October 2005 Archives
This is my blogging portfolio. I've included blogs about the readings, comments on other's blogs, and a few interesting thought of my own.
This is an article in the October 11, edition of the Tribune Review. It occured in the local section. What I found interesting about this article isn't a bad thing at all. I found that the author really used the inverted pyramid method in his writing techniques. It's usually hard for me to use this because I unconsiously try to put events in some kind of order, either chronologically, or whatever. However, this author put the information about the lead towards the front of the articlce. Then preceded to talk more about the background of Gifford and his family later in the piece.
The only question I have is did the author talk too much about his background? At the end it seemed to get a little off topic. However, it still pertained to the hiring of the man named Gifford.
While I was in the process of writing a news article on Morgan Spurlock visitin Seton Hill, I had some very interesting experiences. The overall assignment was a pleasure to me because I not only wrote a news article, but I did so much more.
From this assignment, I got to watch two documentaries by Spurlock: "Super Size Me" and "30 days." Super Size Me was really interesting to watch. I learned so much that I didn't know about McDonald's food as well as learning some key points to Spurlock's character. 30 Days was just as useful. Instead of just being about him trying to live on minimum wage, he involved his wife as well.
From watching these, I kind of learned a little about Spurlock's character. He has a sense of humor and also has very interesting and strong points of view. His lecture could have been seen as controversial. Well, that's because it was. However, I went in with and open mind and came out learning a lot. The most interesting point for me was how funny he was. He was truly an entertainer and he really invovled the crowd.
He was helped out by Dr. Klapak, who I had the privelege of interviewing before the program. As I talked to Klapak, he said some very politically correct things, and some very pompous sounding sentences. But when he got up on stage to do the introduction, he had the audience rolling with laughter. I though that it was great to learn and have fun doing it. The laughter I feel brings so many more people to focus instead of sitting throught a long boring speech.
In the Elements of Journalism, Chapter 7 talked about Journalism as a public forum. The example at the beginning of the chapter dealt with Cody Shearer. The incident took place on the show Hardball with Chris Matthews. Her Matthews pressured Kathleen Willey into confessing who it was that threatened her(Cody Shearer). However, Shearer was not the one who threatened Willey. It was all a mistake and now Shearer has to pay the price of an angry public because of a journalist's mistake. I was wondering if this is really journalism? Is it forcing people to say what they don't want to because we want the public to know? And if they are wrong, shouldn't they apologize or let everyone know that it was a mistake?
Matthew's ended up apologizing but not willingly. He did it once Shearer's attorney had gotten invovled.
I think journalism should only be the truth. If something is doubted or not totally true, then people should have the integrity to not go out and publish it. Yes, we want our stories to be the most interesting. Yes, we want our's to get the most publicity. But I feel that the most important thing in journalism is making sure that the facts line up and people aren't getting hurt.
Spurlock fills open minds
Morgan Spurlock was given the opportunity to share his beliefs and express his opinions to a college atmosphere. The Seton Hill University Lecture Series presented him to the Seton Hill community as well as the public on Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m.
Spurlock entertained the enthusiastic crowd with his witty character and his funny anecdotes. His lecture, “An Inspiring Perspective,” drew out a full crowd in Seton Hill’s Cecilian Hall. The audience was attentive and responsive as Spurlock unveiled his views and opinions on the fast food industry in America today.
Professor at Seton Hill, Kim Pennesi thought it would be a good experience for the teachers. “The faculty here at SHU is open to hearing different perspectives. They will be open to him because as a faculty, that’s what we try to teach our students.”
In his lecture, Spurlock talked about how the consumer mentality of society needs a change. Spurlock had the audience rolling with laughter as he did impressions and incorporated jokes into his speech. “It was so funny,” said freshman Jillian Koweleski. “I didn’t expect it to be like that. He had so many good points of view, I really liked it.”
Not everyone listened to Spurlock with an open mind however. Jeremy Womer, freshman at SHU, said, “I think he really picked on McDonald’s. It’s a person’s choice to eat what they want.”
Spurlock spent most of the lecture talking about his movie, “Super Size Me.” He brought up many staggering facts that drew many different expressions from the audience. “McDonalds’s feeds 46million people a day,” he said. They have 30,000 restaurants in over a hundred countries on six continents all over the world.”
He closed the lecture with a question and answer session. During this time, Spurlock gave many of his ideas to change society. “Schools need to get the junk food out,” he said. “Some schools are even eliminating Phys. Ed. We need to make better habits now.”
Dr. Frank R. Klapak, Professor of Communications and Education, was chosen to introduce Spurlock. He found this to be a more difficult task than he’d expected. “It’s very difficult to find out about his private life,” said Klapak. “It’s always interesting to prepare for a keynote speaker. The assumption is that you know everything about them. I always try to find some unique insights.” However, Klapak broke the ice with a witty approach that loosened the audience with laughter.
In regards to the MTV series “Jackass,” Klapak said, “maybe Morgan Spurlock is the intellectual jackass.” On a serious note however, Klapak said “Morgan demands that we look at ourselves and define the American Dream.”