Week Nine Blog Activity – Inquiry: Review two examples of curation

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Trip Advisor’s compilation of the best 25 hotels in the world is a example of effective, succinct curation. According to Bhargava (2011, cited in Michiel Gaasterland), effective content curation involves ‘sharing the best and most relevant content on a specific issue’.

Trip advisor has achieved this by using reviews from its customers that accompany illustrations to add value to the piece (Bradshaw 2013). This is an effective strategy as readers can relate to these reviews; they are real reviews from people who have experienced the hotels.

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CNT’s collection of gold standard hotels is very informative. Gaasterland (2011) acknowledges that good curation involves using only the most specific and best information.

CNT has provided a walk-through description of each hotel; they provide information on aspects of the hotel that the reader would be interested in knowing – the food, the grounds, what activities are available etc.

The website accompanies limited visual aid to the hotel information. This results in the reader having to be directed elsewhere from the site to view the hotel in more depth.

Both of these websites are targeted at an audience for an intended purpose – to provide them with information on the best hotels for 2015 (Ames 2015). Although very similar in target audience and intended purpose, both are very different in design.

Trip Advisor’s website is very clean, well set out and easy to read. Each hotel is promoted succinctly; each section provides 4 images and a short quote taken from customer reviews from the original hotel page.

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Each section features a “more” option that will redirect the reader to the hotel’s Trip Advisor page that features all the excess information that the reader may require.

CNT’s website is condensed to the point of clutter; each section on the featured hotel is one large paragraph. Although this paragraph is very informative, it is difficult to read and could deter the reader due to overwhelming information.

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CNT provides direct links to the featured hotel’s website. The website provides an overview of the hotel and then redirects the reader elsewhere. This could disruption could be annoying to the consumer as they then have to navigate another website.

Reflection: Reviewing both of these websites was quite enjoyable and appealed to the wanderlust in me. It’s very interesting to see how two websites with the same intended audience and purpose can vary so greatly in design.

If I was to (and I’m sure I will) recommend, or choose a website for personal use, Trip Advisor would be my selection. This is mostly due to previous experience with the company and the easy to navigate website. Content curation was a foreign concept to me, but now I have a better understanding thanks to the internet and links provided in this week’s learning material.

Reference List:

Ames, K 2015, COMM11007 Week 9 – Content Generation vs Content Collaboration, Central Queensland University, Mackay.

Bradsaw, P 2013, ‘Journalism *is* curation: tips on curation tools and techniques‘, viewed on 17 September 2015, http://onlinejournalismblog.com/2013/09/30/curation-tools-tips-advice-journalism/

Condé Nast Traveller (CNT) 2015, Gold Standard Hotels 2015,  viewed on 17 September 2015, http://www.cntraveller.com/awards/the-gold-list/gold-standard-hotels-2015/viewall

Gaasterland, M 2011, ‘What is Content Curation? And how it’s useful to you and your network‘, viewed on 17 September 2015, http://www.michielgaasterland.com/content-marketing/what-is-content-curation-and-how-it%E2%80%99s-useful-to-you-and-your-network/

Percolate 2012, What is curation?, video, viewed on 17 September 2015, https://vimeo.com/38524181

Trip Advisor 2015, ‘Top 25 Hotels – World‘, viewed on 17 September 2015, http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/TravelersChoice-Hotels-g1

Week Nine Blog Activity – Inquiry: Review two examples of curation

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 …