Week Ten Blog Activity – Technical: Blog review for technical errors


Figure 1.1 – Blog Submission Checklist
Source: DCS online (2015)

This blog entry marks my second last entry for this term. As I’m writing this entry, I can finally breathe a sigh of relief as the term winds down.  After reviewing the blog submission checklist provided by Kate Ames, I’m quite confident that I have addressed all aspects listed.

All of my weekly activities have been clearly marked and I have adhered to the same structure for all 30 entries. These entries have also been categorised and tagged to allow for an easy search throughout the blog. The blog has a uniform and professional setup, all entries are easily accessible through the search bar and side menu.

During the mid-semester blog reviews by the the lecturers, my attention was drawn to how frequently I use ‘it’s’ in sentences that do not contain possession and where an apostrophe is redundant.

I’ve tried to be aware of this issue when writing and hope to nip it in the bud. I have followed frequently referred to the Harvard Referencing guide provided on the CQU website when quoting and referencing. I’ve ensured that all my referencing is uniform throughout however, I have some doubts as to whether I’m referencing correctly.

I’ve made sure to spell out numbers under 10, capitalise all proper nouns and have scrutinised my grammar, punctuation and spelling. The addition of peer review has helped me tremendously as fellow students pick up on the mistakes that I have missed.

An area of importance has been the length of my sentences and paragraphs. I was alerted to this in the review week by Kate. Kate’s review has been extremely valuable as it has highlighted areas that I need to focus on.

Upon receipt of my assessment one piece, I was made aware of certain areas of punctuation and sentence structure that I was able to cross-reference with assessment two. I hope that I have cleared up all issues with grammar, punctuation and spelling in my posts and do not loose marks in this area.

In conclusion, I’m very satisfied with my blog and believe I have adhered to the blog submission checklist quite well.


Academic Learning Centre ALSU, 2015, Edition T1 An Abridged Guide to the Harvard Referencing Style, viewed 17 September 2015, https://www.cqu.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/14032/2015_Harvard_Guide_11_Feb_with_colour_Ing.pdf

Ames, K 2015, COMM11007 Week 10 – Blog Submission Checklist, Central Queensland University, Mackay. 

Clipboard checklist 2015, digital image, DCS Series,  viewed on 17 September 2015 http://www.digitalcombatsimulator.com/en/files/1459501/

Week Ten Blog Activity – Technical: Blog review for technical errors

Week Nine Blog Activity – Technical: Active and Passive Writing

Figure 1.0 – Active Vs Passive
Source: Blitzmetrics (2014)

According to Whitaker, Ramsay and Smith (2012, p.91), ‘One of the most common guidelines for effective writing is to prefer active voice’. This allows for a more direct and stronger portrayal of what the writer is trying to convey to the reader.

Active voice refers to a subject performing an action whereas passive voice refers to an action being done to the subject (Whitaker, Ramsay & Smith 2012).

The Business Writing Centre provides a fantastic active vs. passive activity which encourages changing the structure of sentences from passive to active.

I completed the task required and was quite surprised that I got a few questions correct with some questions only having minor details wrong. I’m finding myself questioning every sentence that I’m constructing, and scrutinising whether it’s active or passive.

As I was working through the activity, some answers indicated the sentence was able to be shortened. In converting the sentence from passive to active, some unnecessary words were cut. For example question two – the correct version has been condensed and excess words removed.

Some of the questions that I got “wrong” had not been condensed and indicated areas where I needed to gain more insight into what passive voice is and how to re-arrange it to make it active voice.

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Active vs Passive cookie jar 2014, digital image, Blitzmetrics, viewed on 16 September 2015, https://blitzmetrics.com/identifying-and-eliminating-passive-voice/

Business Writing Centre1997, ‘Passive and Active Voice’, viewed on 16 September 2015, http://www.businesswriting.com/tests/activepassive.htm

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

Yu, D 2014, ‘Identifying and eliminating passive voice‘, viewed on 16 September 2015, https://blitzmetrics.com/identifying-and-eliminating-passive-voice/

Week Nine Blog Activity – Technical: Active and Passive Writing

Week Eight Blog Activity – Technical: Complete Quiz 8

English for Journalists; Chapter 9 – Words

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Review:  As indicated by Hicks (2013 p.120) “often a writer … adds a redundant word or phrase because they do not know the meaning of a particular word.” This is obvious in my case, and was an interesting concept to learn. I have always said ‘comprised of’ as I wasn’t aware that ‘of’ is redundant.

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Review: The reason why I got this question wrong is obvious; I forgot to answer it! True was going to be my choice however.

Reflection: As much as I have enjoyed these quizzes, I’m relieved to have one less thing to worry about every week. These quizzes have been effective in reinforcing the learnings from the English for Journalists textbook. These quizzes have enabled me to pinpoint areas I need to focus on.


