Week 10 – Comm 11007 – Inquiry: Importance of Formatting

For this week’s exercise I am acting as a visual consumer and have chosen a magazine that I like and appeals to me. This is the ‘Fashion’ magazine featured above.

The balance is illustrated in the symmetry of the models face, and where the scarf drops to the left page.  This is balanced out by the words put on the right hand side of the page (the model’s shoulder).  With the use of colour and design, the eye flows left to right and left again (following the flow of the scarf) taking in all of the information needed.

The magazine cover uses a white spaced background to allow the title to stand out.  Also having the white background provides the eye distinction, and avoids overcrowding; achieving readability.  This is important for this type of genre as there are many topics  to include on the front cover, and if the contrast wasn’t so distinct, the reader may not know what is in this issue (and may not buy the magazine).

The use of colour on the model ties into the colour of the words, using the pink and yellow supports in the context of interpretation that this is a ‘Spring’ issue.

The use of concrete and qualifier words ties in without making it too ‘wordy’.  For example “Skin that glows”, “Get lean – best Yoga and Pilates…” and ‘Spring Fever – Gorgeous Dresses…”.  Additionally  I like how the editor has started the visual journey with the “skin that glows” first (what person doesn’t want glowing skin), and then as you scan to the right they have made the text less bold, smaller, and no caps for “get lean”.

I feel this was done deliberately, because the topic might need to show a little sensitivity to the reader that would prefer gentle coaxing, rather than having it large, bold and in caps.  Which would change the context, and be more of a barking order “GET LEAN!”.

I really like the visuals of this layout and think the editors have done a great job.  I would buy that magazine 🙂

Week 9 – Comm 11007 – Active and Passive Writing

a. Complete test – http://www.businesswriting.com/tests/activepassive.htm

b. After completing the test on changing to active writing, I have a new found respect for those learning English.  I manage to get most of them correct, and was able to work out where I went wrong when presented with the answer.  However I feel there is so many ways to write with the same meaning, depending on whether you are narrative in tone, or if you are writing for the news.

Week 9 – Comm 11007 Practical – Review a Storify

This week’s practical task was to write a review of a fellow student’s Storify submission.

I chose Zoe Mears “Bundaberg Flavours Festival”

Who do you think is the audience?

From the Storify submission I would have said the audience is both Bundaberg locals, and for tourists looking for a free event whilst in the area.  Also I could imagine those in the food industry interested in different flavours and want to shop local would take a peek.

What did you learn about the event?

First of all, I am a bit of a foodie and was surprised that I had never heard of it before (being a local to the surrounding area).  I was surprised of how many people actually attend (which makes me feel that it might be a bit of a hidden gem).

What else (if anything) could be included that would make the story more interesting or have more impact?

Maybe an embedded video would be good.

If the structure is confusing, how could it be improved? What do you like about the story?

I didn’t find the structure confusing.  I like the simplistic style with the pictures peppered through it.  This almost makes it look like you are going stall to stall with the editor of the piece.  Great job Zoe!!

Week 9 – Comm 11007 – Inquiry: Review Curation Styles

Comparing:Data Driven Curation – Trip advisors top 25 Hotels in the world & Curation written by Editiors – Gold standard Hotels 2015

The data driven curation uses short, in first person excerpts to accompany the pictures of the hotel.  This style mimics what one might put on a comment card whilst visiting the particular hotel, especially with the use of the quotation marks.  Tripadvisor is a great website for travellers wanting to visit a place and get a “real” perspective/from the customers point of view, as it allows customers to leave comments and rate their experience.  The excerpts used would have been taken from actual customer experiences, so the audience knows that it can trust the source (even though the bad comments can be left off).

The curation written by editors is more of a traveller magazine article style.  This highlights the different places in a positive light, focusing on each ones amenities.  The aim would be to entice/ promote each location using descriptive language to sell an experience.

Both curations are similar in the sense that they want to attract customers, one by using past customers good comments, and the other by illustrating the destination by its amenities.

Consider the differences

if purpose and audience similar

Comm 11108 – National Politics: Giving to-be Parents a Chance

Australia could see surrogacy bans lifted in the coming months as Attorney General Gabrielle Upton reviews current laws, which will make advertising for Altruistic surrogacy provisions legal in New South Wales (Davey, 2015).  Commercial surrogacy along with advertising for altruistic surrogacy is currently illegal in Australia, with hopeful to-be parents, outsourcing to global surrogacy arrangements.

Australia is the largest user nation globally of cross-border surrogacy, and it is our punitive laws banning compensation and advertising have had no positive effect (Everingham).  Australians entering into commercial surrogacy arrangements overseas experience high levels of multiple pregnancies and premature births, placing the health of the surrogate and their children at risk, new research has found explains Davey (2015).

The tragic case of baby Gammy, a twin born through surrogacy with Down’s syndrome in Thailand whom was left behind, while his twin was brought back to Australia.  This had serious backlash, with Thailand closing off its surrogacy option for Australia, and minimising options for to-be Australian parents (Van Wichelen, 2015).

The suggestion here is that if we do not accept altruistic surrogacy and put measures in place to regulate it, we will drive commercial surrogacy underground (Bindel, 2015).  The call for reform and regulation on laws surrounding this issue are evident.

