Week 2 – What makes a great speech?

Workbook Activity 2: What makes a great speech? This week, I was asked to examine three speeches, a motivational speaking presentation by Nick Vujicic (Nick Vujicic - DVD Part 1/11, 2011), Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous ‘I have a dream’ speech (Martin Luther King, Jr. I Have A Dream Speech, 2013), and former US President... Continue Reading →


Week 2 – Define ‘professional voice’

Workbook Activity 1: Define ‘professional voice’ I think a professional voice is one which exudes confidence, is warm and balanced, and does not sound forced (Ames, 2018, p. 2). A professional voice sounds educated and slightly sophisticated, such as Barack Obama’s voice, but must strike a balance and not sound too posh or snobbish, like Kate... Continue Reading →

Week 2 – Record emphasis in professional news reading

Workbook Activity 3: Record emphasis in professional news reading I really struggled with this particular task. I had to listen to Kate Stowell’s (2010) reading of the News Script from Week 1 several times before I could clearly hear what words she had emphasised. I found it even more difficult to work out whether there was... Continue Reading →


Week 2 – Nick Vujicic’s presentation

Optional Study Guide Activity 1: Reflect on Nick Vujicic's presentation According to speechwriting blogger Fletcher Dean (2011a; 2011b), there are five key components to a successful speech. In my opinion, motivational speaker Nick Vujicic (Nick Vujicic - DVD Part 1/11, 2011) successfully incorporated these components into the speech we were asked to examine this week. Dean’s... Continue Reading →


Week 2 – Quiz reflection

I'm ashamed to admit that even though I think I'm a grammar Nazi, I only got 80% on my first attempt at this week's quiz. Excuse me while I go and wallow in self-pity and loathing. I'd like to say that I got question seven wrong because I attempted the quiz after about eight hours... Continue Reading →


Week 2 – Tweet, tweet

Practical: Register a Twitter account As part of our blog activities for this week, we were asked to register a Twitter account and follow at least 10 journalists or other professionals. Twitter is an important new new media tool for journalists, as it provides them with an abundance of sources, and allows for audience interaction (Whitaker, Ramsey... Continue Reading →


Week 2 – Pikachu, I choose you!

Inquiry: Review top Twitter trends One of the top Twitter trends for Brisbane, Australia this week was the new mobile app, Pokémon Go. This did not surprise me because the app has been released very recently, so it is still considered timely, and something that is happening right now (Whitaker, Ramsey & Smith 2012, p. 20). What did... Continue Reading →


Week 2 – Extra, extra! Read all about it!

Two news stories caught my attention in the trending topics on Facebook over the past few days. In both cases it was the stories themselves that drew me in and not the writing. The first was about Game of Thrones. There have been rumours floating around on social media for the past few months that the... Continue Reading →



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