourne Period Project not only because I was interested in the works of the organisation, but also due to the fact that I wanted to use the potential airtime to spread the word and hopefully promote the works of the project. Whilst I was nervous to perform the interview, Donna’s energy, enthusiasm and professionalism made the whole process a breeze. As the interview progressed, I began to learn more about her than what could have been discovered through internet research, my admiration of Donna’s work increased every second. Not only is she running the Melbourne Period Project, but has 2 or 3 other projects on the go (and she is heavily involved in all of them).

As you can tell, I am being a little vague with my information here- but it is because I want you to listen and discover what I discovered through the power of the radio interview. I can promise you that you will be in absolute awe of Donna, her contributions and achievements.

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Demo-lition derby

This week, my wonderful group and I recorded our first ever radio demo. Whilst it seemed daunting at first, we soon got into the groove of it all and I think we produced a really great result.

There were a few hiccups along the way that were by no means desirable. Although, we had to remember that at the end of the day, we are still learning the ropes and getting used to the routine of putting a show on-air.

Scannell (2014) identifies, “there is a danger in everything we say and do: a possibility, every time, of performative failure and unanticipated and unwelcome consequences.”. I think that our demo exposed us to some performative failures that we could face. This can be exemplified at approx 46 minutes into our demo, where the pre-recorded interview refused to play through the computer. Even though there was the option to freeze and panic, Corey and Jess were quick thinking- resorting to back talk to ‘hype’ the Cirque de Soleil concept and interview whilst Sally and Nat sorted out the technical side of things. Although this could be considered a flaw in our recording, I believe it acted as a valuable learning experience for our group. We learnt to welcome technical difficulties and take them in our stride; make the best of a bad situation. The exposure to such difficulties so early on allows us to learn from the mistakes, practice more difficult panel transitions from live to pre-recorded sound and most importantly, how to react when such things occur.

Despite our minor technical difficulties, I believe that the conversations and ‘talk’ components of our show were really great. Corey and Jess had great ‘on-air chemistry’ and the conversations seemed to flow really well. The interview with Nat also seemed very smooth. This component highlighted to me what sort of answers I seek to receive in my individual interview task- answers that are relevant, interesting and spark a natural conversation with the interviewer.

In summary, even though this demo was an assessment and compulsory to complete, I am glad we completed it as we were able to experience what it was like to complete the full 1-hour show, but also how to deal with technical difficulties smoothly and hold natural conversations on-air. I am really looking forward to going live in a few weeks time with new content and our newfound confidence in our capabilities.

Please see my personal SoundCloud for more annotations on our demo.

 

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I declare that in submitting all work for this assessment I have read, understood and agree to the content and expectations of the assessment declaration

 

REFERENCE- Scannell, P., 2014. Television and the Meaning of’Live’: An Enquiry into the Human Situation. John Wiley & Sons.

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On the radio?

I am back after a blogging hiatus. It always seems that semester 1 nags for blogs and semester 2 is chilled with mental commentary and no digital loggings.

But how exciting- my entry into the radio sphere has begun.

Today we began our journey with 3RRR as rotating hosts, producers and panel operators for the Room with a View Program (12-1pm Mondays if you feel like tuning in). We had a quick run down of the history of the station, then had a little tour too. Highlight? Chet Faker’s name written on the roof. Don’t ask why… it’s just cool.

I have had my experience with live broadcast through my previous studio, It’s Alive- a Live Television class. Whilst it seems daunting in the lead-up, there is nothing more exciting than going live to air… the adrenaline, the shared sense of success and excitement with your peers and the thought of the unexpected.

Super excited for what this semester has to offer! Stay tuned!

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something amazing happened

So off the back of my recent contributions to the dog community (on behalf of Felix), I decided to involve myself more in the Coeliac Disease in Australia facebook page. I had noticed that a lot of the posts on the page are quite negative, which is a given as it can suck being a Coeliac. So in opposition to the negative vibes, I asked a question to the group…

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I didn’t expect many people to respond, maybe 10 or so, seeing as I am new to the group and I am sure that the 8000 off other members couldn’t be bothered contributing… but boy was I wrong!

My notifications have been going crazy today, 53 comments and counting, 13 likes and counting and an endless amount of positivity and pride from my fellow gluten-free people. Apart from one or two negative comments, there is now a thread of the PROS of being Coeliac, which not only lifted my mood today but may be a great tool for those newly diagnosed inidividuals who can currently only see the crappy side of it all. I have been working really hard on looking at the positive side of things, and I feel like this was a really big personal step for me! yay!

Many members mentioned how great the idea was so ask this question, which made me feel pretty chuffed. I guess after having a few personal struggles in contributing to pages, especially in the early days of this course, after easing my self in by contributing on behalf of Felix, I finally feel like I have some sort of online presence or at least some potential to build on. I guess the Coeliac community, for me, is a great place to start- as I will always be a part of the community!

