‘Case brought against mine alleged environment minister Greg Hunt approved project without regard for conservation advice for two endangered species’
The lead for this news piece attempts to set a negative tone toward environment minister Greg Hunt by stating his actions were ‘without regard for conservation..’ The lead is engaging and captures the readers attention through the use of two news values; Prominence and controversy.
According to Whitaker, Ramsey and Smith (2012, p. 20) ‘Names make news'” and the people involved in this story are prominent political and environmental protection figures.
Controversy involves a difference of opinion and this particular environmental matter would incur a variety of opinions (Whitaker, Ramsey and Smith, 2012). This lead only relays the who, what and why of the story being presented. The lead is very short and doesn’t contain all the information that it needs to (the 5 W’s and H).
Unlike The Guardian’s piece on the same topic, this news piece captures the readers attention through an unbiased lead presents facts of the whole story. The lead succinctly answers the who, what, where and why. The lead addresses many different news values including those found in The Guardian’s piece; Prominence and controversy. Proximity is a major news value as this lead mentions a location, and relaying news to people in nearby areas is crucial (Whitaker, Ramsey and Smith, 2012).
‘The approval of Adani’s Carmichael coal mine in central Queensland has been declared invalid by the Federal Court because of a bureaucratic bungle over two vulnerable species.’
This news piece, intended for online media use features an effective eye-catching lead through use of the term ‘bureaucratic bungle’ to catch the readers attention. The lead addresses the who, what, where and why of the story. This particular lead features multiple news values; prominence, proximity, controversy, currency. Currency is a relevant news value in this story as it has the potential to be an on-going news story and issue to parties involved (Ames 2015)
This particular story interests me as it’s not too dissimilar from an event that happened in my home town a few yeas ago. I lived in Bowen when the topic of the Abbot Point Expansion was hot in the media. The expansion brought about contention from environmental groups concerned with the well-being and conservation of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. These groups were concerned with the drastic, negative impact the expansion and accompanying development would have on the area. Unfortunately, it seems the battle between industrialisation and environmental conservation is still a major issue in central Queensland.
Reflection: This story was quite enjoyable to review as the topic is very similar to an event that happened in my home town a few years ago. I’m enjoying being able to refer my blog activities back to the textbook, study guides and weekly learnings. I feel like I’m getting a grasp on the practical and technical activities, and am enjoying the learnings so far.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation 2015 ‘Approval of Adani’s $16-billion Carmichael coal mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin ruled invalid by Federal Court‘, viewed 05 August 2015, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-05/federal-court-overturns-approval-of-adanis-carmichael-coal-mine/6673734
Cox, L 2015, ‘Federal court overturns approval of Adani Carmichael coal mine in Queensland’, Sunday Morning Herald, 5 August, viewed on 05 August 2015, http://www.smh.com.au/business/mining-and-resources/federal-court-overturns-approval-of-adani-carmichael-coal-mine-in-queensland-20150805-girtz9?utm_content=buffer9d97a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
CQUniversity 2015, COMM11007 – Week 3 – Identifying News study guide, CQUniversity, Mackay.
Robertson, J, Milman, O 2015, ‘Approval for Adani’s Carmichael coalmine overturned by federal court’ Guardian, 5 August, viewed on 05 August 2015 http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/aug/05/approval-for-adanis-carmichael-coalmine-overturned-by-federal-court
Whitaker, WR, Ramsey, JE & Smith, RD 2012, Media Writing: Print, Broadcast and Public Relations, 4th edition, Routledge, New York.