COMM11007 – Blogging Journey

Week One Blog

Practical Activity A: Registering Blog

Thank you for taking the time to read and review my blog which is being used in accordance of my Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Professional Communication course at Central Queensland University. This blog page tailors specifically to the task requirements for COMM11007 (Media Writing). I have chosen to utilise a pre-existing blog account that was required for COMM11003 and COMM11110 in term one, 2016. In regards to my initial set-up experience of my blog, I did not experienced any difficulties when setting up my blog page for COMM11007. I found the process to be relatively straight forward and easy to follow.

Practical Activity: Self-Introduction

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Hello Kate and COMM11007 peers,

My name is Sophie Nevison. I am 18 years of age and currently live in Gladstone which is located approximately 500km north of Brisbane. I also work part-time at a local bakery in Gladstone in between my university studies.

After graduating from highschool in 2015, I enrolled in a Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Professional Communications where I am studying full-time at the North Rockhampton Campus. I am currently in my second semester of my studies. After the completion of my dual business degree, I would like to see myself pursue a career in either Human Resource Management or in Marketing.

My main objective while studying COMM11007 (Media Writing) this term is to uncover how journalists and news reporters communicate audience intended messages to their target public in short media stories. I would also like to improve my writing skills in the form of punctuation and grammar.

I am looking forward to working and interacting with those students who are enrolled in COMM11007 for term two, 2016.

Regards,

Sophie Nevison

Inquiry Activity: Comparison of Media Articles

The Government Media Release main discussion topic was that Racing Minister Grace Grace has appointed Queensland’s rugby league player, Billy Slater, as the official ambassador for all racing codes in Queensland (The State of Queensland 2016). Considering Slater’s current profile, will assist him in promoting the racing industry to a wider demographic with the aim of drawing in new individuals who would later on become interested and involved with Queensland’s Racing Industry (The State of Queensland 2016). The Government Media Release also discusses Slater’s first appearance and involvement in his new role as the official ambassador for all racing codes in Queensland (The State of Queensland 2016).

The Gold Coast Bulletin’s main discussion topic was that champion footballer, Billy Slater, and ex-employee of Gai Waterhouse is soon to be announced the ambassador for Racing Queensland (Davidson 2016). The Gold Coast Bulletin also discusses Slater’s past and current achievements with his involvement in the racing industry. Some of Slater’s main achievements was being awarded the Relaxed Racing Family Ambassador for Racing Victoria in 2014 and being appointed the Victorian racehorse owner’s ambassador in 2015 (Davidson 2016). This article also mentions that Slater has owned several horses over the past few years with minor success and that Slater is regularly seen at race and blood stock sales (Davidson 2016). Although Slater’s main priority is excelling in his football career, Davidson articulates that Slater may try training horses again after his football career comes to an end (Davidson 2016).

From reading and analysing both media articles, it is evident that both media releases are much of the same in regards to the topic that both articles covered and discussed. The underlying differences between the two articles was the level and the degree of content that was discussed. The Government Media Release is informing the audience (this could be people who follow and are interested in the racing industry, football in general, and fans of Billy Slater), about Slater’s role as becoming the ambassador of Racing Queensland (The State of Queensland 2016). Whereas, The Gold Coast Bulletin is more of a generalisation of Slater’s past, present, and future in relation to his strong connection with the racing industry and with his involvement with training and owning race horses (Davidson 2016).

It is to my understanding that this topic did receive media coverage on the 23/24th June 2016 on channel nine’s 6pm news. However, this topic is not of interest to me. This is due to the fact that the racing industry is not something that I regularly follow or are interested in. I however, can see someone who has a profile like Billy Slater will show great interest and will strive with his ambitions in the racing industry and as Racing Queensland’s Ambassador.

Technical Activity: Online Practical Observation Quiz 1

Blog 1 Activity Quiz

Reflection on quiz

When attempting the online observation quiz as part of week one’s blog requirements, I was satisfied with my attempt and result. I found the content that was covered and addressed in this week’s observation quiz to be of interest as it re-emphasised some of the important aspects in regards to the correct use of punctuation, grammar, sentence structure, and the correct utilisation of in-text referencing.

For this week’s observation quiz I did not encounter or come across any difficulties in regards to the test questions or with understanding the content that was covered. For me personally, I found all of the multiple choice questions to be very comprehensive. Consequently, I believe this week’s observation quiz was substantially helpful as it assisted me towards my learning development.

Reference List

Davidson, B, 2016, The Gold Coast Bulletin, viewed 11 July 2016, http://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/sport/racing/maroons-legend-billy-slater-to-be-announced-as-ambassador-for-qld-thoroughbred-racing/news-story/564befcf1bdd9e78480e832255cdf171

The State of Queensland, 2016, The Queensland Cabinet and Ministerial Directory, viewed 11 July 2016, http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2016/6/24/racing-queensland-unveils-league-legend-slater-as-official-ambassador

Week Two Blog

Practical Activity: Registering a Twitter Account

I have registered a Twitter account for COMM11007 (Media Writing) that will be utilised for Assignment Two (Writing for Media). For me personally, I found the process of setting up my twitter account to be relatively easy and straight forward. Consequently, I did not encounter or experience any difficulties during this process. Please feel free to follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/soph_nevison98, to follow my local event that I will be reporting on as part of assignment two.

I began by following some journalists, professionals, and artists as required for this specific stage of assignment one. These can be identified below.

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Inquiry Activity: Reviewing Twitter Trends

  1. What are the top stories in your area/area of interest?

When viewing the top twitter trends on Tuesday 19th July 2016, the most popular twitter trend that I came across that interested me was the #RNCinCLE. This hashtag had been trending on twitter for the past 13 hours.

This topic is centralised around the issue that Melania Trump had plagiarised numerous sections of her Republican National Convention Speech from Michelle Obama’s 2008 Democratic National Convention speech.

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2. Can you see the relationship between the tweets and the news stories in local media (if any)?

Although there is no strong relationship between the news stories and tweets in local media; however, from observing and analysing some of the tweets on #RNCinCLE, it is evident that most of the trending tweets that have been posted have been constructed on the basis of what journalists have covered and discussed in their news stories. This can be portrayed in the below images from twitter.  

Also, from observing the twitter trends on Tuesday 19th July 2016, it was evident that there were a number of novelty, soft, hard, and human interest stories trending on twitter (Whitaker et al. 2012). I believe that this due to the fact that whenever a celebrity or politician has done something wrong , the media are the first ones to respond and to report on the issue of concern. Typically, Australian individuals love to listen and to read about celebrities, famous people, and politicians in hot water on social media.

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3. Can you find evidence that tweets are being used in news stories?

News Article URL: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jul/19/melania-trump-republican-convention-plagiarism-michelle-obama

On Tuesday 19th July, The Guardian posted a news article on the controversy surrounding Melania Trump plagiarising numerous sections of her Republican National Convention Speech from Michelle Obama’s 2008 Democratic National Convention Speech (McCarthy & Jacobs 2016). Due to the fact that this topic of discussion is classified as hard news could be the reason why it has made its way to national news (Whitaker et al. 2012).

4. Can you find evidence of tweets being used by organisations to promote an event of issue?

Yes, it is evident that organisations utilise twitter constantly to help promote an event of issue to the general public. This method of communication is regularly done by The Today Show.

When viewing The Today Show’s twitter account this morning (21st July 2016), it is evident that The Today Show has posted numerous tweets on the organisation’s twitter account to inform the general public about current issues and breaking news. One of the tweets was that:

  • Donald Trump has taken to the media with alleged claims that his speech writer took part in the offense of plagiarising Mrs Obama’s 2008 Democratic National Convention speech (The Today Show 2016). Trump made the claim that it was a mistake on the writer’s behalf and commented that we all make mistakes (The Today Show 2016). This can be illustrated in the below image.

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Technical Activity: Online Practical Observation Quiz 2

Reflection on quiz

When attempting the online practical quiz as part of week two’s blog requirements, I was overall satisfied with my attempts and results. I found this week’s content (Grammar: the rules) to be very interesting to read and to interact with as it re-emphasised some of the important aspects in regards to correct grammar and sentence structure.

