By Amanda McRae
Practical: (a) Interviews
Stephanie McRae, aged 14 years old (Interviewee 1)
What is important to you Stephanie? My mum and my cat Meow.
Why is your mum important to you? Because she is my mum and I am her “ABC” (Inside story there).
Why is Meow important to you? Because I love her. She is my friend, I play with her and care about her very much.
Who is Meow? Meow is my ragdoll cat, she is about 8 years old now. She has blue eyes like me. She’s funny.
Every time bags or boxes come into the house or something is new, she always has to inspect them. I often find her in the bags or boxes.
She is full of personality. If I am doing homework laying on my bed she comes right in the middle of what I am doing and lays there.
Where does she stay? She stays at home with me. She sleeps in my room mostly every night on her bed.
Why did you call her Meow? Because she talks a lot. I was 6 years old at the time and that’s what I decided to call her.
Do you look after her? Yes. I do everything for her. Feed her, wash her, empty her litter tray, hang out with her, play with her when she goes mad.
Why do you feel so close to her? Because I don’t have any brother’s and sisters, so she is like my little girl. She makes me happy and I feel calm around her. I like cuddles with her and like being around her.
Mum – Tracey McRae (Interviewee 2)
What is important to you? My only child, daughter Stephanie and my career. Laugh, love and live life to the full.
Why your daughter Steph? Steph is my world, my hero. She has had her fair share of challenges in life already. I try to let her experience life and all it has to offer and give her the best possible life I can as a parent.
What challenges has she faced? Steph was born with a complex congenital heart condition called Hypo-Plastic Left Heart Syndrome.
The doctors can help her as her condition deteriorates but can’t fix her. Since a baby prognosis for her future has always been unknown. She is currently stable and doing very well.
You get to know what battles to take on, what is worth fighting for if you have the energy to and what to walk away from in life. We just focus on living life to the full, live in every moment and never take things for granted. Life is one big challenge.
What do you think of Steph’s bond with her cat Meow? I am happy she has Meow, they have a great little bond. Her cat Meow, teaches her so much in life which is companionship, love, fun, how to care and look after a pet, responsibility, respect.
Good for Steph in many ways to have Meow in between life of regular hospital appointments, outings with mum/friends, traveling and experiencing all that life has to offer living life to the full, and school.
I think she finds comfort in her Meow knowing she has consistently been there unconditionally for her growing up and keeps her calm if she ever feels stressed.
The bond between Meow and Steph is really gorgeous to watch. Steph is very much an animal lover and they love her back.
(b – d) Short News Story, Tweets and Revision:
This close family of two, focus on living life to the full with love and laughter.
Steph is Tracey’s only child. “She has had her fair share of challenges already in life,” said mum, “I let her experience all that life has to offer and give her the best possible life I can as a parent.”
“Steph is doing well and is stable,” said mum, “the doctors can’t fix her but can only help her in the future.”
Teenage Steph now 14 years old, has a lot to keep her busy, with in between traveling to Brisbane for hospital appointments, fun outings with mum and friends, and attending high school.
She enjoys hanging out at home with her beloved, blue-eyed, Ragdoll cat, called Meow, who she has grown up with.
“Every time we bring bags and boxes into the house, she always has to inspect them and jumps inside them every time,” laughed Steph, “Meow loves to play.”
Meow has always been a positive consistant joy in Steph’s life. “I am happy she has her Meow as she teaches her responsibility, love and to care.” said mum.
“The bond between Meow and Steph is gorgeous to watch,” said mum, “Steph loves animals and they just love her back.”
e. Reflection on activity:
I was limited in having people to interview. As for interviewing, this came very easy for me and had a good understanding on what to ask.
However, it was harder to interview someone that you know well personally. I have found it much easier, to interview people in general (even random voxies), for real news stories when working in media.
This exercise made me think twice, look in the text (Whicker 2012, p. 192) and second guess myself when thinking, whether I had the punctuation marks correct when quoting the grabs for Twitter tweets.
Good for the activity though and for me to improve my writing skills when I had to piece all the answers from the interviews into the story which I found easy and fun to do.
This week I have spent more time learning WordPress and the process of how it works to improve my blog pages. I have added widgets, menus, made up two individual course blog pages (for this semester at uni) which are easy to find on the home page. Now that I understand WordPress interface better, it makes it quicker and easier for me to pop on the site to write a post.
Quiz four reflection – Reporting Speech
This week’s quiz was interesting and felt I learnt from the questions which I got wrong. The questions were revolving around quoting. It gave me an insight of how detailed quoting in media writing is, and there is so much more to it, regarding quotation marks and where to put them correctly, and correct punctuation, (Hicks 2013). After a few goes, I reached 100%. Having the text to read is a helpful guide.
Ames, K 2016, COMM11007: Media writing – week 2 -module 2: study guide, CQUniversity, viewed 10 August 2016, http://moodle.cqu.edu.au/
Hicks, W 2013, English for journalists: twentieth-anniversary edition, Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon.
Whitaker, W R, Ramsey, J E & Smith, R D 2012, Media writing: print, broadcast and public relations, 4th edn, Routledge, New York.