Week Six Blog Activity – Technical: Complete Quiz 6A and 6B punctuation

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Review: I thought I read this question as “what is the most INcorrectly punctuated sentence?”

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Review: I didn’t know that a hyphen and dash were different things. I’ve since learnt that hyphenated word allows for a word to have a combined meaning, such as well-being.

Reflection: My first attempt on this quiz resulted in a score of 8/10. I was quite impressed with my score, I feel as if these quizzes are finally sinking in.

English for Journalists; Chapter 6 – Punctuation (Part B)

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Review: Unfortunately, I wasn’t paying attention with this question.
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Review: I wasn’t wearing my glasses and thought this question was asking me to select the  correctly punctuation sentence.

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Review: This question confused me a little. I wasn’t aware that ‘middle-distance’ was a real thing and therefore didn’t select this as an answer.

Reflection: These quizzes are improving my skills in the areas of grammar and punctuation. I need to slow down and read the questions thoroughly, and also wear my glasses.


CQUniversity 2015, COMM11007 – Blog Activity Quiz Week 6- Punctuation, CQUniversity, Mackay.

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

Week Six Blog Activity – Technical: Complete Quiz 6A and 6B punctuation

Week Five Blog Activity – Technical: Complete Quiz 5A (Reporting Speech) and Quiz 5B (Figures)

English for Journalists; Chapter 7 – Reporting Speech

Due to answering so many questions incorrectly, I decided not to post all my answers as it would take up too much space.

For my first attempt of this quiz I scored 5/10.  This quiz has shown me the importance of quoting correctly – where to place the inverted commas (does anyone still call them 66 and 99?) and where the full stop should be placed.

This score worried me a little as we’re using quotes and needing correct punctuation in our first assignment, and I certainly don’t want to lose marks for incorrect punctuation. I will be reading over the chapters in great depth every night until I can wrap my head around it.

English for Journalists; Chapter 8 – Figures

The first attempt of this quiz was an abominable failure. I scored 03/10! Thanks to Kate I was able to know that all numbers under 10 are spelled out (unless beginning a sentence). Most of the questions caught me out for not paying attention. I know that numbers cannot begin a sentence, the importance of considering the angle of what you’re writing and the effect of the arrangement of the words.

Reflection: As I repeat each week, I’m learning that there is always room for improvement. I’m really enjoying these quizzes. I’ve found myself switching back to my assessment one piece and brushing over it. I’m constantly correcting any grammatical or punctuation mistakes that could have slipped through. Before this course, I believed that I held a rather firm grasp on punctuation and grammar.


CQUniversity 2015, COMM11007 –  Blog Activity Week 5 Quiz – Reporting Speech, CQUniversity, Mackay.

CQUniversity 2015, COMM11007 –  Blog Activity Week 5 Quiz- Figures, CQUniversity, Mackay.

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

Week Five Blog Activity – Technical: Complete Quiz 5A (Reporting Speech) and Quiz 5B (Figures)

Week Five Blog Activity – Practical: Interview two people and write their speech as a report


Single mother of two, – ‘Money does not bring happiness, the love and care of family does.’

Gillian Fettes, mother of two only had one thing to say when asked what she was most passionate about.

“Family,” she said

As a single mother raising two girls in a small town in North Queensland, she said she’s learnt to cope with the unexpected.

“No matter what ups and downs you go through in life, family is always there,” she said.

Gillian said that distance means nothing when you’ve got a strong bond with your family.

“Our family is spread from North Queensland to New Zealand and everywhere in between,

“Whenever anything positive happens in the family, everyone is there to share in the happiness and joy,

“Likewise, when anything upsetting or terrible happens, we band together. Everyone comes together. That means a lot.” Gillian said.

Gillian and her two daughters moved from Townsville to Bowen, North Queensland when the youngest of the two daughters, Rachel, was one.

“We lived in Bowen for 18 years when the eldest, Siobhan, left home to move to Brisbane,

“Then Rachel turned 18 and she also flew the coop.” she said.

Even though both girls now live far apart from their mother, Gillian says they still keep in contact everyday.