Although I did not score 100% on my first attempt I, however, did understand the content and found the ten questions to be relatively easy to comprehend. What let me down in my first attempt was not fully reading the questions correctly which as a result, made me interpret some of the multiple choice questions incorrectly. However, for this week’s online practical quiz, I found all of the multiple choice questions to be very comprehensive and found no difficulties in the content that was covered in this week’s reading or in the online practical quiz test.

Reference List

McCarthy, E, Jacobs, B, 2016, ‘Melania Trump convention speech seems to plagiarise Michelle Obama, The Guardian, 16 July, viewed 17 July 2016 https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jul/19/melania-trump-republican-convention-plagiarism-michelle-Obama

The Today Show 2016, ‘Donald Trump has broken his silence about his wife Melania Trump allegedly plagiarised speech, Tweet, 21 July, viewed 21 July 2016 https://twitter.com/thetodayshow?lang=en

Whitaker, W.R., Ramsey, J.E., & Smith, R.D. (2012). MediaWriting: Print, Broadcast, and Public Relations (4th Edition). New York, New York, USA: Routledge.

Week Three Blog

Practical Activity: Assignment Two Plan

Considering that I live in Gladstone and the time frame that is allocated for event coverage, two possible events that I could cover and report on as part of my assignment two would be:

  • Gladstone’s annual Relay for Life
  • Gladstone’s annual Botanic to Bridge

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I plan to cover Gladstone’s annual Relay for Life. This event is held on the 30th to the 31st of July 2016 at Chanel College, Gladstone. This year is Gladstone’s 12th annual event. Each and every year Gladstone’s annual Relay for Life attracts strong community support, with the united goal of raising vital funds for the Cancer Council Queensland’s continual research, and with prevention and support programs. Every participant has the potential to transform and have a positive impact on the lives of those individuals and family members who have been affected by cancer.

I plan to cover Gladstone’s annual Botanic to Bridge. This event is held on the 21st of August 2016 commencing at the Tondoon Botanic Gardens and finishing at the Gladstone Marina Parklands. Each year Gladstone’s annual Botanic to Bridge attracts strong community participation from all ages and fitness levels. Gladstone’s Botanic to Bridge hopes to promote a healthy lifestyle to the Gladstone community, the importance of regular exercise, and nutrition in our everyday lives.

After reviewing the event (Gladstone’s Botanic to Bridge) it is evident that I do not require accreditation to take photographs of the event or to interview attendees, sponsors, and key event organisers. However, considering the nature and scope of this event, it may be necessary (on the day of the event) to introduce myself by informing event participants what my purpose is, why I am interviewing and taking photographs, and what I will be using this information for. This will ensure that I have gained the permission to allow me to interview people and to take photographs where required.

After reviewing the event (Gladstone’s Relay for Life) it is evident that I do not require accreditation to take photographs of the event and to interview attendees, sponsors, and key event organisers. However, considering the nature and scope of this community event, it may be necessary (on the day of the event) to introduce myself by informing event participants what my purpose is, why I am interviewing and take photographs, and what I will be using this information foe. This will ensure that I have gained the permission to allow me to interview people and to take photographs where required.

Botanic to Bridge (main events)

8km race – The 3km race commences at 7:30am at the Tondoon Botanical Gardens. Consequently, I would need to consider the time that is required for me to travel to the event to then be ready at the starting line to capture this. Also, I would need to ensure that I arrive at the finishing line, at Matthew Flinders Bridge, in time to enable me to capture the finishing of the event.

3km race – The 8km race commences at 9:00am at the Reg Tanna Memorial Park. Taking into consideration that I would be covering and reporting on the two main event races, I would need to ensure that I allow and allocate myself enough time to finish covering the 8km race to then be back at the starting line in time to ensure that I capture the commencing of the 8km race. Also, I would need to ensure that I allocate myself enough time to arrive at the finishing line, at Matthew Flinders Bridge in time to capture the finishing of the event.

Relay for Life (main events)

Saturday 30th July 2016

  • 2pm – Welcome and Introduction
  • 2:15pm – Gladstone musical band opening ceremony
  • 2:50pm – Announcement of the opening ceremony
  • 3:00pm – Opening ceremony/cancer survivor’s lap
  • 6:45pm – Preparation for the candle lighting ceremony
  • 7:00pm – Candle lighting ceremony
  • 9:00pm – Talent quest
  • 11pm – Movies on the big screen

Sunday 31st July 2016

  • 8:30am – Closing ceremony

Relay for Life (event interaction)

People that I intend of interacting with in the form of photographs and interviews are:

  • The main event organisers
  • Event sponsors
  • Relay teams
  • Individual team members
  • Team captains
  • Cancer survivors
  • People still battling cancer
  • Cancer affected families and friends

Botanic to Bridge (event interaction)

People that I intend of interacting with in the form of photographs and interviews are:

  • The main event and race organisers
  • Event sponsors
  • Participants of the 3km race
  • Participants of the 8km race
  • All winners of each race category

Kate’s speech highlighted three important reasons as to why planning for an event in advance is crucial. These reasons included:

  • Time does not wait for anyone (Ames 2014)

If you do not plan ahead of time as to what you aim of achieving in reporting on your event, then you may as a result, miss out on reporting some of the important aspects of the event that you intended of covering but simply ran out of time due to a lack of efficiency (not knowing the time structure of the event) (Ames 2014).

  • To find out the main events and the time schedule of the event (Ames 2014)

When covering and reporting on any event it is important that you consider and think about whether there is going to be any main aspects of the event that is worth covering and discussing in your media release (Ames 2014). By being prepared and knowing what the main events are (by looking and analysing the events time schedule) will enable you to know where you need to be and at what times (Ames 2014).

  • Gaining accreditation if necessary for an event (Ames 2014)

Due to the reasons that some events prohibit the use of cameras, it is important that you ask for accreditation (if necessary and applicable) which enables you to take photographs and to interview people of the event, which is what the media release is based upon (Ames 2014).

In Kate’s video, she also mentions four other aspects that should be considered in the planning stage of an event. These included:

  • Research facts and people (Ames 2014)

It is important to find out who are the main people that would be attending this event (Ames 2014).

  • Research the logistics and event accessibility (Ames 2014)

When planning to report on an event, it is important to consider how you plan on travelling to the event (Ames 2014). This is extremely important because if you do not allocate enough time to travel to the event then as a result, you may miss out of covering some of the main aspects of the event due to a lack of time and insufficiency (Ames 2014).

  • Capture the moment of special aspects of the event (Ames 2014)

By knowing the events time schedule and allowing yourself enough time will enable you to be at the right places and the right time (Ames 2014).

  • Be prepared to adapt as the event unfolds (Ames 2014)

By getting involved in the event will enable you to talk and to engage with event attendees (Ames 2014).

Relay for Life (how this event may interest others)

Relay for Life is viable, relevant, and of value to the Gladstone community as it highlights the plight of cancer victims and survivors and raises vital funds for The Cancer Council’s ongoing research into the fight against cancer. Relay for Life is the chance for the Gladstone community to recognise and to celebrate those who have survived cancer or are undergoing cancer treatment, as well as people who have cared for loved ones. For this reason, Gladstone’s annual Relay for Life has secured its position on the Gladstone annual event calendar due to its significance to the Gladstone region. Each year Gladstone’s Relay for Life attracts strong community support with the united goal of finding a cure for cancer.

Also, with Gladstone’s annual Relay for Life being situated on the Chanel College oval, the event is clearly visible to the Gladstone region which emphasises that the Gladstone community unites together to recognise and to celebrate those who have survived cancer or are currently undergoing cancer treatment, as well as those people who have cared for loved ones who have been affected by cancer.

Botanic to Bridge (how this event may interest others)

The Gladstone Ports Corporation’s annual Botanic to Bridge is considered to be one of Gladstone’s largest community events as it transforms the community into a vibrant hub for healthy and active living. Gladstone’s annual Botanic to Bridge is a fun run event for all ages and fitness levels. The event hopes to promote a healthy lifestyle to the Gladstone community, the importance of regular exercise, and nutrition. The event also has positive repercussions on local schools as the funds that are raised from the event are used to purchase new sports recreation equipment and materials for local Gladstone schools.

Inquiry Activity: Reflection on Media Story

The lead sentence: Nationals could help Pauline Hanson put Family Court back in the spotlight.

