The Darwin Eye
Background: You are a reviewer for a street magazine called The Darwin Eye. The publication is read by young people living in Darwin (aged 18-25 years old) who are looking for ideas on how to get the most out of their city.
Task: Write a 700-word review for the 23 Sept issue of The Darwin Eye.
More info: During September, try out a new experience in or around Darwin. It could be an event, film screening or gig. Or it could be something or somewhere youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been to before, that may have existed for a while Ã¢â‚¬â€œ but that youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve personally never tried until now (ie. jumping croc tours at Adelaide River, Berry Springs Nature Reserve, Leanyer Recreation Park or FinlayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Joint CafÃƒÂ© near Palmerston).
Please note: this experience MUST be new for you, otherwise it wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be able to bring a fresh perspective to your review.
To hunt down an idea, visit tourism or Ã¢â‚¬ËœWhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s on in DarwinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ sites/publications, such as Ã¢â‚¬ËœOff the LeashÃ¢â‚¬â„¢.
After your experience, write a 700-word critical review.
Total value 25%
Quality of writing 60 (30% accuracy/grammar, 30% style)
Quality of research 15
Original thinking 20
While experiencing your gig, tour, film, cafÃƒÂ©, etc Ã¢â‚¬â€œ take extensive notes as to what happens/whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s said/what youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re thinking. Trust me, youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll forget 50% of it, otherwise.
Stick to the word limit: submissions more than 10% above or below 700 words will be penalised.
DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t forget to include a headline.
Get organised & research your event early Ã¢â‚¬â€œ in case something fall through.
Chapter 18 of Zinsser addresses how to write a good review.
Note: Darwin is a city in the northern territory of Australia