Week Ten Blog Activity – Practical: Review my blog

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10 weeks, 30 blog entries and far too many words to count has led to this – the end of my blog. I enjoyed writing each blog entry throughout the term and have gained a considerable amount of knowledge from this media writing course. However, as the term comes to a close, the end of one assessment allows me to redirect my time to another.

So without further ado, here is my review:

The layout of my blog is clean, easy to read and navigate. I kept the layout of my blog minimalistic and easy to digest. I used the same font, colour and size for each blog post.

I have completed a total of 30 blog entries which is the required amount for assessment two. I have referred to the blog task requirements sheet to ensure that I have covered each week’s blog activities.

The major challenges I faced throughout this assessment were keeping up to date with each blog activity and peer-reviewing. Although keeping up to date with the weekly tasks proved to be difficult, I honestly believe that all of my blog tasks have been quite thorough and go beyond a “brief reflection”.

Keeping up with the peer-review each week was quite difficult for me. The bulk of my peer reviews started in week 8 because I didn’t devote enough time to the task throughout the term.

I’m really glad that I worked on the assessment throughout the term and didn’t leave it to the last minute. The review of peers on my blog also helped me to a great deal. Having other students review my blog helped me to correct the punctuation and grammar mistakes that I would’ve lost marks on.

I think the assessment task is appropriately set up and encourages students to keep up to date throughout the term. I didn’t find the weekly activities too involved or too difficult and I think that the weekly content is set out really well and is easy to work through.

My writing skills have improved greatly thanks to the blog activities. I’ve learnt to write shorter sentences, space out my paragraphs more and to read my work out loud to pick up mistakes. I’ve become aware of my grammar and punctuation, the use of ‘it’s/its’ and redundant words.

I’m very happy with my attempt and hope that my efforts are reflected in my grade.

That’s all folks!


Reference:

That’s all Folks! 2015, digital image, Looney Tunes Wiki, viewed on 17 September 2015, <http://looneytunes.wikia.com/wiki/That’s_All_Folks>.


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Week Ten Blog Activity – Practical: Review my blog

Week Nine Blog Activity – Practical: Review a peers storify

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(https://storify.com/MW_Heather/shalom-markets-bundaberg)

For this week’s blog activity, I have decided to review the Storify of Heather Rhebein. Heather has chosen the Shalom Markets in Bundaberg as her event.

The audience for this particular piece are the locals and visitors from across the Wide-Bay and Burnett region

Because of Heather’s in depth and informative recollection of the event, the Storify provided me with plenty of information about the Shalom Markets.

There is a weekly market held at Shalom College in Bundaberg. This is an opportunity for local farmers and growers to sell their produce and encourages locals to support their local businesses. There are stalls set up by locals where they can sell their own knick-knacks and treasures. These markets host a family friendly atmosphere, with plenty of activities catering for children such as jumping castles, face-painting and pony rides.

The only thing I could think to make this story more interesting would be the addition of more photos. I think that Heather has incorporated plenty of quotes and has interviewed enough people from different demographics in order to gain a well-rounded response to the event.

The structure itself is really well set out and flows quite well. My only constructive criticism is that the pictures could be arranged better with their corresponding paragraph. For example, Heather introduces Margret Thompson the candle maker, and then features a picture of jewellery before she features a picture of Margaret’s candles. This is the only area that I’ve picked up on, I cannot fault the rest of the Storify.

I’m really impressed with the way that Heather has gone about this event. I think that all of the quotes and interviews she has included have been worked in to the story really well.

Heather has given the reader a very thorough description of the event and supported this with photographic evidence. I think that Heather has incorporated appropriate photos for the event, and my only criticism is that maybe she could’ve included more.

Really great job Heather, I hope this review helps.


Reference:

Rhebein, H 2015, Shalom markets Bundaberg, Storify, viewed 16 September 2015, <https://storify.com/MW_Heather/shalom-markets-bundaberg>.


