W12 Inquiry: A time for reflection

When taking the opportunity to reflect on the COMM11007 learning experience, there are a few stand-out areas that I feel my skills and knowledge have been developed substantially.

First of all, when staring at a blank page wondering where to start, I now know to start by writing the words ‘who’, ‘when’, ‘where’, ‘what’, ‘why’ and ‘how’ – everything else will begin to flow from there.I also learnt that I need to be conscious of writing more succinctly. If the same thing can be said in less words, why use more? I have also noticed I have a tendency for pretentious words – there’s really no need for them.

While I have learned that I need to have more confidence in myself and my writing ability, I have also learnt that journalism is NOT the career for me. I would hate nothing more than to be out interviewing people everyday.

I believe the most beneficial element of this course was learning the foundational structures of media writing. As a grants coordinator constantly writing grant applications, I have found I can apply the inverted pyramid structure approach to written grant applications and business cases. As a result, my key points are being better understood and my grant application success rate has improved.

The course also presented challenges. The practical aspects of this course were very challenging. I am introverted so even interviewing two of my friends was quite a struggle. Similarly, the Twitter element of assessment two caused me a lot of stress. I was thankful the event was over.

The course changed the way I think about media writing. Having previously worked in my current employer’s communications unit, I was the Council’s Newsletter editor (probably because I was the only person that knew how to use Publisher relatively well). If I could go back and apply some of the principles I learn in this course I would!


Author: Hil Sinfield

Business and professional communication specialist.

1 thought on “W12 Inquiry: A time for reflection”

  1. Hilary, that’s pretty awesome that you’ve been able to apply some things you have learned in this course to your work. And even better that you have found yourself a start point with the 5Ws and H.


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