Saffire Penn explores the attraction for young adults to this increasingly controversial trend and hears first-hand from three former vapers about how and why they quit.
THE VAPING EPIDEMIC
Charlotte Wintle uncovers the financial, academic, and mental health costs of mandatory unpaid placements to university students who wonder why they can’t just be paid.
Marnie Ryan reports on Coonabarabran’s first Pride in the Park Festival, a celebration of the LGBTIQ+ community but also a reminder of the alarming mental health issues affecting those people.
Kaitlin Dykstra explores how her generation is reshaping the narrative around parenthood, driven by a complex blend of personal, environmental, and financial factors.
IS IT OK NOT TO HAVE KIDS?
Sophie Davidson examines the impact of social media on voters during the Indigenous Voice to Parliament referendum and hopes her story encourages media consumers to think twice.
WHOSE VOICE WAS HEARD?
Emily Williams reports on the rise in drink spiking and risk of sexual assault, including the campaign by Newcastle advocacy group What Were You Wearing to improve education for bar staff.
A SPIKE IN DRINK SPIKING
Peter Hyslop finds that Lake Macquarie has one dog for every two people and the number is growing. With so many pooches, what is the risk, and what is the council doing about it?
Aleeyah Clifford talks to four women from the one family who work in nursing about what drives them to succeed in their difficult but rewarding profession.
THE NURSING ‘TEA’
Charlotte Wintle discovers that long waiting lists for public dental care in Australia can lead to worse health outcomes for many disadvantaged Australians.
THE DENTAL DIVIDE
Holly Fishlock discovers there is $10million dollars up for grabs in the Hunter in unclaimed money as a result of forgotten shares, insurance policies, and bank accounts. Could some be yours?
Sophie Jaggers reports on the Federal Government’s plan to reduce the number of feral cats who have a devastating impact on our wildlife. But, as she discovers, roaming pets can be just as deadly.
THE WAR ON FERAL CATS
Holly Fishlock spends time with the Brainwaves Choir, which is helping stroke survivors and their carers sing their way to better physical and mental health.
A SUPPORTIVE FAMILY
Erin Symes hears from six women who live with endometriosis about their often-unseen struggle for diagnosis and treatment of this incurable condition that affects one in 10 women.
FACES OF ENDOMETRIOSIS
Emily Williams talks to the Surfrider Foundation about its campaign to stop the PEP 11 gas and oil exploration off the coast between Newcastle and Sydney.
SURFING THE OIL BREAK
Shy-Ann Arkinstall, Bella Middleton and Jack Seymour talk to seven young people who are living with invisible illnesses about the challenges and triumphs of living their lives to the full.
Zali Winch writes that exposure to transphobia on social media can have serious mental health effects for trans and gender-diverse youth.
TRANS MENTAL HEALTH
Students in the News Media major produce multimedia stories to a publishable standard throughout their program. Here we feature some of the best stories from 2023.
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