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Would you capitalize crack-cocaine whore?

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The answer is no: crack-cocaine whore is an informal title, and therefore does not get capitalized. This style rule is just one of the may things I have learned during Newswriting. I am such a better writer due to having taken this class. And now, as we will meet no more, I have a couple of reflective comments to make:

-Dr Jerz, your workload was, quite frankly, unbearable at times. I felt like I was going to break under the weight of the monumenta; amout of assigments (and I did on wednesday). I would never ever ask for an extension on a paper or assigment: that, for me, means that my professor thinks I cannot handle the work. I felt that at times during the year, you might not have considered that we have other demanding classes as well.

-the crime reporting lab was hysterical. "Janet baby, I love you!"

And now, it is with great relief and no sadness do I present to you, my newswriting bretheren, my final portfolio for the class:

Coverage/Timeliness: all entries, posted on time

Immune to Gloom

They saved Lisa's brain...but not ours

My first mistake

Bail out too soon

Over all

Watching paint dry

Just the facts...and then some

Not breaking...but still interesting

Backwards and forwards

Last blog entry of the semester...wooooooo!!!!

Depth: had a lot to say

my first mistake

bail out too soon

over all

not breaking but still interesting

backwards and forwards

last blog entry of the semester...wooo!!!

Interaction/ discussion-people liked these

watching paint dry

my first mistake

not breaking but still interesting

Comments:

Vanessa:

There's a lot of crime in chicago

Tiffany:

Did we really need to know that?

Kinda like parents: you tell them what they want to hear

Corey:

The public's skewered opinion

Jacquelyn:

A true balance

Mitch:

Then read your own paper

Queens on the Diamond

Xenoblogging- comments primo

Vanessa:

The amazing one sentence article

Jeremy:

EL227. ABNW. Chapter 10. Great Stories Great Writing

Mitch:

Queens on the Diamond

Wildcard:

my first journalistic mistake was an attributing issue. The person whom I should have given credit to found my blog and commented on it.

My first mistake

 

and I thus depart you, leaving you with the wisdom of Dr Jerz:

"as cool as Spongebob is, he's probably not a source you want to bring into a story where somebody is seriously injured or dead."

 

Would you capitalize crack-cocaine whore?

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The answer is no: crack-cocaine whore is an informal title, and therefore does not get capitalized. This style rule is just one of the may things I have learned during Newswriting. I am such a better writer due to having taken this class. And now, as we will meet no more, I have a couple of reflective comments to make:

-Dr Jerz, your workload was, quite frankly, unbearable at times. I felt like I was going to break under the weight of the monumenta; amout of assigments (and I did on wednesday). I would never ever ask for an extension on a paper or assigment: that, for me, means that my professor thinks I cannot handle the work. I felt that at times during the year, you might not have considered that we have other demanding classes as well.

-the crime reporting lab was hysterical. "Janet baby, I love you!"

And now, it is with great relief and no sadness do I present to you, my newswriting bretheren, my final portfolio for the class:

Coverage/Timeliness: all entries, posted on time

Immune to Gloom

They saved Lisa's brain...but not ours

My first mistake

Bail out too soon

Over all

Watching paint dry

Just the facts...and then some

Not breaking...but still interesting

Backwards and forwards

Last blog entry of the semester...wooooooo!!!!

Depth: had a lot to say

my first mistake

bail out too soon

over all

not breaking but still interesting

backwards and forwards

last blog entry of the semester...wooo!!!

Interaction/ discussion-people liked these

watching paint dry

my first mistake

not breaking but still interesting

Comments:

Vanessa:

There's a lot of crime in chicago

Tiffany:

Did we really need to know that?

Kinda like parents: you tell them what they want to hear

Corey:

The public's skewered opinion

Jacquelyn:

A true balance

Mitch:

Then read your own paper

Queens on the Diamond

Xenoblogging- comments primo

Vanessa:

The amazing one sentence article

Jeremy:

EL227. ABNW. Chapter 10. Great Stories Great Writing

Mitch:

Queens on the Diamond

Wildcard:

my first journalistic mistake was an attributing issue. The person whom I should have given credit to found my blog and commented on it.

My first mistake

 

and I thus depart you, leaving you with the wisdom of Dr Jerz:

"as cool as Spongebob is, he's probably not a source you want to bring into a story where somebody is seriously injured or dead."

 

"a writer is a reader moved to emulation"- Saul Bellow

Chapter 11, ABNW

We can use their writing as a model, but we have to be careful not to fabricate or plagiarize. It is never okay to make up a source to make your article work, for then it is not news but a short fiction story. Yes, earlier in the semester we did do an exercise during which we made up sources. But Dr Jerz made it very clear that we were only doing so to get basic newswriting techiniques down. He stated that we were never to do so when doing real journalism.

"There is one sacred rule of journalism. The writer must never invent."

Earlier in the year, I wrote a story for the paper about the Griffin Advantage Program. I had not had time in my very busy schedule to conduct 3 interviews, and ended up writing the article using only two sources. Yes, I am aware that the minimum is three, but it would have been much more unprofessional to turn in a story containg a made up source than an ehtical article which just happened to be one source short. My article made the front page.

It is impossible to include all the facts of an event into a newspaper article. There are word limits, and certain facts have to be left out. You feel this is somehow dishonest? Not really. Some of the facts are irrelevant to the story; and besides, it is better to leave out fatcs than make up lies. The public has come to trust the media to report the news as fairly and accurately as possible. We must keep their trust.

Some tips for journalists:

1 Do not be pushy. People will not want to talk to you if you are. Gain access slowly, obtaining people's trust.

2. Anonymous sources are frowned upon unless the news is especially important (i.e. Watergate's "Deep Throat")

3. Do not be quick to judge and assume. "Verify or duck"

4. Respect different points of view. Write with humility.

Plagiarism:

Is more common in newswriting than we thought. Deadlines and pressure can force people to meet their standards and goals at dishonest costs. Always attribute your borrowed information. it is okay to take notes from other stories, but do not use them to write your article. Use them only as an outline or guide. Do not begin to write your article two hours before it is due: bad things can happen when you are in a time crunch. Beware of who your are interviewing: can you be sure they are reliable? You don't want another Heywood Jablome.

and always proof-read before submitting !!!!!!