The following post has two assignments namely;
1.key news values that dominate the coverage of international news in the UK news media.
QUESTION 2 Answer any ONE of the following questions:
Question I Identify and critically discuss some of the key news values that dominate the coverage of international news in the UK news media. Use at least two national newspapers as your case
Question 2 Critically evaluate the impact of new media technologies on the coverage of international news. OR
Question 3 `One of the basic ways of looking at how news is reported, about how journalists select and represent events, personalities, countries, regions and continents, is through the idea of
‘framing’. Few journalists think actively as they are doing it — they may think about the angle to pursue, which actors/participants to stress, how much prominence to give certain issues, but they
rarely sit back and think about what the frame is and how they are representing people, countries or events within it’ (Somerville, 2013).
2.Management Decision Making
You are asked by a consulting firm – ‘We will make your business great again’- to design a strategic management system for a business specialising in retailing home improvement and outdoor living
products called – ‘The Business’.
‘The Business’ was recently acquired by a grocery and liquor retail chain, traded on the Australian Stock Exchange. You were told that though ‘The Business’ made A$1 billion in sales last year, its
operating income was nil, and the new manager, John Clarkson, was given five years to improve the operation of ‘The Business’. The 5-year goals for ‘The Business’ are:
increase sales every year to reach at least A$5 billion in five years or sooner
achieve positive operating income with a Return on Sales of 15%
increase market share to at least 11% in five years or sooner.
Currently, the business owns 23 stores, mainly in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, however, the parent company will make a financial commitment of $1 billion to improve existing stores and
to open 5 more new stores in the next 2 years. Part of the group, ‘The Business’ will operate as a separate company and its management will be responsible for all decisions in relation to the types
of products being sold, the expansion and other activities of carrying on the business.
Background to ‘The Business’ and to the ‘Hardware and building supplies retailers’ industry
Like most of the hardware and home improvement companies, ‘The Business’ is exposed to a range of factors such as price, product range, consumer sentiment, discretionary income, and residential
construction activity which all affect demand for hardware and building supplies.
‘The Business’ operates in a highly competitive market. National chain stores such as Bunnings, Mitre 10 and Home Timber & Hardware dominate the market. However, the industry is still fragmented.
Most businesses are relatively small, privately operated, employ fewer than 20 staff, and have annual revenue of less than $2 million. The majority of hardware stores are located in New South
Wales, Victoria and Queensland, accounting for an estimated 77.2% of industry enterprises. Tasmania, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory account for only 3.9% of the
industry’s hardware stores.
It is forecast that over the next five years, the industry will be growing and that growth will be due to increased residential and commercial construction.
Some key financial data:
Operating revenue (A $m)
Earnings before Interest and tax (A $m)
Current Assets (A $m)
Total Assets (A $m)
Current Liabilities (A $m)
Total Liabilities (A $m)
Return on Investment
Required Rate of Return
The hardware stores operations
After a quick visit to a number of stores owned by ‘The Business’ you concluded that stores are located rather inconveniently, or next to busy shopping centres, where customers need to compete for
car parking with other shoppers. You found the stores offered a poor range, old or out of season and often inappropriate products. You wondered why it is the stores have hundreds of light fittings,
but none you would want to install in your own house.
You were disappointed to find out that the advertised 20% discounting applied to very few products, which were otherwise unsaleable, whilst the products you could have been interested in were
offered at full price or discounted by 5%. You felt that it was misleading advertising. Furthermore, prices of many products were higher than those of competitors.
The stores themselves were rather dark and lacking an appropriate signage resulting in wasting a lot of time just to find a product. It was challenging to find a product but even more frustrating
to learn was that the particular product had its price tag missing.
The floor staffs were very scarce so it was difficult to find a staff member to help and if there was someone available, they usually had very little knowledge about the products. You had to wait
for half an hour for someone to mix your paint, and when finally an employee appeared, he did not know how to read the mixing instruction.
One of the staff members said to you that she never learned about the products they sell and neither of the staff had any training about customer service. She also was quite dismissive about her
boss, stating that the floor managers or even top management did not know how to deal with their employees and with customers.
Though, there were not many people in the shop, you observed long queues at the checkouts. A number of people were complaining about being overcharged.
On the way to the car park you’ve noticed that there was no one to help an elderly lady to carry a plant to her car.
The balanced scorecard
After assessing the financial situation of ‘The Business’ and its operations, you realised that ‘The Business’ needs a total overhaul of its management system. You decided that the balance
scorecard with its measures that drive performance will be a perfect strategic planning and management system for ‘The Business’.
Perform a SWOT analysis of ‘The Business’ –
you need to list at least four issues for each element of SWOT analysis – Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats; and
you also need to elaborate why you considered these particular issues in your analysis.
Tip: Strengths and Weaknesses relate to internal matters of a company, whereas Opportunities and Threats relate to external issues such as competitive advantage
Formulate a vision, mission and overall strategy/s for ‘The Business’.
Design a balanced scorecard for ‘The Business’.
In particular you need to:
Draw a strategy map based on the objectives that you develop for ‘The Business’. Tip: you should utilise your SWOT analysis in developing the objectives for ‘The Business’.
Briefly define the objectives included in the strategy map and explain why these particular objectives are important for ‘The Business’. Tip: you can describe and explain the objectives in the
Prepare a scorecard with measures, targets and initiatives (action plan) that you need to develop for ‘The Business’
Explain how your balanced scorecard will help to achieve the overall strategy/s of ‘The Business’. You need to support your discussion with appropriate literature.
Evaluate how your balanced scorecard will promote goal congruence for ‘The Business’. Again, you need to support your discussion with appropriate literature. Tip: an appropriate reward system will
be useful in promoting goal congruence.
Write a memorandum to John Clarkson summarising your report and outlining what you believe to be the strengths of your balanced scorecard. Tip: write a memorandum instead of an executive summary.