Week 10 – 2. Practical: Review your blog

a. Is the layout clean and easy to read? Have you used headings in a way that attracts attention to key points? Is white space used appropriately?

I tried to ensure that I used an easy to read theme in the design of my blog, that uses headings of a different colour to attract the reader’s attention. I also used this colour in my hyperlinks, and used italics and bolding to highlight important headings, sections and information.

I selected a theme that used a nice and simple sans serif font, as according to Ames (2015, p. 4), they are slightly less informal than serif fonts, and they can still be readable in large blocks of text if the font is big enough.

As for white space, I tried to ensure that my text did not take up the whole page by having wide margins on either side to provide a visual break (Ames 2015, pp. 5-6).


b. Have you completed all the tasks? Check that you have completed all blog requirements and ensure that you have responded to all weekly requirements. Check this against the ‘Blog Task Requirements’ on page two of this activity sheet.

WEEK 1

☑ 1. Inquiry Review news articles

☑ 2. Practical Register your blog

☑ 3. Technical Quiz 1

WEEK 2

☑ 1. Inquiry Review Trendsmap

☑ 2. Practical Register a Twitter account and follow 20 users

☑ 3. Technical Quiz 2

WEEK 3

☑ 1. Inquiry Review media coverage of an issue of interest

☑ 2. Practical Register a Storify account and reflect on Storify

☑ 3. Technical Quiz 3

WEEK 4

☑ 1. Inquiry Review poorly written and a well-written news stories

☑ 2. Practical Plan for Assignment 3

☑ 3. Technical Quiz 4

WEEK 5

☑ 1. Inquiry Review an article that has impact because of sources and speech

☑ 2. Practical Interview two people

☑ 3. Technical Quiz 5A and 5B

WEEK 6

☑ 1. Inquiry Review a Cirque du Soleil media kit

☑ 2. Practical Photo essay

☑ 3. Technical Quiz 6A and 6B

WEEK 7

☑ 1. Inquiry Review a newsletter

☑ 2. Practical Review assignment 1

☑ 3. Technical Quiz 7A and Quiz 7B

WEEK 8

☑ 1. Inquiry Review a social media platform

☑ 2. Practical Write a review of a social media platform

☑ 3. Technical Quiz 8

WEEK 9

☑ 1. Inquiry Review a curated collection

☑ 2. Practical Review another student’s Storify submission

☑ 3. Technical Active and Passive Writing test

WEEK 10

☑ 1. Inquiry Review a website/brochure for formatting

☑ 2. Practical Review your blog – tasks and reflection

☑ 3. Technical Review your blog – technical accuracy


c. Reflect on the blogging tasks. Write a few sentences on your views of this assessment. What were your major challenges and how did you overcome these? Was it too hard/too easy/about right? Has it helped improve your writing?

As someone who did well at English throughout highschool, I found these blog posts rather easy to understand, and I was able to complete them without any dramas. I thought that the assessment was structured well in terms of making weekly posts, which for the most part helped me to keep on top of the assignment. Due to full time work, I did begin to fall behind a little toward the end of term, however, because none of the tasks were particularly onerous, it wasn’t too hard to catch up.

I think that my major challenges were getting used to the CQU Harvard method of referencing, and trying to structure my responses each week so that they weren’t just nonsensical ramblings. This has improved my writing by making me more likely to create a plan of what I am going to write before I actually write it. I don’t think that it was too hard or easy, I personally found that it was just challenging enough to keep me interested and thinking hard.


Reference List

Ames, K 2015, Week 10 – Impact of design, COMM11007 Media Writing, CQUniversity e-courses, http://moodle.cqu.edu.au/

Week 9 – 2. Practical: Review a peer’s Storify submission

Who do you think is the audience? What did you learn about the event? What else (if anything) could be included that would make the story more interesting or have more impact? If the structure is confusing, how could it be improved? What do you like about the story?


