Technical: Complete Quiz 11

Style was the topic of quiz 11. The blog task sheet we were given this week said to read chapter 11 of Hicks english for journalists. I am fairly certain they meant Chapter 8, as 8 relates to style and 11 relates to figures.

Anyway, I read chapter 8 and received 9/10! That is my best score yet. Question 10 was the wrong answer, it was a simple true or false. I guessed the answer, and surprise! I got it wrong.

I really enjoyed reading about style, and I believe that as I have progressed through this course I have developed my own writing style.



Day in the life of a 21 year-old.


Molly Scott, full-time UNI student is slow to wake up on her days off. She has a day planned ahead of her, having lunch with a friend, studying and dinner with family.


After driving to Rockhampton, Molly decided to get coffee from Zarraffas and have a quick look in Kmart. She says “I only ever intend on buying one thing, then I get distracted”.  After buying multiple things for her house, she went off to lunch.


Molly met her friend for lunch at The Two Professors in Rockhampton. She said her chicken burger was fantastic.


Heading home from Rockhampton; it takes about 20 minutes to get to Molly’s new house in The Pines, Yeppoon.


Yeppoon’s newest estate, The Pines has built a wonderful park that kids (and adults alike) can come and kick a ball around. Molly said  “I enjoy the outdoors and living an active life”.


Molly rides her partners bike through the estate most afternoons.


One of the many purchases from Kmart; The Red Barron ( a kite). Molly tied the string to her handle bars and rode around the estate. She said ‘all the neighbours enjoyed seeing it, they thought it was very cool!”.


While cooking dinner Molly noticed that the clouds cleared there was a beautiful sunset on the back patio.


A classic Chinese card game, Mah Jong is enjoyed by her partner and mother. It was Molly’s first time playing and “it was such a different game, you can tell that most card games were derived from this”.


Molly’s evening ritual, checking all of her social media before putting down the phone and going to sleep.

Practical – Headlines

Headlines must be “riveting, in order to capture the reader’s attention”(Whitaker, Ramsey & Smith 2012, p. 284). The original headline used was FakeComicCon Investigates Incident. It was purely factual, and not very exciting.


Alternative headlines for the media release story:

  • Stormtroopers vs. Wolverines leaves 2 critically injured.

    • It tells who was involved and how many were injured.
  • FakeComicCon ends in bloody tragedy.

    • This headline could offend people, however it is very catchy.
  • Four arrested at FakeComicCon.

    • Shows how many have been arrested, and where. However it doesn’t say why they were arrested.



Whitaker, W, Ramsey, J & Smith, R  2012, Media writing: Print, broadcast, and public relations, 4th edn, Routledge,  New York, NY.

Technical: Quiz – Punctuation

Quiz nine was all about Punctuation. Reading the text left me feeling a little confused. I never realised there were so many rules, and that I haven’t been applying them to my work.

I received a 7/10 on my first attempt. Which seems to be a reoccurring habit…

I got stuck on the last question:


I re-read the text, and it didn’t make sense at all. I read the feedback and that helped.


Inquiry: Review a Newsletter

The Crocodile Specialist Group (CSG) publishes their newsletters quarterly. The newsletter reports on a multitude of events and news that the CSG covers. Presented in a two column layout with the information spread over 32 pages.

The following stories are included in the newsletter:

  • Patrons – Acknowledging donors, supporters and contributors
  • Editorial – written by Professor Grahame Webb, CSG Chairman.
  • News Article – recognising three students that have received funding
  • Minutes – of CSG Steering Committee Meeting, Skukuza, 22 May 2016
  • Feature Article – Working meeting in Skukuza, South Africa, 23-26 May 2016
  • Reports – For Venezuela, Colombia, USA and Germany
  • Science – recent publications

  • Steering Committee of the Crocodile Specialist Group – listing members of the group

How do these target the organisation’s audience?

The CSG Newsletter is produced and distributed by the Crocodile Specialist Group of the Species Survival Commission (SSC) of the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature).

The Newsletter starts out with an editorial written by the CSG chairman, he talks about well known members of the CSG. The newsletter states that “the Newsletter is distributed to CSG members and to other interested individuals and organisations.”

If you were a science journalist, is there anything you may be interested in following up as a story, and why?

The recent science publications and the Reports for the individual countries would be interesting to follow up.

What do you think is effective or otherwise about this newsletter?

The Newsletter is extremely long, Whittaker, Ramsey and Smith say that “articles are often between 300 and 500 words”. It is clear that the CSG doesn’t follow this structure.

“The CSG Newsletter provides information on the conservation, status, news and current events concerning crocodilians, and on the activities of the CSG.” This wholeheartedly relates to the target audience, which is very important for a publication like a newsletter.

“Effective newsletters focus on benefit to readers, and its contents are best determined by the interest of readers.”



[image]IUCN 2016, ‘Crocodile specialist group’, Newsletter, vol. 35, no. 2, April 2016 – June 2016, viewed 20th September2016,

IUCN 2016, ‘Crocodile specialist group’, Newsletter, vol. 35, no. 2, April 2016 – June 2016, viewed 20 September 2016,

Whitaker, W, Ramsey, J & Smith, R  2012, Media writing: Print, broadcast, and public relations, 4th edn, Routledge,  New York, NY


Technical: Complete Quiz 8 – Figures

Chapter 11 of Wynford Hicks focused on figures. The chapter discusses that being numerate is just as important as being literate.

On completing quiz eight I received 7/10 on my first attempt. The question that confused me the most was number seven.


I thought by saying (Between **and**) in the question they meant the numbers read: Between 1914 and 18.

On second attempt I received 10/10.