December 2009 Archives

Final News Writing Portfolio

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News Writing class is three quarters of the way done. This portfolio will demonstrates the skills I have learned in class and out of class between the last portfolio and this one. This portfolio will also demonstrate the conversations/debates I have generated about the texts in depth and in brief. I will be putting up a a couple of blogs for each section that demonstrate these skills: Coverage, Depth, Interaction, Discussions, Timliness, Xenoblogging, and Wildcards. We didn't have many blogs this time so what I learned is demonstrated through quality, not quantity. 

To see the definition for these sections, see this blog of Dr. Jerz's. This is where you can see other students' portfolios.

Coverage - Old to recent, all the work I've done with exception of wildcards at the bottom

Depth - Longer work, goes in detail, and links to other sources

Interaction - where I commented/disagreed on my own blogs. I only recieved two comments so I'm combining Discussions here too. Discussions - Blogs that got comments on and productive discussion.

Timeliness - Posted early by a day or two

Xenoblogging - my comments on other blogs. I did not split it up so, if you're interested, click the links and see to which catergory they apply.

Wildcard - extra blogs that weren't for this class, but I wrote during this time and may tie into the class

  • "Wherefore art thou Dinosaur" - my summer honors capstone where I will be applying my journalism major.
  • Columns do what? - link to a blog of mine for another class, actually due for third portfolio, but got more comments afterwards

Note that in most of the blogs I wrote for this portfolio I mention comments on the school paper (The Setonian) and what could be applied and improved on.

Ten to The End

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"The scope of your college dictionary will surprise you" (Roberts 153).

I wonder how many college students actually have a dictionary. I think I have one, but I don't use it. It's more like a collector's item now or a tool that I have just for looks/because you should.

"What makes a symbol symbolic is its capacity to signify additional levels of meaning - major ideas, simple or complex emotions, or philosophical or religious qualities or values" (149).

I remember when symbolism first truely clicked with me while reading a book and I wanted to try to put symbolism into my stories. It was my first step in the literary direction (writing literature that is, not analyzing and writing about it). You want to know the book?

"The Scarlet Letter"

Moving on to chapter 16...

"Our present focus is with the literature that has risen along with many changes brought about by our unique nation of immigrants and their descendants" (234).

What about the natives? Aztecs, Cherokee, Iroquois? I'd love to see literature on that.

"Too often it is easy to read texts as though they were all written last week and to attribute to writers ideas they never had" (234).

This reminds me of American Lit last semester and "The Great Gatsby." Like in older literature where there is little feminism, we (the class) were frustrated that Daisy just didn't leave her husband. Sometimes it's hard to keep in mind that cultural differences and something little that Daisy did might be progressive for the writer's time, but not ours. This is where it's good to have a liberal arts education so there can be a history understanding/application.

Now for a reflection on the course. My work can be seen through the four portfolios I have done for the class. For me, for my creative writing degree, the class furthered my range of literature that I can apply to my own writing. The book Writing About Literature gave me good ideas and explanations of traditional literature tools. However, I still feel this class is really an extension of Introduction the Literature class I took last semester. I see the value in learning to analyze literature and write papers, but I'm not an English Literature major, it's not what I want to do, and I'll be learning and writing lit papers for many of my other courses. 

SO

WAL Final Portfolio

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Writing About Literature class is three quarters of the way done. This portfolio will demonstrates the skills I have learned in class and out of class between the last portfolio and this one. This portfolio will also demonstrate the conversations/debates I have generated about the texts in depth and in brief. I will be putting up a a couple of blogs for each section that demonstrate these skills: Coverage, Depth, Interaction, Discussions, Timliness, Xenoblogging, and Wildcards.

To see the definition for these sections, see this blog of Dr. Jerz's. This is where you can see other students' portfolios.

Coverage - Old to recent, all the work I've done with exception of wildcards below

Depth - Longer work, goes in detail, links to other internet sources, personal anecdotes, or class discussion. There are less comments because of how informative/long.

Interaction - where I commented/disagreed on my own blogs (I didn't get many moving comments this portfolio so I didn't respond a lot.)

Discussions - blogs that got the most comments, productive discussion

Timeliness - posted early by one or two days, some got comments

Xenoblogging - my comments on other blogs. I did not split it up so, if you're interested, click the links and see to which catergory it applies.

Wildcard - blogs that don't exactly fit in that I did for class

You Knock Me Off Of My Feet! - a blog actually for the last portfolio, but comments shot up afterwards

The Grinch Isn't a Grouch

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So did Scrooge learn his lesson? Some students are saying he was selfish and that he really wanted to preserve his spirit rather than help the people. Others say no, he really did change. I think it was both.

"But as I know your purpose is to do me good, and as I hope to live to be another man from what I was, I am prepared to bear you company, and do it with a thankful heart. Will you not speak to me?"

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"Spirit!" he cried, tight clutching at its robe, "hear me. I am not the man I was. I will not be the man I must have been but for this intercourse. Why show me this, if I am past all hope?"

In these quotes, he seems to have wanted to make changes for the good of the people before he even sees his death (which I suppose is what really drives the point home). He mentions how he'd like to have said something to his Bob.

"Is it?" said Scrooge.  "Go and buy it."

"Walk-er!" exclaimed the boy. (In Stave 5)

What is that? What's that mean?

You know what would suck though? If Scrooge became too fickle in giving away his money and became poor. Then again this may make him even happier and more grateful. I also would want to know if he just does this on Christmas since this is when it takes place and people are generally cheery. But this is supposed to be a real personality change.

SO

Tokyo Drift

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"There's a case to be made that while the press has no constitutional duty to be fair, there is a societal obligation to do so. The press is like no other industry in American society. Its importance is acknowledged in the Constitution and its liberty is part of our nation's foundation. Doesn't the press have a duty to live up to its special role in our democracy?"

This short section of Robert  J. Haiman's Best Practices for Newspaper Journalists is really summed up best in the title of Greta's blog: With great power, comes great responsibility.

In America, it's unusual not to have a system of checks. The President can be checked by the legislative branch which can be checked by the judicial branch, but the press falls outside of this.

We can get in trouble for wrongful information that gets printed/spoken, but not for being unfair. I doubt a trial would/could successfully prosecute a journalist for taking unfair advantage when asking a child questions, filming scenes of distress, or invading a celebrities privacy.

But doing these things are not right morally. One of our main ideals is to be objective, which we wouldn't do if we only present negative media because it's more newsworthy or we present a scandal and invade the personal lives of the public because it's newsworthy.

I don't want to sound preachy, but catch my drift? (Tokyo Drift)

SO

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