Week 2 – 3. Technical: Complete Quiz 2 – Grammar Rules

Reflect on the quiz briefly. Did you find the questions difficult? Did you have any problems in specific areas? 

I found this quiz to be relatively easy, however due to not paying enough attention, I required 2 attempts to gain a mark of 100%. The first time that I attempted it, I got questions 8 & 10 incorrect due to misreading them.

In question 8, I selected ‘All of the above’ as I did not read to select the option that was of best fit, and I did not check the relevant passage in the textbook to see if all 3 options were listed.

In question 10, I did the opposite, and selected only one option instead of ‘All of the above’ as I did not read the relevant passage thoroughly to see that all three other options were just as important.

This weeks test really highlighted the importance of thoroughly reading materials and gaining a full understanding of them before you dive into doing anything with the information that they contain.

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Week 2 – 2. Inquiry: Review Trendsmap

For this week’s blog inquiry task, we were asked to review Trendsmap for the top Twitter trends on a particular day in our area, and to reflect on the relationship between these tweets and our local media. When I set up Trendsmap, it was unable to register Bundaberg as my location as there were no trends in the area. Therefore, I have chosen to use Brisbane, as this was the location that the site suggested.


What are the top stories in your area?

The top trends in Brisbane for the 23/07/15 are as follows:

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The majority of trends that can be seen are all related to either current national political issues or the major news providers, which would suggest that there will be some sort of relationship between the tweets and the media.

What is the relationship between the tweets and news stories in local media (if any)?

The main stories that the popular tweets are referring to are Bill Shorten’s opinions on asylum seekers and refugees, Bronwyn Bishop’s misuse of taxpayer money, and the closure of ABC stores across the country.

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Examples of tweets in Brisbane about @billshortenmp, Labour and #auspol.

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Examples of tweets in Brisbane about @abcnews and abc.

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Examples of tweets in Brisbane about Bronwyn Bishop and #auspol.

Each of the topics discussed in these trends can be found in both local and national media. On the home page of the Brisbane Times, viewers are immediately shown 2 article summaries about the Bronwyn Bishop scandal, and one about the closure of ABC stores. The Courier Mail also reported on the ABC shop closure in this article: ‘ABC Shops to close nationwide‘.

Even though these are deemed ‘national’ news topics, they are still strongly reported on in the local media as the local audience are still very interested in hearing what is happening across the nation.

These stories are also featured in national media, as seen in the ABC News which included the stories ‘ABC Shops to be closed, jobs to go as retailer moves online’, and ‘Bill Shorten faces stiff opposition from Labor’s left faction on boat turn-backs about-face’. Other national media coverage of these topics was found in the article ‘Shorten faces test over plan to adopt Coalition’s asylum boat turnback policy‘ featured in The Guardian, and the articles ‘Bronwyn Bishop’s Facebook cover photo angers social media‘ and ‘Bronwyn Bishop ‘Choppergate’ scandal inspires memes‘ featured on ‘The Sydney Morning Herald‘.

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

Many of the news stories mentioned above include references to tweets that were made using the trending hashtags and usernames.

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Example of the use of a tweet included in the article ‘Bronwyn Bishop and an image emblematic of what went wrong‘ by the Brisbane Times.

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Examples of the use of tweets included in the article ‘Bronwyn Bishop’s Facebook cover photo angers social media‘ by the Brisbane Times.

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Example of the inclusion of a tweet in ‘Bill Shorten faces stiff opposition from Labor’s left faction on boat turn-backs about-face’ featured on ABC News.

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Example of the inclusion of a tweet in ‘Shorten faces test over plan to adopt Coalition’s asylum boat turnback policy‘ featured in The Guardian.

From these examples, it can be seen that a large amount of evidence exists to suggest that tweets are regularly being used in news stories that are relevant to their regions of origin.

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

With the types of topics that are currently trending in my area, I was unable to find any events being promoted by organisations, however with the high amount of usage that twitter gets in media, I do not doubt that it occurs.


