We are now starting work on your folio. There are several parts to your folio that are submitted to the TQA.

A magazine
A front page of a newspaper
An A3 Ad
Log Sheets

Preparation includes researching magazines, newspapers and any other type of visual information that will help you with the style and the over all look of the magazine. The success of your work will depend on whether you can make your magazine or newspaper look original and suit the target audience.

For example, Franke has been a very successful magazine targeting the 18 to 35 demographic because of its visual design and content.

A magazine has its own style

Make you magazine stand out with an original colour scheme, typography, headings and advertisements. Ask yourself:

  • Who will read it?
  • How much will it cost?
  • What makes your magazine stand out

Stick to what interests you

  • Take screenshots of magazine covers and layouts.
  • Use a visual diary for inspiration
  • Compare magazines in newsagents and what attracts your eye. Note the different style, color and layout.

Scan in the layouts of magazines and then mock them up in InDesign.

This is not copying as such but being inspired by the layout and look of your favorite magazines.

  • Your magazine needs to be 12 A4 pages.
  • You will need a Front and back cover
  • Contents page.
  • Advertisements (you cannot use the same one as your A3 advertisement)
  • A feature article and several small articles or lots of small articles. You need to take all your own photography.

The magazine is due at the end of term 3

The magazines, A3 advertisment and newspaper article need to be over the school holidays and before you start your evaluations.

Evaluations will be written during the first two weeks of term 4

The remainder of the folio (evaluations and log sheets) to be submitted by 22nd October.

The folio is 50% of your mark with the exam completing your score.

Analysing News

Part 1

Consider the same 3 stories from The Age ( and similar stories from The Guardian (

Generally newspapers report on the same events so this should not be too hard to find.

Analyse the Who, What, Where, When, How and Why.

  • Has each article covered the 5 Ws and an H?
  • Have they used this formula in their opening paragraphs?
  • If you use the inverted pyramid structure how much of the news article could you cut away and still make sense of it
  • How many people have been sourced for the article? Are there quotes, interviews and different points of view?
  • Is the article written in passive or active voice?
  • How different is the writing between The Guardian journalists and those working on The Age?
  • Which newspaper has a higher quality of writing?

Part B

After you have analysed the stories from both papers choose one to rewrite.
Do the folllowing:

  • You are a journalist working for the Kalori Daily. You will have to write a major story based on what you have read in The Age and The Guardian and change it enough so that it is not plagiarised.
  • You can use the quotes and interviews (if any) already in the newspaper article. You cannot make up your own quotes or interviews.
  • Create a headline for the story
    Then write the story so that it looks like an original article in the Kalori Daily
  • Go to Twitter and with the #kaloridaily tweet some information about the article that would encourage people to read it. Make sure you tweet it to Marist Media as well so I get some idea of what you have written about. Then email me the story. (Ask the supervising teacher for my email address if you don’t know it already).
  • Also, email me the draft of the actual news story you have been working on for the past few days based on events at school.

Constructing a news story

Today you will be constructing your own news story. You will need a recording device, either a pen and paper or electronic device.

Read through some past stories at:

Download the assignment newsreport_2015

Help with tabloid essay

Here are some answers we workshopped in class to help with your tabloid essay assignment.

1/ Yes or no statement.

  • Introduce your argument as to wether you agree that tabloid televsion shows should be considered entertainment and then state your reasons.

Yes, I believe tabloid shows such as Current Affair and the now defunct Today Tonight, are purely entertainment and therefore  should be considered fictional.

I will argue that considering commercial tabloid shows are entertainment then bias, media manipulation, quality of news and chequebook journalism all constitute this genre.

After your introduction you can then choose examples

Tabloid television shows contain bias. For example, on a recent Media Watch episode there was clear evidence of a story being taken out of context.

  • Evidence of media bias, name calling, editing in footage of tatoo parlours etc..
  • Talk about street youth gangs,
  • Disability pension story.
  • Christoper Skase

The production values on these shows are generally of a high quality and differ from serious current affairs in several ways.

