Week 5 – 3. Technical: Complete Quiz 5A (Reporting Speech) and Quiz 5B (Figures)

Quiz 5A – Reporting Speech

Did you find the questions difficult? Did you have any problems in specific areas?

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With this week’s first quiz, I got a score of 8/10 for my first attempt, getting the two questions above incorrect. When I received my score and looked back at the questions, I realised that I definitely knew the correct answer, and my score was merely a result of trying to complete the test too quickly and therefore not reading the questions slowly and thoroughly to gain an understanding of what was actually being asked.

Quiz 5B – Figures

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Week 5 – 2. Inquiry: Find and discuss an article

Find an article that has impact on you because of the sources, speech and reporting, and discuss why it is an example of good journalism or media writing.

The article that I have chosen to discuss is ‘Sex abuse royal commission: single national redress scheme recommended by commission‘ by Jane Lee and Rachel Browne for the Brisbane Times.

The reason that I have selected this article is because I believe that it is an excellent example of good journalism because it uses a variety of source types and methods of quoting that makes it reliable and an interesting, well-informed read.

The combination of excellent and reliable primary and secondary sources makes this article seem reliable and therefore I feel as though I can read it without being too skeptical.

Primary sources, according to Whitaker, Ramsey and Smith (2012, p. 163), are people who were directly involved in an event. Ames (2015, p. 1), also states that primary sources can be documents that contain new, original information.

In this article, Lee and Browne frequently refer to the 589 page REDRESS AND CIVIL LITIGATION REPORT released by The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse,  which is a Primary Source.

The article also contains quotes from Nicky Davis, who is the leader of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, and therefore would be considered a primary source due to her involvement in the previous events (Whitaker, Ramsey & Smith 2012, p. 163).

Quotes from Francis Sullivan from the Catholic Church’s Truth Justice and Healing Council, and Leonie Sheedy, the chief executive of Care Leavers Australia Network would be considered to be secondary sources as they are providing background information, making comment on and drawing conclusions from the event of the report being released (Ames 2015, p. 2).

The other aspect of this article that I believe makes it an example of good journalism is the combination of direct quoting, indirect quoting and paraphrasing. The journalists have managed to use a good balance throughout of these methods.

However, one criticism that I would have is the combination of direct and indirect quoting which is considered to be bad practice according to Ames (2015, p. 5).

The second final aspect of this article that I consider to be a strength is the link provided at the top to a secondary source that is an opinion article, ‘Royal commission forces sexual abuse ‘bystanders’ to consider their inaction‘ by Sonia Orchard. I appreciate that they did not quote this article directly as it is not the most reliable source due to the subjective nature of opinion pieces, but they have still included the link to it for readers to use if they wish.

I also liked the summarisation at the end of the article of the 5 key recommendations of the report, so that readers were able to gain some background information of the report even if they did not choose to read the whole thing.

Reference List 

Ames, K 2015, Week 5 – Voice, Attribution, and Acknowledgement, COMM11007 Media Writing, CQUniversity e-courses, http://moodle.cqu.edu.au/

Lee, J & Browne, R 2015, ‘Sex abuse royal commission: single national redress scheme recommended by commission’, The Brisbane Times, 15 September, viewed 15 September 2015,


Orchard, S 2015, ‘Royal commission forces sexual abuse ‘bystanders’ to consider their inaction’ The Sydney Morning Herald, 11 September, viewed 15 September 2015,


Whitaker, R, Ramsey, J & Smith, R 2012, Media Writing: Print, Broadcast, and Public Relations, 4th edn, Routledge, New York.

Week 5 – 1. Practical: Interview two people and write their speech as a news report

a. Interview two people you know about one of the following topics:

1) “The things that are most important to me”; or

2) “My greatest passion is…”

b. Write a short news story (posted to your blog) based on these interviews (no more than 500 words).

c. Then take a photo of each of your interviewees and post a photo of each to Twitter with a one sentence grab from the interview.

David and Debbie Bishop both sat down today to chat about their greatest passions in life.

Debbie, aged 49, said that she was so passionate about teaching, that she had a career change after 20 years as a nurse, to become a high school teacher.


“I love the chance that I get to connect with young people,” she said.

“It’s fantastic to be able to be someone who helps them to develop into wonderful young adults.”


Debbie cannot recall a significant moment in her life when she suddenly knew that she was passionate about teaching, but she said that there are certain moments that remind her why she loves it so much.

“That first time that you can see the little light bulb light up and the kid gets it,” she said.

“Or sometimes it’s when they ask questions and you know that they are genuinely wanting to know more.”

Unfortunately though, there are always some negatives that come with the job. Debbie says that there are some days where she feels as though she has failed.

“Sometimes a few kids slip through without me managing to find the ability to connect with them.”

“It’s in those moments that I feel like I’ve failed them.”

But despite those harder moments, Debbie says she wouldn’t change her job for the world.

“I love what I do. I get up every day and I’m excited to go to work because I’m just so passionate about teaching the kids.”

On the other end, is David, aged 47, who finds his passion in his hobby rather than his career.

He said that old cars – especially hot rods – and automotive restoration have always been the thing that he is most passionate about.

“I love to see how the investment of time and design results in an enhanced vehicle,” he said.


David says that he can remember the specific moment at which his passion was born.

“At the age of 11, I saw a movie that had cars in it that were very different from what I was used to, and so I decided to pursue finding out about those particular cars,” he said.

“I then went a step further and became involved in restoring them.”

David said that the second defining moment was his first ride in one.

“In Sydney, I had the opportunity to drive a historic car, and it just sealed the deal for me,” he said.

However, like Debbie, David had said that he also finds that he has some trouble with his passion.

“Cost is definitely a big factor,” he said.

“The disparity of when you have the time you don’t have the money, and when you have the money, you don’t have the time.”

David said that his passion for cars is very strong, and he will have it till the day he dies.

“There’s just nothing quite like the ecstatic feeling of driving a hot rod.”