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Anyway, happy sign offs from the happy gluten free girl 🙂

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assessment 2: pawfect community

As discussed in one of my first posts, I’ve never been a fan of commenting or contributing to communities or other posts. However, in an attempt to change my attitudes on the subject and become more network literate, I decided to find a community that was based my love of dogs. I had already been avidly blogging with Felix, writing as a dog for fellow dog owners, as well as contributing to the Cool Dog Group Facebook community, and was interested in building Felix’s online presence on a different platform.

Oatway (2012),  discusses the importance of “establishing a presence” online, by getting your name out there, connecting with the ‘famous’ individuals within your online community/space and ensuring that you regularly engage in the community. With these elements in mind, I chose Pack to be my online community platform.

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Pack, as explained in my post, employs various aspects of other social media sites in order to connect users from around the world, which can be considered to be relative to the ‘Global Village’ (Murphie, A & Potts, J 2003) concept. As I learnt, a global village is considered to be  “one world connected by an electronic nervous system, making it part of popular culture”. However, in the case of both the internet and Pack, not all beings on this planet have access to such technologies or sites.  Whilst Pack seemed like a facilitative community that allows for communication and togetherness of dogs and owners from all over the world, creating such a ‘village’-  this was not the case.

 

Example. 1- Asking questions in the Pack Talk forum… 0 comments in 2 weeks.

 

When comparing Pack to other social media sites (eg. Facebook), its exposure, members and activity seems to be significantly lower than its human established counterparts. The audience that I had been communicating to on Pack was small and therefore, did not allow for the significant increase in our social presence as an owner/dog team. Despite the fact that I liked the photos posted from other dogs, posted my own photos, asked questions in forums and followed other profiles in order to  immerse myself in Pack community, Pack’s lack of exposure and active users impacted my contributions and involvement. Not even the hypertextual capabilities given by linking my Facebook and Instagram improved my attempts to build this online presence for Felix.

Upon reflecting on my engagement with Pack, I decided that in order to build my online presence with Felix successfully and be a part of a thriving community, I should engage in one of the major dog-based communities in the online space-  Instagram. It has been a few days now since this Instagram page began, and already I have 23 followers and counting, a significantly larger amount of followers than I had on Pack. This may be due to the fact that Instagram has more of an audience who welcome those who post and write on behalf of their dogs for a dog loving audience, as the idea of dogs having their own instagram is a trend.

Whilst it has been challenging to write and engage on behalf of Felix, I hope that my decision to change the platform within the online dog community on which I can build this presence is successful.

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REFERENCES

Murphie, A & Potts, J 2003. Culture and Technology. New York: Palgrave Macmillan,  Print. pp. 11-38

Oatway, J 2012. Mastering Story, Community and Influence : How to Use Social Media to Become a Socialeader Wiley, Hoboken. pp. 97-109

 

 

 

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dog blog: instagram

Hello again humans,

Guess what? I asked my sister for an instagram, and I got one!

I don’t really know what it entails, but I love having my photo taken. I am looking forward to making new friends in the community!!!!!!

 

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I am looking forward to being famous on all different platforms now- instagram, blogging and pack!

 

If you follow me, I will bring you soft toys and his you forever ❤

groovin the moo 2016

Yesterday was Groovin the Moo, the legen-dairy (cow puns rule) country based music festival that is well worth the $99 ticket.

I didn’t really have any expectations of the festival, because last year proved to me that no matter who you are with, what you are wearing, what the weather is like and how afraid of crowds you are, that music is awesome and powerful and seeing tonnes of bands you love all in one day is an incredible thing.

I was super excited to see The Rubens, Boy & Bear and Alex Dyson tear up the DJ stage in a mean legionnaire hat, but even more excited because I could pull out my favourite raincoat and wear it to the event that I essentially purchased it for #win.

 

The rain didn’t dampen the energy of the artists. Ms Mr, a band who I was somewhat familiar with, created an absolute storm of energy on the stage. The keyboardist’s dance moves reminded me of that viral American Aerobics video, and the realisation of this during his performance made me laugh… a little too much. As the day progressed, my crew and I moved from stage to stage, artist to artist, discovering new music and rediscovering the old.

But I was at my happiest when Boy & Bear took the stage. After wanting to see them live for a number of years, I felt that at that moment- all my troubles floated away and I was left swaying and dancing in my own happiness.

I can’t wait to hear the line up for next year- I am even going to look into staying in Bendigo so I don’t have to force myself not to nap whilst sitting in the passenger seat on the way home.

 

 

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Thank you, Groovin, for a grand day ❤

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