Week Two Blog Activity – Technical: Grammar Rules


English for Journalists; Chapter 3 – Grammar Rules

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Review:  According to Hicks (2013, p. 18) “there are nine indicative tenses”. This is an area I’m still trying to get my head around. I understand the concept of the basic terms and basic actions, however, I feel like I require a lot of practice in matching which basic term goes with the corresponding action.

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Review: I was taught in school that a noun was a person, place or thing. I believed that was the extent of nouns. However, upon consulting the oracle, I’ve learnt that ordinary nouns are called common nouns, (e.g chair) and special nouns are called proper nouns, e.g George (Hicks 2013). To my understanding, examples of common nouns are; tree, chair, house. Examples of proper nouns are; George, Luke, London, Paris, Friday.

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Review: I’ve always known a verb as a ‘doing word’. However, this idea is an ‘over-simplification’ according to Hicks (2013, p. 18). Running, jumping, skipping are all examples of a verb. However, active, inactive, finite are all foreign concepts to me. From this exercise I’ve learnt that active verbs are the ‘doing word’ and an inactive verb is a state of being or feeling. This is an area I’ve noted that I need to practise.

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Review: I misunderstood this question, and consequently got it wrong. I’m so used to just being able to write whatever is streaming out of my head and not having to ‘construct’ a sentence so that it contains certain elements. This course has so far challenged almost all I thought I knew regarding punctuation and grammar.

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Review: I did not read the answers correctly and rushed into selecting the answer I thought was correct. Upon review of this question I learnt that I need to slow down and read the questions AND answers thoroughly.

  It took three attempts to score 100% on the blog two quiz. My attempts consisted 70% of inaccurate grammatical knowledge and 30% of not reading the question correctly. I remember grammar lessons in primary school, yet as soon as I reached high school, it seems that English lessons were about Shakespeare and Australian literature.

Whilst I am able to quote famous Shakespearean language and can talk to you for hours on end about just how much we have William to thank for shaping the English language, it seems that should you ask me what an intransitive verb is, I wouldn’t be able to tell you.

Alas! Fear not! For I havith thy media writing to thank for re-educating this numbskull!


Correct Grammar E card 2014, digital image, Rotten E-cards,  viewed 24 July 2015, http://www.rottenecards.com

CQUniversity 2015, COMM11007 –  Blog Activity Quiz Week 2 – Grammar Rules, CQUniversity, Mackay.

Hicks, J 2013, English for Journalists, 20th anniversary ed., Routledge, Oxon.

Week Two Blog Activity – Technical: Grammar Rules

Week Two Blog Activity – Inquiry: Review Trendsmap

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Figure 1.2 – What’s trending
Source: Trendsmap (2015)

Currently trending in my area:

#5yearsofonedirection  #labor #choppergate #abc #apmas #brisbane #auspol #bentekelfc      @billshortenmp @avfcofficial @abcnews @612brisbane @markdistef @mscott


One Direction have certainly cemented their place in the music industry in the short time they have been together. The group have taken the spotlight today as they celebrate their fifth year anniversary as a band. Twitter is exploding with the hashtag #5yearsofonedirection as 1Directioners pay homage to the group with copious amounts of fandom posts. Entertainment websites such as E!Online and Cosmopolitan have featured tweets from the group in their articles. (see below)

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Click here for link to cosmopolitan                         Click here for link to E!Online

#abc @abcnews

Another trending tag today was #abc and @abcnews regarding recent news about the closures of ABC shops nationwide and the redundancy of its employees. Due to the progression of bricks and mortar stores “going online”, stores such as the ABC are finding it increasingly difficult to compete in a world where once they held a strong foothold in the area of DVD’s, CD’s and merchandise.

The store’s are switching to online services only, resulting in the closure of over 50 stores nationwide, and a loss of 300 jobs. Reputable news outlets have been covering this story such as ABC News.

Managing Director, Mark Scott has been fielding backlash and tweeting regarding the closure of these stores and what it means for ABC employees. The Australian has been the only media that have featured Mark Scott’s tweets in their news article so far.

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The story of One Direction is an international news story. This story is relevant throughout the world and has been relayed through international media coverage. The ABC story highlights the relationship between tweets and national media. At the point of writing this blog, I have only found evidence of news websites using tweets from the Managing Director of the ABC, Mark Scott such as the ones I have mentioned. I’m unsure whether E!Online or Cosmopolitan would be classified as ‘news websites’, however both of these websites feature tweets from One Direction.

