Category: Week 7 Blog Activities

COMM12033 Speech and Script Week 7 Workbook Activities

  1. Features of a genre: Record 5 minutes, or find a section online, of a chat-based program (Today, Sunrise, Hamish and Andy etc). Tolson argued that chat-based programming is oriented toward the personal, it features wit and humour, and the risk of transgression underlies talk (1991). Are these features evident in your recording, and if so, how? What does this tell you about what you would need to know or do if you wanted to be a host in this context?

Bainbridge, Goc & Tynan (2011, p. 218) states that Quasar is a celebrity whose fame usually only lasts for the duration of an event. This is evident in the The Morning Show (2016) with the two Quasars Lani and Layton, who gained fame during the event/show ‘First Dates’. Hicks (2013) talks about accents and that we should keep them as it makes a crucial difference to how words are pronounced. You can actually hear the accents with the two hosts and the two Quasars Lani and Layton, this ‘Aussie’ accent makes a difference to how they pronounce their words.

According to Whitaker, Ramsey & Smith (2012) Human interest stories are about people and their lives or struggles, this is something that gains the interest of the publics. One human interest story that is very popular especially amongst women is the love stories or dating shows. The Morning Show (2016) covers this human interest value with their love story of Lani and Layton.

Whitaker, Ramsey & Smith (2012) states that human interest stories are often about an individual experience with a run of hand luck or sudden reversal of fortune. The Morning Show (2016) shows a good example of a positive interview which tries to establish a warm, comfortable atmosphere so the subject will talk candidly and expansively about feelings.

According to Whitaker, Ramsey & Smith (2012) Proximity is the interest in what is going on around them, what is closest to them. This can be seen when The Morning Show (2016) hosts show a scene from the show ‘First Date’ which not only fits human interest and proximity  but also prominence. This is because prominence is news stories about famous people or well-known people which generally creates a lot of interest amongst the public (Whitaker, Ramsey & Smith 2012).

There is attempt at humour and personality on the talk show called the morning show. In this five minute clip The Morning Show (2016) hosts talk about the date show which two of the Quasars from that show appear. The Morning Show (2016) ask some questions then the hosts talk amongst themselves. This tells me I need to attempt humour and be able to interact with my co-workers freely so that it appears to be more natural rather than scripted. Eunson (2012) talks about praise as a strength because everyone likes to be praised.  When watching the video another aspect I noticed is the praise that the Quasars Lani and Layton receive from the two hosts.

Bainbridge, Goc & Tynan (2011, p. 204) states that audiences can develop parasocial relationships with people they know only through the media, in ways that are similar to real friends and colleagues. This ‘parasocial relationship’ is especially applicable to celebrities who might be seen over and over again as for example, hosts on morning television or film stars (Bainbridge, Goc & Tynan 2011, p. 204) . The audience can start to feel as though they know the celebrity similar to other people frequently encountered in our daily lives (Bainbridge, Goc & Tynan 2011, p. 204). In the Morning Show (2016) the audience would form the parasocial relationship with Lani and Layton as they will have been frequently appearing in the media.


2. Piece to Camera practice: Using a smartphone, or a video camera, ask someone to record you doing a piece to camera where all you are doing is describing the scene behind you.



3. Review: Review the Clayman reading on reporting speech in news interviews (From talk to text: newspaper accounts of reportersource interactions) and summarise the key points of the article.

The Clayman (1990) article uses examples from 100 articles from a number of newspapers during 1986-1987 to support his key points. Key points of the Clayman (1990) article are that news stories are made usually from observations and accounts of legitimated institutional sources through the communication mode of spoken interaction.
The Clayman (1990) article also discusses what makes a question quotable and to specify the impact that quoted question have on the sense and import of subsequent political speech. Another key point is that many of the news stories from newspapers and television are derived from international situations with interviews, press conferences, public speeches and congressional hearings (Clayman 1990).


Figure Reference List

The Morning Show 2016, Sparks fly on first dates, video, 17 February, viewed 29 April 2016,


Reference List

Bainbridge, J, Goc, N & Tynan, L 2011, Media & journalism, 2nd edn, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne.

Clayman, S 1990, ‘From talk to text: newspaper accounts of reporter-source interactions’, vol.12, Media Culture & Society, London.

Eunson, B 2012, Communicating in the 21st century, 3rd edn, John Wiley & Sons, Milton.

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.