Week 3

Practical: Plan your stories and prepare for Assignment 2


One of the greatest perks of living in Noosa is the endless opportunity for entertainment and social engagement. Whether your interest is sport, music, food, fashion, art and craft or otherwise, there is always something going on. While Noosa regularly plays host to international and national events, it is the community support of local business, clubs, schools and charities that create many unique activities and special experiences.

It is therefore relatively easy to identify events to report on as part of the assessment. I have narrowed my selection to two popular events based on capturing the fun and social elements of the day for the interest of a wider audience. The Noosa Craft Beer Festival and the Peregian Food & Fashion Fiesta are both annual events attracting plenty of local attention.

After viewing the video on ‘Why you need a plan’ the three main points of planning; time management, accessing the event program and confirming accreditation are currently underway. My planning details for each event is provided below.

Event Planning Sheet – Noosa Craft Beer Festival

Event Planning Sheet – Peregian Food and Fashion Fiesta


Inquiry: A media story of interest



My interest story was published July 26, 2016, by Brisbane Times. Amy Remeikis reported, 1500 students had been suspended or expelled for assaulting Queensland teachers, resulting in 174 WorkCover claims. Over the past 15 months, a total of 82,000 state school students had been suspended or expelled with 23,000 of those punished for physical misconduct.

This story instantly struck a chord with me having family members and friends who are teachers. I also have two boys attending state school and I find these figures deeply disturbing.

Link: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/action/printArticle?id=1011800093

News values

INTRO/LEAD:  More than 1500 students have been suspended or expelled for assaulting state school teachers in the past 15 months, including 174 incidents that led to WorkCover claims.

NEWSWORTHINESS:  Proximity, Interest, Controversy, Conflict, Timeliness, Currency (hard news)

WHO:  Teachers

WHAT:  Assault on teachers

WHERE:  Queensland state schools

WHEN:  Over the past 15 months

WHY:  Opposition concerns

HOW:  Estimate hearings


Technical: Quiz 3 – Grammar: Problems and Confusions


I am really looking forward to the day my first attempt at the quiz results in 100%. Today, is not that day.

In chapter four of Hicks’, English for Journalists, I was pleased to read some familiar content. And I happily discovered the use of ‘and’ and ‘but’ to start sentences is grammatically acceptable. But I found parts of this chapter quite challenging and my initial result of 80% reflects this. After rereading the chapter and focusing on understanding the technical aspects of correct sentence structure my second attempt was successful.

I look forward to the next chapter and another opportunity to cement the quiz. I am still very much on my L plates here.




Ames, K 2014, Media Writing: Why you need a plan, video, COMM11007: Media Writing, CQUniversity e-courses, https://moodle.cqu.edu.au/

Hicks, W 2013, English for journalist, Routledge, Oxon.

Noosa Craft Beer Festival 2016, digital image, The Reef, viewed 31 July 2016, https://www.noosareef.com.au/whats_on

Peregian Food & Fashion 2016, digital image, Peregian Beach Business Association, viewed 31 July 2016, http://peregianbeach.org/foodandfashion

Remeikis, A 2016, 1500 students suspended or expelled for assaulting Queensland teachers, Brisbane Times, viewed 27 July 2016, http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/action/printArticle?id=1011800093

Smith, A 2015, NSW needs 385 new classrooms every year for a decade, digital image, The Sydney Morning Herald, viewed 27 July 2016, http://www.smh.com.au/national/education/nsw-needs-385-new-classrooms-every-year-for-a-decade-20150310-13zzud.html

Stage 1 Pre-learner 2013, digital image, Allstar Motorcycle Training, viewed 31 July 2016, http://www.allstarmotorcycletraining.com.au/courses-and-testing/pre-learners/


7 Replies to “Week 3”

    1. Thanks Jess, I’m looking forward to the assessment. I’m sure you’ll find your way back to Noosa at some stage. I’ve had a quick look at your blog and it looks like you are on quite the adventure! Best wishes. Tash


  1. Hey Tash, nice job with this week’s activity. I think you comprehensively covered the 5 Ws and H in your story and your references looks quite extensive as well.

    It also looks like you’ve gathered a good amount of research on the events you may be attending, however I think it might be worth reviewing your events and consider finding out more specific information if possible. If you could find out exactly what time the Peregian Food and Fashion Fiesta is running the fashion parade for example, you might benefit from a much more smooth experience.

    That’s really the only issue I could find in you work though. So all in all, you’ve done really well.

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  2. Hey Tash, I completely understand where you are coming from with the quizzes, I myself was confident but would still not get full marks on any of my first attempts. thanks for they great read.


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