Special K? No way

Words by Samantha (she/her), 29 ACT  The following piece “Special K? No way” may contain themes that might be difficult to read or triggering to some readers. Readers in need can seek support from the following services 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) or Lifeline (13 11 14) – visit our Creating a Safe Space page to see…

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Misinformation, Manipulated Data and the Battle for Truth

Words by Maeson (they/them), 22 WA  Misinformation and disinformation are increasingly pervasive problems in today’s society. Misinformation is often unintentionally spread, while disinformation is deliberately shared to mislead people. Arguably, one of the most impactful and harmful circumstances of widespread misinformation campaigns are those developed by climate denialists and major fossil fuel companies and interest…

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The Misinformation Effect

Words by Madieson (she/her), 25 WA  Misinformation centralises on the spreading of incorrect information, either intentionally or unintentionally. When it comes to the current generation, we can see the rapid spread of misinformation on a variety of different issues. From a psychological perspective, misinformation looks at how our memory of previous events in history can…

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Language of Misinformation

Words by Izabela (she/her), 23 ACT Between the divisive and plentiful opinions on COVID-19, and the AI generated images of the pope in a white puffer jacket and matching latte, it can be incredibly overwhelming, entertaining, and downright confusing to navigate the internet today. As young people, most of us engage with social media and…

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Do you hear us now?

Words by Josh (he/him) 19, NSW When I was younger, around seven or eight years, I counted down each day until I could be an adult. I dreamed I would be the smartest, the person who was asked all the questions, the person who had all the answers, the centre of attention. In retrospect, I…

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Pink, sparkles, and feminism: How Barbie has changed the film landscape

Words by Saskia (she/her) 16 VIC When I used to think of Barbie growing up, I would think about my dolls (and the god awful DIY haircuts that I would give them – shoutout to my weird Barbie who was always in the splits). My thoughts used to be about this doll, with a perfect…

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Madie’s Top 5 Takes on… Building healthy relationships with your body

Words by Madieson (she/her), 24 WA The piece ‘Madie’s Top 5 Takes on … Building healthy relationships with your body.’ may be difficult to read or triggering to some readers. Readers in need can seek support from the following services. 1800RESPECT – 1800 737 732 Lifeline – 13 11 14 It has been a long,…

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Quietness and Power

Words by Helena (she/her), 20 QLD  From an incredibly young age, we are forcibly indoctrinated into a world of extroverts. Before we even have the language to consciously process what we are doing, we all internalise a bias that privileges extroversion as the correct way to be. Quietness is pathologised and treated as a character…

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COVID-19. It’s “fake”

Words by Rebecca (she/her), 24 ACT 2019 saw the beginning of a worldwide pandemic that drastically reduced movement, life, social gatherings, employment, and so much more. The world was forced to face something that was unheard of, we went in completely blind. Families were isolated, faces unseen, vaccinations introduced in hopes to save a few.…

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Practising Rejection

Words by Lydia (they/she), 21 VIC With the job of a writer comes the challenge of rejection that you must overcome again and again and again… and again. I feel most like a writer when I have received a rejection, which I experienced just now. It was for an opportunity that I was really determined…

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Has Consumerism Killed the Coffee Shop?

Words by Riley (she/her), 20 USA When I say a coffee shop, what do you think of? Does your mind go to a Starbucks or the local cafe in your town? Since the inception of coffee shops over the centuries, they have evolved from places of political talk to commercialized quick chains to study stops…

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Unfiltered Thoughts: IDAHOBIT

Imagine a world where every person, regardless of who they love, feels safe, respected, and valued. This vision is at the heart of IDAHOBIT, May 17. This day marks the historic moment in 1990 when the World Health Organization declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder. Despite this progress, over two decades later, LGBTQIA+ communities continue…

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I have a backpack

Words and Artwork by Jaime (she/her), 22 QLD I have a backpack, It bare and new, Still smells like the shop, But I have a backpack. My mother helps fill it with Clothes, and toiletries; Her tears, and my hat; A big tub of sunscreen and some guilt. Dad lets me go like a Magician…

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On ASD: Understanding Your Powerful Brain

Words by Sigrid (she/her) 21 QLD Neurodivergent people have a unique way of perceiving and interacting with the world that brings with it a unique set of strengths and challenges. They are not deficient, but harmful stigmas and copious misconceptions mean they are often perceived as such. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is one of the…

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Open invitation

Reimagine the news: an open invitation

Emma (they/them) 26 VIC One piece of advice from journalism school still sticks with me: pick an AFL team and learn all about it – you will need it to survive breakrooms as a journalist. This small sliver of industrial wisdom may seem innocuous to some but it’s not. It’s a warning. Impartial? Journalism never…

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Women and the Environment

Words by Helena (she/her), 20 QLD  Feminist philosophy offers intriguing perspectives on a possible construction of gender relations in Western society. These viewpoints ultimately pose the observation that our patriarchal society treats women and the environment in the same way. In this framework, women, especially mothers, are often equated with nature – both relegated to…

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Madie’s Top 5 Takes On … Checking Your Bias

Words by Madieson (she/her), 24 WA Bias is present across so many situations, for a variety of people. Whether this be based on gender, race, age, ability or financial status. We always need to conscious of our bias and making a conscious effort to keep ourselves in check. Until very recently, I had been on…

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Community and the Disappearing Phenomenon of Third Spaces

Words by Tully (she/her) 16 QLD Being a teenager can sometimes be awkward, tiring and, often, lonely. Studies show that loneliness is on the rise for young people, especially girls aged between 15-24, with a quarter reporting that they often felt extremely lonely. It’s harder when the quintessential and desperately needed third space is rapidly…

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Duality of Dreams

Words and Artwork by Jaime (she/her), 22 QLD I awake with tears eroding A home into the crevices of my eyes. My arms feel like they Are missing an extension of themselves. My heart is vacant, And echoes like a hollowed out tree trunk. As I look around my bedroom, Sleep still crusted into my…

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