Echo Online is a core resource to support VCE students with media issue analysis tasks. It contains two parts:
Because the content is curated, you can be assured that it is authentic, reliable and fit for your use. There’s also an emphasis on selecting freely available resources rather than ones behind a paywall.
Read below for tips on using Echo Online.
A year must be selected in order to initiate a search in the news source database.
For VCE students there is a special VCE file which ensures that material will fit with VCE date-specific tasks. Otherwise, select the year required.
Below is a sample result from a search on pill testing.
The will take you to the original article. If it appeared in a traditional newspaper's website, you may not be able to access it for free. If that is the case, please contact Library staff for help in tracking down a print copy or checking whether it is available through the Library's NewsBank subscription. Non-traditional newspapers and other online news sources included in Echo Online are usually able to freely accessed via the links included.
Select a year to browse through the list of media issues analyses.
Take note of the corresponding badge to ensure the issue fits with VCE date-specific tasks.
Below is a sample entry for the issue of booing within the AFL.
Click on the title to access the full analysis which will typically include:
Remember, if the links don't take you through to the full text (particularly for newspapers), contact the Library to determine options for obtaining a copy.