W2 Tech: A quick grammar rule quiz

Figure 1: The Rule Book. Source: KC Communication (2011).

This week we were asked to undertake a quick quiz on the topic of ‘Grammar Rules’. While I believe my grammar isn’t atrocious, I was thankful to see unlimited quiz attempts were available.

In preparation for the quiz I read Hick’s (2013) ‘Chapter Two – Grammar: the rules’ and while doing so memories of primary school English came flooding back. Some of the rules I knew while some of the rules gave me the feeling that I know very little about the English language at all. Continue reading “W2 Tech: A quick grammar rule quiz”

W2 Inquiry: What’s trending on Twitter today?


Figure 1: Twittering. Source: The Website Marketing Group (2016).

Communication and the available channels of communicating continues to grow with the increased use of social media sites. Journalists and communication professionals often harvest the information available on social media sites as the information is instant and direct from the source. Interestingly, Twitter’s mission statement highlights this point:

“To give everyone the power to create and share ideas and information instantly, without barriers’.(Twitter 2016).

With 310 million active users every month and 79% of accounts belonging to members out side of the United States (Twitter 2016), it is certainly a valuable source for any communication professional. Continue reading “W2 Inquiry: What’s trending on Twitter today?”

W2 Prac: A Twitter tidy-up

I created a Twitter account back in 2014. Its had very little use since its creation so when I read that this course required me to create a Twitter account it was an easy decision to simply clean-up my current account.

After deleting the Kim Kardashians etc or the world, updating my profile picture, deleting the few tweets I had mostly featuring holiday snaps and adding approximately 35 different journals and media outlets the newsfeed soon became really interesting.

My new and improved Twitter account may finally get some use!

Pop over and add me! >> https://twitter.com/sinfield_hilary


W1 Inquiry: Horses for courses: a media style for every purpose

Scenic racecourse
Figure 1: Racing Horses (n.d.) Source: The Yorkshire Dales Trail

Newsworthiness is paramount in today’s media landscape to promote the outlet’s brand, personality and style. As Hicks (2013) explains, the media industry is highly competitive so each piece of media communication must portray the style of the media organisation while adhering to the genre of the media piece. Undertaking a comparative exercise on pieces can highlight these stylistic differences. For example, a comparison between The Queensland Cabinet and Ministerial Directory (QCMD) Media Statement (2016) and Davidson’s 2016 article published in the Gold Coast Bulletin Online demonstrates the following variations in style.  Continue reading “W1 Inquiry: Horses for courses: a media style for every purpose”

W1 Tech: “Is this a trick question?”

Everything about the last couple of weeks before a new term starts is exciting. The day your new, never-been-read textbook arrives in the mail, the day the course schedule and assessment tasks become public and, finally, the day the course goes live on Moodle.

But then, everything about the first week of a new term is overwhelming. Realising the mountain of work that you are expected to tackle, realising the assessment tasks are actually somewhat more challenging than you initially thought and realising you won’t be taking a weekend off for another twelve weeks. Continue reading “W1 Tech: “Is this a trick question?””

W1 Prac: A short intro

LinkedinHello and welcome to ‘Hilary Sinfield COMM11007: Hilary Sinfield S0262624’, a blog designed to meet the requirements of Central Queensland University’s Term Two 2016 Media Writing (COMM11007) Course. Please visit often and leave comments.

My name is Hilary Sinfield and I live in Katherine, Northern Territory. I work full-time for a Local Government Organisation that services many very remote Aboriginal Communities in the region. My exciting work-life coupled with amazing places to explore on weekends including the Kimberleys, Kakadu and Nitmiluk NPs means that this former Sydney-sider now loves calling ‘The Territory’ home. Continue reading “W1 Prac: A short intro”