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Winning writing: Media Bootcamp national writing competition winner Australia

Winning writing: Media Bootcamp national writing competition winner Australia

And we have a talented winner from Queensland!… We recently hosted an Australia-wide search for writing talent and received an extraordinary response. Students submitted entries based around a theme, “inspire”, and this week we’re showcasing the final six winners (in no particular order).

Show your support for their efforts by leaving a comment below and sharing their amazing entries on your social media profiles for a few well-deserved likes. 

Media Bootcamp national writing competition winner Australia – Ashleigh Creeks, QLD

Sweet Memory

We sat in the centre of a crowded room. The lights were low, radiating a dulled yellow glow. In the corner of my eye I saw silhouettes of lamp stands and shadows of teddy bears but my vision was focused on you. You had a cheeky grin that reached your eyes and wore a shirt with grass stains on the left side that we knew your mother would not be happy about. You started humming a tune, melodic and slow, you stood up from your place and you bowed down low and with an outstretched hand you asked me for one last dance. We paced backward and forward counting in beats of four, you spun me on my toes and then we fell to the floor, oh how I wish that moment had never ended. You held me close and looked me directly in the eyes. You told me that this was our final goodbye and with a violent bang you were gone.

It was the bang of the front door that tore me from my childish daydreams. My mother was crying and my father screamed. All of their insults to each other ricocheted into me, leaving me utterly broken. As each day went by I would hollow my heart, for I did not want to feel hurt like that again. Ever since that door slammed misery was the only thing I let in.

Fast-forward ten years; I became as dark as I was cold. For ten years I rejected happiness, for ten years I rejected love. It was a bleak September evening when we were united once again. I scavenged though our attic in the search for some trivial thing. In the glow of that single light bulb I saw shadows and silhouettes but in the centre of that crowded room I saw you once again. My eyes began to tear up and my pulse began to race; it had been far too long since I had seen your mischievous face. I shared with you my sorrows, of how I barricaded my heart. You held my hand and told me riddles until it was time for us to part.

As I exited the attic I could feel the darkness flee. You reminded me of my once simple happy days. It was that memory of us dancing oh so long ago that inspired me to light a fire in my soul. No longer would I be loveless no longer would I be cold. I would break down all defences I had placed around my heart. You inspired me to open up, to embrace love’s warm light. So thank you sweet memory I owe you my life.

Ashleigh, congratulations on being one of our six 2014 national winners. We just loved your use of language in this emotive piece. Well done.

 

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What inspires you? Media Bootcamp national writing competition winner Australia

What inspires you? Media Bootcamp national writing competition winner Australia

Today’s winning entry from VIC: We recently hosted an Australia-wide search for writing talent and received an extraordinary response. Students submitted entries based around a theme, “inspire”, and this week we’re showcasing the final six winners (in no particular order).

Show your support for their efforts by leaving a comment below and sharing their amazing entries on your social media profiles for a few well-deserved likes. 

Media Bootcamp national writing competition winner Australia – Jaime Mutimer, VIC

Inspiration is not merely the arrangement of elegant fruits in a bowl
surrounded by fifteen artists
hungry for an idea to stun the contemporary world of art

Nor is it the mere image of a topless model,
in an audacious pose
for 15 dollars an hour
to the sculptor’s satisfaction of perfectly erect nipples moulded onto clay
Inspiration is not reserved solely for the artist
nay is it reserved solely to create art
rather, inspiration stems from the roots of hope
blossoming into vivid roses of love

Here’s to the poor souls
in the darkest, gloomiest of times
who find liberation in trusting that
while there is hope
there will be beauty

To the girl with her head halfway down the toilet
purging half a sandwich and a nibble of a carrot

To the boy with ‘fag’ sticked across his back
as if he had been stamped
branded by farmers breeding misfits
bleeding out cries of misery

To the woman who has turned black and blue
from the sham love of her husband
closing her eyes
blinded by denial

One day, the moon will rise at dawn
and the sun will lift at dusk
by a heart that adores you
and is willing to share your sun
and your moon
shamelessly, with the rest of the world
everyday

You will look up at the sky
notice the brilliant sun
be in awe of the luminous moon
that your lover made just for you
to inspire you
to make a difference
take a chance
force a change

Jaime, congratulations on being one of our six 2014 national winners. Surely it’s pretty obvious why we loved this entry – wow! Don’t you all agree?