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Link to media story: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-16/nationals-could-help-pauline-hanson-reform-family-court/7634202

Article summary: Australian Politician and leader of the One Nation political party, Pauline Hanson, is seeking to improve and reform the family law court current policies, with the main objective of reducing the current rate of male dominant suicides (Borrello 2016). Member for Flynn, Ken O’Dowd, will be in support and working alongside Ms Hanson on this current political issue as both politicians believe that the current policies implemented are not practical and workable and are contributing to increase rates of suicide in affected males (Borrello 2016).

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Who is involved? Australian politician and leader of the One Nation Political Party, Pauline Hanson, and Member for Flynn, Ken O’Dowd (Borrello 2016).

What is happening?– Pauline Hanson is seeking to improve and reform the family law court current policies and practices as she believes that they are not practical in reducing, preventing, or eliminating male dominant suicide rates from society (Borrello 2016).

When is this going to happen?– The news story was posted by the ABC news on Saturday 16th July 2016. No specific time period was discussed in regards to when this project is going commence, however; it is reasonable to assume that this project will take several months and possibly years before our society will see an improvement in the family law court policies and practices.

Where is this taking place? No specific location was discussed in the article, however; it is reasonable to assume that all relevant issues surrounding improving and reforming the current policies and practices of the family law court would be discussed and raised in parliament time with the other members of parliament.

Why is this happening? – Ms Hanson believes that the current policies and practices of the family law court are not practicable and workable in reducing, preventing, or eliminating male dominant suicide rates from our society (Borrello 2016).

How will this be achieved?– To reduce, prevent, or eliminate current male dominant suicide rates from our society, Ms Hanson who will be working alongside member for Flynn, Ken O’Dowd, with the main objective of improving and reforming current policies and practices of which are currently under the family law court (Borrello 2016).

Why this article interested me: I found this news story that was recently reported by the ABC to be of particular interest to me. I strongly believe that the current rate of male suicide is of great concern to our society as it is continuing to rise as a result of current issues such as family and marriage breakdowns and work related issues resulting in stress which is affecting an individual’s health and wellbeing.

From reading this article, it is evident that the current policies and practices that are implemented in the family law court are not practical in reducing, preventing, or eliminating male dominant suicide rates from our society (Borrello 2016). It is excellent to see that Ms Hanson has taken action on this current political issue, with the support of Ken O’Dowd in reforming the current policies to ensure that appropriate corrective action is taken to ensure that this political issues is reduced or eliminated from our society.

Technical Activity: Online Practical Quiz #3

Reflections on Quiz Questions

When attempting the online practical quiz as part of week three’s blog requirements, I was overall satisfied with my attempts and results. I found this week’s content (Grammar: problems and confusions) to be very interesting to read and to interact with. Although this week’s chapter discussed the basics in regards to correct grammar and punctuation, I however, found it very beneficial to re-cover these basics as this will in the long run improve my writing ability.

Although I did not score 100% on my first attempt I, however, did understand the content that was covered and found the ten questions to be relatively easy comprehensive questions. What let me down in my first attempt was that I had difficulty understanding some of the key concepts that was addressed in the chapter. I in particular had difficulty understanding the concept about correctly utilising the work ‘after’ in sentences. To ensure that I understood this for my second attempt of the quiz, I re-read this section until I was able to engage with the content. The final section that I had difficulty understanding and comprehending was the section about how things cannot be ‘more perfect’. As much as I re-read this section, I couldn’t wrap my head around this concept, it just wasn’t working for me.

However, for this week’s online practical quiz, although I came across some difficulties in regards to some of the content that was covered and addressed, I found all of the multiple choice questions to be very comprehensive which was helpful towards my learning.

Reference List

Ames, K 2014, why you need a plan, YouTube video, COMM11007: Media Writing, CQUniversity e-courses, https://moodle.cqu.edu.au/course/view.php?id=5071

Borrello E, 2016, The ABC News, viewed 17 July 2016, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-16/nationals-could-help-pauline-hanson-reform-family-court/7634202

Week Four Blog  

Practical Activity: Interview and News Report

  • Interviewee One: Debbie Nevison (Mum)
  • Interviewee Two: Carl Nevison (Dad)

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Link to my twitter page: https://twitter.com/soph_nevison98

Today my parents Debbie Nevison and Carl Nevison both agreed that life, health and family are the most important aspects of life to them.

My mum, Debbie Nevison said that being diagnosed with stage one breast cancer in 2015 provided her with a new approach and outlook on life.

“I began valuing and appreciating each and every day that I had alongside my family and friends,” explained Debbie.

Debbie comments that she has valued and appreciated the continual support and love from her daughter and husband throughout the last fourteen months.

“This support meant the world to me and was what got me over the line,” explained Debbie.

“Knowing that at the end of each day I had a supportive and caring environment to come home to made the last couple of months while enduring seventeen rounds of Herceptin, six weeks of radiation and four rounds of chemotherapy a lot easier,” said Debbie.

My dad, Carl Nevison said that the health and wellbeing of myself and of my family is extremely important to me.

“Adapting to a healthy life style will enable myself, my wife, and my daughter to live a happy and healthy life, ensuring that we live life to the fullest and achieve our lifelong ambitions as a family,” explained Carl.

Carl comments that after his wife’s battle with breast cancer in 2015 has highlighted the worth and the importance of a supportive, caring, and loving family, and to treasure each and every day that we have together as the future is always uncertain.

Reflection on activity

For me personally, this task presented quite a number of challenges. As I have never had to opportunity to interview people for a news story I was concerned that I would not ask the right questions to therefore obtain enough information and material to write a media release.

However, I believe that this particular exercise has helped me with my interviewing skills and my ability to construct and write a media release. This will be very helpful and useful when it comes to interviewing and reporting on a local event within my area for assignment two.

Also, from this exercise I have learnt how to correctly use and embed direct and indirect quotes in media stories, as in previous writing pieces I have struggled to correctly implement these elements into my writing. This exercise has also introduced me with the concept of introducing the speaker at the beginning of a quote.

I strongly believe that this exercise has substantially assisted me with my overall writing skills and has prepared me for reporting and writing up my assignment two in the coming weeks.

Technical Activity: Online Practical Quiz #4

When attempting the online practical quiz as part of week four’s blog requirements, I was overall satisfied with my attempts and results. I found this week’s content (Reporting Speech) to be very interesting to read and to engage with. Although this week’s chapter discussed the basics in regards to direct and indirect quotes in journalism, I however, found it very beneficial to re-cover these basics as I regularly get confused on how to correctly utilise these in writing.

Although I did not score 100% on my first attempt I, however, did understand most of the content that was covered and addressed in both the textbook and in the multiple choice questions. What I believe let me down in my initial attempts was that I did not fully understand the concepts of:

  • Double quote marks going inside single quotes and,
  • When a quote is a complete sentence it is therefore introduced by a colon and starts with a capital letter, and the full stop comes before the second quote mark

As there were some questions based around this theory, my mark was marginally affected as a repercussion. To ensure that I understood these concepts for my other attempts of the quiz, I re-read this section of the chapter and wrote out my own examples utilising these concepts to illustrate meaning and understanding.

However, for this week’s online practical quiz, although I came across some minor difficulties in regards to some of the content that was covered and addressed, I found all of the multiple choice questions to be very comprehensive which was significantly helpful towards my learning.

Week Five Blog

Practical Activity: Creating Storify Account

My set-up experience: I found the process of setting up my Storify account for assignment two, stage three relatively straight forward. Once my account was set up and confirmed, I had absolutely no idea how to create stories and navigate myself around the site. I went onto YouTube and listened to some tutorials on how to utilise and navigate around this page. From listening to these tutorials I have now gained a sound understanding of how to curate my story about my event for assignment two, stage three.

In the process, I have managed to link my twitter account with my Storify account as this will enable me to drag tweets, photos, videos, and facts from my event coverage from stage one of assignment two. I have also changes my cover photo and my profile picture so other users of Storify and fellow COMM11007 peers can identify me on Storify.

Knowing that I have familiarised myself with the setup process and how to utilise Storify when it comes to stage three, I am looking forward to creating and embedding my final piece of assessment on Storify.

