COMM11007 Media Writing Blog Activities Week 2 Inquiry: Review Trendsmap (trendsmap.com)

Social media such as Blogs, Facebook, and Twitter are used to keep people up to date in a more timely and effective manner in today’s technology reliant world (Whitaker, Ramsey & Smith 2012). It is evident in the two examples provided below that social media can be integrated into news effectively to inform the audience.

Figure 1: trendsmap for Brisbane Source: Trendsmap 2015
Figure 1: Trendsmap for Brisbane
Source: Trendsmap 2015
  1. What are the top stories in your area?

My local area is the wide bay. I have found that there were no listings in trends map. However there were listings under the location of Brisbane which was the closest to my location. According to Whitaker, Ramsey & Smith (2012) social media networking sites are now popularly used in a number of news articles.

The two top stories listed in Brisbane Queensland are: ’19yo Australian Feliks Zemdegs takes title at Rubik’s Cube World Championship’, ‘shark attacks Australian surfer Mick Fanning during live competition’.

The first article is a soft news story because it covers the field of sport; whereas, the second article is a hard news story because there is an element of injuries involved (Whitaker, Ramsey & Smith 2012).

ABC News (2015) provides a story about the 19 year old Australian boy by the name of Feliks Zemdegs who has just won the Rubik’s Cube world title for the second time. Some detail is given on what happens at these Championships and some history about them in the story (ABC News 2015).

Dye (2015) provides a story about Australian surfer Mick Fanning who gets attacked by a shark during a surfing competition. This was being held at Jeffreys Bay in South Africa.

One major comment provided by Mick Fanning that is used a couple of times through the Dye (2015) article is the fact that he would be happy not to compete ever again after surviving the attack.

  1. What is the relationship between the tweets and news stories in local media (if any)?

There is a relationship between them as these tweets are from the news companies that have written the article; although, the tweets only give brief headlines with links to the news stories (Whitaker, Ramsey & Smith 2012).

  1. Can you find evidence that tweets are being used in news stories?

The particular example of the shark attack story can be used as evidence that tweets are being used in news stories. This is because in the actual story you can see that the local media have incorporated tweets into it.

Figure 1: Shark attacks Australian surfer Mick Fanning during live competition Source: Dye 2015
Figure 2: Shark attacks Australian surfer Mick Fanning during live competition
Source: Dye 2015
  1. Can you find evidence of tweets being used by organisations to promote an event of issue? You should make an effort to screen capture tweets that may be relevant to your discussion and embed them in your blog (see skitch.com if you don’t have screen capture on your computer).

The organisation Australia Zoo is currently promoting Bindi Irwin’s 17th birthday and the fact that it will be with them that she celebrates it (Twitter 2015). Australia Zoo frequently promote events using social media such as twitter.

Figure 2: Happy Birthday Bindi Irwin Source: Twitter 2015
Figure 3: Happy Birthday Bindi Irwin
Source: Twitter 2015

Figure References

ABC [ABC News] 2015, ’19yo Australian Feliks Zemdegs takes title at Rubik’s Cube World Championship’. Tweet, 20 July, viewed 23 September 2015, https://twitter.com/abcnews/status/623244333907480576

Abrams, S [Stephanie Abrams] 2015, ‘Professional surfer gets attacked by a shark during competition. Terrifying but he’s okay’. Tweet, 19 July, viewed 23 September 2015, https://twitter.com/StephanieAbrams/status/622919907869634564

Bindi Irwin Fansite [totally bindi] 2015, ‘Bindi Irwin’s 17th Birthday at Australia Zoo’. Tweet, 24 July, viewed 23 September, https://twitter.com/TotallyBindi/status/624734329663561729

Dye J 2015, Shark attacks Australian surfer Mick Fanning during live competition, digital image, viewed 21 July 2015, http://www.smh.com.au/sport/shark-attacks-australian-surfer-mick-fanning-during-live-competition-20150720-gifvux

GCB [Gold Coast Bulletin] 2015, ‘Just six days after being attacked by a shark. Mick Fanning returned to the surf this morning’. Tweet, 24 July, viewed 23 September 2015, https://twitter.com/GCBulletin/status/624719432221224961  

Trendsmap 2015, Trendsmap for Brisbane, digital image, viewed 24 July 2015, http://trendsmap.com/local/au/brisbane

Twitter 2015, Happy Birthday Bindi Irwin, digital image, viewed 24 July 2015, https://twitter.com/AustraliaZoo

References

ABC News 2015, Australian Feliks Zemdegs takes title at Rubik’s Cube World Championship, viewed 21 July 2015, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-07-20/australian-takes-title-at-rubiks-cube-world-championship/6634244

Dye J 2015, Shark attacks Australian surfer Mick Fanning during live competition, viewed 21 July 2015, http://www.smh.com.au/sport/shark-attacks-australian-surfer-mick-fanning-during-live-competition-20150720-gifvux

Whitaker, R, Ramsey, J & Smith, R 2012, Media writing: print broadcast and public relations, 4th edn, Routledge, New York.

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5 thoughts on “COMM11007 Media Writing Blog Activities Week 2 Inquiry: Review Trendsmap (trendsmap.com)

  1. Yes it is very interesting just how fast the trends change, events can quickly turn from the new thing to the old and forgotten very soon. Thank you for your lovely comments 🙂 I was not too sure about this week and the quality of my work seems a bit below usual.

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  2. Hey Zoe,
    Need to write up a few more comments and reviews so I hope you don’t mind. It is way too late I know. Great job with the activity, the use of embedded images and sources from around the web really help. I had trouble finding stuff in my area too. Something I would watch out for would be grammar and formatting for your posts.
    Regards, Zac

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