November 20, 2005

We the Media ch. 11,12, epilogue

I thought it was bad when the Napster guys got shut down, meanwhile the year that I was born (1984), the "copyright cartel" didn't want people to have VCR's because it would allow people to watch movies at home instead of buying movie tickets. It is sad that people are getting into trouble because of reaping the benefits of technology that was paid for out of their own pockets to begin with (215). I also found it interesting that cookies are a "sweet name" for something that invades people's privacy. At the same time, I have to play devil's advocate and say that if people are blogging or posting opinions through their websites, then they are asking for attention, even if it's the kind they don't want. Chapter 12 explained that copyrighting is a good and bad thing and Gillmor shows he's a balanced journalist in his opinions of it. He also explains the beauty of having a voice and that everyone really is a journalist. If we want changes, we have to make our own and Gillmor's tips are quite helpful. I also liked the personal touch he added in the epilogue in which he thanked so many people just for blogging or emailing him their opinions and suggestions. He has demonstrated that technology is not just a luxury, but a tool that should be used to get real discussions going.

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We the Media ch. 8-10

I learned from the beginning of the semester the importance of avoiding using certain websites (that just any enthusiast can make) as a source for class papers. Like internet journalism, it is easy to copy and paste or make claims without your own evidence. Anyone can be an online journalist with whatever they decide to post, but like the young woman who we discussed in class that blogged explicitly about her job and sex life online, it is easy to get sued. Then again, Sean Runt's presentation about the young journalist who asked some very conterversial questions became famous. That goes to show that rules of journalism in print and online are really not much different. With all the technology like the Ipod, Blackberry, etc. it is easy to access information, but like my mother some people don't have interest or patience to even turn on a computer while others make a living from it. Either way, good online journalism can be a fast way of checking the news without flipping through mounds of yellowing back issues. It is important to follow the rules of journalism regardless of what forms of technology are being used.

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November 16, 2005

Of the training of black men

"And above all, we daily hear that an education that encourages aspiration, that sets the loftiest of ideals and seeks as an end culture and character rather than bread-winning, is the privilege of white men and the danger and delusion of black." DuBois again speaks out against the way that blacks are only given a basic education for fear that if they get beyond that, they will one day be smart enough to ask for more. Either way, uneducated or not, they learned to. I believe without given the opportunity to flourish, no one, no matter what race can genuinely succeed on their own. He brings up the fact that the South has a hard enough time excepting just allowing blacks minor rights and that they need to push for more. I understand that, becaue there is always more to learn and it seems that the more I read, the more I see that both DuBois and Washington long for the same thing, but each have their own approaches to it.

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Of Mr. Booker T. Washington and others

"But so far as Mr. Washington apologizes for injustice, North or South, does not rightly value the privilege and duty of voting, belittles the emasculating effects of caste distinctions, and opposes the higher training and ambition of our brighter minds,—so far as he, the South, or the Nation, does this,—we must unceasingly and firmly oppose them." DuBois is grateful, but not so postitive when it comes to looking at Washington's achievements. He notes that although Washington is making changes, he feels that he is silently putting up with racism and allowing the south more credit than do. In some ways, he thinks Washington's ideas were easier for the South to except as opposed to people of his own race. He wants African Americans not just to be educated in bricklaying, for instance, but in teaching, literacy, and an overall equal education for his race. He said someone had to teach the teachers at the college and I think wants to demand more. I think that he is right, but I think that in a way Washington's approach was more effective in the long run because it is easier to get what you want often by schmoozing than straight out demanding something. Yet, if asking nicely doesn't work, sometimes you have to step up to the plate to get it. DuBois seemed to be the man to do this. He favored his African roots and had a more radical approach than Washington, dare I say.

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We the Media ch.3-5

"What goes around comes around," has been said for awhile and its true about journalism. It is unfortunate that journalists have to be so transparent to make sure that people know their stance so as not to get misinterpreted by the average joe reading while drinking coffee. People repeat what they hear before making an accurate judgement and just as journalists can drag people through the mud, so can the public(with journalists) when it comes to journalism stories. The media has went from simply a newspaper to blogging that magically gives anyone, even people with anti-Elmo campaigns a voice. This is a good thing because it is reference to journalists to see how people see them and for them to see where they went wrong. Blogging, tv, and radio have altered news in general because it is at our fingertips almost everywhere we go, and opinions tend to pepper stories on talk shows because they are informal. What's nice about blogging is it makes things easier to understand and gets discussions going about the issues that journalists can't always touch. Like Lorin said in her blog, cooperation can really help where things are a little blurry. If the media cooperated even with eachother, there wouldn't always be three versions of the same story going around and it's always good to have a sounding board when searching for the right topic to cover or even finding the right angle.

