Gladstone Hospital Accident & Emergency Upgrade

COMM11008 – Blog One
By Amanda McRae
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Source: Queensland Health, Queensland Government website (2016)

A highly controversial topic within the community regarding the much needed ‘Accident and Emergency upgrade for the Gladstone Hospital’,  has been in the planning stage for years (Bunting 2016).  Members of the community agree with the State Member that something needs to be done.

“The Gladstone Hospital Accident and Emergency Centre, currently doesn’t meet the standards of hospitals,” said Labor, State Member for Gladstone, Mr Glenn Butcher (Hutchinson 2016, n.p).

Taking it further, to a community petition addressed to Federal Government, Member of Flynn, Ken O’Dowd to make a critical investment in our public health system.  Petition story link.

Source: 7 News Central Queensland, Facebook page (2016, n.p).

Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick said, “The community needs and deserves contemporary health services that meet today’s healthcare standards, and that is what we’ll provide,” (Jambour 2016, n.p)

The visual plans are now in place.  “With the support of his party, he hopes to continue and fast track development”, said Mr Butcher (Hutchinson 2016, n.p).

“This is a great win for Gladstone and I am thrilled to be able to kick start this vital project for our community,” Mr Butcher said (Jambour 2016, n.p).

The funding announced months ago, has been set aside for the new Accident and Emergency upgrade of the Gladstone Hospital (Hutchinson 2016).

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Source:  Palaszcukuk (2016)

$42m Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announcement – Gladstone Observer (Annett 2016).

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Source: Annette (2016)

“Whilst speaking to the minister, I did outlay my concerns that this is taking a long time to get going”, said Mr Butcher (Hutchinson 2016, n.p).

“Great that he is listening, great that he has taken it away to have a look,” said Mr Butcher, “If we can get this hospital upgrade started sooner rather than later, it would be much better for our community,” (Hutchinson 2016, n.p).

The outcome of this upgrade would have a tremendous flow on effect, boosting town morale to start.

To stimulate the local economy of the Gladstone region, which is currently facing a downturn as the Minister for Health is aware of, Hutchinson (2016) reports, with an injection of funds from the Turnball-Coalition government to the region.  This will produce much-needed jobs, in areas of construction, health and more.

Most importantly improve the current standards of Health Services in the Accident and Emergency, acknowledged by the State Member, Mr Butcher (Hutchinson 2016), for the patients/carers, staff and community.  With the new and much needed modern, state-of-the-art facility, doubled in size, in the Gladstone Region (Annette 2016).

Seven Local News Gladstone link to Gladstone Hospital Plans story above (aired 10/08/16).  Source: Seven Local News Gladstone (2016).

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Source: RACQ Capricorn Helicopter (2016)

References:

Annette, T 2016, Gladstone department will double in size with $42m upgrade, 7 July 2016, Gladstone Observer, viewed 11 August 2016, http://www.gladstoneobserver.com.au/news/gladstone-hospital-42m-emergency-upgrade-details-u/3057702/

Bunting, P 2016, Comments blog, 7 News Central Queensland, Facebook page, viewed 11 August 2016,  https://www.facebook.com/7NewsCQ/videos/1052451521499057/

Butcher, G 2016, Glen Butcher, Member of parliament, Facebook page, viewed 11 August 2016, https://www.facebook.com/GlennButcherMP/

Hutchinson, E 2016, Gladstone hospital plans, 7 News Central Queensland, Facebook page, viewed 11 August 2016,  https://www.facebook.com/7NewsCQ/videos/1052451521499057/

Jambour, A 2016, Palaszczuk Government to deliver new Gladstone Emergency Department, viewed 11 September 2016, http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2016/2/1/palaszczuk-government-to-deliver-new-gladstone-emergency-department

Palaszcuk, A 2016, Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, Twitter, viewed 11th August 2016, https://twitter.com/AnnastaciaMP

RACQ 2016, ‘RACQ Capricorn helicopter’, Twitter, viewed 11 August 2016, https://twitter.com/caprescue

Save our hospitals, 2016, viewed 11 August 2016, https://www.communityrun.org/petitions/save-our-gladstone-hospital?source=facebook-share-button&time=1463833049

Queensland Government, Queensland Health website 2016, ‘Gladstone Hospital’, viewed 11 August 2006,  https://www.health.qld.gov.au/services/central-queensland/gladstone’.asp

 

 

 

Reflections

Overall, I feel from having had completed two course subjects which both utilized WordPress for blogs quite extensively last semester, I felt this blog assignment was straight forward with limited challenges.

As for improvements, maybe a longer blog word limit?  Or a choice of having a singular or couple of longer blog entries with other smaller blog entries.  This could allow for more detail and depth to go into each blog entry, which I prefer.  With a 200 -240 word limit for each although this in itself is a good challenge, it only allows for a basic outline of information outlining or skimming even on highlighted points briefly.

