Reflection 3: ANZAC news coverage

Today’s reflection highlights the news coverage of the dawn service at ANZAC Cove in Turkey. I will be using three news articles from the NZ Herald, Radio NZ and Stuff.

NZ Herald takes a holistic coverage about the commemorative event. It includes photographs of mostly New Zealanders and Australians commemorating the centenary year of the Gallipoli landings.

Linking back to my photojournalism post, NZ Herald showcased the important role of photos in storytelling ,and the photos they captured were effective in a way they depicted the emotions people felt.

Contrastingly, Radio NZ focuses on the speech given by the Turkish President, Recep Ayyip Erdogan; he iterated the “shared pains”, which all soldiers felt during and after the doomed landings. There is an emphasis on the dignitaries who attended the commemorative event, namely, Prince Charles, Prince Harry, Tony Abbott and John Key. They also described the events in chronological order.

Radio NZ has more objectivity as it includes the conflict from all sides.

Lastly, Stuff took a poetic approach, which I thought reflected the emotional events at the site. They retold the accounts that took place and focused more on John Key’s speech. They also included a short story of a  New Zealand WWI veteran, Vincent Chegwidden, who survived the landings and lived until the age of 86.

Overall, I thought Stuff was the most effective one among the three articles.  According to Rich (2015), this is called the news impact. News which generate impact mean they have excellent coverage because they tell the actual events as well as affect their targeted audiences.

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To view the articles. click on the links below:

RADIO NZ: http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/world/272072/anzac-cove-100-years-on

NZ HERALD: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/anzac2015-ww1-gallipoli-battle/news/image.cfm?c_id=1503793&gal_cid=1503793&gallery_id=149639#19244707

STUFF: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/last-post-first-light/68052370/anzac-cove-service-an-eerie-emotional-occasion

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Rich, C. (2015). Writing and Reporting News: A Coaching Method. Understanding Media Issues. Cengage Learning.

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Reflection 2: Photojournalism

We live in a modern era with a fast rhythm and sometimes, we forget to stop and capture some special moments. It becomes a pity and often, we regret not bringing our cameras with us the night we saw something exhilarating that changed our lives forever.

This week’s lecture about photojournalism  gave me a new perspective about the role photos play in storytelling; they are just as powerful as words to an extent that they have the ability to remind us to stop and admire the surroundings we live in. There is something unnatural in the images we see daily; they depict an event, a moment in our fast-paced lives, which can either inspire others or generate a public buzz.

After Greg shared his personal experiences in photojournalism, it occurred to me that this could be a potential avenue towards my future. I thought about being a photojournalist for a particular magazine like the TIME or The New Yorker. It would be amazing to be able to tell stories through photos as they help feed the readers’ imagination and provide them with new perspectives.

Another highlight of this week’s lecture was the traditional Whale Hunting of the Inupiat Eskimos in Alaska. The experiment, captured by photographer John Harris, was told through 3214 photographs. I thought this was a creative way of telling a traditional custom; not only do they help visualize the whole experience but they tell us the lifestyle of these groups of people, which is always interesting as it makes one curious.

Story 3: Two Second World War barracks restored

By Jodealyn Cadacio

The Devonport-Takapuna Local Board has finished restoring two of Fort Takapuna’s heritage-listed barracks and will soon be available for community use.

Built in 1939 in the North Shore suburb of Narrow Neck, the barracks have been retrofitted just in time for the centenary year of the ANZAC commemoration.

Two of Fort Takapuna’s heritage barracks have been restored just in time for the centenary ANZAC commemoration.

Two of Fort Takapuna’s heritage barracks have been restored just in time for the centenary year of the ANZAC commemoration.

The reestablishment, which started in early September 2014, involved landscaping as well as some insulation and structural works. It also included renovations of the kitchen and bathroom areas.

The two barracks now have spacious halls as well as smaller rooms that residents, groups or organisations can hire for an array of activities such as meetings or fitness classes.