“Life wouldn’t be the same without my two girls. They always ring me up and tell me about their day. It makes my day,”

Gillian said that some days it feels like the girls never left home.

“Some days we speak so often that it’s like they never left home. Those two always have something to say.”

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Luke, 22, Mechanical enthusiast, “I have a passion for knowing how and why things work”

Luke Michel, a 22 year old diesel mechanic from Brisbane said he’s always had a keen interest in knowing how and why things work

“From a young age, I’ve wanted to know how things operate, why they operate and how to make sure they keep operating,

“I’ve always known that I wanted to work with the mechanical side of things.” he said.

Luke said that his passion for mechanics is wide-spread, with a keen interest in cars, motorbikes, aeroplanes and trucks.

Luke currently works as a diesel mechanic at a local Brisbane-based company where he completed his trade at the age of 20.

“I started my apprenticeship on cars, then moved to trucks,

“Cars were too small, and you have to be a bit of a contortionist to work on them.

“Working on trucks is a much larger scale,

“I like getting things running again. Keeping them running more importantly.” he said.

In his spare time Luke enjoys his hobby of modifying and rebuilding cars.

“I’m currently working on fitting a new engine into a1983 BMW 318i,” he said.

“It will be a challenge, that’s for sure.” he said.

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Reflection: For this blog activity I interviewed my Mum and boyfriend. It was an interesting and fun task that I thoroughly enjoyed. Initially my Mum and boyfriend didn’t know what to say or how to go about the interview. However, once they started talking about a topic I was able to note down points and quotes that I could create a news story from.

One thing that I’m concerned about is where to use commas in quotes and where to place full stops. I’ve learnt this week that upon using several quotes, you need not include a closing quotation mark. Unfortunately, I wish I had learnt this before submitting my assignment. I feel like I’m learning quite a lot regarding punctuation and grammar and it’s taking a while to sink in. Another issue I’m finding is that I’m unknowingly using “it’s” where it isn’t supposed to be. Therefore, after reviewing my blog today I’ve removed around 10 “it’s”.


Fettes, R 2015, Family Reunion, digital image, viewed 26 August 2015.

Michel, L 2014, Race day, digital image, viewed 26 August 2015, https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10201504967576973&set=a.10201504967736977.1073741827.1559962497&type=1&theater

Week Five Blog Activity – Practical: Interview two people and write their speech as a report

Week Five Blog Activity – Inquiry: Find an article that has impact on you …

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The topic of shark attacks and more importantly the reaction and suggested solutions to these shark attacks is of great importance to me and something I am passionate about. This particular piece is extremely informative and attracted me through a strong lead and the well-structured presentation of facts.

The lead caught me straight away; the who, what, when, where and why are answered straight up. According to Whitaker, Ramsey and Smith (2012, pg. 23) ‘leads typically emphasise .. the who, what, when and where’. A good lead involves all crucial information in 25 words or less. I believe the journalist of this piece has included the appropriate, crucial information in the lead.

The speech used is precise, understandable and and simple; it reveals the facts without exaggerating detail. The journalist has incorporated primary sources in this piece adding to credibility, including direct quotes from Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair and Head of DPI’s shark research centre Vic Peddemors, both of whom are reliable, credible sources. These sources were selected on basis of proximity to the story. According to Whitaker, Ramsey and Smith (2012, pg. 20) ‘giving the local angle’ is crucial in delivering news about an event.

It provides background information so that the reader doesn’t have to follow links to other news releases, and incorporates interviews and quotes from important and valuable sources.

Throughout the whole piece, the journalist has done well to incorporate all crucial pieces of information relevant to the topic. There is no bias or opinion in this piece, the story has been formed around information released by the New South Wales Government. This piece allows the NSW Government to be shown in a positive light. They appear to be proactive in relation to finding a solution for the shark problem that is beneficial to both parties involved. The government is concerned with protecting the public whilst keeping the interest and safety of the sharks top priority. Furthermore, the article details what the Department of Primary Industries are doing to assist the situation.

