Week 1 – Let me introduce myself…

Workbook Activity 1: Blog Hello and welcome to my blog! My name is Taylor and I am from a small mining town in Central Queensland. Up until December last year, I was working part-time (well, 32 hours a week!) as a regulatory officer in local government, whilst studying a Bachelor of Arts part-time by distance.... Continue Reading →


Hard News vs Soft News: Which is better?

Ah, the age-old debate: hard news or soft news? Bainbridge, Goc, and Tynan (2015, p. xxiv) define hard news stories as those which summarise and distribute new information to citizens, which allows them to participate in, and contribute to, the democratic process. Conversely, soft news stories do not prioritise news values and instead concentrate on... Continue Reading →

Creative Documentary and the Rise of Narcissism

Australian chef Pete Evans is the latest filmmaker to be criticised for making “dangerous claims” in his creative documentary, The Magic Pill. In the film, Evans claims that the paleo diet can successfully treat conditions such as autism and cancer (“Controversial chef’s documentary”, 2017). https://twitter.com/ACurrentAffair9/status/894489785510776833 However, Dr Michael Gannon, president of the Australian Medical Association,... Continue Reading →

Film and Sexism

Women in the film industry continue to experience sexism through gender pay gaps and lack of recognition and reward, recent discussions have shown. Whilst gender inequality and sexism in the entertainment industry are generally considered invisible in today’s post-feminist context, it is evident that these archaic attitudes still exist. Recently, Sky News ("Hollywood spits women... Continue Reading →

Week 12 – An unexpected journey

Inquiry: Reflect on your learning journey What can I say? This term has been long, exhausting, fun, challenging, long and exhausting (did I say long and exhausting?). When I started this term, I was at the point of burning out. I had been flogging myself for almost three years with my History major. Almost three years of... Continue Reading →

Week 11 – Quiz reflection

I was on holidays this week, so I only quickly skimmed over the textbook reading (Hicks 2013, pp. 99-107). I did not pay much attention to the chapter, so I did not feel very confident about this week's quiz. You can imagine my surprise at getting 100% on my first attempt: Some of the information... Continue Reading →

Week 11 – Put my skills to the test

Practical: Rewrite Courier-Mail article This week, I was asked to rewrite a Courier-Mail article using the skills I have developed over the past 10 weeks. These skills include: KISS (Keep It Short and Simple) Eliminate unncessary words and phrases Make sure subjects and verbs agree Write naturally (Whitaker, Ramsey & Smith 2012, pp. 82 &... Continue Reading →

Week 11 – A problem article

Inquiry: Read and review a Courier-Mail article This week, we have been asked to review a Courier-Mail article and identify its problems, according to the journalistic guidelines we have been taught this term. I am surprised at just how poorly written the article is. Its problems include: The headline is too long, and it is boring... Continue Reading →


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