 

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Inspired: Media Bootcamp national writing competition winner Australia

Inspired: Media Bootcamp national writing competition winner Australia

Today’s winning entry from Victoria… We recently hosted an Australia-wide search for writing talent and received an extraordinary response. Students submitted entries based around a theme, “inspire”, and this week we’re showcasing the final six winners (in no particular order).

Show your support for their efforts by leaving a comment below and sharing their amazing entries on your social media profiles for a few well-deserved likes.

Media Bootcamp national writing competition winner Australia – Georgina Schroen, VIC

Inspired

Today, there are approximately 7.25 billion people in the world, around 3 billion of which live on $2.50 per day, which for the average person, would only buy them a loaf of bread. A loaf of bread that would be so valuable to a family living in a third-world country.

Australia today is surrounded by poverty, and yet many people don’t seem to care. Too many of us are motivated by greed, always wanting more and more, whilst others are suffering and we don’t even take the time to notice them. As a result, Australia sometimes seems far too short of inspiration for those who want to help others.

One Australian who does want to help though, is Heather Watson, a Home Economics teacher at Rochester Secondary College, who was inspired to help others who are far worse off than herself.

Heather and three Rochester Secondary College students (Amanda Conway, year 12, Carli Windridge, year 12; and Terri Windridge, former year 12) took the opportunity to fly to Cambodia to participate in the program World of Difference, through the Rotary Club of South Melbourne.

The program is designed to do a lot of practical charity work involving schools, orphanages and amongst the community in remote villages, as described by Heather.

“Amongst the whole local group that went over to Cambodia, we raised around $8000 to take over there.” She explained. ‘We bought things over there like books, pencils and paper for schools, clothes for the orphanages and we would build things like a well and a pig pen to help out the community. We also taught them about dental hygiene, ensuring they had and learnt practical stuff that could be used forever.”

Amongst other things, Heather Watson saw the struggles that poverty affected countries face and was able to help in a manner that was not only beneficial for the Cambodians, but a valuable and inspirational memory for herself and the others who took part.

Not only did Heather and the group help the Cambodians around the remote villages, but they were lucky enough to travel around Cambodia, visiting historical and must-see sites such as the Angkor Wat temple.

This trip to Cambodia inspired Heather Watson to travel more around the world and to help the less fortunate in any way possible. She was able to see with her own eyes what most people don’t see in the world. She got to witness life in its purest form where the people aren’t influenced by greed, but are incredibly grateful for the smallest gestures and gifts.

I was immensely inspired by this program to want to travel around the world and indulge in its wonders, but also want to help people who are not as well off as we are here in Australia.

It showed me that there are people in this world who do care and are out to make a difference, just as it has inspired me to do so in the future.

Georgina, congratulations on being one of our six 2014 national winners! The judging panel loved your entry because as it stands, it is a feature piece worthy of being published in a lifestyle publication. You’re well on your way to achieving your goals of working in the media industry.

 

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An entry that may bring a tear to your eye: Media Bootcamp national writing competition winner Australia

An entry that may bring a tear to your eye: Media Bootcamp national writing competition winner Australia

A wonderful entry from Tassie… We recently hosted an Australia-wide search for writing talent and received an extraordinary response. Students submitted entries based around a theme, “inspire”, and this week we’re showcasing the final six winners (in no particular order).

Show your support for their efforts by leaving a comment below and sharing their amazing entries on your social media profiles for a few well-deserved likes. 

Media Bootcamp national writing competition winner Australia – Tamara Hursey, TAS

Legacy

Hi mum.

I’m not really sure how to start one of these things. I mean, they don’t teach it at school so I’m writing blind here. I have no idea where to start either. I know this is where you say ‘the beginning’ but it’s not that simple. Where is the beginning for something like this? I have no idea what I’m doing. In movies they use this as an opportunity to tell their family members they love them and to move on, but we both know I’m not an overly emotional person who likes to talk about her feelings. But later is better than never right? Ok here goes:

I love you. Always remember that. I love you and I know that you secretly blame yourself, not for the cancer, but because it was diagnosed so late. Here’s the thing, it’s NOT your fault . Ok? It’s my body and it was up to me to know when I was sick. Your job was to support me and love me and help me get through the days that weren’t so great, like losing my hair. And let me tell you this. You did not fail. Ok? You were amazing throughout everything even the days when I would have slapped me in the face and kicked me out.

