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Panpa Bulletin : July 2006
Certain sections of the newspaper are grabbing children’s attention as the latest roy Morgan Young australians survey of 6-13-year-old children shows. Newspapers, television and radio are media which I read, listen and watch almost every day, however I love them all for different reasons. Newspapers are convenient. Depending on whether they're broadsheet or tabloid, can read them just about anywhere; on the bus, in the car, in between classes and during lunch breaks. I don't usually buy newspapers though. I tend to ignore the saying 'don't judge a book buy its cover' and only buy if the front page grabs my attention. Otherwise I just 'borrow' a copy from the local library. Television is more entertain- ing and it's faster. You can view a news story on television en- riched in visuals and sound in 90 seconds while the same story in a newspaper could take minutes to read. I have to admit I was addicted to television during my last few years of high school. It became part of my daily routine. I came home from school, ate dinner (while watching TV), did homework (during commercials) then sat down until 10.30 -- 11pm watching the late night movie or drama. Since I've started university my television viewing has reduced, however it is still my favourite media. Radio is another favourite of mine. Like television, it's quick and entertaining yet unlike televi- sion and print, it's personal. You can call up and take part in the shows, you can win prizes on the spot and you can help create the daily material. Apart from being informed of current issues, under 25s love being entertained. We like stories that make us laugh and cry. If the media can do this, they've got themselves a winning story. anna rosendahl age: 17 Degree: Bachelor of Journalism/ Bachelor of Multimedia (Mass Communication) It’s as important to understand how younger readers use media in their day as it is to understand what they want from it. Mark Pearson asked some young journalism students from Bond university to give us their views My media I begin my day at 7:30am when I wake to get ready for the classes ahead. My mobile phone, usually sits on my bedside table to recharge. It's a little, silver, Samsung flip phone that also has Internet connection and my organiser stored on it. Without fail I turn it on, to see if anyone has sent me any messages in the time that I have slept. I don't know why I bother? I find my phone the most useful tool for communication. I use it to text my boyfriend, long distance calls to my mum and to send and receive photos with my little brother. I never go any- where without it. Once I've turned my phone on, I boot up my lap- top to check my emails and print off any homework due that day. But before I check it, I turn on the surround sound stereo and move one of the speakers into my en- suite bathroom and listen to the news on the radio while I'm in the shower. If I take long enough, I even man- agetogetafewsongsin.I never have time for TV in the morning and I rarely watch the news at night, so I find that by listening to the radio I generally keep up to date with current affairs. Driving to uni, I listen to the radio some more and by the time I reach uni, the 9 o'clock news is coming on. Throughout class, I check my email about five-eight times. It's become a habit. Sometimes I sneak a copy of Cleo or Cosmopolitan into class, just for some light reading. On the way home, I either listen to the radio or hook- up my iPOD and listen to music that my boyfriend has downloaded for me. Having an iPOD in the car makes it so much easier to concentrate on driving without fiddling with CDs and a disc-man. Plus I have a wider variety of songs to listen to. By the time, I get home I check my email again and continue to do so until I cook dinner at 6-30ish. I watch some TV, catching the tail end of Today Tonight and then watch Home & Away. After that it's back to the laptop to check my emails again and study. Then it's off to bed, ready to start the day again. Jessica Schumann age: 18 field of Study: Journalism I’LL ONLY BUY IT IF THE FRONT PAGE GRABS MY ATTENTION ADDICTED TO TECHNOLOGY Children’s Newspaper Sections funday telegraph (Sunday Telegraph) (nSW) 108 K-Zone on Sunday (Sun-Herald) (nSW) 62 Stuff (Sunday Herald-Sun) (VIC) 76 factor x (Sunday Mail) (QlD) 68 Chill (Sunday Mail) (Sa/nt) 37 Chillout! (Sunday Times) (Wa) 28 Comics (West Australian Sat.) (Wa) 33 Apr 2005 – Mar 2006 Readership (‘000s) TV and Entertainment guides Sun-Herald television Magazine (nSW) 60 Sunday Telegraph tV Guide (nSW) 90 Sunday Herald-Sun tV Guide (VIC) 85 Sunday Mail tV Guide (QlD) 86 Sunday Mail tV Guide (Sa/nt) 45 Sunday Times tV Guide (Wa) 38 West Magazine including tV Guide (Wa) 35 Apr 2005 – Mar 2006 Readership (‘000s) What Kids want July 2006 PANPA BULLETIN |33