Week 12 – Course review week

Inquiry

In terms of what I’ve learnt most this term; the overall structure of writing news pieces and articles was probably the most I’ve gotten out of this particular course. My own writing skills I had considered to be somewhat poor, and I strongly feel as though they’ve improved to an extent coming out of this course.

In terms of what was most challenging, adapting to a new and differing style. The frequent technology failures that I was having also hindered my progress somewhat, though not as much as having to get into the mindset of a journalist and to have that particular approach to things.

As someone with a keen interest in journalistic ethics (particularly in regards to journalistic and political crossovers) it was immensely interesting to see how journalists are taught in a professional environment, and it was through this course that I’ve gained a more nuanced perspective on  topics such as media bias and narrative construction. At least a few of the articles that I managed to read during this course specifically dealt with how to go about addressing this as an issue, so that proved to be a highly interesting aspect of this course.

Practical

In terms of what I’ve done to address criticism; a lot of my earlier write ups weren’t particularly in depth and lacked referencing.

I’ve updated the write ups specifically marked as lacking referencing by going back through my history and pinning the relevant articles I read that inspired my work in those pieces. I’ve also tried to be more expansive in general in my newer write ups, though hopefully not to the point of becoming distracting.

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Week 10 – Supporting the story 2

I’ve attempted to write each article with the assumption that I’d be tackling the issue from a different angle. Alternative titles for the ‘Disaster at FakeComicCon!‘ article could include:

‘Fights break out at FakeComicCon, two critically injured!’

-Good for highlighting that two people were seriously injured, states the initial problem.

‘Fights at FakeComicCon leave twelve people critically injured!’

-Used to emphasize how many people were injured by the brawl that broke out at FakeComicCon

‘Arrests made at FakeComicCon brawl’

-Focuses on the fact that this brawl was serious enough at an otherwise light-hearted cosplay event to warrant arrests.

Quiz Results

I was beginning to feel quite unwell at the time of this Quiz and found it much more frustrating than I usually would for these kinds of activities. Add to my general difficulty with reading off a screen and trying to keep up with apostrophes and proper usage of nouns made this one of the more frustrating activities to take out of the weekly Quizzes.

Referencing

  1. Wainright Corey, Hubspot 2016, How to write catchy headlines and blog titles your readers can’t resist, http://goinswriter.com/catchy-headlines/
  2. Coles Malcolm, journalism.co.uk 2011, How to: write headlines that work for SEO,  https://www.journalism.co.uk/skills/how-to-write-headlines-that-work-for-seo/s7/a545817/

Week 10 – Supporting the story 1

Practical – A day in the life of a cat

For this week’s practical piece I’ve decided to split this piece up into two entries, for ease of reading. For a change of pace I thought that it’d be interesting to try something new, and so I’ve decided to write about ‘a day in the life of a cat’, for humor and entertainment value.

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As you can see, there’s no reason to start the day off with stress. A busy schedule of mauling his owner’s belongings awaits him, so this cat prefers to ease his way into the day’s work load rather than diving head first into things.

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We’re off to a solid start today as he already dives into mauling his owner’s belongings and making keeping up with assessments needlessly difficult.

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A hallmark of other feline friends draws in this cat’s attention.

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There’s no real reason to dabble with the mortals on the ground floor, oh no. This cat would greatly prefer to be on top of things, so to speak, as to further emphasize his authority.

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Shoelaces? Who needs them! Certainly not this cat, regardless, and it’s always entertaining to maul them just as the residents get ready to leave.

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It’s a rough and dangerous world out there. Dogs, cars and other cats, just a few of the dangers that keep this cat up at night.

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This cat’s never had a problem with doors; they just provide great opportunities to maul passersby.

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Of course, all this activity can lead to this cat getting worn out. So every now and then some refreshments are called for.

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When this cat does need food or water (fresh water mind you, nothing but the best) all I need to do is call for attention. His pleas for attention are always answered, it’s just a matter of attention. Be it a minute, or half an hour, all this cat needs to do is claw, scratch and cry for attention and food is on it’s way.

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Really though, the life of a cat is just outstanding. It’s free of worries or concern and full of food, climbing and annoying the perpetually frustrated owners.

Week 11 – Reviewing your work

Inquiry

For this week I decided that it would be best if I tackled the second issue first. Simply pointing out errors and typos in the structure of the article that I’m going to be attempting to review most likely wouldn’t make for a particularly engaging read. Of note though, the tense is sometimes off which can be confusing, and there’s not any particular focus on the W H style of writing or even keeping details to a minimum (the suggested route with stories dealing with stories relating to self-harm).

In regards to if it meets the criteria given out by the site linked in this week’s blog activity, it’s a mixed bag. It doesn’t feature suicide as a headline title for example, which is noted to potentially draw in people considering it as an option. And it doesn’t feature any graphic images of the victim in question, again something that’s noted as being advisable.

In terms of criticism though, the article certainly doesn’t shy away from mentioning specific details or mincing words on what happened. It also doesn’t attempt to go into the more positive outlooks on this event (using any of the methods suggested by the linked article, for instance) but this is more acceptable due to the it’s nature as essentially an info dump. There’s also the implication that the victim’s self-harm essentially just amounted to one big inconvenience to passersby, which could be seen as offensive to readers.

Practical

Tragedy strikes today as a woman was left injured after she was caught under a train at a Railway station in Brisbane.

The woman, believed to be in her thirties, received assistance from emergency services and was rushed to the hospital in serious condition.

She sustained damage to her lower legs, but thankfully remained conscious and was able to be given medical assistance at mid day.

The event was witnessed by the train full of people that she happened to be on.

