Category: Week 6 Blog Activities

COMM1107 Media Writing Blog Activities Week 6: Practical: Take a series of photos (5 – 10) and caption them

The Life Story of Casper 2000 – 2015.

Figure 1: My family got Casper from the RSPCA  six weeks old 1st Jan 2001 the same year the September 11 event happened. Source: My family
Figure 2: This was Casper’s first Christmas with us 2001, with one of her first presents on the couch with her. Source: My Family
Figure 3: 2002 A picture we took of Casper as we were about to leave her in the care of RSPCA while we travelled from our home near Bundy to Sydney to visit family. Source: My family
Figure: 2006 Casper was recently attacked by other dogs and had her left ear ripped open, she got stitches and was back to normal about to roll onto her back on the bean bags Source: My Family
Figure 4: 2006 Casper was recently attacked by other dogs and had her left ear ripped open, she got stitches and was back to normal about to roll onto her back on the bean bags
Source: My Family
Figure 4: This Picture was taken in 2008 when we were renting at Bagara while our current house was being built. The house we were renting was terrible for all our family's health. Source: Me
Figure 5: This Picture was taken in 2008 when we were renting at Bagara while our current house was being built. The house we were renting was terrible for all our family’s health.
Source: Me
Figure 6: 2009 when we first moved into our new house, Casper was sleeping on her couch. Source: My Family
Figure 6: This was taken in mum's new car in 2012 as we had to buy a new one due to an accident caused by someone turning on us. Casper loved being in the car, ever since a puppy it was her favourite place. Source: Me
Figure 7: This was taken in mum’s new car in 2012 as we had to buy a new one due to an accident caused by someone turning on us. Casper loved being in the car, ever since a puppy it was her favourite place.
Source: Me
Figure 7: This was taken 2014 on my Brother's birthday, she was looking up at my mum for food at the time as she often would when mum was in the kitchen. Source: Me
Figure 8: This was taken 2014 on my Brother’s birthday, she was looking up at my mum for food at the time as she often would when mum was in the kitchen.
Source: Me
Figure 9: The very last family christmas with Casper in 2014. Source: Myself
Figure: One of the very last pictures ever taken of Casper while she was being dried after having a bath, it was her favourite part of the whole thing.
Figure 10: One of the very last pictures ever taken of Casper while she was being dried after having a bath, it was her favourite part of the whole thing.
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COMM1107 Media Writing Blog Activities Week 6 Technical: Complete Quiz 6A And Quiz 6B – Punctuation

“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.

References

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

COMM1107 Media Writing Blog Activities Week 6 Inquiry: Review a Cirque de Soleil Media Kit.

Figure 1: Kurios Cabinet of Curiosities Source: Cirque du Soleil 2015
Figure 1: Kurios Cabinet of Curiosities
Source: Cirque du Soleil 2015

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
  • characters
  • 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:

  • businesses
  • people
  • 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).

Reference list

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.