Week Twelve Activities

Inquiry:

What have you learned this term?
I learnt how to use storify and twitter to my advantage.
What did you find most beneficial about the
course?
I found this course very practical especially in Assessment two
What was most challenging?
I found doing the readings the most challenging
Has the course changed the way you practice or think about media writing? How/why not?
It has changed the way i see journalism in some aspects. But I really enjoyed doing this course.
Write your response to feedback from Ass1
1.That is, what have you done to address areas you needed to work on to improve this submission? Post your response on your blog.
I have edited my posts and changed the grammar and added fullstops.
Reflect on
your experience with the quizzes this term. Which, of all the areas covered, did you find the most challenging, and which were the easiest? Do you think, overall, you are a better writer technically than you were when you started the course? If so, how? If not, why not? Record your responses on your blog.
I found all the quizzes easy because you were given multiple attempts, i think i am a better writer after it all. I’m not very good at writing i’m more of a audio/visual person.

Week Eleven Activities

Inquiry:
a. What are the problems with the article?
The article does not sound very good and is not structured very well.
b. Does it meet the guidelines for reporting self -harm?:http://www.mindframe-media.info/for -media/reporting-suicide
From what i read i would say yes it did.
c. Post your reflections on your blog.
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Practical:
Emergency services are worked to free a  30-year-old woman from under a train on Brisbane’s north side earlier today.
The woman reportedly had lower leg injuries and was contious when she was removed. She is however currently at the Royal Brisbane Hospital in a serious condition.
It is believed by police that the woman tried to take her own life.
  1. Read Chapter 9of Hicks, English for Journalists (Punctuation) to prepare for this quiz.
  2. Complete the quiz so that you get 100% correct (you will be able to make numerous attempts).
  3. Reflect on this briefly on your blog –Did you find the questions difficult? Did you have any problems in specific areas?

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Week Ten Activities

1.Practical–Photo Essay:
a.Take a series of 10 photos that tell a collective story.These might be of an event, or illustrate.
b.Caption each photo so that the detail of the moment is captured,and that together, the photos 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
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The week started off with a date in the Rockhampton Botanical Gardens. Here Katie enjoys the shade on a hot day next to some beautiful flowers.

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For breakfast Katie and her friend visited the War Memorial Walk in Emu Park. She enjoyed Eggs Benedict and a Dirty Chai at the Degani Cafe.

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After Breakfast, Katie and her friend went for a beach walk in Emu Park, it took nearly an hour to reach a destination.

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The destinations view was beautiful and peaceful.

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The night was spent drinking with a small group of friends.

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Katie spent the next morning at Stoney Creek, where her and her friends enjoyed a BBQ and a Beer.

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Katie and her friends are typical Australians. They enjoy rum in the sun

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The Saturday mid day reached 30 degrees so shade was a nessecity.

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After Stoney Creek, the afternoon was spent climbing Kemp hill.

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To finish her weekend, she enjoyed dinner at her favourite place in town.

2.Practical- Headline:
a. Return to your Week 8 press release submission. Come up with three alternative
headlines for the media release story (that is, the one you wrote), and write one sentence against each as to why it could be a possible headline option.
  1. Fight Breaks out at FakeCommicCon event Brisbane
  2. Safety Concerns for national event held in Brisbane
  3. Wolverines V Storm Troopers ends in bloody mess.
Technical: Complete Quiz 8– Figures
a.Read Chapter 11 of Hicks, English for Journalists (Punctuation) to prepare for this quiz.
b.Complete the quiz so that you get 100% correct (you will be able to make numerous attempts).
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c. Reflect on this briefly on your blog– Did you find the
questions difficult? Did you have any problems in specific areas?
Completed with no difficulties

Week Nine Activities

Inquiry:Review
Using your text as the basis for your analysis, reflect on the following on your blog:
  1. What kinds of stories are in the newsletter?
    Stories about crocodiles, their habitats and habits
  2. How do these target the organizations audience?
    They are particularly relevant to crocodile conservationists because they have lost of details about them.
  3. If you were a science journalist, is there anything you may be interested in following up as a story, and why?
    Id be interested in following up on the information about crocodiles and how many there are etc.
  4. What do you think is effective or otherwise about this newsletter?
    Its very detailed, its format is boring but its still got lots of concepts.

Technical: Complete Quiz 7–Words

  1. Read Chapter 9of Hicks, English for Journalists (Punctuation) to prepare for this quiz.
  2. Complete the quiz so that you get 100% correct (you will be able to make numerous attempts).
  3. Reflect on this briefly on your blog –Did you find the questions difficult? Did you have any problems in specific areas?

