Week 9 – Rest in Peace Steven “The Crocodile Hunter” Irwin.

We were asked to review a newsletter this week. The newsletter that I reviewed this week is CROCODILE SPECIALIST GROUP NEWSLETTER – Volume 35.

The stories presented in this newsletter include an editorial which talks about what has happened in the past week in regards to their research, what the company is doing and how they are doing it, also included in the newsletter are regional reports that report on crocodiles in different parts of the world spanning Europe to the Americas, the “Science” behind crocodiles – how they live, what they eat, why they behave the way they do, reports on different crocodile attacks around the world and how they have impacted society, and last but not least, the meeting minutes that record down everything that was spoken in the meeting and everything that was done.

Whittaker says in his book – MediaWriting: Print, Broadcast, and Public Relations, that a newsletter is a publication that an organisation uses to present the “going-ons” of the company to the public.

The IUCN-SSC Crocodile Specialist Group (CSG) is a worldwide network of biologists, wildlife managers, government officials, independent researchers, non-government (NGO) representatives, farmers, traders, tanners, fashion leaders, and private companies actively involved in the conservation of the world’s 23 living species of alligators, crocodiles, caimans and gharial in the wild.

Fun Fact: Did you know that there are currently four species of crocodiles (Philippine Crocodile, Siamese Crocodile, Cuban Crocodile and the Orinoco Crocodile) that are listed as Critically Endangered by the IUCN Red List.

Going through the newsletter, we can see that the audience that this newsletter is aimed at is for crocodile enthusiasts and people who are generally interested in all things crocodiles.  Wildlife managers, government officials, biologists and the likes of those would all be interested in the “Science” behind crocodiles, whereas, farmers, traders, tanners and NGO’s would be interested in regional reports of crocodiles.

If I were a science journalist, I’d be interested in following up on the conservation and conservation efforts of crocodiles, alligators, caimans and gharials and what we can do to prevent them from going extinct or even becoming endangered. Conservation of animals is something that is close to my heart, because we as humans should be living as one with animals. I’m of the mindset that if we don’t provoke animals, they won’t attack us. It breaks my heart to see so many wonderful species of animals becoming extinct or endangered because humans go out of their way to purposely harm them. Animals are precious and we should do everything in our power to spread awareness of endangered species.

The thing I think that is effective about this newsletter is that, it just focuses all one on topic – alligators, crocodiles, gharials and caimans,

What I think is otherwise effective is that the newsletter is about 35 pages long, usually newsletters are only a few pages long. I wouldn’t call this article a newsletter, more a report.

References:

http://www.iucncsg.org/365_docs/attachments/protarea/2225360a9ab69d58b6f72c37efe77ac6.pdf

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conservation_biology

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crocodile

Whitaker, W., Ramsey, J. and Smith, R. (2009). Mediawriting. New York: Routledge.

Quiz Reflection: 

I’m usually really fussy about grammar and punctuation and like to correct other people when they use the wrong “You’re, your or their, there and they’re”. Doing the quiz this week however, my first attempt I got 5/10. I admit, there were a few questions that I knew the answers to and should have just picked them, but I panicked and picked another answer instead, If I had picked the write answer, I would have probably gotten 8/10. And then the remaining questions that I had trouble with, I admit that I don’t really understand properly the use of colons or semi-colons, or when to put an apostrophe in a word. Like is it dogs or dog’s? I was taught that if you want to write something that is a plural of a dog, you put it like dogs, but if you want to write something that is the possession of the dog, you put it like “the dog’s bone”

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