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).
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).
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.
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
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.