Week Nine. Draft Script:
Consider your final assignment. Draft one page of an audiovisual script associated with your final assignment. It could be the video news release, or the news story. It should be at least the first page of the script, and deal with introducing the story. Post this on your blog. If you wish to write more, then feel free to do so.
Audio Visual News Release
Audio: Labor MP Tarah Rodda is committed to putting an end to further bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef. With more than 60 per cent of the reef being affected, Ms Rodda says the time to act is now.
Audio-visual (interview with Tarah Rodda): This is the largest coral bleaching event on record (Australian Government Great Barrier Reef Marine Authority 2016) and its time that we the people of Keppel, Queensland and Australia put an end to this neglect.
Audio: Ms Rodda says the urgency to aid in cultivating Australia’s iconic natural wonder is vital for the reef’s health and that fundamental shifts are immediately required to stop further bleaching.
Piece to Camera: Facts about the reef, eg. The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef, etc. additional visuals of the reef and bleached coral).
Audio-visual (interview with Tarah Rodda): We need to significantly advance the quality of water flowing on to the Reef. At a local level, it is up to us to do our best to be environmentally aware, things like recycling, shopping local, and smart water consumption.
Finally, post a final submission post that is a reflective piece (600-800 words). a. Identify the activities that you found most useful to your learning over the course of the term, and discuss why these were useful;
The activity that I found most useful throughout this course is the writing aspect of the blog. My writing has significantly improved since starting university last year and it could be considered that this is due to writing large blog posts each week. I have witnessed my writing develop to a standard that I am now happy with, previously it lacked structure and basic grammar and punctuation.
Additional activities I also found useful were the planning tasks for the maiden speech. A requirement of week six was to consider Locker & Kaczmarek’s renowned planning model PAIBOC. By reflecting and deliberating upon this model, I really started to contemplate the assignment, something that would not usually happen until the first assignment is completed and submitted.
In week two, a requirement was to listen to a news reading by a professional news reader, then consider their inflection and record your own reading. Completing this activity gave me insight in inflection and enunciation, prior to this I had not cogitated why a news reader sounds well-defined and the techniques they use to deliver a flawless speech.
- Indicate whether, at this stage of the course, you feel that your understanding of speaking and scripting writing has improved, and reasons why/why not;
After completing this course, delivering and writing a speech intimidates me more than ever. Previously I thought delivering and writing a clear, concise speech was a task I could address straightforwardly, however after observing the labor of a well-crafted speech I realise just how much a daunting task it truly is.
I now look at a well delivered speech and really reason about what the speaker did that I liked, what techniques they may have used and who wrote the speech itself. All of these ‘behind the scenes’ aspects of a speech I had never considered. When I see an engaging speaker with a gripping speech, I reflect on the talents they may have that make them so good. Ultimately I feel as if my understanding of speaking and scripting has only just begun and that I need to further educate myself and practice A LOT before I even consider delivering a speech.
- Comment on the usefulness (or otherwise) of your blogging journey and how it has (or hasn’t) helped your learning.
What I found most useful in my blogging journey is the scaffolding of assessment pieces. Introducing assignment pieces into the weekly activities categorically allowed me to think about the content of the assignment and how I am going to do it.
What I also found useful by blogging is the accountability of having to write a post every week, enabled me in my learning as I did not want to let it get out of control, leaving me with far too much work to do at the end of the term.
Blogging has had a very positive impact on my writing, as I mentioned before, my writing has dramatically improved due to weekly blogging.
- Discuss your level of confidence in going into your final assessment at this stage of the course, and comment on how you are going to address any final issues or concerns you may have;
I feel utterly overwhelmed at the thought of the final assessment. Writing the maiden speech is a task I feel I can do undoubtedly; it is the additional tasks that concern me. Completing a script, audio visual script, and two voice overs to a high distinction level is really stressing me out.
The audio visual script is an element of speech and script writing that perplexes me. Previously in other classes we have discussed and canvassed frameworks that we can adhere to in order to write one successfully, perhaps I have missed some information in the modules as I feel very underprepared in writing an audio visual script and will have to do a lot of research before starting the task. Questions I have that I will further research are, for example, what is an audio visual script used for? When would this framework be used within the industry? What are some examples?
Ames, K 2016, Module 6: Genres of Speech – Corporate, course notes, COMM12033: Speech and Script, CQUniversity e-courses, http://moodle.cqu.edu.au
Australian Government Great Barrier Reef Marine Authority, 2016, Coral bleaching, viewed 12 May 2016, http://www.gbrmpa.gov.au/managing-the-reef/threats-to-the-reef/climate-change/what-does-this-mean-for-species/corals/what-is-coral-bleaching