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Week Eight Activities

Practical: Review the scenario on the next page. Write a media release that incorporates the three key messages as per the example in this week’s study guide. Post this media release on your blog. A template is available to guide you with structure, noting that for this exercise you do NOT need to include talking points at the end of the release.
MEDIA RELEASE 2 June
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FAKECOMICCON IVESTIGATES INCIDENT
[Who][What are they doing
][Why][How][When][Where].
The FakeComicCon series is a national event that is run in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Perth.
International stars of television and film attend events around Australia and the popularity of the event has grown each year.
In 2015, more than 30,000 people attended the Brisbane event alone.
The average age of attendees is 34, and the events are all age.
The most popular events are the autographed photo signings with international stars.
MEDIA RELEASE 2nd June
FakeComicCon is working with authorities to investigate the brawl which resulted in a stabbing at their recent event held in Brisbane Convention Centre. One of the people involved is an 18 year old male from Brisbane, and one is a 23 year old female from Townsville, seven are still in hospital.FakeComicCon has run for three years in Brisbane without incident, providing a place for players to come and meet like minded people. Casey Smith, CEO FakeComicCon says ‘we are very concerned for those involved and sad that this has happened at our event’. She says One of the aims of the ComicCon series is to give people a safe place to come, play, and meet like-minded people.
In 2015, more than 30,000 people attended the Brisbane event alone.The FakeComicCon series is a national event that is run in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Perth. Not only that but, International stars of television and film attend events around Australia and the popularity of the event has grown each year. As result of this Casey Smith is concerned with the safety restrictions  and as to how the culprits arrived at the venue carrying weapons?
The fight lasted 20 minutes approximately. 40 people in total were involved. 12 people injured, 2 critically. 8 were taken to Royal Brisbane Hospital and 2 of these are in intensive care. The average age of attendees is 34, and the events are all age, which tells us most are mature adults.The most popular events are the autographed photo signings with international stars.
Technical: Complete Quiz 8– Figures
a.Read Chapter 11 of Hicks, English for Journalists (Punctuation) to prepare for this quiz.
b.Complete the quiz so that you get 100% correct (you will be able to make numerous attempts).
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c. Reflect on this briefly on your blog– Did you find the
questions difficult? Did you have any problems in specific areas?
No this was relatively easy

Week Seven Activities

Activity one:

Inquiry: Review Chapter 11 of your Media Writing text (Whitaker, Ramsey & Smith). Summarise the key points of this chapter, and answer the question: What are the key differences between writing for broadcast and print-based media?

Broadcast

  • Broadcast is less detailed, its condensed and there is not much time for the reporter.
  • Addresses, ages and other details are left out unless necessary to the story’s germane.
  • Must be written as you would speak, and simply.
  • Must be clarified.
  • Slang must be spared.

Print

  • Print writing is more detailed and can develop greater stories.
  • Punctuation must be used correctly and grammar is important.

Activity two:

Practical: In Week 4, you interviewed someone and wrote a short article using their speech. Return to this interview, and write that news story as a very short broadcast audio-visual script. You can use a single or two-column format as per the examples provided in the Study Guide lesson. Read the story aloud and adjust if required to cater for speech/ear(ie. you may need to simplify it). Post your script to your blog.

Audio VISUAL
Two parents agree their daughter is the most important thing to them. View image on Twitter
Lisa and Scott Andrews had their first and only child when they were only young. View image on Twitter
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Activity three:

Technical: Complete Quiz 7–Words

  1. Read Chapter 9of Hicks, English for Journalists (Punctuation) to prepare for this quiz.
  2. Complete the quiz so that you get 100% correct (you will be able to make numerous attempts).
  3. Reflect on this briefly on your blog –Did you find the questions difficult? Did you have any problems in specific areas?

I found these questions easy, they were fun to answer.

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Climate Change & Australia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2V1Y1Mo4GU

Climate change according to Corcoran and Dickenson’s Dictionary of Australian Politics is a ‘significant change in the average weather pattern’. But Australian knows it’s certainly more than that which most of us have felt from the extreme weather changes that we experience (Barrie, 2016). Climate change affects the excellent agriculture that Australia prides itself on, some of these include, the Great Barrier Reef, the cattle industry and the rainforests.

Climate change is the effect of unrestrained contamination. Once carbon emissions caused by human action enter the air, they have dangerous implications for the atmosphere, the economy, and our wellbeing (Barrie, 2016). Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull sees the need for change concerning climate change and aims to tackle it. Read here for more info.

