The Owl: 2022 year in review

What a 2022 it has been! In The Owl’s first year of operation, our student journalists absolutely smashed it out of the park and set a very high bar for 2023. Let’s take a moment to look back at The Owl’s year and wrap the highlights.Continue readingThe Owl: 2022 year in review

What does it take to be a successful local news organisation today?

In recent years the news media landscape has been very unstable, with changes in media ownership and the financial downturn during the Covid-19 Pandemic both heavily contributing. Much of the turbulence has been felt in local and regional news. Following the merger between Nine and Fairfax, Australian Community Media bought the Fairfax stable of 160 regional papers and began the shift to online subscription, and News Corp stopped the print editions of around 100 regional papers. Each of these changes led to job losses, closures and contractions, and disruption to loyal audiences.Continue readingWhat does it take to be a successful local news organisation today?

Today’s solution and tomorrow’s problem

When Matt Dutkiewicz was hospitalised after fighting the 2003 bushfires at Uriarra Crossing, he thought his brother had died trying to save the family home in Duffy. Now, as Matt reflects on his experience of the fires nearly 20 years on, the ACT Government is considering further expansion of the same western edge he saw burn in 2003 to grapple with the unfolding housing crisis in Canberra.Continue readingToday’s solution and tomorrow’s problem

Midnight Oil rocks Canberra one last time

Fellows Oval at ANU was the scene of Midnight Oil’s final ever performance in Canberra on Saturday, 1 October. The concert was their second-last live show ever, and boy did it go off. The Owl’s Anthony Lewsam was there.Continue readingMidnight Oil rocks Canberra one last time

All roads lead to Rome

Life has been busy. I needed to get away. So, I arranged to meet up with my dad down south for some much-needed R&R. While I could’ve hit the Monaro Highway and turned on cruise control for an easy-yet-bland drive to Mallacoota, I decided that the drive should be part of the holiday. After charging up my camera, I navigated to the coast so I could soak in the natural beauty and clear my head along the winding road.Continue readingAll roads lead to Rome

ABC Heywire @ UC

We were incredibly lucky to be able to host Katie McAllister from ABC Heywire so she could share her skills and insight with our students. Even though our students had just 90 minutes with Katie, they worked collaboratively to construct the first draft of what will hopefully become their entries into the 2022 Heywire competition.Continue readingABC Heywire @ UC

Off the beaten track

Just 3.2 kilometres off Pialligo Avenue is the Canberra Air Disaster Memorial, a large granite monolith with a commemorative plaque that marks the location of a plane crash in 1940. The crash killed ten people, four of whom were senior members of the Australian Government. Individually, and as a group, these people are significant figures in the country’s history.Continue readingOff the beaten track

A metalhead’s guide to surviving mosh pits ft. GTM Canberra 2022

The last festival The Owl’s Liam Jennings went to was Good Things Sydney 2019 when Australia was in the middle of the Black Summer Bushfires. And thanks to COVID-19, it was his last for 24 months. It’s been a long time between sets but live music and the Australian festival scene is back!Continue readingA metalhead’s guide to surviving mosh pits ft. GTM Canberra 2022

Road tripping in our own backyard

Rural Australia. A daunting world to enter for any city slicker, and maybe too daunting to plan a holiday passing through, or is it? Yes, all the major cities have a 100 restaurants and bars to enjoy the city skyline darkening the surrounds, but what can a breath of fresh air and a different view of rural Australia offer? The answer – colourful, awe inspiring silos standing tall over many almost forgotten towns.Continue readingRoad tripping in our own backyard

Exploring rage: An afternoon unpacking ‘On Reckoning’ with Amy Remeikis

Inside the four walls of Muse cafe, on a shadowy Sunday afternoon, we gathered – to explore rage, the weight of it, and how we navigate it, as articulated in Amy Remeikis’essay offering ‘On Reckoning’. The Owl’s Lara Stimpson tells us what it was like to be in the room.Continue readingExploring rage: An afternoon unpacking ‘On Reckoning’ with Amy Remeikis