Week 9

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Inquiry: Review a newsletter

I reviewed the Crocodiles Specialist Group (CSG) April-June 2016 newsletter. The 35-page newsletter included:

  • Minutes from the Annual General Meeting
  • Details of the recent CSG Working Meeting held in South Africa
  • Regional reports
  • Abstracts of recent publications
  • List of the CSG’s committee members

The CSG worldwide network comprises; biologists, wildlife managers, government officials, independent researchers, non-government (NGO) representatives, farmers, traders, tanners, fashion leaders, and private companies. The newsletter was abundant with information about the conservation of crocodiles’ which relates to the interest of its target audience.

I was especially curious about the story of the 22 Venezuelan undergraduate university students of biology, veterinary medicine and natural resource management. In my role as a science journalist, I would be interested in learning more about the student’s personal interest in conservation and whether the students were looking to contribute to this area of work in the future.

I had a few concerns about this newsletter. The 35-page length was overwhelming. Although I am removed from the target audience, it was a lot of information to process. The minutes of the Annual General Meeting and the CSG Working Meeting were not regular items however; checking other newsletters this length was standard. The Annual General Meeting minutes created information overload in my opinion and would be better suited as a stand-alone document as it unnecessarily clutters the newsletter.

The newsletter requires work on its visual design. While the font is appropriate and the use of images support the stories. The balance of white space needs to be considered in the text boxes and the title page. The titles could be improved by changing to a Sans serif font with constancy of the font size across the pages. This will ensure the newsletter is easier on the eye and more visually appealing (Ames 2016).


Technical: Quiz 9 – Punctuationhigh-five-clipart-cliparts-of-high-five-free-download-wmf-eps-oi3hun-clipart

While I have a good base knowledge of punctuation, I have to give credit to weeks of constantly assessing my own punctuation and that of others for the 100% score I achieved this week. It certainly helps to be consistently writing and developing these skills. I hope writing is something I’ll continue to do beyond this course.




Ames, K 2016, COMM11007 Media Writing: study guide,  CQUniversity, Brisbane.

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

High five clipart cliparts of high five free download Wmf 2016, digital image, Clip art Kid, viewed 3 October 2016, http://www.clipartkid.com/high-five-clipart-cliparts-of-high-five-free-download-wmf-eps-OI3HUN-clipart/

Joubert, B 2016, How Nile crocodiles are bigger and badder than alligators, digital image, viewed 5 October 2016, http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/05/nile-crocodiles-florida-reptiles-science/



4 Replies to “Week 9”

  1. Once again, you have delivered a well put together article.
    As I have an interest in all things reptile, I found the newsletter quite interesting, but like you, I found it a little long.
    In the fourth main paragraph you have used the phrase “in my opinion” twice in the same sentence with one making the other redundant.
    The same paragraph has a sentence beginning with “the annual general meeting”, this could certainly use a comma or two somewhere in there.
    I liked the part about the better use of space to increase the visual appeal. I never think artistically like that. It is certainly my Achilles heel and when I visualise your suggestions it makes a lot of sense.
    A great effort.




  2. Well written article, I agree that the visual design definitely needs improving. I noticed that you mentioned about the minutes of meetings not being regular items. It was interesting to read this, as I was completely unaware that was the case.




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