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A‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‍‌‍‍CC213 Assignment 1 Word Length: 1800 words minimum – 2000 words strict maximum. References are not included in word count. Direct quotes are included in word count. Apply your knowledge of the ethical and legal material covered by Topics 1-5 to the following paragraphs of information. This is a fictionalized version of a real news story, with additional facts to test your knowledge of the material up to and including Topic 5. Defamation is NOT relevant to this assignment. You need to apply specific points from ethical regulations, case examples and legal rules affecting professional communicators. This is evidence used to support your points. You also need to integrate demonstration of your knowledge of Unit Readings (see Unit Guide for a definition of Unit Readings) with correct referencing, including page numbers, into your answer. Using all these resources will help you reason out your responses and fill out word count. Do not use unit materials themselves as sources (e.g. saying “Topic 3 notes” or “Seminar slides” is not allowed). Use the materials we point you to in these resources, and reference them directly. Divide your work into 3 paragraphs, numbered, corresponding with the paragraphs (. 1 to 3) but DON’T reproduce these paragraphs on your submission or repeat their wording in y o u r answer. The markers will have this when they mark your work, and Turnitin doesn’t like reproduced content. Make sure you check the Marking Rubric attached to the assignment to see where marks are allocated. You don’t need to assume anything on the facts supplied below. Avoid phrases such as ‘assuming that …’, or ‘If weassume that…’ All journalists are members of the MEAA. All PR are members of PRIA. 1. Mary Green is the News Director at Channel X and hears that police want public help to find a woman that police have announced is missing. She sends a camera crew and reporter Jane Jones out to her family home after finding the address in the public phone directory. As part of her work‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‍‌‍‍, police PR Officer Karen Kind gave the wife and mother’s name to the media, along with the name of the suburb where she lives with her husband and adult son. Police also gave all media outlets a headshot photo they obtained from the husband. The family have agreed to participate with the media because they want the public to offer information about the woman’s whereabouts. 2. The Channel X crew is first to get to the address and sets up their camera across the road from the house, filming the family as they arrive and leave. The reporter Jane Jones knocks on the door. The woman’s husband tells her that it’s not a good time to talk and asks them to come back the next day. Jane and the crew stand on the footpath and film their story with the front door of the family’s house in the background. By then Channels Y and Z have also arrived, with Channel Y setting up and filming next to the Channel X crew. The next day Jane and her crew knock on the door of the family’s house again and ask for an interview with the husband. After answering two questions on film, Jane asks him if he had anything to do with his wife’s disappearance. He orders Jane and the crew off the property. Channel X broadcasts the story in its entirety on TV that night. 3. A month later, police arrest the husband and charge him with murder. He appears in court the next day. Media outside the court wait for the husband to walk outside after being released on bail. The husband’s lawyer applied for an injunction against any further comments about the accused on social media and the court granted it. Only the Daily Newspaper had a reporter in court for the entire hearing of the husband’s not guilty plea and injunction application. TV news bulletins that night report that there is a not guilty plea in the wife killing case. Channel X’s report by Jane Jones says the husband has a prior conviction for assault. Jane also uploads the transcript of her story to the Channel X Facebook page, along with footage from outside the court. No one mo‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‍‌‍‍nitors the Channel X page comments overnight.


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