Reflection: After reviewing multiple news websites for stories from the previous week, I found little to nothing of interest. However, I found a lot of entertainment news, sporting news and opinion pieces surrounding political debates. I wanted to write this particular blog post on the debate surrounding same-sex marriage legalisation, except there are far too many opinion pieces and not too many factual, news stories.


Australian Broadcasting Corporation ABC, ‘NSW launches shark tagging, surveillance on North coast in wake of series of attacks’, 14 August, viewed on 14 August 2015, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-14/nsw-launches-shark-tagging-surveillance-in-wake-of-attacks/6696392

Whitaker, WR, Ramsey, JE & Smith, RD 2012, Media Writing: Print, Broadcast and Public Relations, 4th edition, Routledge, New York.

Week Five Blog Activity – Inquiry: Find an article that has impact on you …

Week Four Blog Activity- Inquiry: Review the following two pieces ..

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One of the main issues with this story was that the headline and body of the piece tell different stories. The headline claims that Robert Pattinson talks with Dave O’Neil about Pattinson’s new film, The Rover. The body of the piece involves O’Neil talking primarily about Pattinson’s rise to fame and his body guard Dean, with little to no quoted conversation regarding the movie. The headline attracted me as a reader, but quickly lost me when the rest of the piece dragged on about useless information surrounding the star’s love life and body guard who was present at the time of the ‘interview’.

Talking points are essential so that the interviewed talent can consider their response to possible questions (Ames 2015). This soft news piece had no talking points; there was nothing prepared for the journalist to ask the interviewee. According to Whitaker, Ramsey and Smith (2012, pg. 141) ‘great interviews result from substantial efforts on the part of the interviewer’. This interview had no talking points, no interview questions prepared and no key messages. There was no substance to the interview.

Unfortunately, the piece was uninteresting and did not develop the headline as the body progressed. All is not lost though, as this piece provides strong argument in support of talking points and planning for the event. Whitaker, Ramsey and Smith (2012, pg. 156) provide a fantastic insight into improving interviewing skills, perhaps O’Neil should pick up a copy.

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This media release is well structured and straight to the point. This piece is supported by credible evidence. It contains important news values such as proximity, impact and currency.

This piece contains the important elements that a well-written news piece should; accuracy, brevity, and clarity (Ames 2015). The key messages for this piece have been developed when writing the release.

Throughout the piece, each statement is referred back to the survey conducted by AgForce. The way the facts and survey have been incorporated into this media release present the reader with hard-hitting credible evidence. The release is precise and to the point; it doesn’t drag on or present unnecessary information.

This piece emphasises the importance of well-structured sentences and the organisation of important aspects of a piece in the correct order.


AgForce Queensland 2015, ‘Drought worse in living memory: AgForce survey‘, 20 May, viewed on 09 August 2015, http://www.agforceqld.org.au/index.php?tgtPage=news&id=view,478

CQUniversity 2015, COMM11007 – Week 4 – Writing News Study Guide, CQUniversity, Mackay, viewed on 09 August 2015.

O’Neil, D 2014, ‘Robert Pattinson talks about his new film, The Rover, with Dave O’Neil’, 16 June, Sydney Morning Herald Entertainment, viewed on 09 August 2015, http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/robert-pattinson-talks-about-his-new-film-the-rover-with-dave-oneil-20140619-zs99j.html

Whitaker, WR, Ramsey, JE & Smith, RD 2012, Media Writing: Print, Broadcast and Public Relations, 4th edition, Routledge, New York.

Week Four Blog Activity- Inquiry: Review the following two pieces ..