As for dislikes, I would have liked to be a little more challenged in this assignment. Though in saying that, there are other assignments due around the similar time of when this one is due, which makes this one fairly simple and easy to submit quickly for me to then focus on the bigger more lengthy assignments, due soon.

With the changes of Harvard referencing, I have learnt the new APA style of referencing in this course and others in this semester, which is an example of something I have learnt in this blog assignment.  Further to that, I appreciate the opportunity to practice my writing skills further and writing to a small word count.

How has technology impacted communication?

It is overwhelming to think about the progression of the technology and communication advances over the years.  Technology has impacted many areas of communication and has significantly changed how people connect, engage and communicate with each other.

With the era of computers, the mobile phone, the digital camera, the internet, technology has taken communication to exceptional new standards than ever before in history.  Taking the experience of communication to new heights through communicative expressions of colour, graphics, language, images, logos, video’s, audio for the target audience (Cenere, Gill, Lawson & Lewis, 2015). This alone has changed processes and procedures of communication for the professional world and how to do business.

Telstra gadgets
(Telstra, 2017)

Technology has enabled both the private and professional circles more options of ways to communicate.  Allow people to be instantly attainable on a local, national and international level via email, a Google search, social media, websites, blogging and mobile devices.  With a mobile device and internet connection, this enables endless possibilities for communication. Bills can be paid, purchases bought from online stores or meetings can occur with an associate from another country through both verbal and visual capacities instantly.

Email-to-Text
(iAnswerguy, 2017)

A significant change from limited options in past years for those people who relied on needing to stay next to the telephone so not to miss an important call or having to go down the street to a payphone and waiting for days for a letter to arrive in the mail.

Though for a business, it pays to be online or have access to mobile devices.  Duct tape marketing, 2017 discusses that for a business who has no online presence, it can essentially make them invisible to the world.  Using online channels like tech giants Apple, Microsoft, Facebook (Ahmadov, F. 2017) allows for an instant connection to their desired targeted audience.  Resulting, in enhanced possibilities of business and clients, making it a highly effective and efficient communication tool.

One thing is clear, the advancement in technology is relentless in every direction and will continue to impact communication and forever change the way people communicate.

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Apple’s new headquarters in California currently being built (Reuters, 2017)

References

Ahmadov, F. (2017, May 15).  How the last 10 years in business changed everything.  Retrieved from World economic forum, https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/05/how-tech-giants-changed-the-business-world?utm_content=buffer1ff29&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Bogost, I. (Photographer). (2015). Don’t hate the phone call, hate the phone.  [Photograph].  https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/08/why-people-hate-making-phone-calls/401114/

Cenere, P., Gill, R., Lawson, C., & Lewis, M., (2015). Communication skills for business professionals. Port Melbourne, Australia: Cambridge University Press

Reuters, N. (Photographer). (2017), Apple’s new headquarters, under construction in California.  [Photograph].  Retrieved from World economic forum, https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/05/how-tech-giants-changed-the-business-world?utm_content=buffer1ff29&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Telstra [Photograph]. (2017). Telstra gadgets.  Retrieved from https://www.telstra.com.au/home-phone/handsets

Wan systems (2017).  Yellow white pages [Photograph] Retrieved from  http://www.wansystemsindia.com/yellow-white-pages-data-entry.html

Emerald City  [Photograph]. (2012, January 28).  Retrieved from Sydney Emerald City, http://sydneyemeraldcity.blogspot.com.au/2012/01/phone-boxes.html

ClipartFest [Image]. (2016).  Retrieved from https://clipartfest.com/categories/view/17a4d4c51fd8f88afb7a7b1900413943b52f8d9a/vintage-tv-screen-clipart-no-background.html

Dell  [Image]. (2017).  Retrieved from http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/category.aspx?c=ca&l=en&s=dhs&cs=cadhs1&category_id=5914

iAnswerGuy  [Image]. (2014).  How to send a text message from email.  Retrieved from http://www.ianswerguy.com/text-from-email/

Guest post (2017), 6 – Step checklist for revamping your small business’ online presence, Retrieved from https://www.ducttapemarketing.com/revamping-small-business-online-presence/

Critical successful factors for teamwork

Opportunities for teamwork present all around, whether it be in the workplace, in the community or at home.  Teamwork is essentially people working together to achieve a common goal.  The common link of everyone in the team on a project should be the goal, according to Parker, 2009, p. 3.    It is important to decide if the goal is attainable, to understand clear outcomes of the finished project.  For successful results working with a team, critical factors should be considered.

When looking at the goal, in this case, a project, will it be completed to meet time deadlines, is there relevant and clear direction.  Should there be any challenges and changes arise, can the team adapt and respond accordingly and appropriately (Cenre, Gill, Lawson & Lewis, 2015, p. 157).

