It’s an hour’s drive between my university and my home in the hills behind the Gold Coast. The mountain I live on is beautiful, but the only thing as bad as the potholes is the radio reception.
I’m tuning into more news broadcasts now than I ever have in my life. Naturally, in a journalism degree, there is an expectation that students know what is happening in the world. But some mornings, as I drive to university, the stories I need to hear are disrupted by static.
The Source of Interference
It’s mornings like these that I question the amount of information that gets lost in transmission. I lose stories every day to literal static, but I believe that static takes on a multitude of forms.
I understand static to be the interference between you and the stories you need to hear; whether it’s distraction, disinterest or disinformation. It’s possible that the stories were never accessible in the first place.
The central dilemma in journalism is that you don’t know what you don’t know.Bob Woodward
Journalists, I believe, are responsible for identifying the sources of interference and cutting through them. As a student, however, I don’t yet possess the knowledge or the materials to do so. Even if I did, it would at this point be irresponsible. But every time a news report gets swallowed by static, I am aware of what I now know, and how important it is to eventually overcome the noise.
Our Static Earth
And so the concept for Static Earth was born; a blog by a journalism student, for journalism students, and those who recognise the limits of their understanding. My vision for this blog is that it will be a space in which we may identify the fragments of the things we don’t know, and find the stories in our static earth.