Quiz Results

This week’s quiz went quite poorly; I was exceptionally worn out after getting ready to move houses and ended up failing almost all the questions (3/10!). Thankfully, after repeating it I managed to score much higher, at a respectable 9/10.

Week 9 -Newsletters and Brochures

  1. The kinds of stories featured in this newsletter range from the regularly scheduled newsletter to various assorted articles and scientific papers. The layout of the site admit tingly makes it difficult to navigate, but this particular organization or domain is decades old going off their official letter releases. Aside from just articles and papers, there’s also official meetings, reports, action plans and receedings covered here.
    The newsletters contain information on the status of crocodiles around the world, all covered in a remarkable amount of detail. They’ll also cover any relevant crocodile related news (if a dam is erected for instance) and keep readers in the general know about this community.
  2. They target the organization’s audience through incredible attention to detail. The layout isn’t desirable and the print is very outdated, but the actual quality of the text, at least from a layman’s perspective is very high. It’s all detailed and thorough (as much as one can be when covering all major crocodile related events in a PDF news release) enough to warrant regular checkups if this was one’s field.
  3. In terms of what I find interesting, I feel as though there’d be an interesting article or two that I could put together in regards to the amount of crocodile attacks globally versus general death statistics. I have a personal attachment to reptiles in general, so I’d gladly enjoy going after the notion that crocodile attacks are especially dangerous or likely.
  4. As mentioned before, the layout, performance and general design of not just the releases but also the site itself leaves something to be desired. It’s clear by now that the site itself is somewhat dated. That said, again the sheer amount of detail put into each article would easily warrant keeping up to date with this organization, particularly if all the information is accurate and statistically sound, as I assume it is.

Quiz Results

Another reasonably good score, 8/10. I’m finding these tests to be acceptably challenging and interesting in general, there’s not too much in the way of frustration or anger that I’ve had towards doing them.

Week 8 – Media Releases

MEDIA RELEASE – FakeComicCon Incident

02/06/2016

 Disaster at FakeComicCon!

Tragedy struck at FakeComicCon today as two groups of costumed attendees began a brawl that left twelve people injured, two critically so.

What began as a light hearted mock fight eventually descended into very real combat, with one group brandishing some illegally brought in and very real bladed weapons.

A dozen people were left injured and it’s so far unknown as to how the group managed to get weapons by security, but arrests were made shortly after the incident broke out.

When questioned on the matter Queensland police spokesperson John Smith said that four people were arrested “on a number of charges related to weapons and assault.”

CEO of FakeComicCon Casey Smith was devastated in particular by the incident, and assures fans of the event that she’s doing everything she can to prevent another incident like this from occurring.

The company itself is working to ensure that the victims of this assault are given the support and care that they and their families deserve.

“One of the aims of FakeComicCon is to give people a safe space to come, play, and meet like-minded people,” Casey said.

FakeComicCon’s popularity and success has otherwise been booming; last year’s event alone drew in around 30,000 people, and this year’s event so far has had roughly 400 cosplayers.

It’s still often touted as being the number one place for Aussie cosplayers to get together for fan related events.

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Quiz Results

I wasn’t able to do particularly well on this week’s Quiz work and only managed to get 5/10 correct. Still, learning about the proper use of journalistic syntax has been interesting in regards to a regular writing format vs a formal writer’s approach.

Week 7 – Writing for Speech and Vision

Inquiry

As a person with interest in the potential for bias and the limits of journalistic opinions and agendas in professional writing, I found the first half of this week’s reading to be profoundly interesting, mostly because it addressed this from the perspective that the writer will already be going into this with an agenda or opinion and attempts to ensure that it won’t be pushed into straight up propaganda, or that it won’t get in the way of objectivity.

It does this through stressing that while opinions have a place in professional news outlets, they should not overstep the bounds of basic ethical practices in journalism. To paraphrase the reading done this week, ‘attempts at persuasion should be based on socially acceptable standards, not propaganda.’

Inquiry Continued

This week’s reading also delves quite heavily into setting up the user’s ability to write a Speech. The primary differences between a standard journalistic article and speech writing to myself at least seems to stem from the added audience and the speaker. The user has to have a great deal of coordination with the speaker to ensure that he or she is comfortable with the lines, that it matches their speaking tone and ability (the given example for instance being that you wouldn’t have someone with poor storytelling ability then go on to recount a relevant personal story, for instance) all with the end goal of captivating and drawing in the audience. Aside from this, the writer must also clearly establish the words, phrases or lines that require stressing or dramatization, or at least it’s heavily advised to do so.

Practical

For the purposes of this activity I decided to go with the assumption that the speaker was addressing a group of film hobbyists, and didn’t have any particular speaking weaknesses that could potentially hinder her delivery.

I feel as though it’s important in this day and age to stress that film, and cinematography in general, is able to be enjoyed by anyone. Yes, anyone. This entertainment medium is so vast and varied that virtually  anyone should be able to find something that they enjoy, and with luck even find some crossover with other fans of that genre or film, this medium’s great for bringing people together.

As proof of that we interviewed two random people, Taleisha and Karon. Taleisha, a young and aspiring student is a huge fan of adventure movies, she really enjoys how they can take the audience to ‘crazy places’ as she puts it. Karon on the otherhand is a middleage woman who’s big on action movies. She enjoys them for the injection of thrill and adventure into her life, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. That there’s such a demonstratable crossover between the two genres just proves that anyone can get into movies, no matter the age group or profession or general demographic. This medium really is open to all!”

Referencing

  1. Levy Steven, The Steve Levy Website, WordPress, The dangers of bias, agenda driven journalism, http://www.stevelevy.info/the-danger-of-biased-agenda-driven-journalism/