Week Five – Technical Activity: Quiz Responses

I found that I had a lot of trouble with both quizzes this week.

Reporting speech turned out to be much more confusing than I thought it would be. On my first attempt, I scored 50% – which by my standards is a very poor attempt. I really made an effort to read over the questions I had wrong to learn from them. Finer grammar detailing and the use of ‘says vs. said’ is where I found myself struggling the most.

On my second attempt I scored 90% failing to get a question about closing quotation marks right! I am happy to report, that on my third attempt that I was able to hit that 100% mark! In the second quiz, I scored 50% on my first attempt. Failing to really absorb the lessons of the textbook, I made a bunch of silly errors across a variety of questions. Determined, I re-read the chapter, and on my second attempt scored 100%.

The grammatical elements of media writing is certainly more complex than I thought they would be. I have always felt comfortable with my grasp on writing, but it is becoming more apparent to me just how different media writing is.

I have a feeling that I will need to revisit many of my posts to ensure that my writing is reflective of these standards.


Hicks, W 2013, English for journalists, Routledge, London, England.

Week Five – Technical Activity: Quiz Responses

Week Five – Inquiry Activity: Article Review

“Find an article that has impact on you because of the sources, speech and reporting, and discuss why it is an example of good journalism or media writing”

I really enjoyed this task. The article which I reviewed appeared on the Sydney Morning Herald online site, called “Government’s poor visibility over gay marriage debate”, written by Annabel Crabb.

I was initially drawn to the article because of its writer, Annabel Crabb, an Australian political journalist and commentator. Positioned as the ABC’s chief online political writer Crabb has a witty, sassy and critical writing style which I really respond to. I am not the most well informed political spectator, I rely heavily on the insight from well-respected journalists such as Crabb.

The article itself is cheekily witty in its review of recent debates in Australian parliament over the issue of gay marriage. As an advocate of gay marriage and marriage equality, I found the article informative and well written. Where there is a dry sense of humour through-out the article, it doesn’t overwhelm the direction and tone of the piece. This is in direct comparison to the article by Dave O’Neil which I reviewed in a previous week, where it was a lot of ‘fluff’ and not a lot of substance. The article is critical, yet balanced; and humorous while being factual.

The comments on the article are what you could expect from a highly debated issue. Haters and supporters viciously argue the merit of the article and sometimes, the merits of the issue itself. Overall, I felt like the article was really well written, easy to read and personable through writing that hinted at opinions without overwhelming the story.


Crabb, A 2015, Government’s poor visibility over gay marriage debate, Sydney Morning Herald, August 15, viewed August 17 2015, http://www.smh.com.au/comment/governments-poor-visibility-over-gay-marriage-debate-20150814-giz7uv.html

Week Five – Inquiry Activity: Article Review

Week Five – Practical Activity: Interview & News Report

Emma Rehbein and Shane Byatt reveal what they are most passionate about

On a lazy Sunday afternoon, my sister and her boyfriend were asked to reveal what they are most passionate about.

My sister Emma Rehbein, 29, said that spending time with friends and going out is what she looks forward to the most on busy working weeks.

“I just love spending time with my friends. When you work all week long you just want to relax on weekends. Letting my hair down with friends is definitely what I am most passionate about.”

Spending time with friends is important to Emma in helping her deal with the ups and downs of life.

“Everyone knows I am a social butterfly. I really need that support that friendship gives, and so it’s really important to me that I nurture those relationships.”

My sister’s boyfriend Shane Byatt, 30, said that he has always been passionate about football, even from a young age.

“I’ve always been passionate about football. I started playing junior league when I was 11 and have been playing it ever since.”

Shane found that football became more than just a sport, meeting many of his closest friends by playing in a team.

“Your team members become your brothers. So you end up playing a sport you love with people you consider family. It’s great.”


Reflection on Task

Wow! This task was tougher than I originally thought it would be. I found the interview process really difficult. While I did plan out open ended questions, I found it hard to come back from closed answers. My interviewee’s were good sports though, and in the end we all had a bit of a laugh about the task. They were feeling camera shy on the day, so with their permission I was able to use personal photos of theirs to complete the task.

The whole experience got me thinking about Humans of New York. I know that it has been brought up on the Moodle site through out the semester, but it is something that I really love. Humans of New York is a photography/journalism project that was started by Brandon Stanton. Interviewing and taking street photos of subjects, HONY is all about connecting with people and sharing their stories. I have followed HONY for a long time now and really love reading the insight he is able to gain just by approaching people on the street.

As part of some preparation for the task I watched this video recorded by Stanton, in hopes of learning some tips that might help me through the interview process. This will definitely be a source that I return to before I begin my chosen event for Assessment 3.

I think I learned some really great lessons from the task, especially in preparation for the upcoming assessment!

Stanton, B 2015, Humans of New York, viewed 17 August 2015, http://www.humansofnewyork.com/about

University College Dublin, 2014, On how I approach strangers – Humans of New York creator Brandon Stanton – UCD, Dublin, video, April 24, viewed 17 August 2015, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPxzlGPrM3A

Week Five – Practical Activity: Interview & News Report