Category: Week 2 Blog Activities

COMM1107 Media Writing Blog Activities Week 2 Practical: Register a Twitter account

Figure 1: Twitter account Source: Me
Figure 1: Twitter account
Source: Me

a. Register a Twitter account.

I already had a twitter account that was used for a different course, I only needed to change the name of my account. It can be accessed here https://twitter.com/CQUstudent_COMM .

b. Identify 20 different journalists (as a minimum) to follow and ‘Follow’ them.

I believe I have followed more than 20 journalists as was required. In total I have followed 59 people on twitter. These include journalists, other students and a couple of CQU staff members.

COMM11007 Media Writing Blog Activities Week One, Two & Three Technical: Observation, Grammar Rules & Grammar Ten common mistakes

Week One

Technical: Complete Quiz One – Grammar Rules

  • Reflect on this briefly on your blog – Did you find the questions difficult? Did you have any problems in specific areas?

Reflection:

This week the quiz was about grammar. Week one I finished the quiz and on the first attempt I achieved 100% I found no problems or difficulties with completing this quiz. I was happy with my results.

Week Two

Technical: Complete Quiz 2 – Grammar Rules

  • Reflect on this briefly on your blog – Did you find the questions difficult? Did you have any problems in specific areas?

Reflection:

This week the quiz was about grammar. We were asked to review chapter two of Hicks (2013) to answer the quiz. The first time I learned the basics of grammar in primary school I could not understand it no matter how many times the teacher explained it to me.

Since then I have always tried to learn as much as I could about grammar and I have improved a lot over the years. Although, when reflecting on the technical exercise for the week two blog I found that I encountered some minor difficulties with questions one and eight.

The reason for this is these were the only questions which I could not remember or figure out what the right answer was. Because of this I had to redo the quiz a number of times till I reached 100%.

Week Three

Technical: Complete Quiz 3 – Grammar Rules

  • Reflect on this briefly on your blog – Did you find the questions difficult? Did you have any problems in specific areas?

Reflection:

This week was interesting. At one point while reading Hicks (2013) I had to reread one particular section a second time. When completing the quiz in week three I found that I got question one and eight wrong.

The reason why I got that result was when answering question one and eight I doubted my first answer and so I chose a different option. I then had to redo the test a second time to receive 100%.

References

Hicks, W 2013, English for journalists, 4th edn, Routledge, New York.

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.