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October 27, 2005

It Ain't Necessarily So (Ch 4 & 5) -- News Writing (EL 227)

"On a deeper level, though, the three stories share an important common factor: each case illustrates how we can be mislead be the research that uses proxy (as opposed to direct) measurement."

I thought that Chapter 4, The Perils of Proxies was interesting. Although we've established that this book is biased and everything else that's wrong with it. But it really is doing it's job. It's making me look at statistics and question their validity. I thought it was interesting though, that the authors used a television report as an example. We all know about television reporters. Haha. It was kind of nice to hear about something other than the NY Times and The Globe. The use of prxies kind of worries me though. Even the government uses them. Are there any statistics that we can trust?

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October 26, 2005

Bohannon, "Shakespeare in the Bush" -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

"I protested that human nature is pretty much the same the whole world over; at least the general plot and motivation of the greater tragedies would always be clear--everywhere--although some details of custom might have to be explained and difficulties of translation might produce other slight changes."

Well, I have discussed before the universality (is that a word?) of Literature and how it fascinates me. This was very interesting to read. Think about it, if we hadn't read this, would we have ever gotten the perspective of an African tribe on the translation of Hamlet? Probably not. Bohannon hit the nail right on the head though. Human nature is human nature, and it is the same everywhere; However, small details and the translation into another language will be difficult at times. I enjoyed reading this, and Dr. Jerz is right, I suppose there truly is "more interprutations in heaven and earth" of Hamlet.

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It Ain't Necessarily So (Ch 2 & 3) -- News Writing (EL 227)

I really enjoyed the presentations today in class. You all did a really good job presenting for us. It definately got the class discussing, which was awesome. I think that we concluded that it's not the scientists who are "bad" and the journalists aren't bad either. As long as scientists do their job and tell the whole truth to the journalists, it is the journalist's job to weed out the information that is not neccessary for the public to know.

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October 25, 2005

umm?

Ives, "Sure Thing" -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

Betty: And children?
Bill: Three of them.
Betty: Two girls and a boy.
Betty:Harvard,Vassar,and Brown.
Bill: And will you love me?
Betty: Yes.

Okay, I'm going to be honest here. WHAT THE HECK WAS THIS PLAY? Wow. I don't really know what to say about it other than it was very odd. There were some funny lines. I also thought it was interesting that the end of the play had BILL asking Betty if she'd love him forever. Isn't that a typical girl thing to say? Other than that, um, it was interesting?

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October 24, 2005

It Ain't Necessarily So (Prologue, Intro & Ch 1) -- News Writing (EL 227)

This reading goes back once more to the fact that people are more interested in negative stories than they are in positive stories. It says almost exactly what the readings last week said, stories that are pessimistic are much more likely to be published than those that are optimistic.

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Finally...

AP Guide to News Writing (Ch 11) -- News Writing (EL 227)

This was probably the most interesting chapter that I've read thus far. I've commented before that I have a hard time with newswriting because I am so used to writing for Literature. Feature articles are a lot more like the writing that I am used to. It almost seems as though it's a midpoint between newswriting and literature writing. I might actually be able to write a feature story and feel COMFORTABLE doing it. FINALLY!

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October 23, 2005

Shakespeare, Hamlet (Acts 3-5) -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

King:
Sweet Gertrude, leave us too;
For we have closely sent for Hamlet hither,
That he, as 'twere by accident, may here
Affront Ophelia:
Her father and myself,—lawful espials,—
Will so bestow ourselves that, seeing, unseen,
We may of their encounter frankly judge;
And gather by him, as he is behav'd,
If't be the affliction of his love or no
That thus he suffers for.

This scene really made me angry. It also made me question Gertrude and her role in this play. Claudius tells Gertrude that he and Polonius are going to spy on Hamlet, and she just lets him. That made me mad! It also made me question exactly what Gertrude was all about. Did she just agree to let him spy on her son because she cares and wanted to get to the bottom of his sorrowl? Or was it because she was truly kind of brainwashed by Claudius? Or was it because she just didn't care about Hamlet which would lead me to believe that she may have played a role in King Hamlet's murder. What do you guys think? Was anyone else appalled that she just lets Claudius do whatever he wants and has no regard for Hamlet?

