This week we were asked to write a media release for a scenario. My media release is below
19 September FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FakeComicCon staff working closely with authorities after knife fight at local event leaves 8 injured
Organizers and CEO of FakeComicCon wish to extend their immediate thoughts to the victims and the families of those injured in Sunday afternoon’s knife fight that left an 18 year old male from Brisbane and a 23 year old female from Townsville, in a critical condition, a further 7 seven people are still in hospital receiving treatment for lesser injuries.
The event occurred at the annual FakeComicCon convention in Brisbane, what started as a friendly play fight between Stormtrooper and Wolverine cosplayers, soon turned into real violence.
FakeComicCon CEO Casey Smith, wishes to tell the public about how concerned he is about the victims involved and how sad he is that something on this scale has happened at one of these events.
Queensland police have confirmed that four people have been arrested on a range of charges related to possession of dangerous weapons and aggravated assault.
A Queensland Police Spokesperson said four people were arrested on a range of charges related to weapons and assault. Witnesses said the fight continued for 20 minutes before security broke it up.
FakeComicCon are also working closely with the relevant authorities to investigate the incident and ensure it does not happen again.
FakeComicCon is a national event held in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth each year. International stars of film and television attend events all around Australia to meet fans. The popularity of the event has grown in the last 3 years and in 2015 alone, more than 30,000 people attended the event “One of the aims of the ComicCon series is to give people a safe place to come, play, and meet like-minded people” said CEO Casey Smith.
To be quite honest, I was never really that good with punctuation so this week getting 2/10 on my first attempt honestly doesn’t come as a shock, my main problems are to do with numbers, I don’t get on well with numbers and whenever numbers are mentioned in text, I never know if I’m supposed to spell out the full word, like at the beginning of a sentence if it starts with a number or just use the number at the start. According to Hicks (2013) in our prescribed text English for Journalists though, you’re supposed to spell out the number of the word if it’s the first word of the sentence, otherwise you can use the number.
Hicks, W 2013, English for journalists, 20th anniversary edn, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, London.