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This hard news story uses a mixture of reliable and questionable primary sources:
- Wife of abuser, and adoptive mother of the victim.
- Biological great uncle of victim.
- NSW Police officer.
It is good journalism because:
This story from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) is an example of good journalism because of the following:
- Uses the ‘ABC’ (Accuracy, Brevity, Clarity) of writing: the story is accurate, brief and clear. Sentences are short with small words. (CQUniversity 2015)
- The story is succinct and concise, everyday language is used so it can be understood by the widest variety of people. (CQUniversity 2015)
- Uses the ‘Inverted pyramid’: the facts that the readers need to know the most are first, reflecting the newsworthiness of the story. Followed by information the readers need to know secondarily, and so on (Whitaker et al, 2012 p. 22).
- Active voice is used because the story is new and immediate. Making the essential W’s easy to identify. (CQUniversity 2015)
- Every sentence is a new paragraph: one idea is kept to one sentence and one sentence to a paragraph. (CQUniversity 2015)
- Displays key points under main image: breaks down stories facts for easy reading. (CQUniversity 2015)
- Well researched: according to Whitaker et al, good research lessens the subjectivity everyone feels about an issue. Child abuse is a very contentious issue that leaves the writer room for bias; reporter Josie Taylor is objective, states facts and sources with no added partiality.
Knitting in her favourite chair, my mother Noela, said the most important thing to her is spirituality and state of mind.
For as long as I can remember she has always maintained that quality of life in mind, body and soul, should be a priority for everyone.
“It’s a very ignorant thing to not look after you, spiritually, physically and emotionally.
“How can I help anyone else or be of service to the world, if I can’t help myself” Noela said, whilst contemplating other answers, “I mean aside from the obvious answer; children and family,’ she said, ‘maintaining a healthy frame of mind and living in a positive environment is the most important thing to me.”
This morning, my dad, John, said family was the most important thing to him.
Around the breakfast table at our family home, dad contemplated his answer. Considering answering with his other hobby, his boat, then deciding on family.
“Well…life would be pretty sh*t without them…No seriously, it would be.
“Our family has been extremely fortunate with health” he said, “my family and their well-being has to be the most important thing to me.”
I found this activity easy, perhaps I was interviewing people I know very well, or perhaps I’m actually getting the hang of this story writing business. I’ll be interested to see what mark I get for this post.
a. This quiz was about reporting speech and indirect quotes. I read the short chapter and felt confident in my answers, after submitting I got a disheartening 5/10. I honestly thought I did ok throughout the quiz, getting this result made me feel like there is so much that I don’t know and absorbing all the information is going to be a big job!
b. This quiz was about using figures in stories. I was skeptical of getting 100% because of the first quiz, but I surprisingly got 90%. I found the content quite challenging, as it feels like there are so many rules to remember with so many different reasons. I was surprised I got such a high score first attempt and glad to get it done.
CQuniversity 2015, COMM11007 Media Writing: Week 3 Identifying News, viewed 22 August 2015,
CQUniversity 2015, COMM11007 Media Writing: Week 4 the basic news story, viewed 22 August 2015, https://moodle.cqu.edu.au/pluginfile.php/149393/mod_resource/content/4/1.%20COMM11007%20Week%204%20Lesson.pdf
CQUniversity 2015, COMM11007 Media Writing: Week 5 Voice, Attribution, and Acknowledgement, viewed 22 August 2015 https://moodle.cqu.edu.au/pluginfile.php/149403/mod_resource/content/3/1.%20COMM11007%20Week%205%20Lesson.pdf
Taylor, J 2015, ‘NSW police fail to arrest child pornography distributor; foster child adopted by offender’, ABC, 22 August 2015, viewed 22 August 2015. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-22/nsw-police-failed-to-arrest-child-abuse-distributor-adopted-girl/6714998
Whitaker, R, Ramsey, J & Smith, R 2012, Media writing: print broadcast and public relations, 4th edn, Routledge, New York.