Week Two Blog Activity – Practical: Register for Twitter


Tweedle-lee-deedle-lee-dee tweet, tweet, tweet, tweet!

Fellow classmates, please see my twitter account all shiny and new ready for you to follow!


This is a screenshot of all the different media outlets, journalists and fellow classmates that I’m currently following.

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Twitter Bird Logo 2015, digital image, Twitter, viewed on 23 July 2015 https://about.twitter.com/press/twitter-brand-policy


Week Two Blog Activity – Practical: Register for Twitter

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