My five tweets with Dan Sperry, The Anti-Conjuror.

Kari Hendler Photo CreditFor those of you who don’t know who Dan Sperry is, he is often described as David Copperfield meets Marilyn Manson. David Copperfield is one of the most amazing illusionists around today and Marilyn Manson is the most incredible person to ever grace the earth, so an amazing illusionist and an incredible person create an offspring and poof! You’ve got Dan Sperry.

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Next ideas for stories;

* what the story is about
* who you’re planning to interview
* what angle you’re planning to take
* what’s the ‘hook’ – that is, why is this story newsworthy?


The story I will be writing about is SWITCH, a community non-for profit organisation. Part of the COM4Unity program, the name is a metaphor for turning on the light in the participants’ lives. COM4Unity stands for ‘connecting out minds for unity’ and is comprised of employees and volunteers from local organisations, businesses, youth services, local police, Westpoint Blacktown and Blacktown council. It provides a range of activities and links to local service providers and support mechanisms. SWITCH involves choreographed dance and various musical items and has been in existence for just over a year. Their motto is BEACON (Be Encourage Achieve Change and Over Come Negativity) and the way they are helping troubled teens is through dance.

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Structuring a story, the invert pyramid style.

Exercise one;

  • Sporadic blackouts have cost shop owners thousands of dollars in lost earnings.
  • Bondi beach businesses to file a class action suit against Energy Australia.
  • Energy Australia declined to comment on the class action suit.
  • Energy Australia spokesman admits reliability for the customers in Campbell Parade has been “less than satisfactory.”

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Do you believe that homosexuals have the right to marry?

I believe they do. Extreme Christians will argue that it goes against Gods will, however so do many other things that are now widely accepted in today’s society, including tattoos, and on a more related matter, divorce. Is being gay a sin? Probably, everything seems to be. Jesus died for our sins, if we don’t sin, he died for nothing. On a legal note, the marriage act was written in 1961, bit outdated, don’t you think? Less than half a century before hand women didn’t even have the right to vote. The marriage act states, and I quote; “The voluntary union for life of one man and one woman, to the exclusion of all others.” End quoteTherefore divorce should still be illegal, and polygamy is defiantly illegal in most places but the laws needs to crack down on the sects of society that still allow it, (eg, FLDS in Salt Lake City in America.) Their main leader died, his son jailed, yet the multiple marriages of under-age girls continue, why?

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Three different personal bios;

One sentence;
Alyssa has worked in hospitality for the last four and a half years and is currently studying journalism at Petersham TAFE.

One-hundred words;
Alyssa was born October 29th, 1993. She has managed to keep a stable job since the age of fourteen in the hospitality industry. As well as that, as her second job, she dresses up in character suits and/or chaperones them, she has also ran craft stalls. This as a second job has deemed to be an interesting way to earn some extra money.

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Social Media and the Arab Spring.

Citizen Journalism – “The collection, dissemination, and analysis of news by the public, by means of cell phones, digital cameras, blogs, etc.”

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