Please feel free to follow my Storify account to review my final story on my event. The link to my Storify account is: https://storify.com/soph_nevison98

Some accounts that I reviewed on Storify: Once I had set up my Storify account, I began to briefly observe and analyse some of the existing Storify accounts and stories that have been created by other publishers. I was fortunate enough to find the ABC News on Storify. As a student studying COMM11007, I have become interested in the media and therefore regularly follow and read the ABC News to obtain regular information about world and government issues. From observing the ABC’s Storify account, the stories that were of interest to me were:

  • The Rio 2016 Olympic Games
  • Fans gear up for Queensland Firebirds and New South Wales Swifts netball final
  • #IndigenousDads counter Bill Leak cartoon

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Inquiry Activity: Interests and Social Media

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I have a key interest in cooking and in the hospitality industry. For as long as I can recall, I have always wanted to become a qualified chef, or become a restaurant manager.

For me personally, Pinterest is the dominant social media platform that I regularly utilise to generate and collect ideas in regards to my interests.

Pinterest is a social media networking device that enables users to visually share and discover new interests by pinning images and videos to your own Pinterest boards. Users of Pinterest can create different boards to cater for different interests, hobbies, and occasions. Depending on the individual’s personality and taste, will depend on the images and videos they post and pin to their allocated boards.

There is no set target demographic that Pinterest is targeting, anyone can utilise this social media platform for their own needs and desires, as it enables all users to create Pinterest boards to elaborate and establish new and existing ideas.

I currently have my own personal Pinterest account that I regularly utilise as part of my everyday lifestyle. In completion of my Certificate II in Hospitality at highschool, our teacher regularly encouraged us to utilise Pinterest to assist us with the planning process for any upcoming functions and events. This enabled us to source ideas and themes from other users of Pinterest to generate our final plan.

As someone who has a key interest in cooking and in the hospitality industry, I regularly utilise my Pinterest account as a mechanism of sourcing and collecting recipes that I would like to cook in the future. I also utilise Pinterest to see some of the food creations that have been done by other people on Pinterest.

Technical Activity: Online Practical Quiz #5

When attempting the online practical quiz as part of week five’s blog requirements, I was overall satisfied with my attempts and results. I found this week’s content (Grammar: 10 common mistakes) to be very interesting to read and to engage with. Although this week’s chapter discussed the basics in regards to correct use of grammar in sentences, I however, found it very beneficial to re-cover these basics as in my writing I regularly get confused what selection of words are correct for the sentence.

Although I did not score 100% of my first attempt I, however, did understand most of the content that was covered and addressed in both the textbook reading and in the twelve multiple choice questions. What I believe let me down in my first attempt was that I did not fully understand and was able to comprehended the concepts of:

  • Using ‘it is now’ instead of ‘they are now’ (Question two). When completing my first attempt, in my head the answer of ‘they are now’ looked and sounded correct but when I went back and re-read the section in the textbook, I came to the understanding that the correct answer was ‘it is now’.
  • The second concept that I came across was ‘using your judgement much as one might in a spot-the-ball competition’ or ‘using your judgement much as you might in a spot-the-ball competition’ (Question eleven). I soon came to the understanding that ‘you’ is a persuasive technique that is utilised in writing whereas, the word ‘one’ is informal and should not be utilised in formal pieces of writing.

To ensure that I thoroughly understood these concepts for my second attempt of the quiz, I re-read these sections of the chapter and wrote out examples utilising these concepts to further illustrate meaning and understanding.

However, for this week’s online practical quiz, although I came across some minor difficulties in regards to some of the content that was covered and addressed, I found the multiple choice questions and the textbook reading to be very comprehensive which was significantly helpful towards my learning in regards to correct grammar and punctuation.

Week Six Blog

Practical (A) Activity: Practice Storify Article

Here is the link to my Storify account: https://storify.com/soph_nevison98

Practice Storify Article Reflection:

For me personally, this practical exercise was relatively easy and straight forward to complete. At first I did not fully understand the concept of redundancy when it came to this exercise and therefore found myself confused about how I was going to construct my story. After reading this week’s study materials I believe provided me with a clear understanding of the concept of redundancy and thus, assisted me with writing my story based on the content that I received from week four’s interview practical exercise.

Although I struggled with this task in the beginning I, however, strongly believe that this practical exercise has substantially assisted me with constructing and compiling a story based on quotes, images, and written information. I believe that this prior knowledge and skill will be of assistance when it comes to compiling our own story in assignment two.  

Practical (B) Activity: Storify Plan (Assignment Two)

As part of week three’s blog activities, we were required to decide on two possible events that we could attend in regards to our assignment two. The two events that I selected were Gladstone’s annual Botanic to Bridge and Gladstone’s annual Relay for Life. After considerable analysis of both events, the event that I have chosen to report on is Gladstone’s annual Relay for Life.

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One of the requirements as part of our assignment two is to create a story on Storify which would be based on the photos, videos, facts, and quotes that we obtain from our event coverage. However, to ensure that I produce an effective and inspiring story, the following questions must be thoroughly considered in the planning stage of my story. These questions are:

  • Who will the audience be?

I anticipate the audience of my Storify page to be:

  • Members of the Gladstone community
  • Participants of this year’s event and of previous years
  • Gladstone Mayor – Matt Burnett
  • Member for Gladstone – Glenn Butcher
  • COMM11007 peers and tutors
  • What might they learn about the event?

It is anticipated that from viewing my Storify page, the audience will learn the following aspect about Gladstone’s annual Relay for Life event:

  • Gladstone’s Relay for Life highlights the plight of cancer victims and survivors while raising vital funds for the Cancer Council’s ongoing research and prevention programs into the fight against cancer.
  • This event is a chance for the Gladstone community to recognise and to celebrate those who have survived cancer or are undergoing cancer treatment, as well as those people who have cared for loved ones who have been affected by cancer.
  • Each year Gladstone’s Relay for Life attracts strong community support with the united goal of finding a cure for cancer.
  • Gladstone’s annual Relay for Life has secured its position on the Gladstone annual event calendar due to its significance to the Gladstone region and community
  • How many teams and team members participated in this year’s event?
  • The total funds that was raised from this year’s event
  • The sponsors that have made this year’s event possible
  • What needs to be included that will make the story interesting or have an impact?

To ensure that this story is interesting or has an impact on the intended audience, the following aspects must be included in the story:

  • Why Gladstone’s annual Relay for Life is held each year?
  • The history behind Relay for Life. When the event first commenced and how long the Gladstone community has been participating in the event?
  • How much money was raised from this year’s event? Therefore, how the funds raised contribute towards the Cancer Council Queensland continuous research into cancer prevention programs, advanced cancer treatments, and treatment trials conducted by this foundation?
  • Quotes from attendees and event organisers – highlighting why they attended the event, and why they believe the Gladstone community continually each and every year shows their generous support for this local community event.
  • How will I structure the story

To ensure that I engage my audience from the beginning of my story, I have decided to structure my story in the following stages:

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  • I will commence my Storify page with a strong introduction lead sentence that clearly highlights the who, what, when, where, why, and how aspects of the event. This is following the concept of the inverted pyramid, when you commence with the most important information at the beginning. Consequently, this will attract and engage the audience. In doing so, I will incorporate appropriate tweets (photos and videos) from my twitter account that supports my strong introductory lead sentence
  • Then, throughout the story, I will incorporate and utilise appropriate photos, videos, quotes, and facts that I have obtained from my event coverage
  • To conclude the story I will provide a conclusion highlighting the significance and worth of the event to the Gladstone community.

In regards to my news story, I plan on taking the survivors and carers angle as I strongly believe that this angle would be most suitable considering the nature and scope of the event and thus, appeal to the intended audience.

  • Some of the styles that I do and do not like

From my observation in week five, I found numerous Storify article styles that I would like to incorporate for my Storify article in assignment two. As I have previously mentioned in last week’s Storify analysis, I took particular interest into the ABC’s Storify article on the reporting on the RIO 2016 Olympic Games. Reasoning for this was based on my assumption that the story complies information in the form of tweets and images to give the intended audience (for example, people interested in the Olympics and family members of athletes) regular up to date information about the progress of the Olympics. I believe that the use of tweets, images, and videos is an effective mechanism of attracting the audience.