Week Nine Blog Activity – Practical: Review a peers storify

Week Eight Blog Activity – Practical: Write Pinterest Review

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“The Visual Bookmarking tool that helps you discover and save creative ideas” –
(Pinterest 2015)

Gifts, Animals & Pets, Architecture, Art, Cars & Motorcycles, Celebrations & Events, Celebrities, Design, Education, Film, Music & Books, Food & Drink, Gardening, Geek, Hair & Beauty, Heath & Fitness, History, Hobbies & Craft, Home Décor, Humour, Illustrations & Posters, Kids & Parenting, Men’s fashion, Outdoors, Photography, Products, Quotes, Science & Nature, Sports, Tattoos, Technology, Travel, Weddings, Women’s Fashion

If you’re looking for it, chances are Pinterest has it, or at least has something like it. Pinterest is a social network in which users can search and share items of interest from all over the internet.

The website allows users to “pin” (upload) any picture, article or link to a personalised board, which the user can choose to share or save for personal use. Think of it like so; you see something on the internet – a swish new way to transform those old crappy tights that don’t fit you into a new, sophisticated top. Pinterest allows you to take that link, post it to your virtual clipboard and save it for later or share it amongst friends.

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Figure 2.1 – Boards are customisable: users can choose who they share with, set up different boards to different categories and leave notes on Pins.
Source: Pinterest (2015)

Pinterest is famous and favoured for brides-to-be; featuring thousands of pages of wedding ideas, wedding dresses, reception locations and decorations, all shared by people from across the world in the same position.
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Figure 2.2 – Wedding: D.I.Y weddings, dress designs, floral arrangement and decorations are just a few pins that are featured under the wedding category.
Source: Pinterest (2015)

Gardeners, Arts and Crafters and the D.I.Y type now have a hub of inspiration and ideas, with Pinterest promoting sharing and networking between fellow users.

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Figure 2.3 – Gardening: User adds personalised comment as she shares and re-pins it to her own board.
Source: Pinterest (2015)

Screen Shot 2015-09-15 at 4.37.05 pmFigure 2.5 – Hobbies & Crafts: There is no limit on what you can expect to find searching through Pinterest.
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Pinterest is useful for condensing ideas from trillions of pages of internet into 35 easy to navigate categories. Whether you are a avid gardener looking for gardening tips, a bride-to-be needing inspiration, a keen art and crafter or a D.I.Y handyman or handywoman, all of your ideas, inspiration channels and people just like yourself are now at the drop of a pin.


Reference:

Pinterest 2015, online, viewed on 15 September 2015, https://www.pinterest.com/

Pinterest Logo 2015, digital image, Pinterest, viewed on 15 September 2015,   https://www.google.com.au/search?q=pinterest&espv=2&biw=1446&bih=737&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAWoVChMIl9Gx-Kr4xwIVgpGOCh1SMwkd&dpr=1.8#imgrc=OqPRMLCENB5uCM%3A


Week Eight Blog Activity – Practical: Write Pinterest Review

Week Seven Blog Activity – Practical: Reflect on Assessment 1

After reviewing my assessment one piece numerous times, I fine-tuned and corrected my punctuation and grammar as much as possible. After reading the piece so many times, I feel like I would be able to quote word-for-word most of the assessment.

I had my sister and mother read over the news piece and media release to pick up on any grammatical and punctuation errors. My sister and mother both picked up on the amount of times I used “he said” / “she said” and I had to explain to them that I couldn’t use “stated” or “claimed”. Both thought this was odd as they had both been taught to not repeat words as much as possible.

When comparing my assessment against the checklist, I was able to pick up on a few mistakes with quotes and removed one semi-colon. I’ve been told that my sentences are too long winded and I need to revise them and shorten them. However, when I shorten my sentences I’m told that each sentence is too abrupt and needs to be smoothed out or lengthened.

I’ve  corrected the problems that I saw reading over the assessment, however after going over my readings this week, I’ve found areas that I’ll be marked down and that discourages me a little.

My biggest issue was using closing quotation marks where the quote continues over a few paragraphs. It was very useful having a checklist, but after reading over the assessment so much all the words became a blur. I found that having other people read over it helped, however they aren’t learning the grammar and punctuation rules that are being taught in this course so they cannot pick up on the areas I’ll be scrutinised on.


