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Earth tremor

I woke up this morning to the entire flat shaking at the structure. My furniture was moving from side to side and London Villages fell off the bookshelf. I was disturbed. A rush of panic and I thought, could this be an earthquake in Melbourne. I darted outside. No more carnage to be seen. 

After quick research I read Geoscience Australia confirmed a 5.9 magnitude earthquake this morning recorded near Mansfield Victoria with a depth of 10 km.

What strange times I am living in, pandemic related I wonder.

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The path to Pfizer vaccination is reactionary

This is a piece I wrote earlier I thought I would repost and respond to in the light of recent events and as my blog is developing.

My role as a Journalist is to report the facts, it is never about me.

This blog is going to be everything about me and what I do. 

As a writer, I think it is my point of difference in what I mentioned earlier is a competitive field and I believe it is going to provide a background into my personality and give insight into things that I do not always have time to answer.

Staying true to the principles of journalism, this blog is not going to be opinionated in a political sense but create interest in the journalist’s need to participate as an individual in the online world.

Glimpses of me on this blog are going to be rare. 

I think I mentioned earlier, this blog is only about me.

From a professional perspective I decided to take the step and get vaccinated during Melbourne’s increasing pandemic lockdowns. Pfizer is the vaccine I am eligible for against COVID-19. I spent a fair amount of time researching how, where, and when was best to approach vaccination in a restrictive setting. Whilst the task was not too arduous, there was a noticeable, although brief, aftermath. The incentive being the hope that vaccination will provide greater freedom and a high level of efficacy into the future.

I did get quite sick and suffered a minor injury soon after which was very unfortunate, although possibly not related, difficult to know if it was coincidental. Put it in context and must move on. I probably would have preferred not to go to a walk-in centre. I guess it depends on your situation.

The coronavirus vaccination program is available free to everybody in Australia, although participation is voluntary, with approved vaccine options being distributed under different circumstances depending on your situation and age, with any side effects and risks documented. 

Having written about the coronavirus pandemic for over a year now there are mixed arguments about the vaccines in Australia, as always, see below.

Information and advice on the coronavirus vaccines is frequently updated on the Australian Government health department websites.

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Melbourne lockdown

There have been demanding times during the pandemic. I am writing this in Melbourne’s sixth lockdown. When life is tough there is a tendency to exist off the grid. I have observed this here and there. If you keep checking, the coronavirus restrictions are reactive, supplemented at the start. Best if this this ongoing information is accessible, and the guidance freely implemented.

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A degree in English

What sets me apart in this competitive landscape is that I have a proper bachelor’s degree majoring in English literature. I am quite proud of my stand-alone arts degree. I think it is important to select a field you would like to pursue and dedicate yourself to completing a whole something. Looking back, it was a bit faddish to do an additional major in cultural studies as some of these modern majors tend to disappear or get repackaged, but the classics always remain the same.

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Beginning in a global pandemic

I always knew I would formally train to be a Journalist, since working for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in TV news writing and production from 2008 – 2011. I never imagined back then that I would be starting in the field of journalism during COVID-19, the worst global pandemic in my lifetime. Certainly, it compels me to begin this blog. Observational writing on this blog is from a personal literary perspective only, where news articles are written, and factual evidence is cited organisations will be referenced. 

The general challenge of any crisis is to maintain a balance between common sense, urgency, and information intake. It is difficult not to be altered by the coronavirus, even for the most consistent of individual.

When COVID-19 was initially detected towards the end of last year and earlier this year, people thought it was a blip on the radar that would soon disappear, however the severity of the respiratory virus became clear as medical professionals began to decode the implications over the following months.

In such a crisis, many questions begin, when did this type of coronavirus specifically start, and if it is a mutation of an existing virus that we already knew about, what could we have done sooner to prevent this occurring.

The main challenge worldwide is that it is going to be difficult to find the resources to manage social distancing regulations to fight the spread, and at the same time focus relentlessly on finding a solution to the problem – a vaccination.


Graduate Certificate of Journalism

This is the beginning of Lisa Engelhardt’s Journalism blog.

I am commencing a Graduate Certificate of Journalism at Monash University to further my professional career as a Journalist in the areas of television, radio, digital, online and print journalism. I will be investigating and researching topics of interest in metropolitan, regional and international contexts. Presenting on my blog, succinct newsworthy analysis and in-depth coverage of selected local, national and global issues.