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(Mattson, 2015)

Cenre, Gill, Lawson & Lewis (2015, p. 156) states that with the acceptance of responsibility to complete the project and good team morale set the team on a successful path.  Having good team morale within the group can build a sense of willingness, energy, team confidence and motivation which are key factors which contribute to successful teamwork.

From the leader’s perspective, they should ensure appropriate delegation to support the group contribution of the team.  As a result of regular effective meetings, group decision making, support and willingness to assist if and where needed can contribute to the results of the teamwork function performing well.

Throughout the process maintaining clear and regular effective communication is essential (Parker 2009, p. 31).

References:

Cenere, P., Gill, R., Lawson, C., & Lewis, M., (2015). Communication skills for business professionals. Port Melbourne, Australia: Cambridge University Press

Mattson, D. [Image].  (2015). 6 Benefits of teamwork in the workplace. Retrieved from Sadler Training  https://www.sandler.com/blog/6-benefits-of-teamwork-in-the-workplace

Parker, G. M. (2009). Teamwork: 20 Steps to Success. Amherst, MA: HRD Press.

Wujec, T. (2010).  Build a tower, build a team Retrieved from TEDTalks  https://www.ted.com/talks/tom_wujec_build_a_tower?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=tedspread

Exercising Emotional Intelligence

The term Emotional Intelligence came about in the 1990’s by scholars.  Though the concept was then recreated by business leaders.  Exercising emotional intelligence today is frequently applied and known of in the workplace (Deleon, 2015), contributing to overall successful outcomes for employers, employees, and workplace.  To achieve this, it is important to have a good understanding what exercising emotional intelligence is.

(Keyword suggest, 2017)

In the professional workplace, it can be as simple as being mindful, aware and keeping emotions in check, doing so by displaying a consistent calm even manner.

(Situation management systems, 2017)

To have an understanding of knowing when to speak, what to say, while acting with sympathy and empathy towards people when required.  Rather than reacting, retaliate, acting impulsively or irrationally, it is important to recognize the emotion on hand (Alder 2014, n.p).

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(Maria, 2017)

Bao (2015, p. 1) and Demers (2017) say, being able to identify, deal and cope with emotions internally and externally within yourself and those of people within the surrounding environment essentially is exercising emotional intelligence.

(Shelton, 2017)

In a recent natural disaster event of Tropical Cyclone Debbie, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuck frequented the media.  While exercising emotional intelligence when regularly updating communities the serious extent of the emergency situation.  The Premier displayed traits of emotional intelligence through restraint, very little emotion, self-control, a calm demure, showing receptive attention to while making informed decisions and choices appropriately.

To be able to make clear decisive, logical and rational decisions which are aspects to exercising emotional intelligence, it is important for the person to feel at their best according to Costigan (2017, p. 4).  Pointing out it is important to look after oneself, practice relaxation and focus on positive emotions to be most effective and intuitive for exercising emotional intelligence to achieve successful results.

(Nityawakhlu, 2010)

References:

Alder, M. (2014). Emotional intelligence: how good leaders become great, US Davis Executive Leadership Program, UC Davis Extensions, Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HA15YZlF_kM

Bao, X., Xue, S., Kong, F. (2015). Personality and individual differences, Dispositional mindfulness and perceived stress: the role of emotional intelligence, Elsevier, Vol 78, May 2015, p. 48-52, Retrieved from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0191886915000276

Cenere, C., Gill, R., Lawson, C., & Lewis M. (2015).  Communication skills for business professionals,  Melbourne, Vic: Cambridge University Press.

Costigan, L. (2017, March). Understanding yourself and others, Retrieved from CQUniversity e-courses, COMM11003 Communication in professional contexts, Week 10, https://moodle.cqu.edu.au/pluginfile.php/601422/mod_resource/content/1/Lesson%2010%20-%20understanding%20yourself%20and%20others.pdf

Demers, J. (2017).  5 Reasons you need emotional intelligent employees (and how to find them), Retrieved from https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/292094

Deleon, M. (2015). The importance of emotional intelligence at workRetrieved from https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/245755

Gohm, C. L, Corser, G. C, Dalsky. D, J (2005).  Personality and Individual Differences, Emotional intelligence under stress: useful, unnecessary, or irrelevant,  Vol 39 (2005), pp. 1017-1028

Maria, A.  [Graphic]. (2017). http://anamariaserrano.com/understanding-coping-emotions/

Nityawakhlu [Photograph]. (2010). Retrieved from Pragati leadership from http://www.pragatileadership.com

Shelton, K. [Image]. (2015).  Talent smart defines emotional intelligence as most important skill of successful leaders, Retrieved from http://www.hairboutique.com/blogs_p/index.php/2009/07/12/baby-boomers-flee-us-workplace-talentsmart-defines-emotional-intelligence-as-most-important-skill-of-successful-leaders/

