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Poverty porn and Mt Druitt: Struggle Street One year later

The Point Magazine selected a group of thirteen young aspiring media types from all over Sydney to take part in our Community Journalism Master classes.

We teamed up with FBi Radio’s current affairs program Backchat, ABC journalists, BYDS and the Australian National University (ANU) to present ‘Outskirts Reporting: A Masterclass in Community Journalism’.  This the one of the audio stories that came from the amazing cohort of young aspiring journalists.

It has been one year since the controversial SBS show ‘Struggle Street’ aired on our television. A reality show highlighting the day to day struggles in Western Sydney’s Mt Druitt, the series attracted criticism as being a form of ‘poverty porn’ and some locals believed it promoted negatives stereotypes about the region. SBS have announced Season 2 will be coming soon in 2017. 

Journalism student, Selin Kement investigates the impact the series had on the region. She speaks with some of the local organisations, Street University and Rap for Change about how they have worked with young people to deal with issues of unemployment, drugs, and bullying and still promote a positive light in Mt Druitt.

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Poverty porn and Mt Druitt: Struggle Street One year later

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