About the challenge!

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The Content Challenge is for Media, Radio and Journalism students to make media content when you have finished class exercises and assessments and want more to do.

You can make all of this content at home – easy! The challenges can be completed by you or in collaboration with someone else (fellow student or not).

The Challenge is 100% optional. This is NOT an assessment, but of course you can submit anything you make as part of your portfolio for assessment (if it fits the requirements.)

You should post your work on your WordPress site. 

#1: We all should know…

Image by Gordon Johnson from Pixabay

THE CHALLENGE:

Write a 200-300 word story, explaining a concept, idea or thing that everyone should know about but doesn’t.

When you’re done:

Post it to your WordPress site with an appropriate headline and CC-licensed image.

If you’re feeling brave, share the post link to our section Facebook group with the hashtag #ContentChallenge.

Need some help getting started?

Think of a very specific topic or question to answer.

Here are some broad ideas:

    • Science (biology, physics, chemistry, astronomy…)
    • Social phenomena (rituals, beliefs, sub-cultures…)
    • Technology (hardware, software, mobile…)
    • History (of sport, language, place…)
    • Arts (music, film, literature, painting, photography…)
    • Sport
    • Cooking
    • Social media
    • Pop culture

Once you choose your broad topic, start narrowing it down. The more specific and narrow a topic you can get, the easier this exercise will be.

e.g.
DIFFICULT: What is bitcoin?
EASIER: What do bitcoin miners actually do?

DIFFICULT: What’s the history of football?
EASIER: Why did they introduce the offside rule?

DIFFICULT: Why you should watch Australian films
EASIER: Why you should know about Warwick Thornton

#2: Beautiful information

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay
THE CHALLENGE:

 

Using Canva, make an infographic on one of the following topics:

    • Creativity
    • Study
    • Motivation
    • Looking after yourself

When you’re done:

Download your infographic from Canva.

Post it to your WordPress site with an appropriate headline.

If you’re feeling brave, share the post link to our section Facebook group with the hashtag #ContentChallenge.

Need some help getting started?

New to Canva?
Sign up for a free account.
It’s pretty intuitive to use, but if you’d prefer a step-by-step, here’s a good one.
Use one of the infographic templates to get started.

No idea what to make your infographic about?
First up, choose one of the four topics above.

Next, research more about the topic. A bit of googling will help a lot. Make sure your sources are good.

Then, narrow down the focus of your topic.

eg. Creativity could become ‘5 ideas to make you more creative’.

My infographic is looking too cluttered!
Good infographics tend to rely on strong, bold images, and keep the word count comparatively low.

If you’ve edited down the number of words and it still looks cluttered, try changing the sizes of things. Make the big things bigger, and the small text smaller.

Ask for a second opinion if you’ve got one handy 😉

#3: Sweet sounds

Photo by Victor Freitas from Pexels

THE CHALLENGE:

Research and write a profile of your favourite band or musician.

Make a Spotify playlist of their songs.

When you’re done:

Post it to your WordPress site with the Spotify playlist embedded, plus an appropriate headline and CC-licensed image.

If you’re feeling brave, share the post link to our section Facebook group with the hashtag #ContentChallenge.

Need some help getting started?

Not sure about Spotify?

#4: Sweet Charity <3

Image by Venita Oberholster

THE CHALLENGE:

Produce a 15 or 30 second community service announcement for a charity or not-for-profit organisation of your choice.

It must be suitable for a TAFE Radio audience, and definitely must be #safeforTAFE

When you’re done:

Upload to Soundcloud.

Embed the Soundcloud in a new post on your WordPress site with an appropriate headline and CC-licensed image.

If you’re feeling brave, share the post link to our section Facebook group with the hashtag #ContentChallenge.

Need some help getting started?

Not sure which charity to choose?
This directory might help.

Not sure how to write your community service announcement?
Once you’ve chosen the charity or not-for-profit, have a look at their website for ideas. Keep the idea simple, and your script clear.

There’s a guide here too.

Not sure about Soundcloud?

    1. Set up a free account.
    2. Upload your track.
    3. Then embed it on WordPress.