OMG, I’m starting to cry. I know you are too. You’re pretending to be strong for the people around you but I know you too well. I’m allowing you to cry, just this once, ok. Then I want you to smile. Smile when you hear my name. Smile when you see my picture, smile when you think of me. Don’t see me as the person I was at the end, see me as the daughter you remember, your Allie. The girl who loved sport and movies and Nutella pancakes. Remember my embarrassing moments, my achievements, my failures and everything in between. Remember our moments together.

But most of all I want you to use this experience, my life, as a way to help others. I want to be an organ donor. I know we haven’t talked about it but it’s what I want. I’ll never get the chance to help people the way I wanted to with my life and this is the only way I can make a difference. I know you’re probably frozen in shock at this point and it’s probably unfair of me to ask this but I would like you to honour my wishes. The cancer took everything from me but this is something I can control, something I have a choice in.

I admire your strength, your love and the way you made even the darkest days bearable. I love you mum, forever and always.

Allie xxx

The mother looks up from the tear stained page. She would do what her daughter said. She would be strong and she would use her memory to inspire those she had dreamed of helping. This would be her legacy.

Tamara, congratulations on being one of our six 2014 national winners! The judging panel was moved by your entry – it’s touching and well written. You’ve definitely got the talent required to pursue your dreams of being an author and/or journalist.

 

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How to pitch magazines for beginners – 4 easy steps

How to pitch magazines for beginners – 4 easy steps

How to pitch magazines for beginners

Pitching-to-Journalists

Another topic we brainstorm in Media Bootcamp is how to pitch magazines for beginners (or pitching to all other media, for that matter.

It’s a similar process to how you might come up with regular blog or social media topics.

While older students/communications employees learn varying tactics on this in university/college or even in the workforce, here’s a breakdown for the enthusiastic amongst you who want a simple strategy for coming up with either things to blog about each day or one step further, story options to pitch to media.

Here’s our daily routine in a nutshell – 4 steps

1. Grab the newspaper, current magazine or your favourite daily digital media streams, and scan through over breakfast.

2. Circle/cut out any news or feature stories that catch your attention and that you consider you’d like to ponder some more.

3. Once you’re done tearing out clippings (or saving), place them in front of you and brainstorm (mind-mapping on paper or using a relevant app will help with this exercise) – think about alternative angles (or spin) on a story that’s related to what you’ve captured from your daily scan.

A great example I noted in Australia was presented on Channel Ten’s The Project. It was Australia Day and Aussies are notorious for being ‘big drinkers’. Instead of being mundane and running a common story on the dangers of binge drinking or an interview with an expert who would tell us how bad drinking is for us, The Project team came up with a different angle – they interviewed Australians who don’t drink, and asked them to share what it’s like to be part of a circle of friends who were consistently drinking and who often continued to offer their non-drinking mates alcoholic beverages. They asked the interviewees about why they decided not to drink, and how difficult it is to be a non-drinker in a society that loves alcohol.

This is a perfect example of taking a timely topic/event (i.e. lots of Australians drinking lots and lots of beer on Australia Day) and placing a unique spin on it, and consequently coming up with an interesting media story.

Things to look out for when scanning media, particularly daily media sources, include stories that feature newly released statistics that you could angle an idea around (e.g. “Divorce rate hits 77%”), and stories on topics you have a special interest, understanding or even training in (so you can offer an ‘expert’ angle).

Also, note stories on personalities that may seem like just ‘today’s news’, but that could potentially be pitched with a varying angle to a longer lead magazine (e.g. weekly, monthly). For example, Justin Bieber’s drunken rampages a while back could be extended to a timely pitch on, “What’s making today’s youth crazy?” or, “How to avoid a boyfriend like Bieber” – so many options, and of course it depends on who (what type of media) you are planning to pitch a story idea to.

4. I’ll admit, it’s often hard to identify brilliant story and pitch ideas on your own, so make a habit of catching up with friends, take your clippings along (or have the stories stored in your head), and have a chat about the stories you’ve picked out. You’ll be AMAZED at what brilliant ideas come out of a chat and a laugh with your friends, who will help you come up with timely and unique angles that will make your blog posts shine and turn your media pitches into commissions.

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By Sarah Blinco