Technical Activity: Online Practical Quiz #6  

When attempting the online practical quiz as part of week six’s blog requirements, I was overall satisfied with my attempts and results. I found this week’s content (spelling) to be very interesting to read and to engage with. Although this week’s chapter discussed the basics in regards to spelling, I however, found it very beneficial to re-cover these basics as I regularly get confused of the spelling of particular words like:

  • Stationary/stationery
  • Counsel/council
  • Practice/practise
  • To/too/two
  • Curb/kerb

Although I did not score 100% of my first attempt I, however, did understand the content that was covered and addressed in both the textbook reading and in the 10 multiple choice questions. What I believe let me down in my first attempt was that I did not fully understand the concepts of:

  • Which sentence demonstrates the correct use of the word principle or principal: ‘the principal requirement of good communication is writing’ or ‘the principle requirement of good communication is writing’ (Question nine). I soon came to the understanding that the word ‘principal’ referred to the principal of a school, and the word ‘principle’ referred to the truth or to a rule of something. However, I believe it was the way that the question was presented and worded was the thing that got me confused over these two words.
  • True or False: All nouns ending in ‘y’ takes ‘ies’ in the plural (Question eight). I was certain that the answer would be false but due to a lack of understanding lead me to selecting the incorrect answer.

To ensure that I thoroughly understood these concepts for my second attempt of the quiz, I re-read these sections of the chapter and wrote out examples utilising these concepts to further illustrate meaning and understanding.

In regards to question eight, I came up with the following examples:

  • When a word ends in a vowel (a,e,i,o,u) + y, then add s. An example of this scenario would be; boy/boys, journey/journeys, key/keys, and tray/trays.
  • When a words ends in a consonant + y, then the y changes to ies. An examples of this scenario would be; baby/babies, memory/memories, variety/varieties, country/countries, and responsibility/responsibilities.
  • When nouns end in ‘o’, these words can take the standard ‘s’. However, some words require an ‘e’ before the ‘s’. An example of this scenario would be; potato/potatoes, tomato/tomatoes, and go/goes.

However, for this week’s online practical quiz, although I came across some minor difficulties in regards to some of the content that was covered and addressed, I however, found the multiple choice questions and the textbook reading to be very comprehensive. Consequently, I believe this chapter has significantly helped towards my learning in regards to correct spelling and some of the techniques employed.

Week Seven Blog

Inquiry Activity: Chapter Eleven Summary

Chapter Eleven – Preparing Broadcast Copy

    • Broadcast based media (radio and television) is media that is written for the ears of the intended audience (Whitaker et al. 2012). Consequently, this form of media has its limitations in that the intended audience does not have the opportunity to review a particular news item or segment that they either missed or did not understand the full meaning behind the message (Whitaker et al. 2012). Thus, broadcast based media must be simpler than print based media to convey the meaning of the segment in a limited time frame (Whitaker et al. 2012). Consequently, this will enable the audience to be able to absorb the information as it is presented in front of them (Whitaker et al. 2012).
    • Print based media (newspapers and magazines) is media that is written for the eyes of the intended audience (Whitaker et al. 2012).
    • Broadcast based media must be written in a conversational manner and with the intended audience in mind (Whitaker et al. 2012). Considering these elements will enable the writer to tailor the media release to the target audience and ensuring that they understand the meaning behind the news segment (Whitaker et al. 2012).
    • In broadcast based media the clock is always ticking (Whitaker et al. 2012). Usually people will not listen to the full duration of a news program due to the busy lifestyles that people live in and due to an individual’s short attention span (Whitaker et al. 2012). Consequently, if the news segments goes on for too long then people may walk away (Whitaker et al. 2012). Therefore, news reports must ensure that they reveal their news agenda in short broadcast releases to ensure that they maintain the listeners/viewers full devoted attention (Whitaker et al. 2012).
    • When writing for broadcast based media, reporters should avoid the utilisation of past tense terminology (Whitaker et al. 2012). Reasoning for this is based on the theory that events are occurring now (Whitaker et al. 2012). Broadcast based media differentiated from print based media in the perspective that journalists are reporting on occasions that are happening now, have happened, or are going to occur (Whitaker et al. 2012).
    • Print based media should utilise the concept of the inverted pyramid when it comes to publishing print media (Whitaker et al. 2012). This involves placing the important aspects at the beginning (who, what, when, where, why, and how) then followed by information related to importance (Whitaker et al. 2012). Adopting to this methodology will ensure that the journalist maintains the reader’s attention during and throughout the media release (Whitaker et al. 2012).
    • In broadcast based media, tight writing is a must due to the limited time frame that is available and allocated (Whitaker et al. 2012). However, in print based media, journalists should learn to write to the length that is available for use (Whitaker et al. 2012).
    • Broadcast based media should have rhythm, cadence, and an ordered flow (Whitaker et al. 2012).
    • Broadcast based media is more informal than print based media (Whitaker et al. 2012).

The three (3) types of broadcast based media leads:

  1. Single-act leads: telling who did something, what happened, or when something occurred (Whitaker et al. 2012).
  2. Umbrella or Comprehensive leads: this ties together related events and incidents (Whitaker et al. 2012).
  3. Chronological Narrative leads: describes events stretched over time, either by telling the first thing that happened and carrying the story to the ending, or telling the latest happening in a series of events before going back to the beginning (Whitaker et al. 2012).
    • Soft leads: the gradual easing into the story and should grab the listeners and viewers attention (Whitaker et al. 2012). This methodology is an effective mechanism in creating a change of pace within the media segment (Whitaker et al. 2012). In saying this, in any form of media writing, do not crowd the lead sentence with too much information, do not commence the agenda with a question, and do not lead with numbers or figures (Whitaker et al. 2012). As suggested by Whitaker et al. (2012) these methodologies of writing will not be absorbed by the intended audience.
  • Both forms of media should avoid the utilisation of long descriptive clauses where possible (Whitaker et al. 2012).
  • Broadcast based media utilises contractions more often than print based media (Whitaker et al. 2012).
  • In both forms of media writing, be careful of utilising colourful language (Whitaker et al. 2012).

Practical Activity: Short Broadcast Script

As part of week four’s blog requirements, we were tasked to interview two people that we knew and write a short news report using their speech. For this week’s blog requirements, we have been assigned the task to write that news story as a short broadcast audio-visual script (make it suitable for broadcast based media). For this task I decided to use a two-column script that included the audio and visual component of each scene as the visuals will further illustrate and re-emphasise the words that are being spoken.

Audio (the agenda – what is being said)

Visual (supporting material)

Reporter: Central Queensland University student Sophie Nevison recently conducted a survey asking members of the Gladstone community some of life’s values. Have shot of the reporter standing with Sophie Nevison outside the CQU North Rockhampton campus.
Reporter: Mother to Sophie Nevison, wife to Carl Nevison, and part-time chef Debbie Nevison was diagnosed with stage one breast cancer in 2015.

 

 

Have the camera focused on the reporter and Debbie while being interviewed outside the Gladstone Mater hospital.

 

 

 

Debbie SOT: I began valuing and appreciating each and every day that I had alongside my family and friend. The continual support and love from my daughter and husband made the last fourteen months easier. Have footage of Carl, Debbie and Sophie together at a family outing.
Reporter: Debbie said that knowing that at the end of each day she had a supportive and caring environment to come home to made the last couple of months while enduring seventeen rounds of Herceptin, six weeks of radiation and four rounds of chemotherapy a lot easier. Footage of Debbie having a round of treatment at the Gladstone Mater Hospital.
Reporter: Father to Sophie Nevison, husband to Debbie Nevison and full-time electrical Carl Nevison said the health and wellbeing of himself and of his family is extremely important to Carl. Have the camera focused on the reported and Carl while being interviewed outside his work office.
Carl SOT: Adapting to a healthy lifestyle will enable myself, my wife and my daughter to live a happy and healthy life, ensuring that we live life to the fullest and achieve our lifelong ambitious as a family. Have footage of the family together at lunch.
Reporter: Carl said after his wife’s battle with breast cancer in 2015 has highlighted the worth and importance of a supportive, caring, and loving family and to treasure each day that we have together as the future is always uncertain. Have footage of Debbie, Carl and Sophie together at the Gladstone Mater hospital with Debbie receiving a round of treatment.

