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!