A citizen journalist begins to find her voice… @JanB_QLD reflects – PART 1 NoFibs and The Westender

Starting Out Reading good journalism is a vital part of my life, and like many I am fearful for its future. Now, having participated in citizen journalism projects over the past 18 months, I have somehow inadvertently inserted myself into the debate about whether citizen journalism threatens or complements professional journalism. I came to citizen journalism when I volunteered for Margo Kingston’s No Fibs 2013 federal election project. The project lead to me doing some writing for my local Westender News and eventually to participating in a community correspondent project with ABC radio in Brisbane. In ‘Getting to Grips with Griffith‘, I reflected on this early experience as a Citizen […]

Terri Butler three months after #GriffithVotes: interview by @GriffithElects

Following a hard fought by-election campaign, dominated by claims and counter claims about a Medicare Co-payment, Terri Butler was elected Member for Griffith on February 8, 2014. While her Liberal National Party opponent Dr Bill Glasson (thereafter nicknamed, ‘$6Bill’) seemed to initially support the co-payment, he backed away from that position during the course of the campaign, and senior government members, including Julie Bishop and the Prime Minister vehemently denied a co-payment was being considered. Just three months later, on Wednesday May 15, Treasurer, Joe Hockey confirmed what Ms Butler had been warning her constituents of, that there will be a Medicare Co-payment, and everyone will pay. On May 21 […]

#Griffithvotes twitter report from @Griffithelects & @NoFibs

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Ain’t nothing like the real thing: #GriffithVotes candidates’ forum @GriffithElects reports

[clear] Video by Mark Doyle @ffrickenstein Both Bill Glasson and Terri Butler held virtual ‘town-hall’ meetings in recent days, using new technology which enabled them to talk simultaneously with audiences of 10,000 and more. These virtual meetings gave all the control to the candidates and their teams, allowed them to target particular sections of the electorate and run polls on voter intentions and priorities. They selected the questions, determined the options offered for the polls, while the audience got to listen passively, unless of course you were one of the few selected to ask a question. Well, on Wednesday night in the Griffith inner-city suburb of West End, we got […]

#Griffithvotes citizen journo @Griffithelects live twitter reports of Labor’s ‘group call’

[clear]   ABC Breakfast Interview with Spencer Howson regarding Terry Butler’s Phone Hookup. Storify by The Geek Tue, Feb 04 2014 20:29:36 #Griffithvotes citizen journo @Griffithelects live twitter reports of Labor’s ‘group call’ Add to story or collection Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Google+ Share on Linkedin Share by email Griffith [email protected] ALP @terrimbutler announced 4 phone mtgs Mon & Tues 6:30pm & 7:30 pm. #Griffithvotes see my story on LNP hook-up  http://nofibs.com.au/2014/02/02/griffithvotes-citizen-journo-griffithelects-live-twitter-reports-of-libs-group-call-and-campaign-launch/ … Sun, Feb 02 2014 14:37:33 ReplyRetweetFavorite Add to story or collection Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Google+ Share on Linkedin Share by email Griffith [email protected] Anyone participating in live Q&A today with Labor […]

The ‘climate chaos’ challenge and the courage of candidates’ convictions in #GriffithVotes: @GriffithElects reports

 [clear] According to the Bureau of Meteorology, Australia had its hottest year ever in 2013 and we have now experienced heatwaves and destructive fires in the first month of 2014. Twitter went viral this week with reports that Prince Charles has said of climate change sceptic that they are like “headless chickens” (of course, we would say chooks in Australia). Well I’m right with Prince Charles when he says, “It is baffling, I must say, that in our modern world we have such blind trust in science and technology that we all accept what science tells us about everything – until, that is, it comes to climate science”. All of […]

#Griffithvotes citizen journo @Griffithelects live twitter reports of Libs ‘group call’ and campaign launch

[clear] By Jan Bowman @GriffithElects Mass Teleconference in Griffith On Wednesday February 29 the LNP ran a mass virtual ‘town hall’ teleconference with voters in Griffith. Apparently Labor used this technology recently in Griffith to link party members with Opposition leader Bill Shorten and is planning something similar in the last week of the campaign. I arrived home from work on Tuesday to see my voice mail flashing. I rarely use my landline and had expected one of the usual wrong number messages. Instead there was a recorded message from Dr Glasson inviting me to join, on the following evening, a virtual town hall meeting with himself and Foreign Minister […]

Population, family and more new faces join the #GriffithVotes party @GriffithElects reports

By Jan Bowman  @GriffithElects 1st February 2014 In something of a surprise for the upcoming Griffith by-election, Katter’s Australian Party (KAP) is standing a candidate new to Griffith, but not new to the KAP. Ray Sawyer stood for the KAP in the division of Fairfax in 2013, a seat that was won by Clive Palmer, with Sawyer managing just 1.92 per cent of the vote. While he does not live in the region, Mr Sawyer described himself as someone who has “strong connections with the Griffith electorate.” His campaign literature revealed that he has operated a dance school for a number of years, which has given him “the opportunity to […]

Independents, pirates, and a bullet train: new faces in #GriffithVotes @GriffithElects reports

By Jan Bowman @GriffithElects 31st January 2014 Independent candidate in the Griffith by-election, Karel Boele, comes across as accomplished, considered and energetic. He has studied mechatronics, physics, and strategic affairs. He has managed large financial projects in South East Asia, and he currently runs a business which provides advice on participatory democracy and on complementary currencies such as Time banking. Among his clients is the NSW Government Department of Education and Communities, to which his company provides software and support for a time banking project in the Central Coast and Hunter Valley regions. He told No Fibs that he is in politics for the long haul. While he is standing […]

Candidates fronting-up again: @GriffithElects meets two familiar faces

By Jan Bowman  @GriffithElects 28th January 2014 Inevitably in a two-party system, the media focus will be on the ALP and LNP candidates, and to a lesser extent The Greens. This is a pity, because voters can miss some very interesting issues that are often only prompted by the minor parties. Of the nine ‘other’ candidates, just two will be familiar from 2013: Geoff Ebbs (The Greens) and Anne Reid (the Secular Party). It is hard to know exactly where to position The Greens. It is certainly not a minor party, with nine senators (including Larissa Waters from Queensland) and one member of the House of Representatives, but in Griffith […]