Technical Activity: Online Practical Quiz #7

When attempting the online practical quiz as part of week seven’s blog requirements, I was overall satisfied with my attempts and results. I found this week’s content (words) to be very interesting to read and to engage with. Although this week’s chapter discussed the basics in regards to the principles of words I, however, found it very beneficial to re-cover the basics in regards to understanding posh words, vogue words, and words with two possible meanings.

Although I did not score 100% of my first attempt I, however, did understand most of the content that was covered and addressed in both the textbook reading and in the ten multiple choice questions. What I believe let me down in my first attempt was that I did not fully understand the concept of:

  • Which of the following is not a cliché, according to the Times online study guide as noted in Hicks (p. 140) (Question ten). In my first attempt I could not come to the understanding of what the word cliché meant. After conducting some research before my second attempt of the quiz, I soon came to the understanding that clichés are words that are often overused and thus, should be avoided in media writing. Consequently, the most correct and suitable answer out of the selection criteria was ‘said’.

For this week’s online practical quiz, although I came across some minor difficulties in regards to some of the content that was covered and addressed, I however, found the multiple choice questions and the textbook reading to be very comprehensive. Consequently, I believe this chapter has significantly helped towards my learning in regards to concepts such as posh words, vogue words, and words with two possible meanings as I believe these are essential elements to remember and to employ in media writing.

Reference List

Whitaker, W.R., Ramsey, J.E., & Smith, R.D. (2012). MediaWriting: Print, Broadcast, and Public Relations (4th Edition). New York, New York, USA: Routledge.

Week Eight Blog

Practical Activity: Media Release

MEDIA RELEASE

2 June

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FAKECOMICCON INVESTIGATES INCIDENT

FakeComicCon continue to work with authorities to investigate a knife incident that broke out today involving 40 cosplayers at the Brisbane Convention Centre.

Eight people have been taken to Royal Brisbane Hospital with severe stab wounds to their arms and hands, while two people remain in a critical condition.

FakeComicCon CEO Casey Smith said our immediate thoughts are with those who have been injured and their families.

“FakeComicCon has run for three years in Brisbane without incidents, providing a place for players to come and meet like-minded people,” Mr Smith said.

Witness Jack Sutherland said he heard screaming and thought people were acting until they began calling for help.

“The two people I looked after had stab wounds to their arms and hands, and one had really bad scratches on their face,” Mr Sutherland said.

It was alleged that real knives from the wolverine costumes were used during the outbreak.

Witnesses said the fight continued for 20 minutes before security broke it up.

Queensland Police Service spokesperson said we’re had a serious incident here today with a number of people injured.

“We have arrested four people on a range of charges related to weapons and assault,” the spokesperson said.

Mr Smith said an incident such as this is not in the spirit of our event.

“FakeComicCon will continue to work with relevant authorities to investigate this incident to ensure it is not repeated in future events,” Mr Smith said.

Technical Activity: Online Practical Quiz #8

When attempting the online practical quiz as part of week eight’s blog requirements, I was overall satisfied with my attempts and results. I found this week’s content (figures) to be very interesting to read and to engage with. Although this week’s chapter discussed the basics in regards to the correct utilisation of figures when constructing sentences I, however, found it very beneficial to re-cover these basics as I sometimes get confused on how to correctly write a span of dates. For example, when writing the duration of world war one I would write 1914-1918 instead of 1914-18 as the textbook suggests.

Although I did not score 100% of my first attempt I, however, did understand the most of content that was covered and addressed in both the textbook reading and in the ten multiple choice questions. What I believe let me down in my first attempt was that I did not fully understand the concepts of:

  • Poll results always make an accurate and interesting basis for a story (Question nine). When I initially came across this question I assumed that the correct answer would be true. After conducting some minor research I soon came to the understanding that journalists should consider how reliable the data is and what the data presents before utilising this information to write a news story. In this scenario the correct answer must be false.
  • It is acceptable to use phrases such as ‘a substantial number’, ‘a significant majority’, ‘a large proportion’ and ‘a high percentage’ (Question ten). When I initially came across this question I assumed that the correct answer would be true. After re-reading this section of the textbook I soon came to the understanding that these types of phrases should be avoided in all forms of writing. This is because such phrases are considered empty and unnecessary words. In this scenario the correct answer would be false.

Although I came across some minor difficulties in regards to some of the content that was covered and addressed, I found the multiple choice questions and the textbook reading to be very comprehensive. I strongly believe that this week’s chapter was significantly helpful towards my learning in regards to utilising correct figures when constructing sentences.

Week Nine Blog

Inquiry Activity: Review a Newsletter

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As part of this week’s blog tasks we were required to visit the IUCN-SSC Crocodile Specialist Group (CSG) website and review a newsletter of interest. This website gives information in the form of newsletters, reports, action plans and newsletters to be reviewed by the general public.

For this newsletter analysis I chose to review the CSG Action Plan 2010 Gavialis Gangeticus. This newsletter can be located here: http://www.iucncsg.org/365_docs/attachments/protarea/23_G-6764939a.pdf

The following questions should be considered in your analysis:

  • What kinds of stories are in the newsletter?

The CSG Action Plan 2010 Gavialis Gangeticus newsletter primarily discusses the following aspects:

  • Detailed background information about the Gavialis Gangeticus
  • Where the Gavialis Gangeticus originated from
  • Some of the threats that the Gavialis Gangeticus faces today within its habitat
  • Information about breeding
  • The Gavialis Gangeticus current habitat
  • Where the Gavialis Gangeticus is currently extinct within the world
  • Its ecology and behaviour

The below image (taken from the newsletter) clearly illustrates where the Gavialis Gangeticus crocodile is currently extinct within the world. The Gavialis Gangeticus crocodile is currently extinct in Nepal, Bhutan, Pakistan and Myanmar.

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  • How do these target the organisation’s audience?

From reading this newsletter on the Gavialis Gangeticus I believe that the author is targeting animal conservationists and people who are interested in Gavialis Gangeticus history and research (some names where mentioned throughout the newsletter).

The author has achieved this by highlighting the extent to which this crocodile is endangered within its habitat by explicitly mentioning the threats that the Gavialis Gangeticus faces within its current ecosystem. The author of this newsletter also clearly articulates that more surveys and research is required on the Gavialis Gangeticus so animal conservationists can better understand how to prevent the Gavialis Gangeticus extinction into the future.

  • If you were a science journalist, is there anything you may be interest in following up as a story, and why?

If I were a science journalists I would like to conduct further research into why the Gavialis Gangeticus has a growth on the tip of its snout. Some questions I would like to answer as part of the research would be:

  • How did the growth come about?
  • Is the growth just on male Gavialis Gangeticus or is it also on female Gavialis Gangeticus?

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However, in regards to this newsletter I believe that a good follow up story could be how research has further progressed on conserving the Gavialis Gangeticus. In a few years’ time the IUCN-SSC Crocodile Specialist Group (CSG) could publish an updated version of the newsletter and give detailed information as to whether the organisation have seen a reduction in the number of Gavialis Gangeticus from being extinct within their habitat and around the world.

  • What do you think is effective or otherwise about this newsletter?

I personally believe that the formatting of text, the use of graphics and captioned images was effectively utilised, making it easy to read and gave context to the information provided in the newsletter. I particularly liked how this newsletter utilised the KISS (keep it short and simple) method as this ensured that all information included was relevant to the topic of discussion.

Technical Activity: Online Practical Quiz #9

When attempting the online practical quiz as part of week nine’s blog requirements, I was overall satisfied with my attempts and results. I found this week’s content (punctuation) to be very interesting to read and to engage with. Although this week’s chapter discussed the basics in regards to the correct utilisation of punctuation when structuring sentences I, however, found it very beneficial to re-cover these basics as I regularly utilise commas, semicolons, direct and indirect quotes incorrectly when structuring my sentences.

