Assignment One

Story Pitch: To write a feature article highlighting Melbourne’s regional transport systems and its impact on the community. The piece will be interesting and informative and draw upon the community’s opinion about the topic. Wyndham/Tarneit will be the focus area of my piece and the target audience will be students and low income workers, as the piece will also focus on the cost effectiveness of public transport.

I have had an interest in this area ever since I started uni and begun using public transport on a daily basis. Recently I have received my probationary licence and have started driving to uni. In the article I hope to touch on everything from myki cards and train delays to parking permits, fuel prices and road works. The article will highlight all the positive things our city is doing to making transport safer, cheaper and easier. While I won’t be including my own experience or opinion in the piece, I will seek to determine what the public thing of these systems and if their opinions are accurate. Why do people feel such a way about our roads/trains and how can they be better informed?

I have contacted three business managers within the area and will use the best interview of the three in my piece. I have also contacted some media advisers of the City of Melbourne for their take on topic. They have also contacted my twitter account with some helpful advice. I am waiting on further confirmation with my tutor before I contact Wyndham Weekly (I have done work experience there before and am unsure of whether I will be allowed to use them in my piece). If I can’t contact Wyndham weekly I will reach out to another local newspaper in the same area. I have also prepare two days where I will be at the train stations interviewing locals on their opinions for some interesting quotes for the article. The first day will be Monday 19th April which is a public holiday and the second will be Tuesday 22nd which will be a normal working day. I have already gotten in touch with various twitter accounts and users and plan to use a number of websites, pdf files and newspaper articles as secondary sources.

 

Contact Sources:

 

Electronic Sources:

City of Melbourne website links

- http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/ParkingTransportandRoads/PublicTransport/Pages/PublicTransport.aspx

- http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/AboutCouncil/MediaCentre/Documents/Media_Portfolios_March_2014.pdf

- http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/ParkingTransportandRoads/Roads/Pages/RoadSafetyPlan.aspx

- http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/ParkingTransportandRoads/Roads/Pages/ShareOurStreets.aspx

Wyndham Weekly Article

- http://www.wyndhamweekly.com.au/story/1799812/wyndham-race-to-city-reveals-cycling-fastest-commuter-option/

- http://www.wyndhamweekly.com.au/story/1799782/wyndham-growth-population-boom-too-fast-for-services-infrastructure/

Regional Rail-link

- http://www.regionalraillink.vic.gov.au/construction/deer-park-to-west-werribee

- http://www.regionalraillink.vic.gov.au/construction/deer-park-to-west-werribee/tarneit-update