Situation management systems [Image]. (2017). The role of emotional intelligence in the workplace.  Retrieved from http://www.situationmanagementsystems.com/blog/index.php/leadership/the-role-of-emotional-intelligence-in-the-workplace/

Keyword suggest [Photograph]. (2017).  Retrieved from http://www.keywordsuggests.com/YrLHNrJ05iYcxvArJVyMDE29IUAKJkGnbOMYR8Ns0DZlIqP07Ctda35xSJ%7C*ylhNwi0bnkXaASomScIDUvTrAg/

Blog one – Introductions

Hello there, my name is Amanda.  Currently, I am completing a Bachelor in Professional Communication.

This semester includes a unit, “Communication in Professional Contexts”.  One of the assessments includes starting a blog which incorporates five posts on various communication topics.  Topics include exercising emotional intelligence, critical successful factors for teamwork, how technology has impacted communication.  These will be posted in the duration of the semester,  watch this space.

The outcomes of this unit, Costigan (2017) highlights it will include general communication concepts, interpersonal communication skills, research and referencing skills, guidelines for writing and speaking clearly professionally and effectively, and the use of appropriate mediums such as online blogging.

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Last semester last year, I really enjoyed my two communication courses they were “Communication and Politics,” and “Media Writing.”  Going forward in my studies, I am looking forward to completing all units required for the Professional Communication degree, graduate and potentially complete a Ph.D.

References:

Costigan, L. (2017, March 9). Communication in professional contexts – Welcome and orientation video,  Retrieved from CQUniversity e-courses, COMM11003 Communication in professional contexts, https://moodle.cqu.edu.au/mod/echolink/view.php?id=462539

Economy Matters

COMM11008 – Blog Three
By Amanda McRae

The Gladstone region, known, to be where major industry of Australia resides, is experiencing the flow on effects of the current economic downturn.  From the recent boom made up of several, new major, and large, world-class industry projects commissioned and constructed simultaneously. There have been great benefits to the region because of boom.  As the town resets, however, Member for Flynn, Mr Ken O’Dowd said, “we are coming off a high and moving towards a very low  low,” (Hansard 2016d, p. 117).

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Figure 1: Member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd in Parliament.  Source: Hansard (2016e)

In parliament, O’Dowd (Hansard 2016d, p. 117) stated, many businesses have been hit hard.  Unable to pay staff, businesses are in receivership after decades of being in business.   People left without work, large debts from assets that they can’t pay off and families are struggling.  Not to mention the extent of the many houses, units and businesses left vacant for over a year.

One of many business owners, Ms Helen Neil closed the doors of an iconic furniture warehouse after eight years.  Ms Neil said, “people just don’t have any money at the moment, you don’t expect the town to die this much,” (Mortimer 2016a, n.p).

The business is holding a closing down sale with 50-70% off stock.
Figure 2: Simply Solid Timber Furniture business.  Source:  The Gladstone Observer (2016a)
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Source: The Gladstone Observer (2016b)

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnball acknowledges, “we know Australians are facing tough challenges in managing their household budgets,” (Hansard 2016b, p. 44).

“We have seen a big lift-up in mining construction investment and then a decline, and that was always going to happen,” said the Prime Minister (Hansard 2016c, p. 53).

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Figure 3:  Prime Minsiter Malcolm Turnbull during question time in parliment  Source: AFR (2016)

“My government is providing the clear economic leadership Australia needs to remain a prosperous and secure First World economy,” said Turnbull, (Hansard 2016a, p. 70).

Mr Ken O’Dowd reiterated the current situation in the Gladstone region in parliament. “While the nation’s economy continues to grow strongly, many in Central Queensland are doing it tough,” (Hansard 2016d, p. 117).

Some businesses seeing the downturn as a challenge, an opportunity to reset, plan, start, renovate and get strategic with innovation. Particularly with “Advanced QLD” innovation initiative.

Stimulating the economy with the injection of funds and creating new jobs is crucial for the region.  Further new projects announced due to start construction in near future:

  • $42m Gladstone Hospital upgrade  – to start mid-2017 (Palaszczuk 2016).
  • $16m Southern Oil Refinery, an advanced bio-fuels pilot plant (Gillie 2016a, n.p).
  • $10m CQUniversity’s Gladstone Marina campus upgrade (Hansard 2016d, p. 117).
  • New retail shops (Gillie 2016b, n.p).
  • $950m Hummock Hill Tourist Development (Gillie 2016c)
  • Tourism boost through P&O Ships
  • $17m marine terminal (Mortimer 2016b)

The community remains resilient and positive.  It does raise questions, however, learning from the last boom, what will be done to prevent this from happening again locally in the future?  How do you soften the brunt next time?  Only time will tell, however, it is good to see the local Federal and State members addressing the downturn in parliament and progressing further on new projects.