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Leading scientists say that climate change will increase in frequency and intensity of weather events. Sea levels are at risk for coastal communities, also the oceans are rising in acidity which is too acidic to support organisms in the marine. The carbon trapped in the earth’s atmosphere caused from the pollution of mainly coal and oil production, heats up and alters the climate patterns of the earth (Dabner, 2016).

Politically climate change has been on the agenda for many prime ministers and lobby groups in Australia; this is because ‘we live in the land of droughts and flooding rains. And fires too.’ Mr Turnbull stated (Hunter & Lee, 2016). According to the liberal website, the Turnbull government aimed to

  • ‘play our part in the global challenge of climate change. Australia has signed the Paris Climate Change Agreement.
  • Beat our 2020 target by 78 million tonnes, and have set an ambitious target of reductions of up to 28% by 2030 based on 2005 levels. That is equivalent to reducing emissions per capita by up to 52%– the second largest reduction of any G20 economy.’

 

(“Protecting our environment,” 2016)

Bibliography

Barrie, C. (2016). Climate change, security and the Australian Defence Force. United Service, 67(2), 13.

Dabner, J. (2016). Fiscal responses to climate change in Australia: a comparison with California. Australian Tax Forum, 31(1), 131-166.

Hunter, F., & Lee, J. (2016, June 9). Malcolm Turnbull’s warning on climate change disasters Retrieved from http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/federal-election-2016/election-2016-malcolm-turnbulls-warning-on-climate-change-disasters-20160609-gpf65k.html

Protecting our environment. (2016, September 5). Retrieved September 17, 2016, from Liberal, https://www.liberal.org.au/our-plan/protecting-our-environment

Legal Adoption for same sex couples

In light of the recent events highlighted by this article below, the issue of marriage equality arises as a result, more politically relevant matters such as the legalisation of same-sex adoption in Australia arises.

http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/malcolm-turnbull-open-to-compromise-on-samesex-marriage-plebiscite-20160915-grhlf1.html

According to https://australia.isidewith.com/poll/2420518159, 74% of Australians believe LBGT couples should be allowed to adopt. However, currently, same-sex couples can only apply for adoption in Western Australia, the Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales.  Whereas opposite sex couples can apply in any state. States such as Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and the Northern Territory do not permit same-sex couples to adopt children. Furthermore, this demonstrates discrimination on the shores of a country built on diversity (Maxwell & Kelsey, 2014).

 

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Even though there are many same-sex couples who already are the head of a family, whether by previous relationships or through assisted reproductive technology (ART) there is still a significant amount that would prefer to adopt Australian children and give them a chance at a better life(Maxwell & Kelsey, 2014). Federal laws acknowledge the relationship amongst an opposite-sex couple and the child conceived within ART; they do not recognise the relationship between a same-sex couple and their child conceived through ART (Ulrike,2012).

Legalising same sex couple adoption in all states would decrease the amount of children in foster homes (You-Ta, Church, Ophir, 2011). Statistics gathered from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare show that there were 43,009 Australian children living in out-of-home care as of 30th June 2014. (AIHW, 2015) This number has increased after 7.7/1,000 children at 30 June 2013 towards 8.1/1,000 children at 30 June 2014(“Diversity in Australian same-sex parented families,” 2016). Although there is an obvious answer to decreasing this number especially in states including Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and the Northern Territory, there has been no legislative change (Ulrike,2012).

If you enjoyed this, you will find this article particularly relevant

http://www.samesame.com.au/news/12983/Victoria-Todays-the-day-to-deliver-on-adoption-equality

Bibliography

Diversity in Australian same-sex parented families. (2016). Retrieved September 17, 2016, from Australian Institute of Family Studies, https://aifs.gov.au/cfca/publications/same-sex-parented-families-australia/diversity-australian-same-sex-parented-families

 

Maxwell, m. E., & Kelsey, g. (2014). Second parent adoption: same-sex and the best interest of the child. Journal Of Health & Human Services Administration, 37(2), 260-299.

 

Ulrike. (2012, November 27). Exploring gay adoption. Retrieved September 17, 2016, from GNN Gay News Network, http://gaynewsnetwork.com.au/feature/exploring-gay-adoption-9810.html

 

You-Ta, C., Church, R., & Ophir, R. (2011). Taking Sides: The Interactive Influences of Institutional Mechanisms on the Adoption of Same-Sex Partner Health Benefits by Fortune 500 Corporations, 1990-2003. Organization Science, 22(1), 190-209.