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 →

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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 →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

Week 9 – Quiz reflection

I felt a little overwhelmed when I read this week's English for Journalists' chapter (Hicks 2013, pp. 73-92). A lot of the mistakes mentioned in the text were ones that I knew I had made myself in the past, particularly those concerning commas. I was disheartened when I clicked on the button to take the quiz because I was... Continue Reading →

Week 9 – Crocodiles? Oh my!

Inquiry: Review a newsletter For this week's inquiry activity, I had to visit IUCN-SSC Crocodile Specialist Group's (CSG) website and review one of their newsletters. At first, all I could think was... Crocodiles? No thanks. Too scary. However, as I read their newsletter, I found myself more and more intrigued. Who knew there was so many positives... Continue Reading →

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