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…

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…

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 &…

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…

Week 10 – And in headlines today…

Practical B: Headline This week’s second practical activity required me to revisit my week eight media release and write three alternative headlines for it. Our week 10 study guide said that news headlines must: Be accurate Summarise the content of the article Include the subject, verb and object. Alternative 1: Two people critical after FakeComicCon fight…

Week 10 – Quiz reflection

Well, I started this week’s quiz feeling quite confident that I was going to get 100% like I did last week. How wrong I was. Question five really stumped me: I spent a good few minutes staring at the question, thinking surely it was a trick. I thought options C and D were both incorrect. I…

Week 10 – Two Aussies in Dublin [photo essay]

Practical A: Photo Essay For our first practical activity this week, we were required to put together a photo essay with detailed captions. Photo captions are an important aspect of the mediasphere. They provide a viewer with context and background information that they can’t see for themselves. Armed with this knowledge, I sat down to…