Week two of Comm11007 is based on the concept that media writing is a product and or a public resource (CQUniversity 2015). This week we review top twitter trends via Trendsmap.com.
The Trendsmap coverage in Central Queensland was limited, so the search was extended to Queensland, and then nation-wide.
The top stories trending on Twitter for 24th July 2015 are:
Australian Labor Party Conference 2015.
Happening this week in Melbourne.
An abbreviation Australian Politics.
Splendour in the Grass 2015
Held from 24th-26th July, a music festival in Byron Bay, New South Wales.
2) What is the relationship between the tweets and news stories in local media (if any)?
On the 24th of July 2015, local news site ‘The Morning Bulletin’ had no coverage of the trending topics: Australian Politics, Australian Labor Party Conference, or Splendour in the Grass.
The site was checked on the following day; nothing of the three trends where featured. Which was surprising, as Australian Politics feature heavily throughout most newspapers.
The national paper ‘The Australian’ featured stories about the Australian Labor Party Conference (#alpcon2015) and referenced tweets (figure 4.0) to corroborate the content of the coverage.
3) Can you find evidence that tweets are being used in news stories?
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Conversely news networks in the USA frequently use tweets throughout stories. For example, America’s Cable News Network (CNN) use Twitter to interact with readers in a story about Sandra Bland, to further discuss questions that readers have about the case.
Sandra Bland was found dead in her prison cell three days after being arrested for failing to signal when changing lanes in Prairie View, Texas. Her sudden death whilst in the police custody sparked further debate about police brutality in America.
Twitter allows for interaction with the audience, enabling reporters to participate in conversations taking place. Tweets are limited to 140 words per post, obliging writers to be brief and succinct. Because of how immediate Twitter is, it is particularly resourceful for reporters covering hard news (Whitaker, Ramsey & Smith 2012)
In this story covered by CNN, the standard who, what, when and where, are established, the story then proceeds to ask the question why and how Sandra Bland died.
The story canvasses Twitter users participating in an interactive social media environment to challenge, amend or add their perspective on the event. (Figure 6.0) Providing the story with a consumer driven agenda, which allows users to select what they want to read as opposed to editors/gatekeepers deciding what they will read (Whitaker, Ramsey & Smith 2012).
4) Can you find evidence of tweets being used by organisations to promote an event of issue?
Events being promoted by organisations via twitter:
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The quiz this week was about the rules of Grammar. It covered the eight parts of speech: noun, pronoun, adjective, verb, adverb, preposition, conjunction, and interjection, which was beneficial because I had forgotten a lot since school. It took me four attempts until I got 100% (embarrassing!) I did not want to simply take note of the answers and get it 100% that way, I wanted to answer them myself so I could absorb the content properly. The textbook is a handy tool that I try to refer to as much as I can.
CQUniversity 2015, COMM11007 Media Writing: Week 2 Media writing as a product, viewed 21 July 2015 https://moodle.cqu.edu.au/pluginfile.php/149381/mod_resource/content/2/1.%20COMM11007%20Week%202%20Lesson.pdf
Tweets from AntiLaborAus, neondiscofish, JosesphScales, Twitter, viewed 24th July 2015, https://twitter.com/search?q=%23ALPConf2015&src=tyah
Tweets from PolictsFairFax, ToddSampsonOz, LinesSue, Twitter, viewed 24th July 2015, https://twitter.com/search?q=%23auspol&src=typd
Tweets from SITG, triplej, triplejmornings, Twitter, viewed 24th July 2015, https://twitter.com/search?q=%23SITG&src=typd
Tweets from rachelbaxendale, Digital Screenshot, The Australian, viewed 24th July 2015, http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/alp-conference-2015-live/story-fn59niix-1227456424174
Tweets from trillxcurlss, Digital Screenshot, CNN, Viewed 24th July 2015, http://edition.cnn.com/2015/07/23/us/sandra-bland-questions-remain-social-irpt/
Tweets from deray, Digital Screenshot, CNN, Viewed 24th July 2015, http://edition.cnn.com/2015/07/23/us/sandra-bland-questions-remain-social-irpt/
Whitaker, R, Ramsey, J & Smith, R 2012, Media writing: print broadcast and public relations, 4th edn, Routledge, New York.