Category: COMM12016: Media Industries

COMM12016: Media Industries Gatsby Ball


The Gatsby Gala Ball was held on the 10th of September 2016, for students, staff and partners at ‘The One’ Nightclub Sugarland Tavern. The Gatsby Ball was held to support the ‘Dr Phillip Donaldson Memorial Scholarship‘. This scholarship was founded in 2016 when Dr Phillip Donaldson died in 2015 in a car accident (CQUniNEWS 2016).  The scholarship provides first year CQUniversity undergraduate students residing in Bundaberg $5,000 in total or $2,500/ Term for terms one and two (CQUniversity Australia 2016).

The day the ball was to be held began and as it progressed I found myself excited and nervous as I had never been to a ball before. The theme of this ball was the 1920’s Gatsby era which was a vibrant period for clothes, make up, jewellery etc  (Outix 2016). The ball was to begin at 6:30pm (Outix 2016). I started getting ready at 3:30pm knowing that I had two hours to attempt the 1920’s style hair and makeup.

It was a rush and I found myself disappointed in myself, I rushed out the door with my brother to the ball. The entrance to the ball had string/tassle, as you enter you see the massive inside. Name registry was required on entry and three slips of paper were provided, a number for your entry in the best dressed competition and two free drink slips. Free food was also provided, with music to set the scene.


Figure: Best dressed girl at entrance of ball Source: Devenish (2016)

The event began meeting up with fellow students and friends. Introductions between friends of friends and then we were all seated at tables chatting away as free food was provided on platters. Approximately 70 people attended the event. The environment, scenery, music and food made the night feel pulled back into the 1920’s.

People were getting up to dance on the dance floor, with a dj that took song requests, the hours passed so quickly and everyone was enjoying themselves. When time came for the best dressed girl and best dressed guy to be announced, everyone that had scattered outside or were on the dance floor returned to their tables, eagerly awaiting to find out who would be announced.

The DJ calls out “the best dressed female goes to Zoe Mears” and the crowd cheers as I gasp. I sort of stumble out of my chair in shock as my friend Louisa tells me its alright. Then the DJ continues and announces the best dressed guy “Aaron Barba”. Both of us await at the entry table where a lady comes over and hands us our prize. Still shocked that I had won best dressed, I stumbled off to my table and showed friends the prize, the rest of the night passed with more dancing, photos, laughs, and drinks. The night finally came to an end with a success and a group photo that will hold memories for a long time to come.

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Figure Reference List

Devenish, A 2016, Best dressed girl at entrance of ball, digital image, viewed 11 September 2016,

Philippi, P 2016, Gatsby gala ball, digital image, viewed 18 September 2016,

Reference List

CQUniNEWS 2016, Out of tragedy comes hope of life saving skills for the future, viewed 17 September 2016,

CQUniversity Australia 2016, Dr Phillip Donaldson Memorial Scholarship, viewed 17 September 2016,

One Entertainment Centre 2016, One nightclub, viewed 17 September 2016,

Outix 2016, The gatsby gala ball, viewed 29 August 2016,



COMM12016: Media Industries Pokemon’ Go Citizen Blog

Figure 1: Pokemon Go 20 essential tips and tricks Source: Te, Z & Espineli, M (2016)

Pokemon Go is the new craze with people all across the world. Recently I had an interaction with a Pokémon Go player, he was a fairly old age and it made me wonder just how crazily popular this application has become, according to Angus (2016) it is not only popular with local people but nationally and internationally.

Interesting enough I have found that this application has just about completely taken over all across the world. People have really got into this application with some crazy results such as according to Holmes (2016) a woman claiming she was raped by a Pokémon. Another crazy event is when people interrupted a funeral to search for the Pokémon (Cooper 2016).

Figure 2: Woman tells police she was raped by a Pokemon Go character after she felt an assault and the virtual reality game detected the creature in her bedroom Source: Holmes (2016)

Is this application perhaps an application that is dangerous to the public, I believe that it has only become this way because of how obsessed people have become with it, it seems the obsession has gotten to the point perhaps that reality has begun to blur. Is this with the whole population of Pokémon Go players? No, thankfully this application still remains with the majority of the population just that, an application made for fun and enjoyment and not meant to be taken too seriously.

However, there is plenty of information for people who may be interested in playing Pokémon Go but are unsure of it. There are answers to frequently asked questions such as: how to log into the game, how to name and customise your trainers (Frank 2016). As the population of the Pokémon Go application players continues to grow, it is possible that more crazy cases of crime could continue to happen and therefore raise the crime rate.



