T1-2 Unsustainable Cruelty Research Background The Australian PhotoJournalist seeks to challenge the orthodoxy developed around journalism with particular reference to photojournalism and documentary practice. In doing this, the publication presents as an exemplar for documentary and journalistic research by combining the work, evidence, conclusions and knowledge developed in-field by leading practitioners of these disciplines. Specifically the question that underpins this edition asks 'what are the mechanisms, myths and rituals employed by consumers to disguise/deny the ongoing cruelty in the livestock, entertainment and medical industries. Research Contribution The work chosen for inclusion in the APJ is journalism and documentary practice that blends rigorous investigations and ethnographic research within an aesthetic frame, capturing and disseminating the tacitly understood. In doing so, the APJ presents journalism and documentary practice not only as legitimate modes of social inquiry but modes of storytelling that allow an audience to know through empathy and compassion. That is, rigorous documentary practice conflates the distance between the viewer and the viewed allowing the former to become stakeholders in the lives of those whose stories are told. In this edition, the APJ's contribution revolves around the notion of rights and whether or not those rights we, as humans, extend to ourselves, should ethically and logically be extended to all sentient creatures. Research Significance In this edition over 2000 journals have been published. It was launched at the Voiceless 2013 Awards to a privileged audience of business and community leaders. The APJ is normally distributed to every journalist in Australia, targeted international journalists and selected Universities around the globe. However, in addition to this, Unsustainable Cruelty will be used as a fund-raiser for Voiceless ensuing access to a broader audience across a greater number of disciplines.
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