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The Blogging Task
In 12 hours Tourism Queensland picks their "Island Caretaker". The Top 16 have been on a whirlwind tour of the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef for the past two days. Each were given the task of blogging about the day's adventures. Read the entries. Which do you think should be hired to be "Island Caretaker"?
12 Hours till the "Island Caretaker" is Announced
In what way are the Top 16 candidates for TBJITW like the Swine Flu?
They've both been in the press & under a microscope a lot lately.
For nearly four months, since the announcement in early January, it's all been leading up to this moment. Tourism Queensland's search for their "Island Caretaker" has captured the interest of the World. Nearly thirty five thousand applicants dedicated approximately two months of their lives to submit and support their 60-second video applications. Fifty were chosen from the lot and they labored another month, garnering media attention and furthering their application. Sixteen of those recently embarked on a trip of a lifetime - a week-long visit to Australia - the land they call "Oz" ... to an idyllic place ... the Island of the Great Barrier Reef.
For the past three days, these sixteen lucky candidates have been paraded in front of the media, as they embarked on a rigorous, fun-filled, whirlwind tour. The snorkeled, flew, swam, fed fish, held koalas, luxuriated in the spa, ate like Kings and saw some of the best of what the Whitsundays had to offer. The whole time, they were followed by media and an evaluation team. As fun as it was, they went through the experience under a microscope.
Their applications are now nearly complete. All that's left are the formal, one-on-one, sit-down interviews and then Tourism Queensland will have a tough decision: Which of the Top 16 candidates will they hire to be their "Island Caretaker"?
For links to the Top 16 candidates "Blog Task" articles, covering Day 2 and Day 3 of their Hamilton Island interview adventure ... read on ...
The Blogging Task
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Of course, one of the primary job functions of the "Island Caretaker", will be to blog about their 6-month adventure. Each of the Top 16 now has a personal blog, which I presented and provided an evaluation of in the last article - Best Blogs of the Top 16.
During their Hamilton Island experience, and in addition to media interviews, the candidates were required to participate in a "blogging task". Tourism Queensland was relatively mum about the details of this task, but here's what I've gleaned: all of the Top 16 candidates were given the same model digital camera and told the only setting they could change was turning the flash on|off. Then, after the days events, they were given an hour (hour and a half the first day) to blog about their day's adventures. They were also limited to eight photos, per blog entry.
For the first time, the candidates are together and on their own. No support staff, no husbands, wives or mates with blogging, photo-editing or web skills to back them up. Flying solo, using the same exact tools, the playing field was made as even as possible. Tourism Queensland wanted to put the rubber on the road and see the blogging abilities of each candidate.
Presumably, the performance of each candidate will weigh heavily toward which is ultimately chosen for the job of "Island Caretaker"
The links to each of the Top 16 candidates tasked blog posts (on Tumblr) and to their personal blogs (and which tool they use) are on the left.