Each state in Australia has its own legislation on the matter, and John Pascoe Chief Judge Federal circuit court of Australia and Diana Bryant Chief Justice Family court of Australia, have called for law reform in this area, saying that Commercial surrogacy in Australia is illegal, the problem is that by not regulating the surrogate and child are put at risk (Marriner, 2015).

The benefits to having such a reform would protect both parent and child and provide an environment domestically.  Evidence of successful surrogacy arrangements in countries such as America, is a hopeful future direction that Australia can move towards.

References

Bindel, J 2015,’ Commercial surrogacy is a rigged market in wombs for rent’, The Guardian, 21 February, viewed 22 September 2015, http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/feb/20/commercial-surrogacy-wombs-rent-same-sex-pregnancy

Davey, M 2015, ‘Commercial overseas surrogacy more dangerous, Australian study finds’, The Guardian, 28 August, viewed 20 September, http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/aug/28/commercial-overseas-surrogacy-more-dangerous-australian-study-finds

Davey, M 2015, ‘New South Wales attorney general considers surrogacy law changes’ 2015, The Guardian, 20 September, viewed 22 September 2015, http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/sep/20/new-south-wales-attorney-general-considers-surrogacy-law-changes

Marriner, C 2015, ‘NSW considers allowing couples to advertise for surrogates’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 20 September, viewed 21 September 2015, http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/nsw-considers-allowing-couples-to-advertise-for-surrogates-20150918-gjq9ga.html

Van Wichelen, S 2015, ‘What chance for international surrogacy laws?’, ABC News, 20 August, viewed 6 September, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-08-21/van-whichelen-what-chance-for-international-surrogacy-laws/5683746

Week 2 Comm 11007 Practical: Register to Twitter Technical: Grammar skills

Practical: Register to Twitter

For week two’s Practical assignment was to register to a Twitter account and to identify 20 different journalists .

Part a) Registering a Twitter account

My twitter account is @MorganaMedia.  This was the first time I had ever used twitter, and found it a little odd at first.

Part b) follow 20 Journalists

@KateDonnison9, @hamishblake, @PhillipCoorey,@GeorgieG, @karlstefanovic, @MiaFreedman, @lenoretaylor, @SpencerHowson, @Lisa_Wilkinson ,@Kate_McClymont, @marcfennell, @stephenfry, @Sandra_Sully , @Jaimes, @julia_zemiro ,@zoebmarshall, @sam_armytage, @Tara_Moss , @andy_penn, @hamishandandy

Technical: Quiz 2

For this week’s quiz it took me two attempts to get 100%.  This was a challenging task as I had to read the rules on quotations, and where to put commas and full stops a few times to make it stick.  Something that I thought previously I was quite good at.  It was a very interesting read of the text this week.

Comm 11108 – National Politics: Will the China –Australia FTA Threatened Australia’s Jobs and Industry?

The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) that was signed on 17 June 2015 in Canberra, promised to be a step in the right direction for Australia’s economy.  China being Australia’s largest export market for goods and services has come into focus of late, as apparent loop holes in the ChAFTA have surfaced, meaning serious disadvantages to both Australian jobs and industry (Martin, 2015).

Australian Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb said that the Free Trade Agreement is about creating hundreds of thousands of jobs for Australians, providing a real, positive future for job seekers, he told The Guardian (Martin, 2015).  He said these trade deals will create almost 9000 jobs per year and create 178,000 jobs by the time all the agreements come into full force in 2035.

According to the Canberra- based centre for international economics however, it will create only thousands of jobs (Martin, 2015).  Political Editor of The Age, Peter Martin said in response that the Labour force is under threat due to there being no requirement for labour market testing (Martin, 2015).

Mr Martin although agrees that the department of immigration is practiced in enforcing laws, which in this case is checking the availability of Australian workers to make sure they are available first.  He said his concern is that these requirements that are imposed by the department of immigration, aren’t legislated in law (Martin, 2015).

A departmental spokesperson has told the ABC fact check unit that in unique and exceptional circumstances the requirement can be waived (Martin, 2015). Former Trade Minister Craig Emmerson also confirmed how easy it would be for waivers to employment restrictions.  He said that all it would take is a simple amendment to the migration act, in section 140GBA to put beyond doubt the requirement of Australia firms wanting to come to Australia (Martin, 2015).  He said that this could all be done without touching the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement or the memorandum of understanding that accompanies it.

The department of Foreign Affairs, has released information on the agreement, and confirms that no such actions can take place, encouraging concerned Australians to get in touch with their offices if they are concerned (dfat.gov.au, 2015).

References

Australian Government, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 2015 ‘China-Australia FTA (ChAFTA): myths versus realities’, 2015, viewed 6 September 2015, http://dfat.gov.au/trade/agreements/chafta/fact-sheets/Pages/chafta-myths-versus-realities.aspx

Martin, P 2015, ‘China-Australia free trade agreement: the collision course that’s a distraction’, The Age, 8 September, viewed 11 September 2015,http://www.theage.com.au/comment/chinaaustralia-free-trade-agreement-the-collision-course-thats-a-distraction-20150907-gjgl6f.html#ixzz3mJIRTUIc

Martin, P 2015, ‘How many jobs? The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement will create hardly any’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 14 September, viewed 16 September 2015, http://www.smh.com.au/comment/how-many-jobs-the-chinaaustralia-free-trade-agreement-will-create-hardly-any-20150914-gjlv06.html