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October 20, 2005

Hmm...

AP Stylebook (p. 338-68) -- News Writing (EL 227)

This was very difficult for me to read. It was so dry. I know that sometimes we need to read books like these to give us the information that we need to know, but it seriously took me 3 hours to read the assigned pages. I had to put it down and do something else, and then pick it back up again. There was some useful information though. I particularly liked the section on libel because it goes into more depth that we have in class.

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Poor Hamlet

Shakespeare, Hamlet (Acts 1 & 2) -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

O that this too too solid flesh would melt,
Thaw, and resolve itself into a dew!
Or that the Everlasting had not fix’d
His canon ’gainst self-slaughter! O God! O God!
How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable
Seem to me all the uses of this world!

I have, like I'm sure many of you have, read this play in the past. Every time that I read it, I pick up on something else. When Hamlet first expresses his thoughts about suicide, I felt so bad for him. He hates this situation so much that he feels suicide is a better alternative than being alive. How sad!

With such dexterity to incestuous sheets!
It is not, nor it cannot come to good;
But break my heart,—for I must hold my tongue.

I also wanted to comment on this quote. I think it is so powerful! Imagine how you would feel if this happened to you, and you couldn't do a thing about because you love your mother so much. It's always interesting to imagine yourself in someone else's shoes.

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October 13, 2005

What if you just can't get it?

I was outside of my Drama as Literature class yesterday morning talking to some of the upper classmen who are also in my Newswriting class. I was expressing how difficult writing news articles is for me and asked if anyone else has had a hard time with it. I was releived to hear that others were. Katie Lambert said to me, "What if you just CAN'T write news articles?" It got me thinking and led me to blog about it. I've been told over and over again (my education professor said it again today in class) that there is ALWAYS going to be something that you j u s t d o n ' t g e t ! ! No matter how hard you try, no matter how much help you ask for, you just will not comprehend it. I feel that there are two things I just DON'T get. Calculus and Newswriting. Seriously. You probably all think I'm being ridiculous, but I have tried and tried and everytime I write an article that I feel is very good, I am told otherwise. However, this is not to say that I have learned nothing in my newswriting class. I have learned a lot actually. I have learned the style of writing news articles, something that I have never payed much attention to in the past. I have learned that it is much more complex than it seems and that journalists have to be very careful about what and how they write. I have learned that television news is not nearly as satisfying to my appetite for news as the newspapers are, and I have learned much, much more. I just have a very hard time applying these things to my personal writing. Just thought I'd share my feelings with you all. Feel free to comment!

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Cover Page 2 (Newswriting)

For those of you who are unfamiliar with a blogging portfolio, I have compiled a list of entries that I have chose to include in my second blogging portfolio for Newswriting (EL227).

This was the first entry that I did after my last blogging portfolio.
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/CheraPupi/2005/10/homecoming.html#comments

I was disapointed because I missed the guest speaker here last week! I didn't really have much to say about it though, since I wasn't present.
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/CheraPupi/2005/10/disapointed.html#comments

Chapter 7 of Elements of Journalism was very interesting to me!
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/CheraPupi/2005/10/chapter_7.html#comments

I never really thought about the "inner music of words" before reading this chapter!http://blogs.setonhill.edu/CheraPupi/2005/10/chapter_7.html#comments

I really enjoyed this book!http://blogs.setonhill.edu/CheraPupi/2005/10/enjoyable_readi.html

This article in the Tribun Review was very interesting and had a lot of useful info!http://blogs.setonhill.edu/CheraPupi/2005/10/school_work_how.html

My idea for the editorial is something that I feel very strongly about.
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/CheraPupi/2005/10/editorial_idea.html

My wildcard entry comes straight from my heart.http://blogs.setonhill.edu/CheraPupi/2005/10/what_if_you_jus.html

I commented on Katie Aikens' blog!
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/KatieAikins/011740.html#more

I also commented on Jennna O'Brocto's blog.
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JennaOBrocto/2005/10/reporters_shoul.html

I commented on Elyse Branam's blog as well.
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/ElyseBranam/2005/10/chapter_10.html

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October 12, 2005

Editorial idea...