Dramatic voice-overs
Fast paced
Darkly lit
Taken out of context

  • Give an example of the pensioner and teen gangs that allegedly destroyed the rose bushes
  • Another example is the disability pension and Media Watch disproved the Centrelink rort by proving you can’t claim all that money unless you have sick mum, dad, children
  • How did they edit the Skase story ie  road blocks nothing to do with Skase, it was footage from elsewhere

This is all clear evidence that Current affairs on commercial television are fictional.

Another contrast is with serious current affairs like 7.30 Report and 4 Corners is that Today Tonight and a Current Affair often pay people for their stories, otherwise known as chequebook journalism. Mercedes Corby was allegedly paid  100,000 for the story of Shapelle, .

In contrast serious current affairs shows like the 7.30 report do not pay for stories. They are investigative journaists and trusted to uncover the truth about relevant news and public interest stories.

  • Glamorous hosts on commercial tv in comparison to Leigh Sayles or the hosts of four corners – tradies, single mums, teenagers, celebrities
  • Neutral sets, basic set up, politicians, business people, academics

In conclusion, I have demonstrated how commercial current affairs shows are entertainment because etc….

Commercial TV is owned by people, Rupert Murdoch
You can research who owns channel 9 and channel 7

How do you make money from tv? Advertising

2/Qestion 2 is asking you whether you agree that people should be paid for stories. You will need to argue whether you believe this is ethical or not.

What is chequebook journalism?

  • Give examples of how much people have been paid for stories
  • Contrast chequebook journalism with serious news stories and how they get people to talk
  • What sort of stories tend to be rewarded.

What sort of payments are offered? Are all stories offered the same amount of money? What other sort of payment is there?

Street gang being bribed with alcohol and ciggerettes.

Should news be sensational or should it be serious?

Discuss how chequebook journalism can lead to serious consequences like the hacking scandal with Milly Dowling.

3/ Contrast serious journalism with entertainment journalism –

  • which stories do each types of show focus upon?
  • how long are stories on both types of programs
  •  who do they interview on both types of shows
  • Are serious shows heavily edited like current affairs commercial tv
  • quality of journalism,

4/Ratings, commercial television is based on ratings

Talk about the power of advertising dollars and how commercial tv, unlike public tv survives by charging for ads.

5/ Question 5 – talk about the hacking scandal in the UK

News stories

Look at the news stories in The Age today.

Pick three of the main stories and then discuss the Who, What, Where, When and How.

Present your findings to the class.

How can the inverted pyramid cut the story down.

Then read through previous news stories of former media students.

Example of news story written in class

Underage Drinking In Dangerous Depths

Local Wynard teenagers were spotted drinking alcohol at Sisters Beach on Friday night in an underage an party. The popular, cheap wine cask of Fruity Elixer (commonly referred to as Goon) was being shared amoung six teenangers as they lay floating in the surf.

The teens, all under 18, were drinking as part of a Valentine Day’s celebration and were seemingly unaware of the dangers of drinking and swimming.

The rise of binge drinking amoungst teens is causing concern with public health officials. Local teen, Jamie Bond believes that risky behaviors are due to boredom and a lack of stimulation in the local area.

 Other angles you could write about to flesh out the story

  • Views of local parents
  • List the dangers of drinking whilst swimming
  • Interviews with local health officials
  • Teen quotes
  • Statistics of drownings involving alcohol

Cross Media Ownership Essay

Continuing on with cross media ownership the following essay will need to be completed over the holidays.  Everything you need to complete the essay is in the media ownership and regulation posts. You may also wish to do further research and find appropriate articles. All references will need to be acknowledged in the bibliography.


Ethical Dilemma

meaning of ethics

Consider your Ethics

You have been given access to confidential emails. However, you must be sensitive towards the person who gave you the emails and the problems that they highlight. In this task you are to read through the emails provided and write a news story. You must consider the ethics involved in publishing the information and whether the person who provided them will lose his/her job or whether the newspaper will be liable for legal action. You must also consider whether you will be breaking any code of ethics by naming or compromising the people involved in the dispute.

Working in pairs you are to construct two stories for the newspaper. Once you have written the articles, place them in Indesign. If you have too much white space construct an advertisement to fill any remaining gaps.