The project, funded by the Local Board, embodies the objectives stated in their local board plan, which included preserving the area’s heritage and providing the community with a wide range of facilities.

“We are really fortunate that this opportunity arose to recognise our coastal military heritage,” says Mike Cohen, Chair of the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board, who believes that the project will also offer community spaces for the local residents to enjoy.

“We were able to restore and save these buildings from neglect and they can be used constructively for community organisations,” Cohen adds.

Residents residing in the area believe the restoration will complement this year’s ANZAC commemoration.

Eleah Ramos, a tertiary student who lives in Narrow Neck, says that project is a “good idea” as it will not only provide people highly valued places, it will also honour the soldiers who fought and lost their lives in Gallipoli.

“By restoring and preserving these Second World War barracks, we are honouring them and preserving our military history, which is really important for this community,” the 20-year old says.

Another Auckland resident shares his views about the refurbishment of the two barracks.

Benny Medina, a 42-year old man, also feels positive about the local board’s recent success. He says that it “reflects their respect towards our community.”

To find out more information about the refurbished barracks, please contact Auckland Council on 09 301 0101.

Story 2: Le Roys Bush works started

By Jodealyn Cadacio

 Walking tracks:  Le Roys bush tracks will connect existing streets and parks in Birkenhead, North Shore

Walking tracks: Le Roys bush tracks will connect existing streets and parks in Birkenhead, North Shore.

Works are well under way for a new bush walk that will connect existing communities, streets and parks in Birkenhead, North Shore.

The new 400m walking track is part of Kaipatiki’s Connections Network Plan and is “a priority for the local board,” says Kay McIntyre, Chairperson of the Kaipatiki Local Board.

McIntyre says implementation of the network plan will improve the current networks as well as create a new connection between Beach Haven and Akoranga Drive.

The project is an important step towards meeting the local board’s goals in creating a united and accessible Kaipatiki.

“It’s a great step forward in meeting the goal and also in celebrating Le Roys Bush and making it more accessible for residents to enjoy, says McIntyre. “We are working to make sure all parts of Kaipatiki are well connected and that people can walk within and beyond the local board area.”

Local residents including a 47-year old Elaine Jayhills expresses her views about the new walking tracks.

“It’ll be a great way to connect with other communities. I’m excited because Birkenhead is sometimes left out so this will be a step up for our towns,” says Jayhills, who is excited to bring her 7-year old daughter to see the scenic route.

Maria Annavie Medina, another local resident, is also positive about the local board’s new project.

“I always catch the Birkenhead bus on Onewa road, opposite Le Roys Bush and I think this track will enhance our environment even more. I can’t wait,” the 41-year old woman says.

The bush track is expected to be completed in late April.

The day when Story 2 took a different path.

Okay, the title of this post may seem a little irrelevant to News Reporting, but hear me out. Yesterday, things really took a different turn.

Upon arriving home, I stepped on a small booklet which revealed important information about the bush walk. The booklet also included quotes from Kay McIntyre, Chairperson of the Kaipatiki Local Board.

Since the booklet had all the basic facts, I thought I didn’t have to interview her. However, I emailed Kay to ask permission if I could use her quotes; she replied yes.

So then, I used all these information in order to develop the story.

In order to develop further, I interviewed two local residents and asked for their opinions. The interview was really quick. However, I was able to get enough local insights.

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Next post will be the actual news story. Hope you like it.

Light bulb for Story 2.

My next idea for my second story is pretty straightforward.

There is this new bush walk in our community that will connect existing tracks and streets. It is part of the Kaipatiki Local Board’s network connection plan and the council has started working on these walking tracks.

Thus, the angle I wish to focus on is the fact that works are being started on these walking tracks and how will this project benefit the community we live in. To do this, I’m thinking of interviewing residents living in the area just to get some local insights.

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My next post will be the interview details. So, stay tuned!