References:

AFR 2016, Image: Malcolm Turnbull, viewed 20 September 2016, http://www.afr.com/content/dam/images/g/k/9/x/q/f/image.related.afrArticleLead.620×350.gka5lx.png/1444899997418.jpg

Enoch, L 2016, Leeanne Enoch MP, Twitter, viewed 20 September 2016, http://twitter.com/timgentle/status/605946859870224384

Gillie, C 2016a, New industry gets state tick approval, The Gladstone Observer, view 20 September 2016, http://www.gladstoneobserver.com.au/news/new-industry-gets-state-tick-of-approval/3077761/

Gillie, C 2016b, Two new restaurants for Stockland Gladstone, The Gladstone Observer, viewed 20 September 2016, http://www.gladstoneobserver.com.au/news/two-new-restaurants-for-stockland-gladstone/3091159/

Gillie, C 2016c, Govt approves Hummock Hill Island tourism development, The Gladstone Observer 2016, http://www.gladstoneobserver.com.au/news/hummock-hill-island-development-gets-environment-m/2855176/

Hansard 2016a, Australia, House of Representatives 2016, Questions without notice: Economy,  Debates, 15 September, pp. 70, viewed 20 September 2016, http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2F9de5f081-9ccf-4f72-a05a-02462c1f3a0c%2F0101%22

Hansard 2016b, Australia, House of Representatives 2016, Questions without notice: Economy, Debates, 14 September, pp. 44, viewed 20 September 2016, http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fbf6692fe-063a-41a2-9ebb-5de513f31940%2F0113%22

Hansard 2016c, Australia, House of Representatives 2016,  Question without notice: Economic, Debates, 12 September, pp. 53, viewed 20 September 2016, http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fd961ab05-d592-46b4-8a71-e41c76b2d8ae%2F0143%22

Hansard 2016d, Australia, House of Representatives 2016, Federation Chamber – Constituency Statements – Flynn Electorate: economy, Debates, 14 September, pp. 117, viewed 20 September 2016, http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Fbf6692fe-063a-41a2-9ebb-5de513f31940%2F0215%22

Hansard 2016e, Image: Ken O’Dowd, Australia, House of Representatives 2016, Federation Chamber – Constituency Statements – Flynn Electorate: economy, Debates, 14 September, video, viewed 20 September 2016, http://parlview.aph.gov.au/mediaPlayer.php?videoID=322244&action=backFromDownload&operation_mode=parlview&position=480

Mortimer, J 2016, Two iconic Gladstone Businesses close their doors, The Gladstone Observer, viewed 20 September 2016, http://www.gladstoneobserver.com.au/news/two-iconic-businesses-close-their-doors/3015042/

Mortimer, j 2016, Market opens as Gladstone sellers drop prices to force a sale, The Gladstone Observer, viewed 22 September 2016, http://www.gladstoneobserver.com.au/news/gladstone-property-sellers-offer-massive-price-dro/3092595/?utm_campaign=alert&utm_source=Gladstone+Observer&utm_medium=email

Palaszcuk, A 2016, Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, Twitter, viewed 11 August 2016, https://twitter.com/AnnastaciaMP

The Gladstone Observer 2016, Image: Furniture warehouse, viewed 20 September 2016, http://www.gladstoneobserver.com.au/news/two-iconic-businesses-close-their-doors/3015042/

The Gladstone Observer 2016, Image: business, Gladstone workers in uncertain future as sale ‘deadline’ nears, viewed 23 September 2016, http://www.gladstoneobserver.com.au/news/transport-workers-future-up-in-the-air/3093034/?utm_campaign=alert&utm_source=Gladstone+Observer&utm_medium=email

Week 12 – Review week

COMM11007
Week 12
By Amanda McRae

At the beginning of the course, I wanted to learn how to blog but didn’t know how to?  When starting the course, it looked daunting and overwhelming probably because of the workload and that I wasn’t familiar with the WordPress interface and knowing I had three  other subjects to do while studying full-time this semester.  However, this quickly passed and it was actually an aspect that pushed me, challenged me and is what I enjoyed about the course.  I am feeling a lot more confident in writing.  Looking back at the last 12 weeks, it has been a great course and I have enjoyed it immensely.

For many reasons more than one, I have learnt so much.  Something I have always wanted to do, I am a now blogger.   I appreciate learning how using Twitter is used frequently for media professionals to keep in touch with networks, where breaking news is found and it is a great place to keep in the loop of what is trending at the time.  Twitter really makes you feel that instant connection to breaking news, events, people and professionals from all around the world, and I really enjoy that aspect.