Neither of these stories have been used to promote an issue at such time. However, I believe that if One Direction were to announce a tour, these tweets would be used to promote the tour.


It became worryingly apparent to me today that I am quite out of the loop when it comes to social media. Today, I only just got a handle on what is a twitter handle (thank you urban dictionary). I find it alarming that in a changing world that becomes increasingly reliant on social media each passing day, I’m stuck in the background, completely oblivious. However, we live in a tech-savvy world where almost all our news is breaking online the instant it happens. Almost everything in our daily lives is now instant.

This task confused me a little as I was unsure how to answer “the relationship between the tweets and news stories in the local media”. I believe that I’ve addressed the questions asked in the task and provided proof.


Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 2015 ‘ABC shops to be closed, jobs to go as retailer moves online‘, 23 July, viewed 23 July 2015  http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-07-23/abc-shops-to-be-phased-out-and-closed/6641476

Cosmopolitan, 2015 ‘Important Reminder: Harry Styles loves you and every other 1D fan‘, 22 July, viewed 23 July 2015, http://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/news/a43739/important-reminder-harry-styles-loves-you-and-every-other-1d-fan/

E!Online, 2015 ‘Harry Styles pens sweet note to fans on One Directions 5-year anniversary‘  viewed 23 July 2015, http://au.eonline.com/news/679114/harry-styles-pens-sweet-note-to-fans-on-one-direction-s-5-year-anniversary-we-wouldn-t-be-here-without-you

Scott, M 2015, Managing Director ABC, Twitter, viewed on 23 July 2015, https://twitter.com/mscott

The Australian, 2015 ‘ABC shops to close nationwide as sales move online‘ viewed 23 July 2015, http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/abc-shops-to-close-nationwide-as-sales-move-online/story-e6frg996-1227453384488?utm_content=SocialFlow&utm_campaign=EditorialSF&utm_source=TheAustralian&utm_medium=Twitter

Trendsmap Real-time twitter trends, digital image, Trendsmap, viewed on 23 July 2015, http://www.trendsmap.com

Week Two Blog Activity – Inquiry: Review Trendsmap

Week One Blog Activity – Technical: Quiz 1 – Observation

Blog Activity – Week One Quiz

Technical Quiz 1 – Observation was my first quiz for Media Writing and I felt quite out of depth completing the questions. This was reflected in my score as I scored 5/10.

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Review: I assumed that all quotes had to close with a full stop. In reflection I understand that because this quote is an in-text reference, it didn’t require a full stop due to the nature of the quote and the closing in-bracket reference.

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Review: I assumed that commas were only needed when linking two or more quotes in different paragraphs together. Otherwise a full stop would suffice. I’m looking forward to re-learning grammar and punctuation.

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Review: When quoting someone, I didn’t know that you have to use ‘said’. In high-school I tried using words such as ‘stated’, ‘claimed’, ‘refuted’ etc to try and break up using ‘said’ too many times. Come to think of it, I’m pretty sure teachers in high school taught us to not use ‘said’ and to come up with something more original.

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Review: This is another area that I’m being introduced to: media releases. I wasn’t aware there was a correct way to introduce someone after or before a quote.

Reflection: At this early stage in the course, I feel like I have plenty of area to improve on my punctuation, grammar and spelling. I was quite shocked by the reality that my punctuation and grammatical skills were not as honed as I believed. However, I look forward to the next 12 weeks of the term to polish these skills.


CQUniversity 2015, COMM11007 – Blog Activity: Week 1 Quiz,  CQUniversity, Mackay, viewed on 13 July, 2015.

Week One Blog Activity – Technical: Quiz 1 – Observation

Week One Blog Activity – Inquiry: Different Purpose, Different Writing

Figure 1.1 – Gold Coast Titans Logo
Source: Wikipedia (2015)

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This piece of media is a specialised piece written by the National Rugby League Board with the intended audience being devoted Titans fans, followers of the NRL code and audiences following previous Titans’ scandals’.

The angle positions readers to view the NRL as rescuing the Titans from complete administration. This piece focuses on the clubs rebirth with Titans CEO Dave Smith (2015) quoted as saying the club was facing a ‘fresh start’. Mr Smith went on to assure players, supporters and fans that they can expect ‘certainty’ from this control take over. The key message in this story is to reassure and reaffirm the belief that the Titans are in safe hands.