CQUniversity 2015, COMM11007 –  Blog Activity Week 8 Quiz – Words, CQUniversity, Mackay

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


Week Eight Blog Activity – Technical: Complete Quiz 8

Week Seven Blog Activity – Technical: Complete Quiz 7A and 7B

English for Journalists; Chapter 5 – Spelling

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Review: This question is confusing. Funnily enough, it falls under the “confusions” category in the textbook. I obviously read the question wrong, as it claims that the question asked is true. The textbook claims words are misspelled because they’re confused with a shorter one that sounds the same.

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Review: This is where spelling aggravates me. I don’t understand how and why it was necessary when developing the english language, to change the same word when it is a plural. If lady changes to ladies, and penny to pennies, why doesn’t monkey become monkies. I know that this is english law, but I just don’t understand how it came about or why it was necessary.

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Review: I couldn’t see anything in the textbook regarding this, so I googled it. According to The Grammar Monster, ‘principal is an official, whereas principle is a rule or code of conduct’ (2015, p.1). Going off this example, I chose B as the correct answer. However, after examining the feedback for the question, I understand the slight difference in how the question was worded and where I went wrong.

Reflection: Spelling is an area I’m confident in, and I believe that I am a good at spelling. However this quiz didn’t really have much to do with testing spelling as it did practices from the textbook. For my first attempt, I scored 07/10. I was relieved when I saw that none of these incorrect answers were to do with spelling mistakes. I believe my biggest issue is not reading the question thoroughly and understanding what it asks for.

English for Journalists; Chapter 8 – Style

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Review: In hindsight ‘the needs of the reader’ does make sense as the correct answer. All of the elements listed are critical for writing a well-written piece, however the readers needs may emphasise a focus point for the story.

Reflection: I am very happy with the score of this quiz. It makes me happy when I only get a few questions wrong because it makes me believe that what I’m reading is sinking in.


CQUniversity 2015, COMM11007 –  Blog Activity Week 7 – Spelling, CQUniversity, Mackay.

CQUniversity 2015, COMM11007 –  Blog Activity Week 7 – Style, CQUniversity, Mackay.

Grammar Monster n.d, ‘Principal and principle – the difference’, viewed on 13 September 2015, http://www.grammar-monster.com/easily_confused/principal_principle.htm

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

Week Seven Blog Activity – Technical: Complete Quiz 7A and 7B

Week Six Blog Activity – Inquiry: Review a Cirque du Soleil Media Kit

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Figure 1.7 – Cirque du Soleil – ‘Totem’
Source: Cirque Du Soleil website (2015)

There are many elements that comprise this press kit. This press kit begins by introducing elements that explain the story behind ‘Totem’ such as the show overview, a few interesting facts, what the critics say about ‘Totem’ and about Robert Lepage – Writer and Director.

The press kit continues to list elements that go into detail about what is incorporated in the show such as the main characters, the scenes/acts, the creators and costumes. Finally, the press kit includes some information regarding behind the scenes such as set designs and projections, support to the performance, village on Wheels and Cirque Du Soleil at a glance.

Referring this inquiry question back to this week’s readings; biographies, photos and extra information for journalists are all elements included in a media kit (Ames 2015). These elements are also present in the press kit for ‘Totem’. The press kit incorporates plenty of photos and information for journalists as well as biographies of the creators.

According to Frangi and Fletcher (2002, pg. 85) “the purpose of a media kit is to give a complete picture”. This particular press kit was very thorough and in depth regarding information for the show. If I had any questions, this press kit would have addressed them.

The distribution of this press kit was through online media on the Cirque Du Soleil website. As mentioned in the study guide, this style is efficient and enables journalists to source any particular information they require in one place.

How one would go about incorporating these elements into a news story would be dependent on which angle you were writing the news story from.

If the news story was written as a review of the show, background information, biographies and information on the acts would be useful. If the news story was written about the shows premier, background information, information on the acts, production information and interesting facts would be useful.

Reflection: I chose to review ‘Totem’ as I had the pleasure of seeing this show live earlier this year with my partner. The performance was mind-blowing, spectacular and impressed me beyond words. I was really impressed with how well structured the press kit was and how much information was jammed into it. Before commencing this course, I would never have known what a press kit was.


Cirque De Soleil 2015, ‘Totem’ press kit, Cirque Du Soleil, viewed on 03 September 2015, https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/press/kits/shows/totem/creators.aspx

CQUniversity 2015, COMM11007 – Week 4 – Writing News Study Guide, CQUniversity, Mackay.

Fletcher A, Frangi, M 2012, ‘So you want media coverage… a simple guide on how to get it and how to handle it’, University of Queensland Press, St Lucia.

Week Six Blog Activity – Inquiry: Review a Cirque du Soleil Media Kit

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)