The Junction

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Interest in survival skills surge
University of Melbourne, Coco Veldkamp
Some are motivated by fear that the world is going to hell in a handbasket. Some just want to know themselves away from the safety net of technology and household comfort. Whatever the reason, a growing number of Australians are asking themselves: Are you ready for anything?
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Umpire abuse a threat to AFL’s future
University of Melbourne, Sam Irvine
Umpire abuse is often seen as part of the colour and movement of AFL football. But crowd vitriol – along with rule changes and scarce funding – is driving umpire shortages across the country.
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The uphill battle for Australian university basketball
La Trobe University, Jackson MacDonald
University sport in Australia will always be in the shadow of its American counterpart.
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Legacy media's audience wanes, as war rages on
La Trobe University, Ruby Oosthuizen
More people are moving away from consuming stories from traditional news sources about the conflict - turning instead turning to social media accounts of independent and citizen journalists.
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Triple J no longer kingmaker in streaming era
La Trobe University, Errol Hayden
If young people have moved on from radio, can Australian youth broadcaster Triple J still make an impact?
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Citizen scientists help rescue bees from deadly pest
University of Melbourne, Ricky Sproule
For years, apiarists and farmers relying on bees for pollination lived in fear of the arrival of a dreaded parasite. Then in 2022, the alarm went up. One scientist says a brigade of concerned citizens, armed with balloons and nets, may be crucial to mapping a more resilient future for honeybees.
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June Podcast - No Plate Like Home
May 30, 2024

For many people, food and the simple act of cooking can provide solace and comfort, particularly for...

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May Podcast - Paying The Rental Price
April 30, 2024

It’s hard enough for anyone to find a home to rent in Australia. The difficulty factor is multiplied...

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April Podcast out now
April 1, 2024

The Long Read series of our podcast, Making a Difference, continues with a reckoning from Australia's...

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Missing girls
University of Newcastle March 7, 2024

Amanda Robinson and Robyn Hickie disappeared in 1979, and Gordana Kotevski disappeared in 1994. Police...

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