Final Reflection

There are certainly a lots of new things I have learn through out my first undergraduate semester in RMIT. The first time I stepped into RMIT, I am not sure  what to expect. For sure it is going to be a new kind of experience for me compared when I did my diploma back in Malaysia. I have learn a lot, not only academically but also for the other part of life. I believe I am improving in term of media knowledge nowadays and being able to absorb something different to be brought back home. Though it is already the end of the semester, I feel that this is just the beginning of my life here in Melbourne, specifically in RMIT.

Through four project I have done, I have learn on how to work independently and also how to develop the creative sides of me. I also have learn the importance of good communication for my last project brief. As for my last project brief, I have also learnt on to look deeper into my own country media perspective. Australia’s media is not perfect as well, but I personally thinks that there are certain improvement we can make back home in Malaysia.

The course is almost entirely based online and its amazed me on how time flies and changes everything. I still remember back in my diploma, we still used physical books to study and even now, undergraduate students in Malaysia are still using physical books. Besides, there are no final exams for this course and it surprise me at first. Compared to Malaysia, we had to do all the assignments and we also need to sit for the final exams. In my own opinion, media is all about learning new things, you can never expect on what are you going to see or to do for the next days. Media nowadays keep on changing rapidly and project based assignments really help us a lots to understand more about media that surround us. Not to say that theory aren’t needed, but with the emphasis of both practical and theory, I believe that media students is well aware and well equipped for the future.

The most challenging for me as an international student is definitely to adapt with the news systems and surrounding. It was hard for me at first to get along with some of the students here but hey, that how media students need to do, mingle around. I also have some difficulties at first to understand the online learning system we had here as I don’t have that kind of exposure back in Malaysia. I love hands on experience, learn how specific camera or mic differ from other and etc.

I really feel that I need to engage more with other in my coming second semester. I do thinks that I have chose the right university to pursue my passion in media and it has been verified in my first semester here. First semester is over and I truly had a blast!


Favorite Five

As the semester is coming to an end, we were asked to select five blog post which basically demonstrate my engagement with the course this semester. The links are provided below :

  1. In Two Years
  2. Workshop 1
  3. Project Brief 3
  4. Workshop 6
  5. Technology Overpower

The reasons why I chose above mentioned post rather than the other is because each one of it truly describe what  I really learnt through out the first semester. I was asked to portrayed my self and what do I wanna achieve within this two years. I had new sets of friends in my first workshop and it goes on from there. I learn something new and explore some new gadget in my workshop 6.


And its done!

What a relief! We have finally finishing with the final touch up for our website. Through ups and downs, we manage to get this brief done. I would like to thanks Dylan and Daniel for their hard work. It may not be perfect but we hope that we can provide enough information about the different of these two countries audience cultures.

Here is the final product of our project :

Broadcast vs Post-Broadcast: Exploring Audiences in Different Environments



Brief 4 Reflections

In my last project brief for my first semester in RMIT, I have been grouped with two new friends, Daniel and Dylan. Honestly speaking, this last project brief is so far the toughest ones I have encountered with due to the challenges faced throughout the research. I have been lucky to be in the same group with Dylan and Daniel where both of them are very idealistic and commit in finishing this project brief. Even there are some challenges for example, we need to postpone our meeting twice due to our personal problems, we are proud to say that we manage to finish our project brief.

For our last assessment for the semester, we have been assigned to do a specific research about ‘audience’. It is quite a challenge since at the first two or three weeks, we still haven’t got any clue on what we are going to focus on. But with Rachel’s help, and others commitment, we finally ended up decided on to explore the differences between broadcast cultures in two different country, Australia and Malaysia. The focus of our research is basically the comparison of Malaysian and Australian (or Western) news. The Malaysian culture still uses a conceptually broadcast era media format to present their news, with the vast majority of news being told through a single, Government run news program once a night, broadcasting to a mass audience. We compared this to the post-broadcast western culture, which has many different news programs available for very specific demographics, as well as a higher level of reliance on internet based news. Exploring other cultures is always fun, yet challenging. We decided to talk about the different between the broadcast cultures had in Malaysia, which is full with government rules and related it back with the ones which Australia had, more open and have specific programs for specific audience.

The most successful part of this project I think is that we manage to differentiate the broadcast and audience culture between this two countries. We are also able to discover more about the broadcast and post broadcast era and find out which one is preferable in this modern world society. We also manage to figure out the reasons why Malaysia still have some issue related to censorship, and how Malaysia’s media has been shaped by its government’s laws. Furthermore, the communication among the three of us are good as well. Even though we weren’t able to meet up that often, but each one of us respect and trying to communicate to each other either through email, Facebook messenger or even text messages. By doing so, we were able to cope with what’s we are left behind.

But in the meantime, I also realized that there are some lacking in our research. The least successful things for this project is we obviously can talk more about the different between these two broadcast cultures. Also, I personally thinks that there could be some more creative side in our blog, means more interactive pictures and videos can be uploaded to show the real different between these two countries in term of broadcasting. Pictures draw a thousand words, means more picture or videos is much more meaningful than text. But I am also quite happy that we manage to thoroughly explain about the differences.