Storify is very new to me and before this course, I never heard it before.  It was an interesting social media interface to learn, and I actually really liked the timing of when we used it for this course which was when the Olympics was on this year.  A moment in history and a great time for Australia and the amazing talented athletes, it was great to see the stories unfold on Storify.

There are so many other aspects I have found interesting about this course.  Learning how to write for sensitive news stories, also the opportunity learning the ins and outs of media releases which I have always read regularly in media and communication roles.

The weekly quizzes have been so helpful, as I have learnt where I need to improve and what to get right. The textbook is a great source of information, as it hones in on verbs, grammar, spelling, quoting and so much more (Hicks 2013).

This course is well structured and organised which is a tribute to the course coordinator, Kate Ames.  Also, the regular interaction with fellow students with the reviews, Kate, and feedback from our markers has been great to have coming from a distant student perspective when sometimes you can feel isolated.

It has been a lot of fun, I have enjoyed the ride.  With this course and my other Comms course this semester, it affirms for me that I want to continue to complete the Bachelor of Professional Communication, Majoring in Journalism to add to my current skill set.

As Ames (2016) mentioned the things which are key to take away from this course is, keep it simple, always read your work aloud, and let the story tell itself.

References:

Ames K, 2016,Week 12 – review week, Central Queensland University, viewed 21 October 2016, file:///C:/Users/Amanda/Desktop/Uni/2016%20COMM11007%20Week%2012%20Lesson.pdf

Hicks, W 2013, English for journalists: twentieth-anniversary edition, Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon.

 

Reviewing your work

COMM11007
Week 11
By Amanda McRae
Inquiry

This week’s inquiry (Ames 2016, p.1) is to read and review this article:

 “Woman stuck under train at Eagle Junction Train Station, Brisbane,” (O’Brien 2014)

What are the problems with the article?

The content of the first three sentences is basically the same with different wording and is repeated unnecessarily.

Sentence 1

  • …stuck under a train
  • …at a railway station in Brisbane

Sentence 2

  • …free woman under a train
  • …on Brisbane’s north side

Sentence 3

  • …was caught under the train
  • …at Eagle Junction railway station

The article feels confused, repetitive and not confident.

The inverted pyramid including the 5 w’s and h in the first couple of sentences was not covered.

Does it meet the guidelines for reporting self-harm?

Refer to Reporting suicide guidelines link

According to Mind Frame (2016, n.p), it is important to report appropriately when discussing this subject for various reasons such as to minimise harm, copycat, and reduce the stigma and discrimination.

The train article discussed I don’t believe meets the reporting guidelines.  The article mentions to much detail about the situation and it also states the incident was self-harm and then went on stating how and where it happened. This could potentially influence others somewhat creating the copycat behaviour.  While it is important to speak about the issue to reduce the stigma and discrimination as this activity has pointed out, it is a very sensitive subject to report on. I appreciate that it has been included in the course discussion.

Practical –  rewrite the article

A woman believed to be in her 30’s has been sent to the Royal Brisbane Hospital in serious condition, after an incident at a northside Brisbane railway station.

Emergency services were called to the incident just after 12pm on Wednesday with reports of a woman who became stuck under a train.

Four fire crews rescued the woman, freeing her at 12.55pm, conscious and with lower leg injuries.

The incident unfolded with a train full of people on the platform, a witness said.

Commuters on the Airport and Doomben train line experienced delays of just under an hour affecting the train schedule flows.

Queensland police are treating this incident as not suspicious.

For help with emotional difficulties, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14

For help with depression, contact Beyond Blue on 1300 22 46 36

The SANE Helpline is 1800 18 SANE (7263)

Technical – Quiz 11

For this week, the textbook was an interesting read, Hicks (2016, p.   ).

The results of this week’s quiz were ok, after second go I got 100%.

References

Ames, K 2016, Week 11 – Blog, Moodle, Central Queensland University, viewed 19 September 2016, https://moodle.cqu.edu.au/pluginfile.php/424225/mod_resource/content/6/COMM11007%20Week%2011%20%E2%80%93%20Blog.pdf

Hicks, W 2013, English for journalists:twentieth-anniversary editions, Routledge, Abingdon. Oxon.

Mind Frame, Reporting suicide guidelines, viewed 19 September 2016, http://www.mindframe-media.info/formedia/reporting-suicide

O’Brien, C 2014, Woman struck under train at eagle junction train station, Courier Mail. viewed 19 September 2016, http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/womanstuck-under-train-at-eagle-junction-train-stationbrisbane/newsstory/3fdffc6978a2cb47b0461d1dbb1177ad

Addressing climate change; locally, nationally and globally.

COMM11008 – Blog Two
By Amanda McRae

The consequences of Climate change globally is a huge challenge for governments around the world. Effecting areas of economic, political, and social (Jones 2013, p.2) contributing to billions of dollars in economic losses globally. As scientists predicted, seeing an increase in disease, famine (Jones 2013, p. 1-2), sea level rises, extreme weather events (Cohen 2016), infrastructure damage, erosion, and loss or disruption of life.

