Week 7 – 3. Technical: Complete Quizzes 7A (Spelling) and 7B (Style)

Quiz 7A – Spelling

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

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For this question, I immediately saw that first option and knew that was what a homophone was, so I selected it without further reading the other options.

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I was a little confused by this one, because the textbook specifically used the word ‘shorter’ and so I didn’t know if it was a trick question.

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And I struggled with this question because I have never grasped the difference between principle and principal, except for in the case of ‘the principal is my pal’.


Quiz B – Style

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

I had no trouble with this quiz at all, and I got 100% on the first attempt.

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Week 7 – 2. Inquiry: Review a newsletter

Visit the website of the IUCN-SSC Crocodile Specialist Group (CSG) at http://www.iucncsg.org/ and review a newsletter.

a. Reflect on the following on your blog:

i. What kinds of stories are in the newsletter?

The Crocodile Specialist Group Newsletter is a special interest newsletter, which means that it is read by members of the public who share the same interest, and that it contains a lot of language that only these members of the public would understand (Ames 2015, p. 1).

The newsletter contains an editorial, obituaries, information about the CSG Student Research Assistance Scheme, Book Review, Details of Meetings, Regional Reports on crocodiles, and Science publications.

ii. How do these target the organisation’s audience?

These stories are definitely targeted toward a specific audience, which is what makes for a successful newsletter (Ames 2015, p. 3). The Crocodile Specialist Group has made an effort to create a small community that can give their readers a sense of belonging, which can be seen in the inclusion of Obituaries of their passed members, and in the recognition of individual’s discoveries and efforts, and with photographs of members captioned with their names. They were able to do this because of a newsletter’s personal style of writing (Ames 2015, p. 1).

The inclusion of both casual-styled articles and fact heavy meeting details and science publications means that the newsletter caters to both the members in the audience who are general public but have the shared interest, and also to people who are highly involved in the subject through their work.

iii. If you were a science journalist, is there anything you may be interested in following up as a story, and why?

As a science journalist, I think that there is a great deal of information that could be easily followed up with a story. The Regional Reports for crocodiles all over the world gives facts and a brief overview, and a journalist who wanted to do a story on the habits of crocodiles in a particular area would find that this is an excellent starting point.

Likewise, the submitted publications in the Science section could also be followed up with a feature article on the writers and their achievements and discoveries.

iv. What do you think is effective or otherwise about this newsletter?

I think that the attempt to create a sense of a small community through this newsletter is extremely effective as it makes the readers feel as though they are able to connect with other members of the public and professionals who share their passion on what could be considered a slightly obscure subject. This guarantees that their readers will continue to read future publications to see what their friends and colleagues are achieving around the world.

Another effective aspect about this newsletter is that the issues are released every three months. This means that there is enough time between issues to research and find new information so that the readers don’t get bored (Ames 2015, p. 2).


Reference List

Ames, K 2015, Week 7 – Newsletters and brochures, COMM11007 Media Writing, CQUniversity e-courses, http://moodle.cqu.edu.au/

IUCN-SSC Crocodile Specialist Group (CSG) 2015, ‘Crocodile specialist group newsletter’, Crocodile Specialist Group, April-June, vol. 34, no. 2, viewed 15 September 2015, http://www.iucncsg.org/365_docs/attachments/protarea/34(2-a5b9578f.pdf

Week 7 – 1. Practical: Review Assessment 1

a. Review your items for Assessment 1 which is due at the end of this week and correct any spelling, style, and punctuation errors.


b. Now review Assessment 1 items against the Marking Key checklist linked to the Resources section on this website.

Did you pick up all issues on your first proofread?

Were there many?

Do you think you corrected them all?

Was it helpful having a checklist?

Do you think it will make a difference to your overall result?


Unfortunately, due to full time work I was unable to complete this Blog Task before I submitted my assignment, and therefore my assignment has been submitted and I will not be able to change any mistakes that I find when I use the checklist.

The first thing that I picked up on was my use of figures, and that in some places I did not put numbers over 10 as figures and I instead spelled them out.

My quoting methods appear to all be correct and I wouldn’t have needed to change them at all. They are all punctuated correctly and only use says or said when attributing a source. I was also very careful to introduce each source with an indirect quote and then the direct quote, and my attribution is consistent with the style of news writing.

My punctuation also seems to be in check, as I have used no semi-colons, uncapitalised ‘i’s and I have only capitalised proper nouns.

I also think that I achieved an alright writing style, although there is probably room for improvement. I tried to keep my writing active and succinct, there were no publication titles to italicise and I tried to keep repetition out of it.


I don’t think that there were many errors that I picked up on my first proofread, and all that I really had to do was rearrange a few sentences to make them flow better.

I didn’t need the checklist to fix many errors, so I don’t think that having done this exercise before I submitted would have made much difference to my overall mark.


Reference List

CQUniversity 2014, COMM11007: Media Writing, Marking key checklist, CQUniversity, CQUniversity e-courses, http://moodle.cqu.edu.au/