Q: What sort of tone should I use for my Media Report?
A: Your Media Report should be objective and balanced in its presentation of the facts. This means that you should avoid
emotive arguments, your personal opinion and unsubstantiated (and un-referenced) information.
For example, imagine you are preparing the report for a Cabinet Minister. They are only interested in being able to discuss
the facts of the issue (which you will appropriately reference in your report using the MLA format found in Tensen,
Q: What is a synopsis?
A: In the context of your Media Report, a synopsis summarises the content of your report. This is not to be
confused with an introduction.
I suggest that you write your report first (Intro, body, conclusion), then write the synopsis. There
are no references in a synopsis and it generally answers some or all of the questions 'who, what, when, where, how, why' in
relation to a topic. Check out Asa Masterman's Report (Reading 8) in your course dossier for an example of how
to present a report with a synopsis.
Q: Just a quick question, do I need to include the writing manuals I used on writing my feature and documentary
treatment as a part of my bibliography?
A: Yes please (you are required to include at least one writing manual as part of the assessment requirements indicated
in your course outline on page 24)
Q: How do I reference a newspaper article?
A: Check out Tensen p.117.