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November 14, 2005

We the Media ch.1-2

Gillmor makes an interesting point that as journalists, we are telling "how" and "why" while often times the newsreporters on tv are just giving the shocking statistics and headlines. He also makes we realize that once again, as we discussed in IANS, it is up to us to evaluate what we read and decide if it's worthy of taking to heart. I think blogs are helpful to journalists because they allow them to look at people's reactions to how they cover a specific topic and ways that can make it better. They also can learn what people want to hear about instead of using the same angle time after time. Sometimes when I watch the news, I feel like I'm watching the same reruns over and over, except the anchorers have better hair and the hurricanes have different names.

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November 10, 2005

November 8 newspaper discussion

I found the man going to court in his underwear to be the most amusing news story by far and I also found at the online Trib a man stole money and then attempted to give it back because he "felt bad." We all feel bad, buddy. That's called having a conscience, that's why normal people just don't bother doing things like that. Anyhow, I found it very helpful to discuss the different terms like arraignment, the defendent, etc. My boyfriend's brother was recently in a fatal car accident and he was accused of speeding, meanwhile it had been raining and there were no skidmarks to prove that. He has recovered, but his family was very angry at the police for trying to make a case out of such a sad incident. Thanks Dr. Jerz for the heads up on accidents as well as the fact that we will get time to do our court reporting tomorrow.

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November 08, 2005

Blogging Portfolio 3

Coverage: I covered the most to date in this portfolio because i blogged every exercise on time and discussed all of my topics in and out of class with href="blogs.setonhill.edu/NancyGregg/">blogs.setonhill.edu/NancyGregg/.
Depth: I went in depth the most on my chapter on proxies in IANS. I got lots of positive feedback and it's my longest blog to date.
Interactions: I talked to more of a variety of people this time, including: href="blogs.setonhill.edu/ChrisUlicne/">blogs.setonhill.edu/ChrisUlicne/ot ,Lorin Schumacher , Nancy Gregg,Katie Aikens , and more.
Discussions: I into a discussion with many people on Chris U's blog about "tomato statistics" the topic really sparked my interest because of it's regard to women. I also enjoyed talking with Nancy on Elvis' mortality, with Lorin on not living in fear, and Katie Aikens on the joy of using common sense. I really helped others and learned alot to put into my own blogs from these discussions.
Timeliness: I was the first person to comment on Katie's blog and blogged about IANS 7-10 before almost anyone else in the class because i wanted to allow more discussion time.
Comment Primo: I was the first to comment on Katie and Lorin's blogs. I also try at least once a day to leave a comment on someone from another class' blog so as to make connections that we haven't made in class.
Comment Grande: I went nuts over Chris U's blog because his presentation really got my femininist feelings fired up and I blogged a full few paragraphs on a topic that everyone seemed to have their own strong opinions on.
Reflection: I feel this is my best portfolio because michelle koss and nancy have said that my blogs have actually helped them understand things that they didn't just from in-class discussion. Also, I'm getting more comments than ever and can joke with people as well as get a better understanding of the material. i now know the secret guilty pleasure of blogging and use it as a tool. The discussions are worth it.

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November 06, 2005

John Henry a symbol of physical and sexual strength-wow!

"Like Paul Bunyan, John Henry's life was about power - the individual, raw strength that no system could take from a man - and about weakness - the societal position in which he was thrust. To the thousands of railroad hands, he was an inspiration and an example, a man just like they who worked in a deplorable, unforgiving atmosphere but managed to make his mark." I went to http://www.ibiblio.org/john_henry/analysis.html to get a better understanding of what I'd read and found his story to be interesting. His songs were not only a way to set the men's minds at ease, keep rhythm, and amuse, but also how he vented. I think working on the railroad was again like being on the plantation again when blacks were doing the tough jobs and whites were barking orders. The website said that he that the steel hammer was a phallic symbol and in a 1933 book "John Henry A Folk-Lore Study," historian Louis W. Chappell maintains that the ballad's sexual symbolism is "abundantly and unmistakably clear." Whatever he is, John Henry's ballads are a social commentary as well as a picture of what his legend is and I enjoyed reading about him.

