Category: Week 7 Blog Activities

COMM1107 Media Writing Blog Activities Week 7 Technical: Complete Quizzes 7A (Spelling) and 7B (Style)

The ultimate rule is to write so that the reader can understand your intended meaning (Whitaker, Ramsey & Smith 2012, p.80).

For this technical exercise we were to review chapters five and eight of Hicks (2013). In these chapters Hicks (2013) talks about spelling and style, where it informs us about the impact that style has on writing.

I achieved 80% on my first attempt for quiz seven (a). One of my mistakes was a common error I have obviously made over the years when using the word ‘principle’ and the word ‘principal’ as my general understanding of the word principal was that it was the head of school which was called principal (Hicks 2013).

I frequently mix up the words ‘principle’ and ‘principal’ this is because my general understanding of the word principal was that it was the head of school whereas Hicks (2013, p.171) states that principal means: main or head. The word principle means basis (Hicks 2013, p.171).

I achieved 90% on my first attempt for quiz seven (a) because I got the question about if a writing piece is really good a reader will see technique wrong due to second guessing myself.

Reflecting over all of my quiz results I find that at least 70% of the time I have made mistakes due to me not paying enough attention to either the textbook or the questions. This seems to be a bad habit of mine.

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 7 Practical: reflecting on your assessment 1

Did you pick up all issues on your first proofread? Were there many and do you think you corrected them all?

It was predictable that I did not pick up all errors on my first proofread. I still missed a number of other errors both on my first and second proofread.

In fact on my fourth proofread I still came up with a couple of issues. I am unsure whether I have corrected all the issues in my assignment, as there may be more that I just cannot see.

I have relied on both Whitaker, Ramsey & Smith (2012) and Hicks (2013) to try to help me in properly writing and structuring the news story. The sources were also used to help me in properly writing and structuring the news release.

Was it helpful having a checklist and do you think it will make a difference to your overall result?

It was helpful to have a checklist; however, it would have been more helpful if the checklist could have included some more specific requirements rather than the generalised information which was included.

I do believe that the checklist would have made a difference to my overall marks as it reminded me to review other certain aspects that I would have otherwise forgotten.

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 7 Inquiry: Review a newsletter

Figure 1: Crocodile Specialist Group Newsletter Source: IUCN-SSC Crocodile Specialist Group (CSG) 2015
Figure 1: Crocodile Specialist Group Newsletter
Source: IUCN-SSC Crocodile Specialist Group (CSG) 2015

i. What kinds of stories are in the newsletter?

Some of the information included are:

  • obituaries
  • book reviews
  • information on the committee meeting
  • regional reports and a lot more.

According to Whitaker, Ramsey & Smith (2012) information should be broken up into small paragraphs. However, all of these stories are in depth with a large volume of text and barely any space to break it up. Which makes it a requirement to have a deep focus or concentration to try to understand what it was all about  .

ii. How do these target the organisation’s audience?

According to Whitaker, Ramsey & Smith (2012) a newsletter is defined by its function. This means that it is published or produced to present its message to the audience.

Well the organisation’s newsletter is not generally aimed at the public, instead it targets a more specific audience. This newsletter’s target audience would be CSG members and a number of other interested parties which may include: specialists, scientists, and academics.

For this reason I see that it fits its purpose rather well as it is informing.

iii. If you were a science journalist, is there anything you may be interested in following up as a story, and why?

I actually had a lot of trouble following this newsletter and what it was talking about, so after reading this newsletter a third time I came across a book review that was rather effective with the in depth analytics.

Figure 2: Book review Source  Ross (2015)
Figure 2: Book review
Source Ross (2015)

I would be interested in a follow up story of this as it was fascinating to see the review. Although perhaps if it was to become a follow up story it could include pictures of the book it is reviewing.

iv.What do you think is effective or otherwise about this newsletter?

The one thing I found effective was the pictures included in this newsletter as these did capture my attention and did interest me.

Things that could be improved by this newsletter is a table of contents, more pictures or diagrams and lastly more spacing between each piece.

Figure References

IUCN-SSC Crocodile Specialist Group (CSG) 2015, Crocodile specialist group newsletter, digital image, viewed 1 September 2015, http://www.iucncsg.org/365_docs/attachments/protarea/34%282-a5b9578f.pdf

References

IUCN-SSC Crocodile Specialist Group (CSG) 2015, ‘Crocodile specialist group newsletter’, vol. 34, no. 2, pp. 1-44, viewed 1 September 2015, http://www.iucncsg.org/

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