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COMM 1060: Ideas, innovation and communication

Assessment 2: Presentation

For this assessment you will select one print story from a reputable news organisation.

For details, please refer to your course's LearnOnline page.

Assessment 2: News sites examples

The Age
The Australian The New Daily Herald Sun
The Guardian Crikey The Daily Telegraph

Assignment 2: Example news site search

Each news site will be different as many news outlets are under the same company. Keep this in mind and adjust to find the latest content and type of resources using the filter and sorting functions.

For example:

  1. After searching for your topic, sort results by the Latest function
  2. Further filter results by media type or news outlet
    • In this example, ABC hosts a range of content from ABC radio, Foreign Correspondent, Four Corners, etc.
    • Results will indicate where these stories were originally posted, date/time, and whether these are audio, video or articles via icons on the thumbnails.


Screenshot of how to refine results and sort results.

Assessment 2: How to spot fake news

Link to Fake news guideFake news is false or misleading information presented as news. Fake news is untrue news, presented as real news with the intent to mislead the audience. (Definition taken from Wikipedia)

Please view the Library Guide for Fake News.

Assessment 2: Evaluating information

Is what you have located relevant and reliable? Are you uncertain whether to use the information you have found? Always critically evaluate what you find. When evaluating information you can use the CRAAP test:

Currency How current does the information need to be? Do you need to use information published in the last five years or are older, seminal works fine to use?
Relevance Does the information found answer your question? Do you understand the content and is it at the right level for your purpose?
Authority What are the author's qualifications? Are they linked to a particular organisation such as a university, research institute or government department?
Accuracy Is evidence given for the research undertaken? Can you verify the information presented by using other sources? Is there a bibliography or references given?
Purpose Is it trying to communicate research, persuade you or sell you something? It is expressing an opinion, or is it balanced and objective?

Assessment 2: Referencing

The Academic Writer Tutorial: Basics of Seventh Edition APA Style provides an introduction to the seventh edition APA style and is designed for writers new to the style.

APA style tutorial

Learn about referencing using the seventh edition APA style in this interactive tutorial from JCU Library. Create a reference for a book, a journal article and and a webpage. Tutorial on referencing using APA 7

Assessment 2: Recording & software

Assessment 3B: Research report

For Assessment 3B you will build on the research skills you developed in Assessment 2.

You will consider a range of topics and then identify a research question that you want to learn more about. You will plan and conduct your search for information and scholarly sources, and review them to support a critical response to your research question.

For details, please refer to your course's LearnOnline page.

Assessment 3B: Developing a question

Before you start developing your research question, think about your research objectives.

Watch the following video (6:26) to get you started:

  • All good academic research starts with a research question.
  • A research question is an actual question you want to answer about a particular topic.
  • Developing a question helps you focus on an aspect of your topic, which will streamline your research and writing.
  • To create a research question:
    • Pick a topic you are interested in.
    • Narrow the topic to a particular aspect.
    • Brainstorm some questions around your topic aspect.
    • Select a question to work with.
    • Focus the question by making it more specific. Make sure your question clearly states who, what, when, where, and why.
  • A good research question focuses on one issue only and requires analysis.
  • Your search for information should be directed by your research question.
  • Your thesis or hypothesis should be a direct answer to your research question, summarised into one sentence.

Assessments 3B: Planning your search

In order to locate relevant resources for your assignment, you need to plan your search strategy before searching for information.

Watch this video to learn how to construct a search strategy (3:42).

Assessment 3B: How to search

Knowing where to search is just as important as knowing how to search. The following videos will help you to understand how to use different search tools.

Search the Library Collection (3:33)

Searching in Google Scholar (3:05)

You can access and search Google Scholar from the Library homepage.

Conducting an Advanced Search in ProQuest Central Database (4:47)

Assessment 3B: Scholarly sources

For this assessment you will need to review scholarly sources to support a critical response to your research question.

Watch this video (2:22) to get started.

Assessment 3B: Writing your assignment

Visit Study Help, an online hub packed with resources on assignment writing, referencing, study skills and more.

Resources that you may need for this assessment include:

Report overview

The purpose of a report is usually to investigate an issue and ‘report back’ findings which allow people to make decisions or take action. Depending on your course, a report may require you to record, to inform, to instruct, to analyse, to persuade, or to make specific recommendations. Look for these or other key words in your assessment task.

Resources on reports at Assignment > Reports

Critical thinking

Critical thinking is an essential part of taking a scholarly approach to learning. It involves analysing and questioning information you receive to arrive at logical, well-reasoned conclusions.

Resources on critial thinking, including critical reviews on medial releases, new articles and websites at Assignment > Critical reviews


Presenting information on an academic poster is different from a typical poster usally seen for advertisement purposes and art.

Resources on designing academic posters, include video at Assignment > Posters

Annotated bibliography

An annotated bibliography is a summary of sources (eg. journal articles, books or chapters of books) with a short description which informs a reader what a particular text is about by summarising and evaluating the main points or ideas.

Resources on how to write an annotated bibliography at Assignment > Annotated bibliographies

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