Week 5 – Read the Course Resource Online

Workbook Activity 3: Read and then reflect on the key points of the Course Resource Online.  The Heritage and Clayman (2010) reading we were assigned this week was full of useful tips and tricks to help increase the potential effectiveness of a political speech. As I read through the chapter, a lot of the techniques... Continue Reading →


Week 5 – Consider institutional talk in detail

Workbook Activity 2: Compare a news interview with an entertainment-oriented interview. According to Ames (2018, p. 3), a news interview is institutional talk which is conducted by a professional journalist or host in a public forum, and therefore, designed to be heard by an audience. Entertainment-orientated interviews often follow the same formula, however, the interviewer... Continue Reading →

Week 5 – Notice talk

Workbook Activity 1: Notice and describe your own talk.  I felt a bit silly ‘noticing’ my own talk this week. After all, talking is something I do naturally, subconsciously, so having to pay attention to what I said was actually quite challenging. What I found is that how I greet people depends on the relationship I... Continue Reading →

Week 5 – Quiz reflection

After my poor result last week, I was glad to get 100% on my first attempt at this week's quiz. I found it easy because I'm normally quite good at picking grammar mistakes in other people's writing. I did have to spend a little time going over the last question before I chose an answer. At... Continue Reading →

Week 5 – I love a good read

Inquiry: Find a social media site aligned with my interests My biggest interest besides travel is reading. I am a bookaholic and own over 500 books (and counting). One of the most popular social networking sites for anything to do with books is Goodreads. Goodreads is a giant library which allows authors to create book profiles of... 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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