Category: Week 5 Blog Activities

COMM1107 Media Writing Blog Activities Week 5 Inquiry: News article why it is an example of good journalism or media writing?

Find an article that has impact on you because of the sources, speech and reporting, and discuss why it is an example of good journalism or media writing.

My chosen article is Wenlei (2015) ‘Why are Aussie students still struggling to make ends meet?’.  Which shows a good example of journalism.

According to Whitaker, Ramsey & Smith (2012) news stories should be broken up into small paragraphs. The paragraphs in Wenlei (2015) are a little larger than they probably should be; however, it does not seem too large that it has caused unease with reading it.

The first paragraph is the lead that is used to catch the attention of those interested in Australia’s youth and their income (Hicks 2013). The story has been framed carefully to read like a ‘how to’ feature story by using the useful information and quotes on how to manage finances (Bainbridge Goc & Tynan 2011). The use of pictures, language and structure has created a tone which is both appealing to the eye and interesting (Whitaker, Ramsey & Smith 2012).

Figure 1: Money Saving Video Source Wenlei (2015)
Figure 1: Money Saving Video
Source Wenlei (2015)

A number of media have been included in this news article such as pictures and a video. The video includes a few tips on budgeting for those who may not know how to or those how have trouble with it.

The meaning conveyed is not reliant on the media used. Instead the media that is incorporated simply improves the appeal to the story. The pictures provides the reader with a break by separating the text (Bainbridge Goc & Tynan 2011).

Figure 2: The picture formatting Source: Wenlei (2015)
Figure 2: The picture formatting
Source: Wenlei (2015)

Sasha, Marcus and Jamie are the article’s sources. Sasha is a university student who shares her first hand experience (Wenlei 2015).

ME Bank chief executive Jamie McPhee and Marcus Hinneberg from Bendigo Student Association were sources who discussed how students are struggling with managing their finances and what they could be doing to improve on savings (Wenlei 2015).

Jamie McPhee provides examples of priority spending with necessities such as food and textbooks; whereas, items such as concert tickets and jeans should be ‘carefully considered’ (Wenlei 2015).

Wenlei (2015) uses fairly simple language in the article, with only really a few times where words like: “hand-to-mouth nature” or “middle-of-the-road scenarios” are used. Some audiences might not know what either of those statements mean.

Picture Reference

Wenlei, M 2015, Why are Aussie students still struggling to make ends meet?, digital image, viewed 13 august 2015, http://www.news.com.au/finance/money/why-are-aussie-students-still-struggling-to-make-ends-meet/story-e6frfmcr-1227262096015

References

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

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

Wenlei, M 2015, Why are Aussie students still struggling to make ends meet?, viewed 13 august 2015, http://www.news.com.au/finance/money/why-are-aussie-students-still-struggling-to-make-ends-meet/story-e6frfmcr-1227262096015

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

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COMM1107 Media Writing Blog Activities Week 5 Technical: Complete Quiz 5 – Quiz 5A (Reporting Speech) and Quiz 5B (Figures).

For this week we were required to read chapter seven and 11 of (Hicks 2015). Which focus on speech reporting and figures.

I got five out of ten for first attempt of quiz (a)  when I was attempting the quiz for the first time because I was distracted and uncomfortable while I was at the CQU Bundaberg campus and was using my laptop in the computer lab.

There was this man in the room that I was very uncomfortable around due to some uncomfortable and weird experiences with him during semester 1 break before starting semester 2.

Thereby, I was unable to focus properly on the task at hand. I was disappointed with this result and my lack of thought to do the quiz another time before I actually attempted it.

Quiz (b) I received eight out of ten for the first attempt due to the same reason as the quiz (a). So I decided to redo the quizzes a different day and time when the man was not around.

Speech attribution was easier to understand when reading Whitaker, Ramsey & Smith (2012, p.192) as it easily describes how to use the speech tags. I will definitely refer back to it when using speech attribution in any further assignments.

References

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

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

COMM1107 Media Writing Blog Activities Week 5 Practical: Interview two people and write their speech as a news report.

My parents admitted their greatest passions today. With nearly 50 years of both good and bad life experiences both parents today took a moment to really think about what is their greatest passions.

My mother’s long time passion for most of her life still remains just as strong as when she first began it.

“My greatest passions are swimming, as well as building or fixing up houses and selling them,” Mum said.

With recent falls in the real estate market, selling property has become a real trauma for the family of four living near the town of Bundaberg.

“I am fixing up my third house at this moment,” Mum said.

Figure 1: 3rd House Source: Zoe Mears
Figure 1: 3rd House
Source: Zoe Mears

Mum said although her passion has been building/fixing up houses and selling them, she has decided that she won’t be continuing this cycle as she is getting too old to continue the hard psychical labour required.

However, her passion of swimming will continue for many more years to come.

“I plan to continue swimming until I can no longer due to any medical or age related problems which stop me,” Mum said.

Figure 2: Ducati ST3 Source: Central Italy Motorcycle Tours (n.d)
Figure 2: Ducati ST3
Source: Central Italy Motorcycle Tours (n.d)

After 33 years of riding motorcycles dad’s passion has not gone anywhere even after an accident when he first began riding motorcycles.

“My greatest passion is my motorcycle, I have loved riding my motorcycles for all of my life,” Dad said.

Dad owns a 2005 Ducati ST3 bought recently after wanting to upgrade from his Ducati ST2 that he had owned for 7 years.

He plans to continue with his passion for many years to come.

“I love riding motorcycles and I will not be the driver for any other mode of transport,” Dad said.

I could not complete part c to the practical task for week 5. This is due to the wishes of those interviewed that they not have their picture uploaded onto the internet.

Figure reference

Central Italy Motorcycle Tours n.d, Ducati ST3, digital image, viewed 24 September 2015, http://www.cimt.it/st3_rental.htm