The Life Story of Casper 2000 – 2015.
“The point of punctuation is to make writing easier to read,” (Hicks 2013).
I was required to read chapter six of Hicks (2013) that is about punctuation. There were some useful information even on the first page which I would not have guessed.
I did not realise until reading Hicks (2013) that headlines, standfirsts and captions rarely have the final full stops. For quiz six (a) I got 100% on the first go as I obviously read the questions correctly and there was nothing I did not already understand.
English has always been my hardest subject to learn, which is weird considering it is the first and only language I speak. But, it seems that I am getting a lot better with it than I used to be. Now I barely use commas whereas before I never used anything else.
For quiz six (b) I got 70% on my first attempt. I think the main issue here was that I did not read some of the questions correctly, one of the questions asked me which example was incorrect; whereas I thought it said the word correct.
Which caused me to select the wrong answer. I have to remember to read the questions carefully and precisely.
Hicks, W 2013, English for journalists, 4th edn, Routledge, New York.
For this task we were asked to select a show. We were then asked to review both the press kit and then the supplementary media for the show. Kurious Cabinets of Curiosities was chosen and is currently touring in America (Cirque du Soleil 2015).
On the Cirque du Soleil (2015) website there is a number of media included such as
- the video previewing the show
- the press kit
- press contacts
- news releases
- the official website link.
The press release lists facts such as:
- who the team is for the show
- the acts
- the set design
- mission statement
- show statistics
There are also pictures included in the press kit that support the information that they have used (Cirque du Soleil 2010).
There are a number of ways this information could be incorporated in a news story. This is because this information has a number of different news values which could potentially be turned into a news story (Bainbridge Goc & Tynan 2011).
However, it would depend on which company or news outlet the story would be written for. If it was written for a local newspaper the angle might be to tell the community about the show coming to their local area, and where to see it (Whitaker, Ramsey & Smith 2012).
A brief history of the show with pictures and videos would be incorporated into the news story if the focus was on proximity (Whitaker, Ramsey & Smith 2012). This would be to create interest among people so that they might go to see it (Bainbridge Goc & Tynan 2011).
This information would be most useful to write a backgrounder story, the reason for this is according to Whitaker, Ramsey & Smith (2012) backgrounders are lengthy serious features which provide the reader with the information on:
- events and a number of other things.
I would have liked to have seen more of the show in the video Cirque du Soleil (2015) provides or even in the press release however it is structured and formatted this particular way for the journalists and public relations audience (Whitaker, Ramsey & Smith 2012).
Bainbridge, J, Goc, N & Tynan, L 2011, Media & Journalism, 2nd edn, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne.
Cirque du Soleil 2010, Kurios Cabinet of Curiosities press kit, viewed 1 September 2015, https://static01.cirquedusoleil.com/en/~/media/press/PDF/kurios/kurios-presskit.pdf
Cirque du Soleil 2015, Kurios Cabinet of Curiosities, viewed 1 September 2015, https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/press/kits/shows/kurios/creators.aspx
Whitaker, R, Ramsey, J & Smith, R 2012, Media writing: print broadcast and public relations, 4th edn, Routledge, New York.