Although this point is not particularly relevant to this week’s tasks, I did find it interesting when reviewing the trending tweets and news stories that there was a high level of usage of the term ‘Choppergate’, one example being in the story ‘Bronwyn Bishop ‘Choppergate’ scandal inspires memes‘ featured on ‘The Sydney Morning Herald‘.

This reminded me of a section from last week’s reading where it was explained that columnists and reporters have been using the created suffixes ‘-gated’ or ‘-gate’ when referring to other political scandals, followed by the suggestion that it is perhaps time to cease using this now obsolete reference to a scandal that occurred over 40 years ago (Whitaker, Ramsey and Smith 2012, p. 89).

It would appear that some professionals seem to have missed the memo.


Reference List

Borello, E, 2015, ‘Bill Shorten faces stiff opposition from Labor’s left faction on boat turn-backs about-face’ ABC News, viewed 23 July 2015,

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-07-23/bill-shorten-faces-stiff-opposition-from-labor-left-on-turnbacks/6641350

Chan, G, 2015 ‘Shorten faces test over plan to adopt Coalition’s asylum boat turnback policy’ The Guardian, viewed 23 July 2015,

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/jul/22/shorten-faces-test-amid-push-to-adopt-coalitions-asylum-boat-turnback-policy

Fairfax Media, 2015, ‘Bronwyn Bishop ‘Choppergate’ scandal inspires memes’ The Sydney Morning Herald, viewed 23 July 2015,

http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/bronwyn-bishop-choppergate-scandal-inspires-memes-20150720-gig6k0.html

King, M, 2015 ‘Bronwyn Bishop and an image emblematic of what went wrong’ The Brisbane Times, viewed 23 July 2015,

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/bronwyn-bishop-and-an-image-emblematic-of-what-went-wrong-20150722-giib7r.html

Network Writers, 2015 ‘ABC Shops to close nationwide’ Courier Mail, viewed 23 July 2015,

http://www.couriermail.com.au/business/companies/abc-shops-to-close-nationwide/story-fnkjkokp-1227453397770

Ruppert, B, 2015 ‘Bronwyn Bishop’s Facebook cover photo angers social media’ The Sydney Morning Herald, viewed 23 July 2015,

http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/bronwyn-bishops-facebook-cover-photo-angers-social-media-20150723-giiala.html?

Ruppert, B, 2015 ‘Bronwyn Bishop’s Facebook cover photo angers social media’ The Brisbane Times, viewed 23 July 2015,

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/bronwyn-bishops-facebook-cover-photo-angers-social-media-20150723-giiala

Ryan, P 2015 ‘ABC Shops to be closed, jobs to go as retailer moves online’ ABC News, viewed 23 July 2015,

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-07-23/abc-shops-to-be-phased-out-and-closed/6641476

Whitaker, W. Richard, Janet E. Ramsey and Ronald D. Smith 2012, Media Writing: Print, Broadcast, and Public Relations, 4th edn, Routledge, New York.

Week 2 – 1. Practical: Register a Twitter Account

This week’s practical task involved the creation of a Twitter account to be used for journalism purposes in the coming weeks of the course. I have never used Twitter before, as I have always taken a critical stance toward it because of  the type of content that most members of the public choose to upload. However, this course is already opening my eyes to the positive uses of social media in a journalism in a professional context. I can now appreciate the importance of utilising this social media platform to create short, succinct and informative statements that can be regularly updated to report on live events as they unfold. Twitter provides journalists with the ability to broadcast news almost instantaneously to viewers and its social media interface also facilitates audience feedback, which is essential in creating two-way communication.

@DanaBishop_ is my account.

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After being instructed to follow at least 20 journalists, I started following general news accounts and then finding their journalists through the ‘Who To Follow’ function of Twitter. I am currently following 35 journalist and news accounts that report on both a local and global scale.

