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Lydia Siamando

I am passionate, curious and  a determined journalist. My mission in life is to investigate issues, find the truth, and share it. 

Motherhood and Childbirth During the Pandemic

A new mother, Mia Walduck, and her husband, James moved to Melbourne from Adelaide in September 2019.

Due to lockdown, they didn’t get an opportunity to form friendships and a close network.

“It was really challenging trying to have the excitement of being pregnant but also other things that come with it,” she told me.

“Obviously, there is a lot of hormonal changes, lots of emotions and basically it was me and my husband the entire time dealing with it all.”

While her husband was able to sup


Despite all the misinformation about coronavirus vaccines flowing across media platforms putting people on the fence, the elderly still choose to receive the dose.

As clinics began vaccine administration, the government announced early April to cease administering AstraZeneca to patients below 50 with the fear of causing blood clots side effects.

As a receptionist I have witnessed all the challenges and transitions at the medical clinic during the pandemic.

I realised how a new information ch

‎Under Cover: Season 2 - Episode 1 - Community on

Our communities make up a substantial part of who we are; it helps us feel secure and gives us a sense of identity within the larger world. The communities we find ourselves in shape our opinions and perspectives, sometimes without us even realising. 'Community' can mean many different things and can come in many different forms; it could be a work community, a religious community or even an online community. In short, communities are the people and places we hold closest. In this first episode

Children’s mental health neglected

Anxiety is the most common mental health problem experienced by children (Photo: Marcus Wallis)

It’s estimated that around one in seven Australian children experience mental problems. According to the Australian Psychological Society (APS), 75 per cent of Australian children don’t have access to a mental health care plan. Mental health disorders are among 14 per cent of children aged four and 17.

A study by Dr Melissa Mulraney and Professor Harriet Hiscock, published by The Conversation, shows

Child Exploitation on Social Media

But if people can easily violate these guidelines through posting, sharing or commenting. Should they create stronger guidelines and policies?

I spoke to Marissa Willcox, a digital ethnographer and PhD Candidate at RMIT University. She's a researcher on queer and feminist artists on Instagram.

“I think the Community Guidelines are often just a way of protecting their own interest, as opposed to protecting the people that use it”, said Marrisa.

She also said how Instagram needs to work harder

About Me

I'm a final-year journalism student at RMIT University. From a young age, I’ve been interested in exploring and pursuing the truth. 

When my family and I were refugees in Jordan, we experienced unfairness from different aspects. But the most painful one was living the consequences of the decisions made by those in power. That’s when I became convinced I wanted to spend the rest of my years holding the powerful accountable and lending a helping hand to the vulnerable.

On a lighter note - I've had the wonderful opportunity to chat with News Breakfast co-presenter, Lisa Miller; interviewed ex foreign correspondent, Sophie McNeill; ran into ABC journalist, Patricia Karvelas at the newsroom; shadowed ABC journalists Steph Ferrier and Zalika Rizmal during their live crosses.