Figure Reference List

Holmes, S 2016, Woman tells police she was raped by a pokemon go character after she felt an assault and the virtual reality game detected the creature in her bedroom, digital image, viewed 12 August 2016,

Te, Z & Espineli 2016, Pokemon go 20 essential tips and tricks, viewed 15 August 2016,


Reference List

Cooper, N 2016, Brisbane funeral interrupted by pokemon go players, viewed 10 August 2016,

Frank, A 2016, Your biggest pokémon go questions answered update, viewed 21 August 2016,

Holmes, S 2016, Woman tells police she was raped by a pokemon go character after she felt an assault and the virtual reality game detected the creature in her bedroom, viewed 12 August 2016,

Angus, D 2016, Pokemon go gets people out and about and that’s a good thing, viewed 10 August 2016,






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Figure 1: RSPCA Bundaberg Source: RSPCA Queensland Inc (n.d)

The abbreviation RSPCA stands for Royal Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Oxford University Press 2016).


Recently the RSPCA was called to check up on one of the neighbourhood dogs who looked malnourished, the dog was not found to have any problems according to the neighbour Malcolm I spoke to. This ran the question of what else does the RSPCA do for the animals in the community.

The RSPCA runs an important service where there are over 3000 volunteers who cover a range of different roles in the organisation including:

  • Shop assistant.
  • Shop receptionist.
  • Groomer.
  • Event volunteer.
  • Animal carer.
  • And many more (RSPCA 2016).

The RSPCA is an organisation that ‘in 1923 the Societies were given the Royal Warrant, becoming known as the Royal Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ (RSPCA 2016). However you are required to be at least 18 years or older in order to volunteer for any of the positions at RSPCA ( 2016).

Across Australia, RSPCA shelters receive more than 130,000 animals every year. Most of which are cats and dogs; however there are a number of other animals which the RSPCA attends to such as:

  • Cows.
  • Horses.
  • Goats.
  • Ducks.
  • And so much more.

Animals which can not be put into homes and require extensive care are often taken care of by the RSPCA carers so that the animal can be rehabilitated and be made ready for adoption. However, not all people believe that the RSPCA are what they say, in fact some believe them to be fraudulent such as Animal Liberation Victoria (2016) who mentions RSPCA’s apparent fraudulent activities.



Figure Reference List

RSPCA Queensland Inc n.d, RSPCA Bundaberg, digital image, viewed 11 August 2016,


Reference List

Animal Liberation Victoria 2016, RSPCA betrayal, viewed 22 September 2016,

2016, RSPCA volunteering a walk in the park, viewed 22 September 2016,

Oxford University Press 2016, RSPCA, viewed 11 August 2016,

RSPCA 2016, Shelters, viewed 11 August 2016,

RSPCA 2016, Volunteer, viewed 11 August 2016,










COMM12016: Media Industries Childers Festival Citizen Blog

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Childers festival is a major cultural event in Queensland, scheduled the last weekend in July. With crowds of over 50000 people attending and around 418 stalls for attendees to visit. The festival has been running since 1996 (Bundaberg Regional Council 2016).

I found some interesting information from one stall, North Lakes G-style Henna Tattoos. The Henna Tattoos stall vendor says their business has been running for 11 years. They paint their temporary tattoos with an ink that is used as a paste from a native plant in India called “Mahenbi”.

According to Bundaberg Regional Council (2016) this festival has gone through a number of changes such as: food and wine festival, Childers multicultural festival, Childers festival of cultures; however, today it is simply known as Childers festival. I believe this is a more fitting name. This is an interesting event for all ages and one which will not only keep you entertained all weekend, but will also educate you on the different sounds of different cultures and different foods. One could easily just spend the two days listening to the musicians and trying different foods. Some of the amazing Australian artists that were at the festival include: Derek F. Smith, The Twine, and Fat Picnic (Fat Picnic 2016; Smith 2016; The Twine 2016).


However, I did notice that during the event when I had injured myself the “first aid” cadets were a little unorganised and did not have any equipment to help me. I had to wait 15 minutes just to have a band aid from the Queensland Ambulance Station, which is interesting because had it been more serious I would have been in danger. This can be seen as a risky event which according to NIFV, 2012, cited in Vries, Galetzka & Gutteling (n.d) is defined as an event accessible to a crowd of people at a specific time or date at a specific location. NIFV, 2012, cited in Vries, Galetzka & Gutteling (n.d) states that this event could lead to risks to public order, public safety, public health or the environment. I do also feel that more directions could have been given to tell people where things were as there were events that I missed out on due to the fact that I did not know where they were.


Reference List


Bundaberg Regional Council 2016, About festival, viewed 30 July 2016,

Fat Picnic 2016, Fat picnic, viewed August 14,

Queensland Ambulance Service Wiki 2016, Queensland ambulance service, wiki, viewed 9 August 2016,

Smith, D 2016, Derek f. smith music for everyone, viewed August 14,

The Twine 2016, The twine make some noise, viewed August 14,

Vries, P, Galetzka, M & Gutteling, J n.d., The role of communication in crowd management and crowd control, University of Twente, Netherlands.