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. Continue reading “W12 Inquiry: A time for reflection”

W11 Inquiry: An opportunity to consider what is ‘bad’

Through-out this term we have been guided through examples of what ‘good’ media writing looks like. I feel this has equipped me with some useful foundational tools. As we near the end of term we are now being provided the opportunity to look at some ‘bad’ examples of media writing – which is often humorous.

 This week we looked at a Courier Times piece >> http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/woman-stuck-under-train-at-eagle-junction-train-station-brisbane/news-story/3fdffc6978a2cb47b0461d1dbb1177ad

 I found the following problems with this piece: Continue reading “W11 Inquiry: An opportunity to consider what is ‘bad’”

W9 Inquiry: Reviewing a newsletter

I love a good newsletter. Whenever I need to wait in a waiting room, I always look to see if the organisation has a newsletter. I believe it provides an interesting insight into what the organisation feels is important, newsworthy and the types of events they like to celebrate.

Image: What a Croc (2016). Source: Booktopia.

When reading through week’s activity, I was  excited about the task at hand. Who doesn’t love a good crocodile story? The NT News certainly does. So I followed the link provided to the Crocodile Specialist Group’s website (2016) and located the latest Crocodile Specialist Group Newsletter.

I undertook the following analysis:

What kinds of stories are in the newsletter?

The newsletter commences with information about how one can subscribe to the publication and the level of sponsorships available for people to donate. The stories start with an editorial that opens with some sad news of a member then moves through to good news and recent industry updates.  The editorial is followed by information about an assistance grant that is available and a crocodile attack that occurred in Iran. The minutes of the CSG Steering Committee are placed next filling seven of the 32 pages of the newsletter.  A recount of the 24th CSG Working meeting begins to provide  a personal feel to the newsletter as it includes photographs of members of this association. The regional reports come next and  provide interesting stories and photos of the work and achievements of members across the globe including Venezuela, Colombia, USA and Germany. The newsletter closes with recent industry publications that may be of interest to the newsletter’s audience.

Continue reading “W9 Inquiry: Reviewing a newsletter”

W7 Inquiry: Broadcast & print-based media comparative exercise

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Image: Teleprompt (2016) Source: Speakeasy Teleprompt

Week seven has a strong focus on writing for speech. Who would have thought it be so different to print media? Whitaker, Ramsey and Smith’s (2012) suggestion to stop and listen to a newsreader certainly highlighted that sentences are shorter, language is simpler and there is a slight inclination towards a more conversational tone when compared to print-based news stories.

 After reading Whitaker, Ramsey and Smith’s(2012)  Chapter 11 Preparing Broadcasting Copy, I made the following summary. Continue reading “W7 Inquiry: Broadcast & print-based media comparative exercise”

W5 Inquiry: An Instagram Investigation

Image 1: Instagram logo Source: Google Play (2016)

After Facebook, Instagram is my go to social media site. Instagram appeals to me because I enjoy the mixture of seeing my friends and family’s photos while also having the ability to search hashtags for the latest trends. If there is a news event or a celebrity that interests me, I always try to Instagram it. In addition, who wouldn’t love a social media site that allows the application of filters to make even the most mediocre of photos look professional?

Instagram is a social media site that describes itself as a community of more than 500 million who capture and share the world’s moments (Instagram 2016). The photo sharing site allows users to upload a photo with a caption and add hashtags in order to make the photo searchable. Expanding Horizons (2016) suggests that Instagram has 300 million active daily users and that users span across many nations and age groups. Continue reading “W5 Inquiry: An Instagram Investigation”

W3 Inquiry: How effective is the lead?

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Image: Don Dale Detention Centre Darwin. Source: SBS 2016.

The Guardian published a follow-up piece on revelations of abuse occurring inside Darwin’s Don Dale Detention Centre resulting in the announcement of a royal commission. Indigenous leaders’ requests for Indigenous representation during the commission have been rejected. Continue reading “W3 Inquiry: How effective is the lead?”

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?”