Although I did not score 100% of my first attempt I, however, did understand most of the content that was covered and addressed in both the textbook reading and in the ten multiple choice questions. What I believe let me down in my first attempt was that I did not fully understand the concepts of:

  • Which sentence is the most correctly punctuated sentence: a) the guard however said that the cat run away, b) the guard, however said the cat run away, c) the guard, however, said the cat run away, d) the guard however, said the cat run away. (Question three). At first I thought that the correct answer was: d) the guard however, said the cat run away. I soon came to the understanding that ‘however’ is a word that needs to be marked off from words that are surrounding it. In this scenario the correct answer would be: c) the guard, however, said that cat run away.
  • Which sentence is the most correctly punctuated sentence: a) he said ‘punctuation is difficult’, b) he said, ‘punctuation is difficult.’ c) he said: ‘punctuation is difficult.’ d) he said ‘punctuation is difficult’. (Question six). Initially I came to the conclusion that the correct answer was: b) he said, ‘punctuation is difficult.’ I soon came to the understanding that a ‘colon’ should be utilised to introduce full-sentence quotes. As the quote is a complete sentence, the full-stop is placed within the quotation marks. In this scenario the correct answer would be: c) he said: ‘punctuation is difficult.
  • A dash and a hyphen are the same thing (Question nine). At first I thought the correct answer would be true as I initially assumed that they were the same. After conducting some minor research I soon came to the understanding that a dash is utilised to mark a strong pause, emphasise, or a change in speech direction. A hyphen indicates a connection to or within a word, or an interruption. Therefore, the correct answer must be false.

To ensure that I thoroughly understood these concepts for my second attempt of the quiz, I re-read these sections of the chapter and wrote out examples utilising these concepts to further illustrate meaning and understanding.

However, for this week’s online practical quiz, although I came across some minor difficulties in regards to some of the content that was covered and addressed, I found the multiple choice questions and the textbook reading to be very comprehensive. I strongly believe that this week’s chapter was significantly helpful towards my learning in regards to utilising correct punctuation when constructing sentences.

Week Ten Blog

Practical Activity #1: Photo Essay

The below photo essay aims to tell a collective story about Gladstone’s Relay for Life event in 2016.

p1Saturday 30th July 2016: Gladstone’s 12th annual Relay for Life is underway at 11 Paterson Street.

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Saturday 30th July 2016: Members of the Gladstone community joined in arms as a united front to show their support for those people who are currently suffering from cancer, those who have passed away and those who have survived.

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Saturday 30th July 2016: Natasha Mangu, Ruvimbo Mativre, Kaylee Steele and Niamh Clements were among the 700 participants registered in this year’s event.

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Saturday 30th July 2016: Hundreds of participants took to the track on Saturday afternoon with some dressed in superhero costumes featuring Batman and Superman.

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Saturday 30th July 2016: Arlene Kirk and Debbie Nevison were among the ‘real superheros’ who took part in the carers and survivors lap of honour.

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Saturday 30th July 2016: Sophie Nevison and Kaylee Steele was just two of the many keen ‘relayers’ who said the event gave hope to those still fighting cancer and provided a beautiful memorial and time of reflection for those who have lost their battle against cancer.

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Saturday 30th July 2016: Several ‘relayers’ continued to test their endurance well into the evening to raise vital funds for the Cancer Council’s continuous research to one day find a cure for cancer.

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Saturday 30th July 2016: As night fell, those who had lost their battle against cancer were remembered and honoured in a moving candle light ceremony by sending a heart-warming message of support to those families who have lost loved ones to cancer.

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Sunday 31st July 2016: Organiser’s hailed this year’s event as another successful fundraising community event. Through the Gladstone community’s generous donations this year’s Relay for Life was able to raise over $92,000. All proceeds raised will contribute to the Cancer Council Queensland’s continuous research into new prevention programs and advanced cancer treatment trials.

Practical Activity #2: Review Headlines (from week eight)

As part of this week’s blog requirements, we were assigned the task to come up with three (3) alternative headlines for the media release that we wrote as part of week eight’s blog requirements. The original headline: FakeComicCon Investigates Incident.

According to Whitaker, Ramsey & Smith (2012) headlines must be able to accurately summarise the key aspects of the news story and be written in a manner that catches the reader’s attention. Taking this into consideration, three alternative headlines for this news article could be:

Headline #1Investigations continue after two people remain in a critical condition after a fight broke out at FakeComicCon.

I believe that this could be a possible headline for the media release as I believe it attracts the reader to the news article. The news headline also clearly and accurately informs the reader of the repercussions of the fight outbreak and by placing emphasise on the two individuals who were injured as a result of the outbreak. The headline would also suggest that the article would be classified as soft news and a human interest story.

Headline #2Four people arrested after a fight escalated at FakeComicCon.

I believe that this could be a possible headline for the media release as I believe it attracts the reader to the news article. The news headline also gives the reader a clear sense and understanding of the repercussions of the fight outbreak. The headlines also gives the perception that authorities are looking to condemn and prevent this kind of incident from happening in future FakeComicCon events by eliminating the individuals who caused the outbreak.

Headline #3Authorities continue to investigate the cause of a knife incident at FakeComicCon.

I believe that this could be a possible headline for the media release as it clearly explains to the reader of the current course of action that has been taken by authorities in the response to the outbreak at FakeComicCon. The headline also gives the perception that authorities are looking to condemn and prevent this kind of incident from happening in future FakeComicCon events.

Technical Activity: Online Practical Quiz #10

When attempting the online practical quiz as part of week ten’s blog requirements, I was overall satisfied with my attempts and results. I found this week’s content (punctuation) interesting to read and to engage with. Although this week’s chapter discussed the basics in regards to the correct utilisation of punctuation when structuring sentences I, however, found it very beneficial to re-cover these basics as I regularly utilise commas, semicolons, direct and indirect quotes incorrectly when structuring my sentences.

Although I did not score 100% of my first attempt I, however, did understand most of the content that was covered and addressed in both the textbook reading and in the ten multiple choice questions. What I believe let me down in my first attempt was that I did not fully understand the concepts of:

  • Thomas has bought three goats from the market. Which is the incorrectly punctuated sentence a) Thomas’s goats are coming home from the market, b) Thomas’ goats are coming home from the market, c) Thomases goats are coming home from the market, d) Thomas goats are coming home from the market (Question five). At first I thought that the correct answer was a) Thomas’s goats are coming home from the market. However, I soon came to the realisation that options a, b and c are acceptable for singular and plural nouns ending in ‘s’. Therefore, the correct answer must be d) Thomas goats are coming home from the market.
  • An ellipsis is used to indicate something has been shortened within a sentence (Question six). When I came across this question I didn’t know what an ellipsis was as it is not something that I regular use in my writing. After conducting some research I soon came to the understanding that an ellipsis is used to indicate something has been removed from a sentence which is indicated by three dots (…). An ellipsis can also be used to mark a pause or to link information within a sentence. Therefore, the correct answer must be false.

To ensure that I thoroughly understood these concepts for my second attempt of the quiz, I re-read these sections of the chapter and wrote out examples using these concepts to further illustrate meaning and understanding.

However, for this week’s online practical quiz, although I came across some minor difficulties in regards to some of the content that was covered and addressed I, however, found the multiple choice questions and the textbook reading to be very comprehensive. I strongly believe that this week’s chapter was significantly helpful towards my learning in regards to utilising correct punctuation when constructing sentences.

Reference List

Whitaker, W.R., Ramsey, J.E., & Smith, R.D. (2012). MediaWriting: Print, Broadcast, and Public Relations (4th Edition). New York, New York, USA: Routledge.

Week Eleven Blog

Inquiry Activity: Read and Review Newspaper Article

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This news article can be located here: http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/woman-stuck-under-train-at-eagle-junction-train-station-brisbane/news-story/3fdffc6978a2cb47b0461d1dbb1177ad

The Courier Mail article, ‘Woman stuck under train at Eagle Junction Train Station, Brisbane’ informs the reader of a woman who has sustained lower leg injuries from being stuck under a train in Brisbane (O’Brien 2016).

To be honest, I had difficulty reading this news article and found that I had to read it numerous times before I developed a clear understanding of what the article was discussing. This was due to the underlying principle that there was substantial evidence of bad structure. In contrast, the article is redundant and repetitive in the sense that the author has not moved the story forward in specific sections of the article. Consequently, the article does not adhere to or address the inverted pyramid concept. I believe that if the author was to use this concept, would have enabled the article to read fluently and make sense to the reader.

For instance, the articles lead paragraph states that, ‘a woman had been injured after becoming stuck under a train at a railway station in Brisbane’ followed by ’emergency services are working to free a woman from under a train on Brisbane’s north side’ (O’Brien 2016). The sections that I have underlined in both sentences clearly highlights the concept of redundancy where the author has repeated the same idea and or concept in two different sentences.

