It is easy for the public and the media to forget that terrorism is not a new word. Advertisements

This week marks the anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death at the hands of US soldiers. The anniversary has triggered several speculative stories and blog posts from amateurs and professional journalists, asking what the future of terrorism is, what state al-Qaeda is in, and what the United States’ next move should be.

Google are hosting a summit “against violent extremism”, in an effort to combat global terrorism; but why Google?

Does hearing the voices of sources change the impact of a story?

Novelty stories are the filler and pick-me-up pieces in the media. Rarely does a quirky story carry a larger significance, and generally they are thrown at the end to lull the reader, listener or viewer back into a serene state so that they can continue into their next program or activity without too much worry.

Two articles published today by The Daily Telegraph show the differences in how asylum seekers are portrayed by journalists.

New anti-association laws will make it illegal to be knowingly in company of members, former members or people involved in the running of a declared criminal organisation. While not specifically targeting motorcycle gangs, the Criminal Organisations Control Bill has been dubbed ‘anti-bikie laws’ by several journalists.