Category: Week 3 Blog Activities

COMM1107 Media Writing Blog Activities Week 3 Practical: Register a Storify account

 a. Register a Storify account using the same/similar professional identity you used to establish your Twitter account.

Figure 1: My storify account Source: Me
Figure 1: My storify account
Source: Me

I have used the same identity that I used with my twitter account. There is no difference between them.

b. Spend time reviewing other Storify accounts.

There are a number of other really good Storify accounts that I have come across since registering an account. I am currently following 12 Storify accounts. I have to say, it is a bit intimidating they are all so good!

The posts from all of them are: entertaining, insightful and nicely structured. There is so much to learn from all of them, I only wish I had more time!

c. Identify an issue to follow and compile your first story. It doesn’t need to be huge – just a few tweets.

Figure 2: Storify published Source: Me
Figure 2: Storify published
Source: Me

The very first Storify post that I published is my story for assignment three. I created two other Storify posts but never published them because I felt that they were too horrible for others to see.

Here is the link to the story I published. I incorporated one tweet from another person which was used to start off the story.

Although I believe most students have not used Storify before, I found that it was hard for me to get an understanding of how to use it. I really wish they had an option to upload directly from the computer as I found I had trouble trying to incorporate that same information from somewhere else.

d. Reflect on your experience on your blog. What seems to ‘make the news’ on Storify? Can you see the usefulness of this as a way to tell stories? If so, how? If not, why not? 

I can see the usefulness of Storify to tell stories; however, if they could incorporate ways to make it easier to use I would it find a lot more useful currently. I personally would not use it because it is so hard for me to understand how to.

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 3 Inquiry: Review an interesting event or issue published in broadcast, online, and print media.

Consider the lead paragraph in each story. Are they different? If so, how? Is there a difference in news values? If so, which news values are prevalent in which story? Why does the story interest you?

Figure 1: Squirrel goes nuts inside club Source: Horswill (2015)
Figure 1: Squirrel goes nuts inside club
Source: Horswill (2015)

Print: ‘A ‘drunk’ squirrel ransacked a club when it became locked in’.

This story provides us with an entertaining brief news story about a drunk squirrel that made a huge mess in a bar (Horswill 2015). This story provides us with two pictures of a squirrel which states in the captions of each that it was ‘not pictured’ which unfortunately means that the drunken squirrel got away before a mug shot could be taken.

The reason the Horswill (2015) story interests me is because I found it a bit unusual and entertaining. The use of pictures, language and structure has created a tone which is both appealing to the eye and interesting (Whitaker, Ramsey & Smith 2012).

Horswill (2015) is an article which uses small paragraphs of light hearted content with no drama involved. This means that it is classified as a soft news story (Whitaker, Ramsey & Smith 2012).

According to Bainbridge Goc & Tynan (2011) framing the text involves two considerations:

  • The frame is the way the text is presented.

  • The context is where the text is located and how it is encountered.

Horswill (2015) has framed this article to be light heart lighted by mainly using quotes from the bar owner and some minor descriptions of what happened. Colourful quotes such as:

“I’ve never seen a drunk squirrel before. He was sozzled and looked a bit worse for wear, shall we say.”

Are used in this article to help the readers to picture the event (Whitaker, Ramsey & Smith 2012).

Online: ‘UFO which looks like a cloud but flies like a plane captured above New York City’.

Morrow (2015) provides the audience with both an entertaining and intriguing story on the event about a cloud looking formation which flies or floats through the sky (Morrow 2015). This story is brief and all paragraphs are small which helps to keep the reader interested (Whitaker, Ramsey & Smith 2012). This story includes the news value of novelty, this is due to Its unusual nature (Whitaker, Ramsey & Smith 2012).

Morrow (2015) also includes a picture and a video of the cloud like formation in the story. At the end it poses a question to the audience asking them to provide a comment on their thoughts. The use of pictures, language and structure has created a tone which is both appealing to the eye and interesting (Whitaker, Ramsey & Smith 2012).

The reason this story is interesting is because it is cool and intriguing as I have never seen anything like it before. It is another light hearted story that is entertaining. This means that it is also classified as a soft news story (Whitaker, Ramsey & Smith 2012).

Broadcast: ‘Man and two children dead after gas explosion near Mount Isa’.

This hard news story provides us with heartfelt details about a gas explosion causing the death of a family on Deighton Street in Mornington (Ninemsn 2015). The only media shown in this story is tweets from Queensland ABC breakfast presenter Emma Cillekens. Ninemsn ( 2015) frames the story by talking about what happened and using the tweets to link the it all together Bainbridge Goc & Tynan (2011) .

The use of tweets, language and structure has created a tone which is both appealing to the eye and engaging (Whitaker, Ramsey & Smith 2012). Personally I did not like this story as it is sad to read about, especially since I am still sad over my family’s fifteen year old dog passing away in May.

I believe the two lead paragraphs used in the stories are the single act lead and the summary lead (Whitaker, Ramsey & Smith 2012). I was not entirely sure; however, I might go back and reread the descriptions for the lead types another four times.

Figure References

Horswill, I 2015, A drunk squirrel ransacked a club when it became locked in, digital image, viewed 28 July 2015, http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/technology/science/a-drunk-squirrel-ransacked-a-club-when-it-became-locked-in/story-fnjwk7l9-1227445729783

References

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

Horswill, I 2015, A drunk squirrel ransacked a club when it became locked in, viewed 28 July 2015, http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/technology/science/a-drunk-squirrel-ransacked-a-club-when-it-became-locked-in/story-fnjwk7l9-1227445729783

Morrow, M 2015, UFO which looks like a cloud but flies like a plane captured above New York City, viewed 28 July 2015, http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/weird/ufo-which-looks-like-a-cloud-but-flies-like-a-plane-captured-above-new-york-city/story-fni0cre7-1227433516771

Ninemsn 2015, Man and two children dead after gas explosion near Mount Isa, viewed 28 July 2015, http://www.9news.com.au/National/2015/07/28/08/54/Caravan-explodes-in-Mount-Isa

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