I chose to review Kate Newton’s Storify, ‘The Already Outstanding Ekka Show Ramps Up Discounts on Transport‘, as I thought that she did an excellent job of covering a very interesting aspect of the event which many people would not have considered. Her focus on the transport to and from the event and how this affected the event attendees was very well thought out.

I think the main audience of the article would be people who are local to Brisbane and attended the event this year or are looking to attend in the future. It is informative to these potential future attendees as it provides helpful details about how to get to the event next year, and it is also a nice reflection on the event for those who did attend.

I learnt that the event attracts half a million visitors over 10 days, which is much larger than I originally thought. I was also not aware that the event had been running for 138 years, or that Translink added over 370 extra bus, ferry and train services to help accommodate for transport to the event. Therefore, I think that this story was extremely successful in educating readers with a variety of interesting facts.

The only way that I could think to improve this story would have been to perhaps have a few more twitter interviews of attendees, stallholders and event organisers (with pictures) to showcase the individual experiences of the event and give the story a bit more of a personal feel.

The structure, however, was very good and I have no recommendations for improvement, as I feel that she introduced her most important information first and spread all of her tweets and other media well throughout the story and in appropriate places.

Overall, I like the diversity of the information that she included, and that she decided to take a slightly different angle when covering the event, whilst still including the basic facts.

You did a fantastic job Kate 🙂

Week 8 – 2. Practical : Write a review of Instagram

Instagram regards itself as a ‘fun and quirky way to share your life with friends through a series of pictures.’ (Instagram, 2015). They’ve pretty much hit the nail on the head with this description, because it is definitely a fun and quirky social media platform.

With Instagram, you can instantly upload square photos that capture whatever you’re doing, whether it be hanging with friends, travelling around the world, or selling products! It will pop up in your follower’s feeds, and if you add hashtags, you can reach anyone around the world interested in the same things as you. Other users can then ‘like’ your picture if it appeals to them, and even leave you a comment.

The app also offers the ability to tag your friends in photos, write captions that add meaning to your snaps and tag the location that a photo was taken at.

You can follow your friends and family to keep up with what is going on in their lives, and even follow celebrities, brands and companies to see what they’re up to.

The standard filters, along with the new built-in editing tools, allow for users to inject their own style into their images. You can make your photos stand out from the crowd in whichever way you choose.

Instagram caters to a very wide audience, and can be used in both personal and professional settings. You can put your profile on private to share your personal pictures with only the people you choose, or share your images publicly for people all over the world to see! If you’re a business owner, it is a fantastic platform to promote your products on, and using hashtags will quickly gain you followers and potential new customers!

Overall, Instagram is a fantastic social media platform with many uses. It is fun and easy to use, and a wonderful way to creatively express your personality and your life through photos!


Reference List

Instagram 2015, FAQ, viewed 15 September 2015, https://instagram.com/about/faq/

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/

Week 6 – 1. Practical: Take a series of photos and caption them

a. Take a series of photos. These can be of an event, or simply ‘a day in the life of’.

b. Caption each photo so that the detail of the moment is captured, and that together, they represent a story to a reader/viewer.

c. Essentially, this is a photo-essay but it is entirely reliant on the captions to build and tell the story.

d. Pay attention to technical detail in your captions.

e. You may use Flickr/Storify or any other platform to build your photo-essay, but you should then link this to your blog.


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Waking up in a foreign bed whilst house-sitting for friends is definitely a strange feeling.

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The morning begins with Lucia, the chocolate lab, watching on intently as I prepare her breakfast.

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Then it is time to prepare myself for the day, with a multitude of products to make myself look and smell nice.

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The day, of course, cannot go on without the puppy being played with in the backyard.

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The majority of the day is spent at the CQU Bundaberg library working on assignments. 

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In the afternoon, Lucia insists that she is taken for a long, fast-paced walk around the Avoca neighbourhood.

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The day is finally over and finished with a delicious meal of spaghetti and meatballs, shared with family.

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.”

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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.

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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.”

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.