United States of America President Barack Obama, a world leader in addressing climate change (Chavar 2016, n.p), reads  documentation, charts, and graphs of a morning,  he said, “it’s terrifying.”  Obama continued, “okay, we really got to get on to this, we really got to pay attention to this,” (Chavar 2016, n.p).   Watch Obama on Climate Change video further via this link.

Locally, the Council is currently focusing on one of the areas damaged from major weather events. With an additional $300,000 of crucial funding to contribute to the erosion at Wild cattle creek (GRC 2016b, p. 1).

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Figure 1: Wild Cattle Creek.  Source:  The Gladstone Observer (2016)
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Figure 2: Millennium Esplanade Beach Erosion.  Source:  The Gladstone Observer (2016)

Boyne Island resident with a house on the shoreline, Kevin Blessington, hopes from the Gladstone Regional Council plans, there will be improvements made in the area’s safety and usability (Annett 2014). “Erosion will always happen when you have excessive weather activities but all you can do is try to prevent damage,” he said (Annett 2014, n.p).

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Figure 3: Boyne River mouth, Boyne Island.  Source:  The Gladstone Observer (2014)

Australian Minister for Science, Mr Greg Hunt said, “The Turnball’s new government’s stance regarding climate science, is it’s important, significant and critical to Australia’s long-term planning,” (SBS 2016, n.p), as Climate change is addressed.

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Figure 4:  Prime Minister Malcolm Turnball  Source: Daily Telegraph (2016)

Among several proposals regarding climate change, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnball announced, a $300 million dollar investment for the pacific to assist, (ABC24 & Shepard 2016).

The Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ms Julie Bishop addressed Australia’s situation in parliament. Ms Bishop said, “our 2030 target of reducing Australia’s contribution to global emissions is by 26 to 28 percent from 2015 levels,” Ms Bishop said,  (Hansard 2016, p. 1).

The Minister continued, “ensuring this is in Australian’s national interests,” Ms  Bishop said, “the statement on climate change is being tabled by the Turnball government for consideration, to enable ratification of this historic agreement by the end of this year,” (Hansard 2016, p. 1).

Climate change, a subject so complex with many elements involved has one link in common which is humanity. As government leaders around the world unite to address this challenge, “We must continue to show leadership and encourage all countries to ratify the agreement,” Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said (Shepard 2016, n.p). Climate change is everybody’s problem: the world is in our hands.

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References:

Australian Broadcast Corporation, ABC24 News 2016, Malcolm Turnball presser:  Pacific, ABC24 News

Annett, T 2014, Boyne beach erosion continues to frustrate, The Gladstone Observer 2016, viewed 9 September 2016, http://www.gladstoneobserver.com.au/news/boyne-beach-erosion-continues-frustrate/2413859/

Daily Telegraph 2016, PImage: PM, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnball tackles climate change, disaster mitigation at ASEAN Summit, viewed 9 September 2016, http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/national/prime-minister-malcolm-turnbull-tackles-climate-change-disaster-mitigation-at-asean-summit/news-story/c984f246744be689919d3bc8b891a8ae

Chavar, A J, Laffin, B, Landler M, Davenport C 2016, Obama on ‘terrifying’ threat of climate change, New York Times, viewed 9 September 2016, http://www.nytimes.com/video/us/politics/100000004632792/obama-on-terrifying-threat-of-climate-change.html?smid=pl-share

Cohen, S 2016, Climate denial and sea level rise, The Hugginton Post 2016, viewed 9 September 2016, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steven-cohen/climate-denial-and-sea-le_b_11873484.html

Gillis, J 2016, Flooding of Coast, caused by global warming, has already begun, The New York Times, Science, viewed 9 September 2016, http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/04/science/flooding-of-coast-caused-by-global-warming-has-already-begun.html?_r=1

Gladstone Regional Council (GRC) 2016a, Shoreline erosion management plan final report, 2014, viewed 9 September 2016, http://www.gladstone.qld.gov.au/documents/1570002/41723559/Boyne%20Island%20and%20Tannum%20Sands%20Shoreline%20Erosion%20Management%20Plan%20Final%20Report%20September%202014.pdf

Gladstone Regional Council (GRC) 2016b, Wild cattle creek erosion control to receive crucial funding, Budget 2016-17, viewed 9 September 2016, http://www.gladstone.qld.gov.au/budget

Hansard 2016, Australia, House of Representatives 2016, Debates, Questions without notice – climate change, 31 August, pp. 65, viewed 9 September 2016, http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansardr%2Ff706773d-28cd-4fb7-b62a-9ed884a645d8%2F0161%22

