Category: Week 8 Blog Activities

COMM1107 Media Writing Blog Activities Week 8 Technical: Complete Quiz 8 – Words

This week we were required to read chapter nine of Hicks (2013) where it talks about the use of words. It gives examples of words that should not be used as well as words that need care when used because they have more than one meaning to them.

I will definitely refer back to this when writing and editing my other assignments because it will be useful. Until I had read Hicks (2013) there were a few words that I was not sure on or that I did not know were a mistake.

This will also be useful when writing in any further journalism courses that I enrol in, as I will need to improve greatly on many of the issues covered in (Hicks 2013).

I got 100% on my first go for the quiz, I am really happy with this result. I was certain that I would get a low score on this as I always seem to forget what most words actually mean and I repeatedly have to look up them up.

Reference

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

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COMM1107 Media Writing Blog Activities Week 8 Practical: You are the technology writer for your local paper.

Figure 1: Foundd logo Source: Foundd Press Kit 2015
Figure 1: Foundd logo
Source: Foundd Press Kit 2015

Write a 300 word review of the social media network you selected as your Inquiry task. Write the review as though you are recommending (or otherwise) the social media platform for someone else.

You can join up to the website with other social media such as Facebook, Twitter or you can join up directly to this networking site (Foundd 2015). It also comes as an app which can be used on android or smartphones and tablets.

The suggested website Foundd (2015) is easy to use and has been set out in a stylish way for the audience. It has been kept up to date. It does include a press kit; however, the kit is mainly pictures of the website and lacks any real detail about the ‘company/website’.

Pages included in this website are:

  • home page which includes links to other pages
  • Foundd blog page
  • movie rating, movie recommendations, movie collections
  • TV show rating,TV show recommendations, TV show collections
  • IOS Game rating, IOS Game recommendations, IOS Game collections
  • and several other pages are included.

You can search manually for any other the three options that are provided, you can also filter the search options for filters such as genres and years (Foundd 2015). Games, movies and shows are also recommended to you.

Figure 2: Watchlist Source: Foundd Press Kit 2015
Figure 2: Watchlist
Source: Foundd Press Kit 2015

Some statistics provided by (Foundd 2015) website are:

  • People who had friends who also used FOUNDD stuck with it for over a year.
  • Around 80% of people were still active after 12 months.
  • 95% of growth came from iPhones and iPads (0.5 million downloads).
  • Over 14 million ratings were made on FOUNDD.

The updated FOUNDD website is a mobile film community with a simple app including a feed of ratings and reviews from the people you follow (Foundd 2015).

Foundd (2015) provide other statistics that 50% of the people who install the new FOUNDD app on a mobile or tablet still use it after 2 months and on average 3 times per week.

One weakness that was found for this networking is the lack of actually business or professional reviews for each of the categories provided.

Ames (2015) states that background colours can make certain coloured fonts hard to read. Thereby, I found the second weakness was the use of background and text colour is so similar that it all blurs into each other.

My personal opinion of this networking site is that it is not something I would use as I have no interest in its design or its idea or theme. I personally like to see the actual trailers that are provided when actually watching free to air tv and Foxtel.

This is most likely influenced by both the lack of mobile and internet connections where I live which makes anything using those two mediums frustrating. However, it would be great for people who love to get recommendations as well as for those who love to voice their opinion on movies, shows and games.

Figure references

Foundd Press Kit 2015, Foundd logo, digital image, viewed 5 September 2015, https://dl.dropbox.com/u/2647580/FOUNDD%20press%20kit.rar

Foundd Press Kit 2015, Watch list, digital image, viewed 5 September 2015, https://dl.dropbox.com/u/2647580/FOUNDD%20press%20kit.rar

References

Ames, K 2015, Module 10: Impact of design, course notes, COMM11007: Media Writing, CQUniversity e-courses, http://moodle.cqu.edu.au

Foundd 2015, Trending on Foundd, viewed 5 September 2015, https://foundd.com/home

COMM1107 Media Writing Blog Activities Week 8 Inquiry: Think about your interests

Think about how you might use this network personally, and then how you might use it professionally. Reflect on this on your blog.

Figure 1: Foundd Home Screen Source: Screen capture Foundd (2015)
Figure 1: Foundd Home Screen
Source: Screen capture Foundd (2015)

I have quite a number of interests such as: listening to music, watching movies and shows, playing games, lastly reading books. I chose to pick my interest in movies and shows. Surprisingly, there is not actually a lot of social media networking websites for fans of television shows and movies; at least not in my Google search.

There are a few networking sites that I know of that which were created specifically for the movie Twilight. These have now become more of a generalised networking where anyone can be any character. However, this was not appropriate for the task at hand, so I Googled it.

I found a social networking website ‘Foundd’. This is a website where you rate movies, shows and games. You also get recommendations after you rate ten items from one of the previous options mentioned.

I could see myself using this social networking website to find out movies, shows and games that might interest me. It lists the year and genre of the recommended items as well as some background information.

On the Foundd (2015) page in their website information is a statement with statistics. “Our quest was to create something that people love to use often and for a long time, we were able to identify three seemingly uncorrelated things that stood out to us:

  • People who had friends who also used Foundd stuck with it for over a year. To be more precise, 80% of those users were still active after 12 months.
  • 95% of growth came from iPhones and iPads (0.5 million downloads).
  • Over 14 million ratings were made on Foundd.”

These statistics provide general feedback information on the website and some of the major aspects. With over 14 million views it means that this website is fairly popular. The biggest audience is from those using iPhones and iPads thus the main focus is on making the website easy to navigate on mobiles.

Their website also lists three principles for an improved Foundd:

  • Make the recommendations from people, not an algorithm.
  • Focus on mobile.
  • Expressing your thoughts and feelings about a movie should be the core experience on Foundd.

I could use this website in a professional matter by looking up information on a movie that an actor previously played in or for a reference when reviewing a show or movie that has been released. Unfortunately, unless I was covering the subject of movies, shows or games in an article, there really would not be much use to me.

Figure Reference

Foundd 2015, Trending on Foundd, digital image, viewed 5 September 2015, https://foundd.com/home

References

Foundd 2015, Trending on Foundd, viewed 5 September 2015, https://foundd.com/home