Reference:

CQUniversity 2015, COMM11007 – Week 7 – Marking Key Checklist, CQUniversity, Mackay.


Week Seven Blog Activity – Practical: Reflect on Assessment 1

Week Six Blog Activity – Practical: Take a series of photos and caption them

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Caption: Dan and Andy’s Hawthorne Garage, located in Hawthorne, Brisbane. The Garage recently celebrated its third year operating in the area, offering locals all their fresh grocer, deli and produce needs. 

For this photo, I needed a caption that allowed the viewer to understand the location as well as the back story. I didn’t want the viewer to think this was just a picture of a sign for a shop. According to Murabayashi, (2008 p.1) “the first sentence describes the subject/action depicted in the image, while the subsequent sentences give context to the image”. Therefore, there is two parts to this quote; firstly describing the subject i.e the Hawthorne Garage and where it’s located, and secondly offering context to the image i.e has been running for three years, offering locals fresh produce, deli and grocer.

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Caption: Barista and coffee lover practices latte art at home to improve skills. 


I found this caption a little difficult, so I kept it short and sweet. I wanted to portray to the reader what was happening but mostly why it was happening. A well-writen caption answers the who, what, when, where and why  of the subject in the photograph (Murabayashi 2008). I believe I captured the 5 W’s that were relevant in this caption. Who: barista, what: practices latte art, where: at home, why: because she takes pride in her work. I figured the ‘when’ aspect wasn’t necessary.

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Caption: Full time student and barista says; “It isn’t so bad when you enjoy what you do.” Rachel Fettes, 21 spends her time working as a full time barista whilst also studying a Diploma of Business at Central Queensland University.

For this picture, I needed a caption that explained what was behind the image instead of what was in the imagine. As David Miller (2012 p.1) from Matador Network explains, a good caption can “give the viewer context, backstory, information that the viewer CAN’T see”. For this caption I was afraid that I was including too much information, however, without the background story this picture would simply just be a coffee – the reader might not understand the significance of the image.

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Caption: Breakfast is served! A warm mocha muffin, the perfect compliment for a coffee to mark the beginning of Spring in Brisbane, QLD. 

For this caption, I wanted to avoid using “pictured” or “can be seen” as I find these terms obvious and unnecessary in this picture (Irby 2015). This photo and caption tell a backstory as there isn’t much happening in the photo itself for the reader to gain an understanding.

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Caption: Amateur pastry chef Luke  tries his hand at rolling fresh lasagne sheets on brand new pasta machine.

When writing this caption, I didn’t want it to be too short or involve unnecessary information. The background to this picture is a little long winded. A year ago from when this picture was taken, I was travelling around Italy. My partner, Luke, tried to cheer up my traveller blues by making me pasta. I couldn’t quite figure out how to incorporate that into this caption without it being too long or containing unnecessary information. I’ve tried to include the important facts in this caption; the who, what, how.

Reflection: Before this blog task, I thought caption writing was easy. After reading all the suggested websites on caption writing, this idea certainly changed. I had never considered the angles you could write the caption from, that some captions required backstories and some required multiple parts.

I’ve been instructed to reference and draw from the readings from the weekly activities in my blogs and this week I feel that I’ve taken on board this feedback and addressed the issue. Thinking back to my caption for assessment one, I feel confident that I had a well-written and informative caption and that I included all the elements necessary.


Reference:

Irby, K 2015, ‘Hot Tips for Writing Photo Captions‘, viewed on 11 September 2015, http://www.poynter.org/how-tos/visuals/1753/hot-tips-for-writing-photo-captions/

Miller, D 2012, ‘How to write compelling captions for your photos‘, viewed on 11 September 2015, http://matadornetwork.com/notebook/how-to-write-compelling-captions-for-your-photos/

Murabayashi, A 2008, ‘Writing Killer Captions for Travel Photography‘, viewed on 11 September 2015, http://blog.photoshelter.com/2008/04/travel-photography-captions/


Week Six Blog Activity – Practical: Take a series of photos and caption them

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

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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”.


Reference:

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 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.


Reference:

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