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.


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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November 30, 2020 32 min

In episode 3 of ‘Making A Difference’, we consider the things that are important to us – large and small – and the difference they make in people’s lives.

Hosts: Rosa Ritchie and Blake Danilczak

Reporters: Eamon Moore, Dylan Crismale, Lauren Basto, Emma Thompson, Youssef Saudie and Matt Parnell.

Music: Katrina Liston (Original score for ‘The youth of Yemen’)

Audio Editor: Philip Prior.

Executive Producer: Simon Brady.

For more stories ab...

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November 28, 2020 29 min

In episode 2 of ‘Making A Difference’, we report on the little people (and creatures) who often don’t have a voice. There are stories about Australia’s endangered wildlife; people with a disability; older people in forced isolation the victims of crime too afraid to speak; and the women who suffer with an ‘invisible illness’. They all deserve to be heard, not only because of their struggles but the contribution they make to our com...

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November 27, 2020 39 min

This first episode of ‘Making A Difference’ looks at vulnerability – the many ways it can affect us and the way we respond. There are stories about drinking through Covid lockdowns; the health of Indigenous children; the victims of revenge porn; the strong, sporty types who bottle-up their struggles; and the refugees’ stories of trauma and healing.

Hosts: Jana Black and Fia Walsh

Reporters: Jana Black, Blake Danilczak, Emelie Watkins...

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