Week 1 – 2. Inquiry: Different Purpose/Different Writing

Review and compare the way the same story is presented in different ways:

The first article, NRL takes control of Gold Coast Titans, written by the NRL and featured on their website, is aimed toward fans of both the team and the sport itself. The writers have tried to take a very positive angle on the story to ensure the fans that everything is running smoothly in the NRL scene. This can be seen in the use of quotes such as ‘”The only difference for Titans fans is that they will have the security of knowing their team has a long term future on the Gold Coast,” Mr Smith said,’ and ‘”This move will give the club a fresh start with the certainty that the players, staff and fans want”‘ (NRL 2015). This article could be perhaps be considered to be ‘propaganda’ for the NRL as the article uses a subtle amount of ‘spin’ (Whitaker, Ramsey and Smith 2012, pp. 8-9), as there was no mention of the drug scandal that had plagued the team earlier in the week. The key message that the NRL was trying to communicate was that there was no reason for fans to panic or lose support for the team or the sport, no matter what had been portrayed in the media.


The second article Five-year blueprint convinced NRL boss to save Titans just weeks before Gold Coast NRL club would have folded, by the Gold Coast Bulletin was aimed at Gold Coast locals, both fans of the team and others who do not take an interest in the sport or team. This article also takes a fairly positive angle on the situation, most likely due to slight bias as the Titans are their local NRL team. This is could be considered a case of  slight ‘Social Influence’ in which the residents of the Gold Coast have created an ‘artificial reality’ for themselves (Whitaker, Ramsey and Smith 2012, p. 4). In this reality the writers are attempting to convince their readers and themselves that the issues that the Titans are facing aren’t as bad as the rest of the media is making them out to be, hence the rejection of mass-media portrayals (Whitaker, Ramsey and Smith 2012, p. 4).


The final article, Gold Coast Titans taken over by NRL, placed in voluntary administration after drugs scandal, written by the ABC takes a slightly less biased, mass-media approach toward the story. The audience that this story is aimed toward would be nationwide news readers which would include enthusiasts of the sport, sponsors and investors and the rest of the general public. Being a reliable news source on a national level and even on a global level, helps to ensure that the ABC presents facts and figures and does not eliminate significant parts of the story, unlike the lack of mention of the drug scandal in the first article.

Reference List

Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 2015, ‘Gold Coast Titans taken over by NRL, placed in voluntary administration after drugs scandal’ ABC, 24 February, viewed 15 July 2015,

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-02-24/nrl-takes-over-control-of-gold-coast-titans-amid-drugs-scandal/6247574

Meyn, T 2015, ‘Five-year blueprint convinced NRL boss to save Titans just weeks before Gold Coast NRL club would have folded’ Gold Coast Bulletin, 24 February, viewed 15 July 2015,

http://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/sport/nrl/five-year-blueprint-convinced-nrl-boss-to-save-titans-just-weeks-before-gold-coast-nrl-club-would-have-folded/story-fnj9yd9w-1227237781936

NRL, 2015, ‘NRL takes control of Gold Coast Titans’ NRL, 24 February, viewed 15 July 2015,

http://www.nrl.com/nrl-takes-control-of-goldcoasttitans/tabid/10871/newsid/84020/default.aspx

Whitaker, W. Richard, Janet E. Ramsey and Ronald D. Smith 2012, Media Writing: Print, Broadcast, and Public Relations, 4th edn, Routledge, New York.

Week 1 – 1. Practical: Introduction

Hey! My name is Dana Bishop, I’m 19 and I live in Bundaberg.  I am studying a Bachelor of Digital Media externally at CQU. This is my first term here after transferring from QUT, and I look forward to learning how things work at CQU.

I always enjoyed studying English at school, and I found written assignments were my strength as I have always been interested in the likes of grammar, language and creative writing. My hopes for this course are that I will be able to continue to learn more about these subjects at a tertiary level, and that I will be well equipped to write for social media when I eventually graduate and enter the industry.

Thanks!