Blog 2: Technology and communication

How technology has impacted communication and example of how technology has influenced how you communicate.

Over the years, technology has been today’s necessity and it’s rapidly changing how we communicate. Communication is the exchanging of information through interaction either by speaking, writing or body-language. Eastman, Hayley, Ryan and Maddy (2014) discusses rise of technology communication that has evolved to the point of email, instant-messaging, audio/video calling (phone/skype) and other forms of social media that has diminished verbal communication. It operates as writing, talking and recording the sound, ideas or thoughts and giving pictures, symbol or text to other person (Cenere, P, Gill, R, Lawson, C & Lewis, M 2015). The reason that people would like to communicate together by message is because it requires the use of shorter words and it does not take long time to read, thus improving efficiency. People are comfortable reading and are able to easily understand what is exactly being said. Messages is used widely from children to adults (Cenere et al., 2015).

In many ways technology has greatly impacted and influenced the way I communicate with university lecturers and course co-ordinators by using email, online forums and phone calls.  The concept is effect and more convenient for distance students or students who work full time. Another great use of today’s technology is being able to stream lectures through smartphones, tablets or a computer. Technology has made learning so easy and readily for students, there’s almost no excuse for completing or submitting course work.


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

Eastman, Hayley, R.N. Hernandez, and M. French. (2014). Communication Changes with Technology, Social Media. The Daily Universe. Retrieved from




Welcome to my blog !

Hi, my name is Janet Furnish and I am a student at Central Queensland University. I am in my first year of studying a Bachelor of Digital Media.

My main aim when I finish my degree is to either become an aspiring designer, illustrator, or to be able to pursue a career in the film/television post-production, advertising, and marketing fields.

The main purpose of creating this blog is for educational purposes with the subject I am currently studying, titled Communication in Professional Contexts (COMM11003), and specifically for this course.

After watching the introduction video for this unit, it is clear that this course will be about the basics of communication and  how to appropriately use these methods to communicate to the wider audience.

Partaking in the Communication in Professional Contexts course, I hope to gain further development in different communication concepts and learn a variety of writing skills, researching, referencing and professional language. To also learn to differentiate through audience and channel, and to select appropriate techniques to produce documents that are suitable. During this unit, I believe it is expected of us to develop and further our knowledge and understanding in professional communication skills.

Assessment Due Dates:

  • Assessment #1 Written Essay/Script – 21 April 17
  • Assessment #2 Communication Blog – 19 May 17
  • Assessment #3 Group Report – 5 June 17

Looking forward to sharing my journey with you !


Quiz Reflection

The weekly quiz questions involved the application of grammar and punctuation rules to writing good journalism.

While still challenging I did find the Hicks (2012) chapters and course materials on style and word usage easier to comprehend and intriguing. Although I wasn’t able to get a perfect score, in the end, the quiz questions were still easy to complete and manageable to get 100% on the second attempt.

But completing the quizzes each week I was to learn a value in them to support my learning experience outcome and it was also reinforcing the learning of the basics to media writing.

I feel as though this has improved my writing and reading skills now than when I first started this course.


Hicks, Wynford. 2012. English for Journalists: Twentieth Anniversary Edition. New York: Routledge.

Course Reflection

In partaking in the COMM11007 Media Writing, as one of the core subjects for my degree, I was looking forward to the experience of a new and exciting challenge.

This course helped me gained further development in traditional media writing skills and learned how to apply these to a range of social media platforms. During the course, I also learned to differentiate media genres through the audiences and channel, to select appropriate techniques to produce documents suitable for publication or broadcast in traditional and/or online media.

I have enjoyed the challenges of learning the core basics of media writing, including style, structure, grammar and punctuation of news reporting.

In the end, I’m glad I have continued my stride into the brave new world of social media. The experience has been quite enlightening and I have without a doubt thoroughly enjoyed this course and what it had to offer.

The course did present challenges at times. At some stage, I did struggle with the work load at times, due to the dates on many of my most recent posts.

The course has certainly changed the way I view social media now and fostered a new appreciation for journalism and different types of media.

I like to thank course coordinator, Kate and my course tutor, Kallee for their dedication and support to sponsoring a vibrant and insightful approach to teaching media writing studies, and the fellow students who are also part taking in the course for their comments and support during the course and my peers whose work, comments and successes have been inspirational.

Week 11 – Style

A brief reflection

The last quiz for Media Writing, a couple of errors on my first attempt of this week’s quiz. Once again good reading skills are highlighted in attempting this quiz.


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

Review News Article

Inquiry: Woman stuck under train at the Eagle Junction Train Station, Brisbane‘, published on 10 September 2014

a. What are the problems  with the article?

The headline of the story is too long and with unnecessary information. The word ‘Train’ has been used twice in the headline.

The lead story doesn’t include the 5 W’s and H.

b. Does it meet the guidelines for reporting self-harm?

The article meets the majority of the guidelines for reporting self-harm.

c. Reflections:

Practical: Rewrite Courier-mail article

‘Woman trapped under Brisbane train’

A woman believed to be in her 30 was left in a serious condition after being caught under a train at Eagle Junction railway station just after 12pm on Wednesday.

The woman was freed by emergency services at about 12:55pm.

A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesperson said the woman was left with lower leg injuries and was taken to the Royal Brisbane Hospital.

Rail commuters travelling on Airport and Doomben lines experienced delays of up to 40 minutes following the incident.

Police said the matter was treated as one of self-harm.

If you or someone you know needs help, please call:

Lifeline on 13 11 14

Beyond Blue on 1300 22 46 36

or the SANE helpline on 1800 18 SANE (7263)


O’Brien, C 2014, ‘Woman stuck under train at Eagle Junction Train Station, Brisbane’, The Courier-Mail, 10 September, viewed 25 September 2016,