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VCE English Issues: Keeping a Media File

Resources for VCE English orals

What is a media file?

A media file is a collection of articles and reports based on a specific issue.

The articles and reports are often annotated to highlight facts, opinions, persuasive words and also opportunites for further research.


Find your articles easily by keeping a list of references at the start of your media file.

Use the Harvard Citation convention via Citethisforme when creating your reference.

Step 1: Decide on your issue

  • Your teacher will give you a start and end date for your issue to be talked about within the print media.
  • Use the Libguides> English Issues> 2018 menu to choose an issue that you are interested in. Our list is not exhaustive and has many good issues to start thinking about.
  • Use a graphic organiser such as the Six Thinking Hats to critically think through the issue you have chosen.


Step 2: Collect a range of articles about the issue

  • Use Echo Online and Newsbank to collect a range of articles from Australian newspapers about your issue.
  • Print out a copy of your article and add the citation to your Reference file.
  • Read them and decided whether they add to the conversation about your Issue. What type of article is it? Does it provide facts or opinions? Is it persuasive?

Step 3: Keep up to date with your issue

  • Decide on a regular time each week to keep up to date with your issue. That could mean reading the weekend newspaper, listening to talk back radio or researching online.
  • Consider setting up a media alert so that you get an email if the issue is mentioned online.
  • Keep on collecting articles. You will most likely have to submit 8 or so articles that have been expertly annotated, so give yourself lots of choices.


Podcasts are great to listen to as they give you experience in listening to someone talk about your issue and pronounce names, places and grammar associated with your topic properly.


Consider keeping an old fashioned glossary for the issue that you are studying. 

  • Key people
  • Key places
  • Key organisations
  • Terminology