This week in Media Writing we discuss the difference in journalism. From generating your own story, to curating one through collection of media content (CQUniversity 2015).
We had to review two different examples of curation, one from trip advisor.com and the other from cntraveller.com. According to Bradshaw, all journalism is equal to curation (Bradshaw 2013).
The first curation example from tripadvisor.com is essentially an image gallery with quotes curated from reviews, counting down the top 25 hotels in the world. The gallery starts at number one and goes all the way through to 25 with highlights from different travellers.
The purpose of this example could be described as informing travellers of the best hotels in the world, directly from other travellers.
The way the information is presented, makes a difference to the way the story is received by being clear and to some degree, a form of evidence; as the source from where the content is from is reliable.
Conversely, the second example of curation from cntraveller.com is more story based. The structure is less image heavy and relies on the content written by unknown authors. The content is more atmospheric, detailed and well written.
Presentation and structure makes a difference to how the story is received by the way it implies more thought and time given to curating and reading a story like this.
It could potentially appear to a different audience, as it is a more creative and comprehensive article, compared to the list of images with reviews from tripadvisor.com.
Review a peer’s Storify submission and ask the following questions:
The final quiz for Media Writing was about changing passive to active voice. I found this quiz beneficial as I always thought passive voice was a better option when writing as it appears less aggressive, how wrong was I. I’m not sure how many I got out of 10 correct as my answers often looked right, with a small difference.
Bradshaw, P 2013,’ Journalism *is* curation: tips on curation tools and techniques’ September 30 2013, viewed 11 September 2015, http://onlinejournalismblog.com/2013/09/30/curation-tools-tips-advice-journalism/
Business Writing Center, 1997, ‘Passive and Active Voice’, viewed 11 September 2015 http://www.businesswriting.com/tests/activepassive.htm
CQUniversity 2015, COMM11007 Media Writing: Week 9 Content Generation vs Content Curation, viewed 11 September 2015, https://moodle.cqu.edu.au/pluginfile.php/149427/mod_resource/content/4/2.%20COMM11007%20Week%209%20Lesson.pdf
Newton, Kate 2015, ‘The Already Outstanding Show Ramps Up Discounts on Transport’, viewed 18 September 2015, https://storify.com/katenewton/ekka