During our second and final draft presentation before submission, we received a lots of feedback from Rachel and it is kind of encouraging us to do more for this project. Only during the last few weeks before the submission we barely manage to have a clear ideas on what are we going to talk about and how do we want to present it. We choose ‘website’ because we do think it is one of the easiest and effective way to talk and spread the information about our topic.

As for myself, with this project, I am able to understand more about broadcast cultures I had back in my country and also be able to compare it with other country audience cultures. I must admit that there are a lots need to be improved back in Malaysia in term of their news delivering ethics.

Last but not least, this project have thought and give me a better view on how each country media is shaped off. To have a view about my country from a different perspective really make me understand on how the media in Malaysia is working and how it is being differentiate from other country such as Australia. There are of course pros and cons, but I need to admit that I need to be open and sensitive towards what other may think especially when talking about sensitive issue, for example back in Malaysia. Hoping to work in media management field, I managed to learn about the management of media in two different countries and also have realize that it is not easy to please everyone.

I also learn that how crucial good communication could be when working in group. By communicate a lots through email and other messaging apps, we are able to keep everyone update on what each one of us need to do even we do not have a chance to meet up that often due to other commitments and clash. Overall, I am pleased with the results and hoping to work with these two guys next time.

Final Meet Up

Finally, we as a group manage to met today. I arrived about 40 minutes due to work and train delays. It was the first time for three of us able to meet as a group since the first time we assigned in a group. Though without proper meeting before other than inside the class and other circumstances, yes we are happy to see that we managed to come up this far.

We pulled out all of our part together and made few changes in the website. I even add some of the videos showing the different between BBC coverage about Bersih 3.0 with the one that broadcast by Astro in television back in Malaysia. I am more than happy when the boys agree and say that that videos is relevant enough with our case study. We also decided on what can we improved and what other relevant videos we can put up on our website.

We can say that this is the most successful meeting we had as we were able to get everything done. Before leaving, we are all set to meet on the 11th of June. Thanks boys for the hard work.



Learning Graph

Rachel gave us graph paper. I was quite unsure of the relation of graph and media. Lol. So basically everyone need to draw a graph on :

  1. How much have I learnt about making media objects/stories?
  2. What is my ability to work independently in unfamiliar ways or with new systems and tools?
  3. How much do I understand and think critically and creatively about what I make?
  4. What is my understanding of the role/value of the blog to me?

Here is my expression of these four questions.



I believe I have achieve something through out my semester in RMIT. All I need to work on is my ability to work independently in unfamiliar ways and systems as the systems here is different from the one I had before in Malaysia,


Technology Overpower?

Is it harsh to say that we, human, becoming too reliant on machines to get all our works done? Are we depending too much on machines to get all the dirty works done for us?

For instance, internet is one of the technology which has been rapidly expanding. Over the past few years, it is proved that internet can be one main source of information and also entertainment. Comparing to the the era where newspaper were the one and only source of information for the people, nowadays people can get all sorts of information with just one click away.

It is true to say that technologies have help us a lots these days especially in the factor of time for example. Just look at Japan, how many company were racing to build and own their own robot? Even there are some now. But one things for sure, we shall not let the power of technology degrading our human social values, instead we should use the technology to enhance the humanity among us.


Last Workshop!

Seems hard to believe that we are in the last week of the semester. And today’s mark the last workshop for the semester. How time flies.There are some mix feelings in me knowing that this class almost come to an end but at the same time, I was happy that there will be no class afterwards. Since it is the last day of workshop, Rachel and other classmates brought some foods and cookies to be enjoyed together in class. (cookies was nice, thanks Rachel!)

Dylan was away from today’s class since he got some stuff to be finish off at home, which left only Daniel and I to present our final draft for our research. Knowing that I missed several meeting before, I had all my part done before the class start and brought along with me all the materials I gained from my topic. Daniel were quite surprised but hey, it’s a good stuff aight?

We went through some discussions about what are the things that we are lacking off. We touched on the general format of the website, what can be done or improved. We also talked about what are the things that we could add on to make it more interactive rather than just plain text all the way down.


Besides, we also need to present our draft to the whole class. I wasn’t prepared for the presentation so basically Daniel and I only summarize what we already had. Rachel’s feedback help a lots as she asked us to include some videos or maybe pictures into our website and this is kind of the same with the discussions I had with Daniel before the presentation.

Before leaving, we set up another final meet up before submission due and hopefully we can smash this out!



I love something connected to our self. Our daily life. There is no doubt that some of the music I listened to really can relate me with my surroundings. At this very moments I am listening to one of my favorite rapper back in Malaysia, Akeem Jahat. Most of his songs are meaningful and at the very first of his debut, he actually used other’s music and applying a lyrics of his own.

Here is one of the remix he had and what I love listened to most.