Ex 2-2: Editorial -- News Writing (EL 227)

I'm not sure of the policy of vandalism in any other dorm on this campus. I know about Havey's policy, that's for sure. Havey has a policy that if something is broken in this building (it can literally be ANYTHING), EVERY SINGLE resident is fined. Now, let me give you a few examples. This hall is primarily made up of men. These men think that it's not neccessary to swipe their card to get through the front doors, rather, they rip the door open, which results in them breaking, which results in a whole building fine. Want another example? Two really bright guys got into a fight in the stairwell one evening and shattered a window, resulting in a building fine. Want to hear one more? A REALLY stupid one? Someone or something broke the community microwave in our lounge, resulting in a building fine. I have not used this microwave ONE time since I have been here, but I have to pay a fine. Rumors about how the microwave broke are flying, however the most popular seems to be that it was broke as a result of the bad storms we had here a few weeks ago. Regardless, the fines have got to stop.

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School Work: How much help is too much?

Tribune-Review (Oct 11 edition) -- News Writing (EL 227)

I really liked this article. I think that it gave a lot of very useful information to parents who are involved in their children's education. I remember my parents trying to help me with homework when I was younger. They would take my assignment, look at it, and then completely change it. This article tells parents that being involved is more than okay, it's actually quite positive for children to work with parents AND teachers. I really liked the comparison that it made to sunlight. Too much sunlight will burn you, just as too much help from parents can actually be harmful to a child's education. The article also reminds parents that teachers are not just teachers, they are also parents, spouses, and coaches. I thought that this article was very useful for parents, teachers, and even future parents and teachers.

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October 11, 2005

Enjoyable reading...

The Elements of Journalism (Ch 9 & 10) -- News Writing (EL 227)

I like reading books for class that are easily read and enjoyable. This book was one of those. It's so nice to read something that directly applies to class and gives specific examples of what it is that the authors are trying to explain. Every chapter starts with a story of some sort directly related to what the chapter is about. Chapter 10 began with the story of Patricia Smith and Mike Barnicle, two authors who were believed to be writing things that were untrue. Matt Storin finally gathered enough information about the two to review them and make a decision about their works. They admitted that they were making things up and were allowed to resign from the paper. This chapter talks about the conscience of journalism. It says that journalists have an obligation to personal conscience. There aren't any specific rules or laws about journalism, so there is a "heavy burden" placed on judgement and ethics of the author and organization.

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Inner Music

AP Guide to News Writing (Ch 5 to 7) -- News Writing (EL 227)

I really enjoyed chapter 6 alot. It's about the "inner music of words." It explains that tone is very important and determines whether the reader is pleased or not. It also explains that by misusing a word destroys the tone. I never really thought about the "inner music" of words, but it makes alot of sense. It's something that journalists do so well, that it has become normal to use certain word clusters together. The chapter gave some examples of phrases that would sound ridiculous together, and they do. They simply listed words that mean the same things, and then showed the reader how only certain words sound right with certain phrases. Very useful information.

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Details, details, details...

AP Guide to News Writing (Ch 5 to 7) -- News Writing (EL 227)

Chapter 9 of the AP Guide to Newswriting is about details and throwing in a splash of color in an unlikely place in order to get the reporter's point across in a kind of indirect way. I especially liked the section on small, specific details. I like the idea of using details rather than words alone, to convey a point. It's something that sounds a lot easier than it is I'm sure. I personally have a very hard time with this. It could be because of the fact that I have a hard time with newswriting in general, but I can't ever get my point across in an article without it sounding like a paper for literature. When I think that it sounds good, it doesn't to anyone else. It's quite frustrating actually.

