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 – 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 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 – 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... Continue Reading →


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... Continue Reading →


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... Continue Reading →


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... Continue Reading →


Week 6 – Rehash take # 1

Practical A: Convert interview into Storify article After the difficulties I had last week with Storify, I was surprised at how easy it was to create a Storify article using my week 4 interviews. Storify's editing function is extremely user friendly as it created an individual text box for each paragraph I wrote. I could then delete... Continue Reading →


Week 5 – How the heck do I use Storify?

Practical: Establish a Storify account I'm a little embarrassed to admit that I found it difficult to set up a Storify account. However, I knew I had to persevere as the ability to develop and convey messages using multiple social media platforms is now a requisite skill for journalists (Whitaker, Ramsey & Smith 2012, p.... Continue Reading →



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