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 – 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 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 – 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…

Week 8 – Fake it ’til you make it

Practical: Write a media release For this week’s practical activity, I was asked to write a media release using a provided fake scenario. I found writing this release quite hard as it had to be written as an organisation’s response to bad news. Whitaker, Ramsey and Smith (2012, p. 301) say that while these issues…

Week 7 – Is this thing on?

Practical: Write a very short broadcast audio visual script Journalists must be able to effectively mesh words and pictures when creating broadcast scripts because it is the writing quality, not the sounds and visuals, that attracts and holds viewers’ attentions (Whitaker, Ramsey & Smith, 2012, pp. 228-229). This sounded easy in theory, but I found…

Week 6 – Tell me a story

Practical B: Plan Storify assessment article I feel quite nervous about my impending Storify article. I’m still not quite convinced that I have what it takes to be interesting and engaging in my writing. I suppose that’s a worry that all journalists have had at some point in their careers though, so I’ll just have…