Beren Attoe Journalism


unit 2 3.1

Questionnaire Evaluation (Leasa)

This post will cover both Target Audience chosen for survey and Effectiveness and Limitations, as this is a complete summary and evaluation of my questionnaire.

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Questionnaire Questions + Findings (Leasa)

  1. Do you know who Hulk Hogan is?
  2. Hulk Hogan left the WWE after a leaked 2008 tape showed him being racist towards his daughter’s boyfriend. Do you believe people can say anything as long as it’s private?
  3. Do you believe celebrities have the freedom to act however they want?
  4. Would you be disappointed to know a celebrity was racist?
  5. Do you believe every company must have zero tolerance for racism?
  6. Should a racist remark be forgiven if it were 7-10 years old?
  7. Is it wrong for the WWE to remove all traces of Hulk Hogan from their websites and stores?
  8. Do you believe there is not enough movement to stop discrimination?
  9. Do you look up to certain celebrities as role models?
  10. Have you witnessed any racism in the past 7 days?

See below for pie charts.

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Vox Pops – Evaluation (Leasa)

This is a short evaluation on the vox pops that I did for Unit 2 3.1. I did short, under 3 minute interviews with 4 of my classmates, asking them questions regarding racism and the issue of celebrities being racist. This line of questioning stems from the report I’m choosing to do, which is based on a 2015 story about Hulk Hogan being racist in a leaked 2008 tape.

To begin with, I brainstormed possible questions with my classmate, Robbie. We were initially going to work together, though circumstances prevented us from doing so. In the end, I made these 3 questions.

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Vox Pops Transcription (Leasa)

Grace, Female, 16, Canterbury.

  • What do you think about racism?

I think it’s bad and it just shouldn’t exist to be honest, because at the end of the day we’re all people and there’s nothing really that different about us. It’s just because you come from a different place. It’s just the way that the environment has changed people’s skin. It’s not…like, real. It’s not real.

  • How do you feel about celebrities being racist?

Obviously it’s good if [they’re] charged or fired or whatever. Like, whether [they’re] a celebrity or not, the same rules should apply because [they’re] still a person and [they] don’t have the right to be racist towards someone.

  • When do you consider a racist remark to be ‘too old’?

Still said it and like, obviously, they can try and redeem themselves by like making apologies and stuff. But at the end of the day you still said it.

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Week 4 Skills – Character & Setting (Greg)

In this week, we learned about both character and setting in writing. While it does definitely apply to creative writing, it also applies to journalistic writing, as it is still telling a story. We examined the most important parts of a story and, among the points that people brought up, character was directly mentioned multiple times while setting was implied. Descriptive text and imagination alluded to setting, as it was needed so that the reader knows where they are.

A professional example that primarily shows character can be seen in the visual novel Fate/Stay Night.

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Week 3 Skills – Copywriting (Greg)

This week, I learnt the importance of copywriting and how good web design can help attract more readers. Copywriting is a form of writing on online media that is associated with advertising/marketing. It is specifically designed to persuade readers to take a particular action and to raise brand awareness.

Web design helps this. On the Internet, a recognizable and simple website will be visited more compared to another that produces the exact same content, but does it in a clunky, messy way. This is vital, as only 20% of readers will read beyond the headlines. Having a poorly built website reduces that already small percentage.

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Week 2 Skills – Journalism (Greg)

This week, I learnt the basic and fundamental skills of a journalist. The ability to discern between passive and active text, the importance of an article’s opening 25 words and what not to write. An article needs to have very little ‘fluff text’, meaning no adverbs, puns or extended metaphors, among others.

There is also the difference between tabloids and broadsheets. This is most noticeable in the language that they use. Tabloids are far more informal and visual, with an emphasis on sensationalising topics and gossiping about celebrities. On the other hand, broadsheets address serious subjects and use more intellectual language.

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Week 1 Skills: Why I Write (Greg)

Why I Write.

The definition of ‘why people write’ is the motivation and underlying reasons for what drives writers. Below is a quote from a professional writer, Anais Nin, which goes into her thoughts on why people write.

“Why one writes is a question I can answer easily, having so often asked it of myself. I believe one writes because one has to create a world in which one can live. I could not live in any of the worlds offered to me. The world of my parents, the world of war, the world of politics. I had to create a world of my own.”

(The New Woman / Anais Nin, 1974)

This prompted an exploration into why I personally write. We studied and examined this as a class after looking into other professional examples of why authors write. Below is my own explanation for this topic.

‘A woman who wants to loathes everything that the world has become. A hero who strives to protect everyone in the name of justice. A man who tries to live a normal life despite the oddities occurring all around him.

They’re all characters. A person who is not real, but has the motivations, desires and fears in the same way as a person who is real. And it all comes back to why I write. Why do I write? What compels me to continue despite the low opinion I have of my own work?

I write because of these fictional people. I write because I love giving them life. Once I know who they are – even if they are just a mess of ideas – I can’t let them go. They are people in my head. I’ll know exactly how they’ll act, what they’ll say, where they’ll go. It allows me to dream for hours, cooking up scenarios that relate to them. A woman who refuses to face the denial she’s lived with. A hero who has to see how grey the concept of ‘morality’ really is. A man who could leave for a simple life at any point, but doesn’t.

In a way, this character-driven work allows me to briefly escape from reality. Escapism to get away from the dull, harsh life that many people have to lead.’

Comparing my own reason to that of Anais Nin, my motivations are far more character-driven. Apart from that, they are similar. I get myself into the minds of my characters, while Anais absorbs herself in world-building as a whole.

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