Jones, M 2013, Community climate change: how heroes shape our perception of climate science, Centre for Public Administration and Policy Virginia Tech, Social Science Quarterly, pp. 1-39, viewed 9 September 2016, http://studylib.net/doc/8256410/cultural-characters-and-climate-change–how-heroes-shape-our

McCright, A 2010, The political dynamics of climate change, Workshop on Sociological Perspectives on Global Climate Change 2010, National Science Foundation, pp. 108, viewed 9 September 2016, http://studylib.net/doc/8398389/sociological-perspectives-on-global-climate-change

SBS 2016, SBS world news radio: climate research will once again be a core priority for Australia’s national science agency, the CSIRO, following intervention from new science minister Greg Hunt, viewed 9 September 2016, https://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2016/08/04/hunt-signals-new-start-climate-science-csiro

Shephard, T 2016, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull tackles climate change, disaster mitigation at ASEAN Summit, News Corp Australia Network, The Daily Telegraph, viewed 9 September 2016, http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/national/prime-minister-malcolm-turnbull-tackles-climate-change-disaster-mitigation-at-asean-summit/news-story/c984f246744be689919d3bc8b891a8ae

The Gladstone Observer 2016, Image: Wild Cattle Creek, Erosion threatens wild cattle creek at Tannum Sands, , viewed 9 September 2016, http://www.gladstoneobserver.com.au/news/erosion-threatens-park/2919073/

The Gladstone Observer 2014, Image:  Boyne river mouth, Boyne beach erosion continues to frustrate,  viewed 9 September 2016,  http://www.gladstoneobserver.com.au/news/boyne-beach-erosion-continues-frustrate/2413859/

Supporting the story: Packaging and supplementing your writing

COMM11007
Week Ten
By Amanda McRae
Practical – Photo Essay

A Heron Island Experience

When you arrive at the tropical Heron Island this is what you see.  A jetty as you disembark off the ferry and friendly staff that assist you to your accommodation.

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 I am lucky to have won a holiday for three days and two nights, at the Heron Island resort on this amazing island located east of Gladstone, Queensland on the Great Barrier Reef.

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The island, surrounded by clear turquoise water and an abundance of wildlife both under the water and on the island in their natural environment.

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Source:  The Blonde Nomads (2016)

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Heron Island is known to become home for breeding turtles from December to April (Heron Island 2016, n.p).  I have not yet had an opportunity to see the turtle hatchlings, however, it is definitely on my lists to see and experience.

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Source:  Heron Island (2016)

Enjoying some time away from technology I found there is a lot of activities to keep you occupied.  Including snorkeling, diving, playing pool, even playing a game of giant chess and more.
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Source:  The Blonde Nomads (2016)

In particular, on this night when I stayed it was a full moon.  The sea animals put on a show, it was amazing to see.  There were so many different animals like stingrays, sharks, turtles, dolphins, parrotfish, Nemo and more.

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Source:  Blonde Nomads (2016)

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Source: Heron Island (2016)

Now after all the fun, feeling all refreshed and relaxed, my time on the Island is coming to a end.  Until next time Heron Island, it has been a pleasure. Hopefully see you in turtle season soon.

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Source:  The Blonde Nomads (2016)
Practical:  Headline

Three alternative headlines for the media release story with supporting a sentence of why it could be a possible headline (Ames 2016).

1.  Two people are left in a critical condition while attending the popular FakeComicCon convention.

In this headline, it states two people are critical which is important and then follows where the people got in the critical condition.

2.  A popular FakeComicCon convention play fight turns very real leaving two people critical and eight needing treatment.

This headline says where the incident happened, why and how many people are critical and injured.

3.  A violent fight occurred between 40 cosplayers at a popular FakeComicCon in Brisbane.

This headline starts with what happened, then leads to who the incident was between and it follows onto where the fight occurred.

Technical:  Quiz 10 – Punctuation

After a couple of attempts, I received 100%.  This was an interesting quiz in the way that it really made me think about where the apostrophes go and also made me second guess my answers.  Apostrophes are basic however, we use them every day whilst writing.  Having done this quiz now and read the textbook Hicks (2013 pp. 74-92), I will be more mindful of my punctuation while writing in the future. quiz-10

References:

Ames, K 2016, COMM11007: Media writing – week 10 -study guide, CQUniversity, viewed 8 September 2016, http://moodle.cqu.edu.au/

Ames, K 2016, Media writing: photo captions, viewed 11 September 2016, Storify 2016, https://storify.com/KateAmes/captions-as-news-stories

Hicks, W 2013, English for journalists: twentieth-anniversary edition, Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon.

Heron Island 2016, Images, Facebook 2004, viewed 8 October 2016, https://www.facebook.com/heron.island/

The Blonde Nomads 2016, Images, viewed 8 October 2016, http://www.theblondenomads.com.au/blog/category/heron-island