Week Two – Technical Activity: Quiz Response

So, I didn’t go as well as I had hoped the first time around for this quiz. I got 6/10 for my first attempt and realised after the fact, that I had fallen back into bad habits. Having read the chapter the night before, I was perhaps overzealous in getting the quiz complete. Where I fell down was in questions relating to tense, commas, adjectives and sentence structure.

I feel a little bit embarrassed about my poor score on the first attempt – when reading back the parts that were relevant I wanted to cover my face with my hands. BUT! I am a firm believer that you learn more from your mistakes and I feel as though my writing will be improved having made those goofy errors.

The comma question is one that really stands out to me. Where I was taught in primary school that commas are essential in providing room to pause in sentences – this is not actually the case according to the text.

The good news is, that on my second attempt I got 100% – and my future commas, or at least I hope, will always be on point.

Reference

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

Week Two – Technical Activity: Quiz Response

Week Two – Inquiry Activity: Trendsmap

As part of this week’s inquiry activity, we were to look at the relationship between Trendsmap, Twitter and the News. As per the activity requirements we were to look at our own area to see what the top stories were. Trendsmap seemed pretty quiet for Bundaberg, but there was a single hashtag that appeared yesterday – #mickfanning.

On July 20th, Australian surfer Mick Fanning survived a shark attack while competing in the J-Bay Open World Surf League even in South Africa (ABC News 2015). He survived unharmed, after he reportedly punched and kicked out at the shark as it broke his leg rope.

Bundaberg, mostly known for its locally brewed rum, is also home to a passionate beach loving community. Just a few kilometres from Bargara beach the sea, sun and surf is a key element of the Bundabergian lifestyle. While I wasn’t expecting to find much in the way of Twitter usage in the Wide-Bay area, the single hashtag I spotted yesterday was one that made complete sense given the community; and also demonstrates the relationship between the tweets and news stories in local media.

As you might expect, the stories of Mick Fanning’s dramatic attack and escape swept across Australian media – including the Newsmail, a local news source in the Wide-Bay. The story, much like those which appeared in larger publications, outlines the shocking moments and the aftermath (Newsmail 2015). Embedded into the story is even a Tweet, from the World Surf League (@wsl) showing a captured moment of Mick Fanning and fellow surfer, Julian Wilson, taking a moment after the attack.

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Task Reflection

In reflecting on the activity, it reminds me that just because I am not into Twitter (at least not yet) doesn’t mean that the world isn’t. As a new medium to express thoughts, information – and even just to tell stories – Twitter is not something that is going to disappear over night. Instead, it is creeping up more and more, especially in the media, as a way to facilitate the communication between people across the world.

Sharing news has never been more easier or more accessible and it makes me wonder about the shape of news in the years to come.

References

Ames, K 2015, Blog Activity – Week 2, COMM11007: Media Writing, CQUniversity e-courses, https://moodle.cqu.edu.au/

‘Mick Fanning escapes shark attack in J-Bay Open surf event in South Africal’, ABC NEWS, 20 July 2015, viewed 21 July 2015, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-07-19/mick-fanning-clashes-with-shark-in-south-africa-surfing-event/6632214

Mick Fanning’s shark scare: ‘I saw the thing thrashing’, NewsMail, 20 July 2015, viewed 21 July 2015,http://www.news-mail.com.au/news/mick-fannings-shark-scare-i-saw-thing-thrashing/2711328/

Week Two – Inquiry Activity: Trendsmap

Week Two – Practical: Twitter Account

As per the requirements of this week’s learning activities I have made a Twitter account (Ames 2015). While I am no stranger to social media, this will be my first experience with the Twitter platform.

As a component of this week’s task, we were to identify and follow at least 20 different journalists. Finding popular and reputable news sources (i.e. ABC News, Guardian Australia, SBS News) to ‘Follow’ wasn’t difficult – but what I did find was that it was harder to find Twitter accounts belonging exclusively to a Journalist, rather than a News organisation as a whole. I am currently following 23 Twitter accounts, with the hope that once I get more comfortable, that number will grow.

Since Twitter has come about, I have always found it really interesting the effect that only a few words can have when accessible by many – or in this case millions. My intention further down the track is to expand this post with a reflection on my initial thoughts of Twitter vs. the experience of being an active and participating user of the social media website.

If you are reading this and interested, feel free to follow me!

Reference

Ames, K 2015, Blog Activity – Week 2, COMM11007: Media Writing, CQUniversity e-courses, https://moodle.cqu.edu.au/

Week Two – Practical: Twitter Account