COMM1107 Media Writing Blog Activities Week 9 Inquiry: Review two different examples of curation

Figure 1: Gold standard hotel Source: Condé Nass UK (2015)
Figure 1: Gold standard hotel
Source: Condé Nass UK (2015)

Condé Nass UK (2015) appear to be a website which shows you a picture of the hotels which have achieved a gold rating. These pictures are linked to a gallery of hotel pictures (Condé Nass UK 2015).

Condé Nass UK (2015) provides information on the hotel’s

  • location
  • amentities
  • contact numbers
  • hotel websites
  • estimated prices
Figure 2: Trip advisor Source: Trip advisor (2015)
Figure 2: Trip advisor
Source: Trip advisor (2015)

Trip Adviser appears to be a website which shows multiple pictures and a short description of the hotels which rank in the top 25 hotels of the world. When clicking on the link to the title of the hotel it opens in a new tab with in depth information. Here it shows several albums of photos in a gallery that you can go through.

Trip Advisor Australia (2015) also lists a price checker to the left of the gallery so users will get the “best prices” for their stay. You can also take a look at reviews, amenities, Q&A and a number of other information tabs (Trip Advisor Australia 2015).

According to Whitaker, Ramsey & Smith (2012, p.284) both the writing and layout should grab the reader’s attention. Eunson (2012, p.48) states that the layout is how something looks. Both of these websites have used a different layout with differences in paragraphing, transitional phrases and grammar use.

When comparing the two websites I can already see that the way they have been set out has made a huge difference to how I perceive each website. According to Ames (2015)  plenty of white space, large margins and clear lines between headings and blocks of text are used to avoid overcrowding a page.

For instance the Condé Nass UK (2015) does not inspire me to look further into the hotels they have presented. As the elements they have used are opposite to Ames (2015) which makes the writing look like a large block of text for me to read through.

Whereas Trip Advisor Australia (2015) sets it all out in a way which appeals to the eye, it looks professional and inspires me to look further into the hotels that it lists. However both could have an element of polysemy which Bainbridge Goc & Tynan (2011) defines as websites which are open to many different interpretations.

Picture References

Condé Nass UK 2015, Gold standard hotels, digital image, viewed 18 September 2015, http://www.cntraveller.com/awards/the-gold-list/gold-standard-hotels-2015/viewall

Trip Advisor Australia 2015, Top 25 hotels in the world, digital image, viewed 18 September 2015, http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/TravelersChoice-Hotels-g1

References

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

Bainbridge, J, Goc, N & Tynan, L 2011, Media and journalism, 2nd edn, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne.

Condé Nass UK 2015, Gold standard hotels, viewed 18 September 2015, http://www.cntraveller.com/awards/the-gold-list/gold-standard-hotels-2015/viewall

Eunson, B 2012, Communicating in the 21st century, John Wiley & Sons, Milton.

Trip Advisor Australia 2015, Top 25 hotels in the world, viewed 18 September 2015, http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/TravelersChoice-Hotels-g1

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 “COMM1107 Media Writing Blog Activities Week 9 Inquiry: Review two different examples of curation

  1. Hi Zoe
    Hope you don’t mind me commenting on your blog, someone from my group hasn’t completed weeks 6-10 so I have to find other people to review.

    Great post! You write well.
    I noticed in the second paragraph Trip Advisor is spelt incorrectly; the rest are spelt correctly. Aside from that tiny error I can’t think of any thing to improve on.
    https://comm11007tarahrodda.wordpress.com is my blog if you fancy stopping by.
    🙂 Tarah

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  2. OK – attempt 2 – not sure what happened with the first one….

    1st para: I think Gold Standard Hotels is a page within the Conde Nass website. I don’t think it is a website in itself. You could tighten the 2nd sentence in that para – perhaps by saying something like ‘the pictures link through to a gallery of photos….’

    2nd para: Conde Ness is a single entity (so provides, not provide). You may also be able to bullet point this para as a list. For example, Conde Ness provides information on hotels such as:
    location
    features/amentities
    contact numbers
    website
    estimated tariffs

    3rd para: I would take out the word ‘real’ from the second sentence. If it is in-depth, the word real becomes obsolete.

    4th para: think about shuffling the sentence structure: ‘also lists a price checker to the left of the gallery so that users can see the best prices for their stay’

    5th para: Check your structure or placement of the in-text references. It sounds as though Whitaker, Ramsey and Smith are talking about how you perceived the websites, and that Eunson is talking about Trip Advisor and Conde Nass.

    6th para: To keep it more formal I would replace the word ‘blob’ with ‘block of text’. You could also reference the week 10 study guide that talks about web design. This could add an additional layer of critical thinking.

    7th para: Check where you put the in-text reference. Perhaps ‘both have elements of polysemy, which Bainbridge, Goc and Tynan (2011) define as websites…..

    I hope this hasn’t been too detailed. It has been great working with you and all the best this term!

    Cheers
    Bec

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  3. Hi Zoe,
    This is a great blog response. I really enjoy reading your blog pieces as they are really easy to read and flow really well. I too found the TripAdvisor website more appealing than Conde Nass. I really can’t fault any of your work as I think Rebecca has summed everything up nicely.
    Thanks,
    Jordan

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