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News story –

The target audience for this piece is the readers of the Gold Coast Bulletin. Because the publisher of this piece is a local newspaper, this story isn’t a specialised piece and is not targeted for any one particular group.

The angle of this piece highlights the financial difficulties the Titans have been facing as of late and what plans the NRL board have proposed going forth. The emphasis of this piece is on the financial difficulties, with the journalist using words such as ‘crippling financial commitments’ and ‘bailout bid’ to draw attention. The journalist of this piece, Travis Meyn, has drawn parallels between the recent cocaine scandal the club is facing and its financial issues stating the ‘scandal was a contributing factor’.

The piece progresses to incorporate quotes from Chef Executive, Dave Smith, from a press conference held by the NRL.

The key messages in this piece highlight the financial loss faced by the two investors of the club and as a result the Titans being ‘controlled’ by the NRL board.

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Press conference –

The target audience for this piece are readers of the ABC news and casual football fans. The headline for this piece is engaging, through the use of words such as ‘taken over’ and ‘drug scandal’ used to capture the attention of the reader.

The angle of this news story is quite different to the other two stories. This ABC piece highlights the Titans’ financial issues and attributes them to the recent drug scandal the club has been facing. Whereas the previous NRL piece highlights the rebirth of the club, this piece skims over the press conference and statements made by Chef Executive Dave Smith to redirects the readers attention to the drug scandal.

The key message in this piece is the Titans have been ‘taken over’ by the NRL board in the wake of a cocaine scandal.

Reflection: At such an early stage of the term, I feel like this task was easy to digest and wrap my head around. I believe that after reading all the pieces, I’ve addressed the questions asked and have referenced the material well. I find it quite interesting to see how three different medias can manipulate a story to any particular angle. I look forward to learning more about positioning techniques.


Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) 2015, ‘Gold Coast Titans taken over by NRL, placed in voluntary administration after drugs scandal‘, viewed on 23 July 2015 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-02-24/nrl-takes-over-control-of-gold-coast-titans-amid-drugs-scandal/6247574

Gold Coast Titans Logo 2015, digital image, Wikipedia, viewed on 23 July 2015, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gold_Coast_Titans#/media/File:Gold_Coast_Titans_logo.svg

Meyn, T 2015, ‘Five-year blueprint convinced NRL boss to save Titans just weeks before Gold Coast NRL club would have folded’, Gold Coast Bulletin, 24 February,  viewed on 23 July 2015, http://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/sport/nrl/five-year-blueprint-convinced-nrl-boss-to-save-titans-just-weeks-before-gold-coast-nrl-club-would-have-folded/story-fnj9yd9w-1227237781936

National Rugby League (NRL) 2015, ‘NRL takes control of Gold Coast Titans‘, viewed on 23 July 2015, http://www.nrl.com/nrl-takes-control-of-gold-coast-titans/tabid/10871/newsid/84020/default.aspx 

Week One Blog Activity – Inquiry: Different Purpose, Different Writing

Week One Blog Activity – Practical: Register your blog – A preface of sorts

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To all those whom have stumbled upon this page,

Guten Tag! My name is Rachel; a non-german, 21-year old precarious university student partaking in the art of blog writing as part of a university course. This blog’s intentions are to investigate, communicate, evaluate and articulate my way through the course with the intentions to finish in four months time a more-rounded (mentally, not physically), educated student.

I’ve enrolled in COMM11007 partially because it features “007” and partially because I have a keen interest in developing my writing skills and understanding of writing for the media. I have always had a keen interest in the way journalists can effectively position audiences through a mere keystroke. I also appreciate the language used in writing for an audience and just how much effort and time goes into the work that journalists complete. Above all – I want to know more about this topic, so I’ve chosen media writing as an area of study. Simple enough?

Now on a more familiar topic; myself. As mentioned previously; I am 21 years old, I’ve travelled 22 countries and have no idea what I’m doing with my life except for being positively fantastic at procrastination. I have an immense longing to travel, learn and experience new things and being happy. I currently reside in Brisbane, however, I originated from a small little town in the Whitsundays called Bowen. Yes, the GBR was my backyard. I’m currently trying to finish a Diploma of Business that’s been on the back burner for a few years as I’ve been investing my time (and money) else where; travelling. My intentions for 2015/2016 are to finish this Diploma and pursue a career in Criminology.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little blurb – feel free to get in touch with me. I look forward to conversing with everyone the further we get into this subject.

Ciao! (also, not Italian)

Week One Blog Activity – Practical: Register your blog – A preface of sorts