Making A Difference

Making A Difference

Making A Difference is a Junction Journalism podcast produced by student journalists in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. From June 2021, new episodes of Making A Difference will be hosted a different university each month. We'll continue to report on stories that don't shy away from issues but also explore solutions and better ways of working. Subscribe to listen every month. or wherever you get your podcasts.


November 28, 2022 27 min

This episode by journalism students at Deakin University tells stories about our changing world and how people are finding ways to navigate these new times.
You will meet Australia’s first dental therapy dog who is helping people overcome their fear of going to the dentist, and join theatre workers as they delight in a return to the stage after long lockdowns.
The episode also explores the dangers of a La Nina weather pattern, the ...

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This episode by journalism students at Griffith University in Queensland tells stories about ‘home’. From campaigns that support people facing housing crisis to acknowledging the importance of feeling at home in your own body. We also investigate the impact of natural disasters on ecosystems - which we like to think of as non-human homes - and there is a tribute to the volunteers who keep our homes safe. They are truly making a dif...

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In this episode, journalism students at the University of NSW explore prejudice and bias, sometimes unconscious, sometimes ignorant and sometimes deliberate. There are stories that look at the issues of racism and identity from the perspective of victims, and why it’s so important to hear those voices.

Host: Kyle Smitizis

'We are kinda racist' - Reporter: Sanjana Jose
'Racism: too much reactive, not enough...

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This month's episode was produced by journalism students at Charles Sturt University. The range of stories emphasises the challenges right now, particularly for rural and regional communities. If it's not the pandemic, it's the threat of varroa mite and foot and mouth disease. And then there's the damage of months of heavy rainfall. We hear how communities  are dealing with a relentless wave of threats to livelihood...

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June 22, 2022 49 min

Relive election night as journalism students around the country reported on a momentous vote count that saw Labor, led by Anthony Albanese, sweep to power along with a wave of independent candidates. This episode captures the highlights and defining moments from Junction Journalism’s national radio broadcast on election night. 

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In this episode of ‘Making a Difference’,  journalism students from the University of Melbourne report on what was one of the most marginal electorates in the country, Chisholm in Melbourne's eastern suburbs.

Reporters spoke in-depth with voters throughout the election campaign about the issues that were most important to them.

Climate change, relations with China, Victoria’s COVID response, and house prices were common themes .


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This episode of Making a Difference is an election special with journalism students at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst putting the microscope on the electorate of Calare in the heart of NSW. The National Party holds Calare comfortably but like many seats in this election, independent and smaller party candidates are hoping to have a say on the outcome.

Host: Sophie Norris

Kate Hook (Independent) - Reporter: Soph...

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This episode by journalism students at Swinburne University in Melbourne counts us down to the federal election.

They look at issues that are energising young people: climate change, cost-of-living and an integrity commission are never far from the conversation.

And they put candidates on-the-spot to see how their parties will respond.

Host: Jack Crnjanin

‘Candidate interview: Piers Mitchem (Greens / Kooyong)’ – Repo...

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This episode by journalism students at the University of Canberra (UC) looks at issues of these pandemic times.

From the availability of affordable housing to the financial security of women, drug law reform, innovative ways of treating health conditions and realising sporting dreams.

The stories were produced in conjunction with ABC Radio Canberra.

Hosts: Sara Garrity and Lara Stimpson

'Tiny Homes' - Reporter...

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This episode by journalism students from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) explores the decision by Muslim women to adopt the veil to cover their hair, bodies and faces.  We hear the stories of five Muslim women from different walks of life and racial backgrounds who live across Australia. They tell us their reasons for covering-up and the struggles they go through as visible representatives of their faith in the face of in...

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This episode, produced by journalism students from Deakin University and Southern Cross University, hears from people who are helping others and, by extension, helping the planet.

We delve into the world of Depop to explore if the movement is helping to curb our fast-fashion ways.

We also follow Ten-Cent Tom, a guy who is building a recycling business one aluminium can at a time, with the aim of employing people with disabilities ju...

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This episode produced by journalism students at Deakin University in Melbourne hears from people who are taking a stand to help others and, in some cases, themselves.

We talk to people working on the ground to stop the trade of human trafficking in south-east Asia.

We hear from the victims of online dating scams and their advice on how to avoid the traps.

We also learn about the challenges and successes of people who live with Toure...

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A look at dating, love and sex as more than simply social interactions but reflections of how we’re actually going through the various stages of the pandemic.

This month, journalism students at Curtin University in Perth look at how dating has changed in these virtual times.

Romance reimagined explores the thrills and trepidation of making the first move, online dating and long-distance relationships. And how all of it might be help...

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Journalism students at Griffith University in Brisbane bring us stories about the power of communities.

They go to regional areas to see how First Nations people are banding together to improve vaccination rates.

We hear from Muslim Australians s trying to bridge the cultural and racial divide in this country.

The community radio station is under-rated but it's where careers are born and local voices are heard, and they need to be...

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September 30, 2021 27 min

This month, journalism students from the University of NSW brings us stories about wanting change in our society.

We hear from a priest who was welcomed to Australia as a Vietnamese refugee yet still is the target of racial abuse.
There's a visit to Hope House that is providing support for financially disadvantaged pregnant women.
We look behind the movement that is driving change in the world of cinema and why it matters to hav...

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This episode by journalism students at the University of Melbourne goes 'hyperlocal' with stories, somewhat appropriately, from their own backyard, where most us have spent time in lockdown this year.

You'll hear about the plight of those relying on food banks through the pandemic, the conservation of culture and history - sometimes against the push for progress - as well as the debate around animal rights and the enviro...

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This episode produced by journalism students at the University of Sydney looks at some of the everyday rituals  and relationships in our lives. Those rituals are on a broad spectrum:  from traditional cultural practices to the turmoil of friendships. And then there's the combination of ritual and relationship through the simplicity of the weekly grocery shop. 

Host: Madison Lunz
'Paper Money' - Reporter: Iris Y...

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In this episode by the University of Canberra, we share stories about people and places trying to make the world a better place.

There's a pro surfer who is trying to make mental health a 'cool' thing to talk about.

We speak with a former Australian coach about all the work still be done for women in sport.

We go to a festival for dogs with an important message about caring for pets.

And we look at the legacy we'll ...

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Making A Difference returns with this month's episode produced by journalism students from RMIT University in Melbourne.

They report on the thorny issues of vaccination and misinformation plaguing Australia's attempts to move through the next stage of the pandemic.
And there's a feature interview with one of Australia's leading investigative crime journalists, John Silvester, who tells us about the dangers and psycho...

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May 20, 2021 1 min

From June 2021, new episodes of Making A Difference can be heard every month.

Produced by journalism students around Australia, each episode will be hosted by a different university. Stories of today by the journalists of tomorrow.

Making A Difference is a Junction Journalism podcast.

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