Week Four Blog Activity – Practical: Plan your stories and prepare for ass#2

11960213_741176472674957_6069066798467296431_nThis week’s blog activity involved planning out what is required for assessment piece three. After researching and speaking to all parties concerned this week, I’ve compiled a short checklist for myself in order to be prepared for the day of the event I’ll be covering.

a. The event I will be covering is taking place at my work; Hawthorne Garage in Hawthorne, Brisbane. The event has been organised as a celebration of three years that the Hawthorne Garage has been operating.

b. The event will be held on Saturday 29 August. The event is a carpark party where a few celebrities have agreed to partake in a cook-off between each other. I will be Tweeting live from the event, covering the competition between the celebrity chef cook-off and updates of what is happening throughout the day.

c. As I will be including the names of many of the organisers and chefs of this event in my live Tweets I have sought accreditation for the event. I haven’t encountered any issues so far in gaining accreditation.

d. The main parts of the event are;

  • The cook-off between Hawthorne Garage’s own chef Nelly Lui, renowned Australian celebrity chef Matt Golinski and Brisbane Broncos player Corey Parker.
  • Live cooking demonstrations
  • A jumping castle and face painting for children
  • Beer and wine tent for the adults
  • Gourmet food tastings from the suppliers of the Hawthorne Garage.

e. I have spoken to the owner of the Hawthorne Garage, Dan Palmer, regarding accreditation and interviewing him after the event. Dan and Nelly have both agreed to let me interview them. Ames acknowledges (2015, pg. 3) “you are there to report”,  therefore I’ve selected Dan and Nelly to interview after the event as I know they’ll be too busy during the event.
(Addition 03/09 – I was not able to talk directly to Corey Parker at any stage of the event for an interview or accreditation. More justification will be in my assessment three piece). 

f. The following are the most important aspects I’ve taken from “Why you need to plan” video  provided by Kate Ames. Timing is a massive factor for this event. The event kicks off at 12 pm, and I need to be aware of time in order to capture the main parts such as the cook-offs and cooking demonstrations. I’m aware of the schedule of the day which works in with my timing of the event. I have received accreditation for the event, know the location of the event, and know many of the people attending the event.

I’m in a very fortunate position where I can cover an event that is close to me, and where I can move about the crowd, speak to attendees and event organisers whom I’ve become familiar with through my position of work at Hawthorne Garage. I look forward to live Tweeting from the event and getting to experience what it’s like to be a journalist.


COMM11007 ASS 3 Social Media Overview 2015, video file, viewed on 13 August 2015, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-bqmSm8r0Y#action=share

CQUniversity 2015, COMM11007 , Week Four Study Guide – Writing News , CQUniversity, Mackay.

Hawthorne Garage car-park party banner, digital image, Hawthorne Garage, viewed on 13 August 2015, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hawthorne-Garage/216291161830160?fref=ts

Week Four Blog Activity – Practical: Plan your stories and prepare for ass#2

Week Four Blog Activity – Technical: Complete Quiz 4 – Grammar: Problems and confusions

English for Journalists; Chapter 4 – Problems and Confusions

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Review: It’s obvious from my answer that I wasn’t too certain on an answer for this question. Quite frankly, all the options seemed ludicrous. However, I am now aware of what an absolute adjective is. An absolute adjective refers to an adjective that is absolute or less than what it is (Hicks 2013).

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Review: I found this question quite tricky. I would think that both options are correct as the action happened after another action was taken.
‘The horse was captured after it escaped ..’ It wasn’t captured any other time so technically this option makes sense.
‘The horse was captured after the attendant used her own horse ..’ It wasn’t captured before she used her horse. Perhaps I’m over thinking this question, but according to Hicks (2013 pg. 42) “after refers to later in time”.

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Review: This question confused me a little. I selected the most obvious answer and got it wrong.

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Review: Upon reading the explanation for this question, it cleared up a lot of confusion I had regarding what the question was actually asking.

Reflection: My first attempt on this quiz resulted in a score of 6/10. I wasn’t reading the questions as thoroughly as I needed to. I need to work on correctly using time when constructing sentences. The John Blogg’s touring South Africa question tripped me up because I didn’t read all the answers correctly.

These grammar activities are quite enjoyable and are improving my speech and writing skills as each week goes by.

CQUniversity 2015, COMM11007 – Blog Activity Quiz Week 4 – Grammar: Problems and Confusions, CQUniversity, Mackay.

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

Week Four Blog Activity – Technical: Complete Quiz 4 – Grammar: Problems and confusions