The article also transitions between past and present tense continuously. For example, ‘Emergency services are working to free a woman from under a train…’ (Present tense). ‘A woman, believed to be in her 30s, was caught under the train…’ (Past tense).

Furthermore, this newspaper article includes specific sentences and phrases that I believe would cause misunderstanding by some readers. For example, ‘The incident is already having a flow on rail commuters travelling through the region’. To me this specific phrase is irrelevant and thus, the author should of used something as simple as ‘rail commuters should expect delays…’.

In addition, I believe the newspaper article could of been more effective if the last sentences of ‘police said they are treating the incident as one of self-harm’ was not included (O’Brien 2016). To me this sentence has no value to the story and does not meet the inverted pyramid guidelines.

However, this newspaper article sometimes meets and addresses the guidelines for reporting a death from self-harm as set by the Mindframe National Media Initiative. The organisation’s website on reporting suicide can be located here: http://www.mindframe-media.info/for-media/reporting-suicide

Mindframe National Media Initiative clearly outlines the following recommendations when reporting a suicide death:

  • Decide whether to report on a suicide death (Mindframe National Media Initiative 2014)

The news reporter needs to ensure and confirm that the death is a result of self-harm, obtain consent from appropriate personnel to name the deceased and assess if it is a public interest story (Mindframe National Media Initiative 2014). In the light of the news article the author has not mentioned the woman’s name, instead referring to her as ‘a woman, believed to be in her 30s…. (O’Brien 2016). This would suggest that the author has not obtained consent from appropriate personnel to release the women’s name to the general public.

The last sentence of the newspaper article says ‘police are treating the incident as one of self-harm’. To me this would suggest that the incident has not been confirmed and thus, believe that this sentence shouldn’t have been included in the newspaper article.

  • Reduce the prominence of the story (Mindframe National Media Initiative 2014)

According to Mindframe National Media Initiative, stories of self-harm usually attract the attention of people who may be vulnerable to act in the same way, increasing their risk of attempts (Mindframe National Media Initiative 2014). In the light of the news article the author has listed the names and contact numbers of some support services on the bottom of the article that people reading the article could contact if they are affected by this situation or whether the they have concerns themselves about self-harm.

  • Modify or remove information that may increase risk (Mindframe National Media Initiative 2014)

News reporters should limit and restrict the content and details of the death relating to self-harm (Mindframe National Media Initiative 2014). The author should also be mindful of including or incorporating disturbing images in their news article (Mindframe National Media Initiative 2014). In the light of the news article the author has not revealed any specifics in relation to how the incident unfolded, instead revealing that ‘emergency services are working to free a woman stuck under a train as a result of self-harm’ (O’Brien 2016). However, the newspaper article revealed the location of where the incident occurred.

  • Take care when interviewing family and friends of the casualty (Mindframe National Media Initiative 2014)

Mindframe National Media Initiative suggests that people who are grieving (family, friends and people who knew the victim) may also become vulnerable to self-harm attempts and therefore, may not be in the state of mind to be interviewed by news reporters (Mindframe National Media Initiative 2014). In the light of the news article the author has made no attempt to interview any friends or family members of the woman involved in the incident. This would suggest that the author is respecting the privacy of those individuals who are related or connected to the woman.

Practical Activity: Rewrite Newspaper Article

A woman, believed to be in her 30s, has been taken to Royal Brisbane Hospital in a serious conditions after being trapped under a train in Brisbane.

The incident occurred just after 12pm on Wednesday at the Eagle Junction railway station.

A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesperson said the woman was conscious and had sustained lower leg injuries.

Rail commuters should expect delays, with Brisbane Airport and Doomben services experiencing delays of up to 40 minutes.

Technical Activity: Online Practical Quiz #11

When attempting the online practical quiz test as part of week eleven’s blog requirements, I was satisfied with my attempt and result. I found this week’s content (style) interesting to read and to engage with. Although this week’s chapter discussed the basics in regards to implementing correct style in writing I, however, found it every beneficial to re-cover this as I believe these concepts will enable me to further enhance my writing ability now and into the future.

For this week’s online practical quiz test I did not encounter or come across any difficulties in regards to the test questions or with understanding the content that was covered in this week’s reading. For me personally, I found all of the multiple choice questions to be relatively easy comprehensive questions as the content and questions came directly from the textbook.

Reference List

Mindframe National Media Initiative 2014, Reporting suicide: a quick guide for the media, viewed 23 September 2016, http://www.mindframe-media.info/for-media/reporting-suicide?a=10012 

O’Brien, C 2016, ‘Woman stuck under train at Eagle Junction Train Station, Brisbane’, The Courier Mail, 10 September, viewed 23 September 2016, http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/woman-stuck-under-train-at-eagle-junction-train-station-brisbane/news-story/3fdffc6978a2cb47b0461d1dbb1177ad

Week Twelve Blog

Inquiry Activity: Reflect On Learning Journey

As part of this week’s blog requirements, we were assigned the task to evaluate and reflect on our learning journey throughout this semester. Some questions to consider in the reflection were:

  • What have you learned this term?

This term has been an eye opener for me in regards to being introduced to new concepts and terminology in media writing. However, some of the main aspects that I learned throughout the last 12 weeks has been:

  • The ability to correctly structure a media release (using the inverted pyramid concept)
  • The KISS concept
  • Style and punctuation for news writing
  • The ability to correctly use direct and indirect quotes in a media release
  • The skills required to interview people for a media release and how to incorporate their speech in a media release
  • The different media platforms for publication. In particular, twitter and storify
  • The different between print and broadcast media
  • What did you find most beneficial about the course?

For me personally, the most beneficial aspect about the course was the weekly tutorials conducted by Aaron. I found the tutorials lessons effective as I believe I have been able to discover a new side of my writing and have developed some long life skills that I believe will enable me to further enhance my writing now and into the future. Also having that one on one communication with Aaron every Wednesday I believe enabled me to further enhance my writing ability through his guidance. In addition, this course has taught me some of the essential skills such as the inverted pyramid concept, direct and indirect quotes and introducing the speaker, which I am so ever grateful for. If I do not become a news reported or journalists down the track I’m sure that I will be able to use some of the techniques employed into media writing in whatever career path I end up selecting.

  • What was most challenging?

For me personally, the most challenging aspect about the course was writing media releases for print and broadcast as this was a new concept to me. Having never before been introduced to media writing I initially though that I would struggle, however, week by week I slowly developed some of the necessary skills like the inverted pyramid, direct and indirect quotes through Aaron’s weekly tutorials. Towards the end of the term I was able to see a big improvement in my ability to write for media.

  • Has the course changed the way you practice or think about media writing? How/why not?

I believe that this course has definitely changed the way that I now think about media writing. Before I commenced this course I did not take much notice to the media and for this reason I had limited knowledge about the media writing profession, however, I believe that the weekly tutorial activities provided me with a new outlook to the media writing profession and thus, has engaged me with media writing. At the beginning of the term I was not particularly interested in writing for media, however, I now thoroughly enjoy writing media releases and thus, have considered journalism or new reporting as a possible career path.

Practical Activity:

From the feedback that I received in assignment one (blog draft) it was evident that I had minor errors in style and punctuation for media writing, grammar and punctuation in general and current and past tense terminology. In response to the constructive feedback that I received for my efforts in assignment one I have revised my blog and have made slight adjustments to week four’s news report, week seven’s broadcast audio script, week eight’s media release and week eleven’s newspaper article to ensure that my tense is correct, general grammar and punctuation is correct and that my media writing style is consistent across all blog tasks for my final submission.

In the process, I have checked my work against the blog checklist and feel satisfied that I have meet and adhered to all task requirements for each individual blog activities stretching from week’s one to twelve.

Technical Activity:

As part of this week’s blog requirements we were required to evaluate and reflect on our experience with this term’s online practical quiz tests. Throughout this course I personally found week two’s grammar rules, week five’s punctuation and week six’s spelling to be very beneficial towards my learning. Before I commenced this course I consistently had errors in my punctuation and grammar. I believe that through the completion of the weekly online practical quiz tests I have been able to further develop my writing skills and capability and thus, correctly implement these key elements into my writing.

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