The Art of Curation

Week Six
By Amanda McRae
Practical A:

For the practical (a) blogging activity, we are to create a story on Storify, using the short story written in week four’s blog.  Storify story link: What is important to me?

After some reflection of the Storify activity, I found it fun.  It was easy to put together and came together well.

Now that it is week six, I am definitely feeling a lot more confident with using the new social media interfaces I have recently learnt like; Twitter, Storify and WordPress.

It has been a big workload to be honest for the Media Writing unit however, I have learnt so much and have enjoyed the ride.

Practical B: Storify rehearsing and planning.

As per the weekly blog task  Moodle link, we are to start planning the story, of the event (in my case the Queensland Symphony Orchestra) which is assessment 2 of this course.  In doing so, I have answered some of the questions below as follows:

Who will be the audience?  The audience will be anyone who went to see the event, anyone with an interest in the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and music in general.  Examples like; the musicians, sponsors, the organisers, social media users, online viewers and more.  However, from the university course perspective and assignment purposes, the audience would include anyone linked or interested in this course.

What might they learn about the event?   Information about who the musicians are? Where they’re from? What music they play and why?  How talented they are,  whilst audience members experience a professional musical orchestra for free.

What needs to be included to make the story interesting?   Find a personal interest element and link to the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.  Like, how the musicians have travelled from Brisbane to put on an amazing professional show and what it means to them?  Find a story from an audience member of the event and what the significance is, if any?

How will I structure the story?  Following the “inverted pyramid”, by putting the most important information first in the news story (Whitaker, Ramsay & Smith 2012, p. 113).  Ensuring the leading headlines to be catchy to engage the audience and the intro to include, the 5Ws and H, (Ames 2016).  Overall getting the story across whilst keeping the story short, concise and to the point.

I have sourced a Storify article shown below:  Rainforest World Music Festival Link  takes you to a collage of pictures, highlights, and updates throughout the event.  Some of the highlights mentioned were musical workshops, musical performances, culture, dancing, food, people, and further information.

Source:  Rainforest World Music Festival (2016)
Source:  Rainforest World Music Festival (2016)

When I look at the Storify example above and reflect on own Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) story I see it being somewhat similar.  For the QSO, I would hope to cover all the highlights and information, thus giving the story a structure.

From reading the Course tutorial link: Art of Curation (Ames 2016), it gave me lots to think about for when I write the event story.  Will it be hard news, soft news whilst covering the basics of the event (Ames 2016, mod. 2, p. 3).  The QSO will be a soft news story piece or a “colour” piece in TV news media terms.

When tweeting at my event in the limited time frame I had, with lots of people there and the event happening, not only was I concentrating on making sure I have great photo’s for my tweets, but also conscious of making sure I have covered most facts in the text.   It does help when you ensure you are prepared prior to covering the event.

The other thing I found was Twitter is not as commonly used in the regional town of Gladstone compared to a metro city.  Most people communicate on social media with their announcements via Facebook.  If in this assignment I was using Facebook to present images and a storyline for Storify, I would have lots images and more of a storyline to work with.  I am unaware of any posts that were posted via Twitter for the recent Queensland Symphony Orchestra 2016 event, other than the images I tweeted.

Technical:  Quiz Six Reflection – Spelling

This week’s quiz (Ames 2016), whilst focusing on plurals and spelling, I found it interesting learning more about it.  In the image below showing the question from the quiz about the work “practice vs practise”.  It made me look at it twice to think well what is the correct one as I would have out “practice”.  However, after reading this weeks chapter on spelling in the text, I have learned otherwise.  Learning, practice is the noun vs practise is the verb (Hicks 2013).

Source:  Ames (2016)

Ames, K 2016, COMM11007: Media writing – week 2 – identifying news, Module 2: study guide, CQUniversity, viewed 22 August 2016,

Ames, K 2016, Quiz 6 – Spelling, COMM11007: Media Writing, CQUniversity, viewed 22 August 2016,

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

Rainforest World Music Festival, 2016, viewed 23 August 2016,

Storify 2016, What is important to me, AM COMMS 2016, viewed 23 August 2016,

Whitaker, W R, Ramsey, J E & Smith, R D 2012, Media writing: print, broadcast, and public relations, 4th edn, Routledge, New York.



7 thoughts on “The Art of Curation

  1. Hi Amanda,
    This is a great breakdown of your plan for your Storify article. I’ll be interested to see the final product.

    There are a couple of sentences that seem a little awkward to me in this post:

    “Following the pyramid Ames (2016) with including the who what where when why and how’s.” and “This weeks quiz whilst focusing on plurals and spelling, I found it interesting learning more about it.”



    1. Thank you. 🙂 I actually hadn’t finished that blog at the time when you had a looksee. Thank you for the reminder to focus my attention onto those sentences. Would love to ask if you have a look over it when I’ve finished and can also have a look over yours if you like. Cheers Amanda

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  2. Hi Amanda,

    Wow! You’ve added even more research. I’m feeling inadequate.

    I found a few things in your post that may need changing, but going by my quiz results I have no business pointing out anybody else’s mistakes. See what you think.

    – I have great photo’s for my tweets – take out apostrophe?
    – Most people communication on social media – communicate?
    – after reading this weeks chapter – put in apostrophe?
    – correct one as I would have out “practice”. – put not out?

    Please feel free to pick my posts apart.


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