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Chapter 7

The Elements of Journalism (Ch 6 to 8) -- News Writing (EL 227)

Chapter 7 of Elements of Journalism was very interesting to me. The story about Cody Shearer and Chris Matthews was appalling to me. I could not believe that "professional" such as Matthews would not research a story and allegations before broadcasting them on national television. Not only did he damage Shearer's reputation, he put his life and the lives of his family and friends in danger. The fact that he was completely unapologetic to Shearer when he confronted him was even more appalling. Not only is this appalling, but it is rude. When he finally did apologize on air to Shearer, he made no effort whatsoever to clarify the story and tell the true happenings of it. I honestly could not even believe this!

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Disapointed

Ex 2-1a: Speaker Advance Preparation. -- News Writing (EL 227)

I had knee surgery last week, so I missed Morgan Spurlock's presentation here at SHU. I'm disapointed though, because I heard about it and I heard that it was very funny and interesting. If anyone wants to leave any highlights in my comment section, I'd appreciate it!

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Homecoming...

P1: Homecoming Article -- News Writing (EL 227)

I really enjoyed the process leading up to writing this article. I had a lot of fun talking to alumni and listening to their stories and memories. It made me appreciate this time of my life. It was at a perfect time, because I was starting to get overwhelmed and I was also starting to miss home a little more than I thought that I would. Talking to the women that I did showed me that through all of the stress and drama and activities going on here, these truly are the best years of our lives.

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October 10, 2005

Marlowe, Faustus (Finish) -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

Benvolio
My head is lighter than it was by th'horns,
But yet my heart more ponderous then my head,
And pants until I see that conjuror dead.

I thought that this quote was interesting. I love it. I often feel this way, so I related to it immediately. It actually happens a lot. My head tells me that I should do one thing, or that something is more important, but my heart tells me otherwise. Do any of you ever feel like that? I know that the girls have! But do guys ever feel this way? Or is it just an annoying, kind of romantic, girl thing?

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Marlowe, Faustus (to end of Act II) -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

Good Angel
O Faustus, lay that damned book aside,
And gaze not on it least it tempt thy soul,
And heap God's heavy wrath upon thy head.
Read, read the scriptures: that is blasphemy.
Evil Angel
Go forward, Faustus, in that famous art
Wherein all nature's treasure is contained.
Be thou on earth as Jove is in the sky,
Lord and Commander of these elements.


I thought that this was interesting. The fact that Marlowe had a good angel and evil angel kind of battling. We see this alot in modern works. The first thing I thought of actually, was Full House, when Michelle has the "good Michelle" and the "evil twin." Obviously this play was long before Full House, so it's kind of like one of the first instances in Literature when we see this.

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October 6, 2005

Thank goodness for Dr. Jerz!

Hey everybody! My surgery went well (in case any of you were wondering). It was exploratory surgery on my knee to try to figure out why I am in so much pain. My doctor found lots of things wrong with me and he fixed me. I'm actually in less pain now (2 days after surgery) than I was before. I should be back for basketball season too! But anyways, this is what I have to say about the York Corpus Christi Plays.

GOD:
Here now beneath me an island name I,
And this isle shall be "Earth." Now be, as is right,
Earth wholly, and Hell, and this--Heaven on high...

I really like this quote. I like how God says that Earth is an island. I just picture myself up with God looking down on Earth, and picturing it just as he describes. Honestly though, thank goodness for Dr. Jerz's notes. If it weren't for them, I would have been very, very confused. I appreciate that very much Dr. Jerz! I'm not sure if it would have been easier if I didn't miss so much class.

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October 2, 2005

What would He think today?

Anonymous, ''Everyman'' -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

GOD: I perceive here in my majesty, How that all the creatures be to me unkind,Living without dread in worldly prosperity: Of ghostly sight the people be so blind, Drowned in sin, they know me not for their God;...

Doesn't this quote seem so realistic? And once more, how timeless is this play? Clearly the author meant for this to apply to all man kind when he wrote it, but did he know that hundreds of years later, people would still be able to relate to it? And not only that, but couldn't you actually picture God saying this about people on earth today? I studied this play last year, so this is probably the fifth or sixth time that I have read it, and everytime I find something new that I hadn't picked up on before. I LOVE THE TIMELESSNESS OF LITERATURE! (How big of a loser am I thought? haha!)

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