Nobel Peace Prize 2021: What It Means for Student Journalism

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Last year, in Edition 4 of Lot’s Wife, I wrote an article on the fall of journalism, the Fourth Estate. In my article, I highlighted how journalism is being pulled in all different directions: firstly, by the outdated you-sell-papers-you-earn-money business model; secondly, by social media and clickbait entertainment; and finally, by decreasing government funding. I argued that it is the responsibility of the modern-day Three Estates – the government, corporations and citizens – to ensure that the powerful remain accountable.  In the race to preserve democracy, sometimes it can seem like ethical journalism is only inches ahead of misinformation and
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We Are Failing Australia’s Children

Words by Alison Zhu Editor’s Note: The views expressed in this article are not necessarily the views of Lot’s Wife   In 2019, the United Nations recommended increasing our minimum age of criminal responsibility to 14 years of age. However, at the time of writing, the federal age of criminal responsibility is still ten and in Tasmania and the ACT, seven and eight respectively. The debate surrounding age of criminal responsibility is tied up in murky questions concerning how much autonomy is required to hold a child responsible for their crimes, the problems with the doli incapax (“incapable of evil”) presumption, and the discrepancies between how children are viewed in a criminal versus medical law context.
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The “Lots of News” Weekly Update: 18-24 May 2020

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Image Credit: Kathy Willens/AP BY RAFAL ALUMAIRY Contributor Rafal Alumairy has compiled all the important news of the week, for your reading pleasure. Better yet, they have prepared a live video reading of the news, which you can find below!    The Video Broadcast:  [youtube]   NON-VIRUS NEWS Eid Mubarak! Ramadan has ended and Muslims are now celebrating a strange Eid at home. The oceans are rising and this is leading to rapid erosion, something beachfront communities like Inverloch Victoria are finding out the hard way (The Age). Financial services firm AMP is under scrutiny after one of their
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