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Mullet jokes, hunky jokes, etc. are not the same as real racism, sorry kids!

I say this because when a minority talks about racism, a white person will often chime in with "well I've been called a pierogie eating hunky or people make fun of my "Hitler" moustache,so I understand." No you don't! I hate that. People with moustaches were never kicked out of restaurants. The first thing I thought of when reading Brer Rabbit, I immediately thought of Briar Rabbit and "Mr. Bluebird on my shoulder," rang through my ears. Then as I read the assignment through without skimming, I realized that these happy memories of Disney came from Uncle Remus. I felt so bad when the actor couldn't even attend the premier because of racism. I think that Brer Rabbit was like whenever people took Jim for being stupid, he managed to get his own way with Huck many times, simply by using the right words and wit. The Tar Baby reminded me of the way that many slaves couldn't stand up for themselves and when they did, it was usually in a way that went right over their owners heads. Finally, when Uncle Remus explained how people became white, Chinese, and mulatto it made me laugh. Even now, kids who haven't seen people of another race will often repeat stereotypes about them. We often say things that we don't recognize as racist and I think Uncle Remus was trying to show us where it all began. These stories were meant to be entertaining but perhaps just like Brer Rabbit, the person that wrote about Uncle Remus was using their own wit to make fun of how we all stereotype eachother. Everyone says they understand what racism feels like but I think just cuz you have a mullet and people sing "Achey breaky heart" when you board the schoolbus does not mean that you should make yourself out to be Rosa Parks. (sorry, I had to use a stereotype to make fun of stereotypes).

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Ch. 9-10 AP guide

On clichés, George Orwell took a typically severe line: "Never use a metaphor, simile or other figure of speech that you are used to seeing in print." I found the chapter on cliches particularly helpful because it is hard to do anything without using a cliche and often it is easier to use a cliche in news writing to save on words. on a website a girl asked people to send in phrases that they thought were cliches and ended up with one too many "your mama's so fat" jokes and 80's terms like "facial." These people should be shot or better yet take a look at the AP guide. The "goat yogurt" and "blossoming" of countries and other crap mentioned when it came to the subject of adding too much color was quite amusing as well. In creative writing you are encouraged to describe vomit or perhaps kleenex in earth-shattering, vivid words, so learning to simply go with the "see dick run" way of describing action in news has been quite a leap for me. Find any cliches?

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November 04, 2005

Ch. 10 and conclusions

"Tunnel vision and blind spots are the intellectual shortcomings that bedevil the thinkers." (164)As the authors said too many objective forces are used like "infectious diseases are becoming more deadly," don't we know they're dangerous already? The authors suggest that ideological or methodogical motives are used. No one wants to blame a victim and dare say he's jobless because he's lazy, for instance. As reporters it's up to us again to search for the right supporting factors. "Caveat lector-let the reader beware." (195) As readers and reporters as I've said before, I've learned that we must make our own decisions and decide if we want to freak out over killer bees, build bomb shelters, worry about disease, or perhaps think we're starving because ramen noodles and beer are our only sustenance. It ain't necessarily so, but if the price is right and you've checked it out, more power to you!

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October 31, 2005

ch. 6 and 7 IANS

"...it is noteworthy that popular beliefs-however erroneous rather than expert opinion largely determine our allocation of resources to lessen and eliminate risks."(118)
Whatever the media says, affects people and makes them upset or smug that they're "safe". Instead of actually looking and seeing if there's a bit of commons sense in a news broadcast, people say "Ooh, Y2K and start wasting money on flashlights, generators, and canned beans that they end up throwing away anyway. The right knowledge comes from careful research or even common sense that no one "has time" to use. In chaper 6, "a poorly worded question yielded a shocking answer that turned out to have little validity." If reporters ask good questions and don't use double negatives, it's easier to get the right answer.

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The End of Huckleberry Finn

"...how ornery and tough the fried chicken was --all that kind of rot, the way women do to force out compliments." I had to laugh at this quote in 26 (hopefully I'm reading the Roman numerals right) because I know that women still do that. It's hard not to because if people don't say something's good right away, it kinda makes you nervous. I wasn't that disappointed with the ending. At least Tom, Huck, and Jim ended up on good terms, but Tom was giving alot away on freeing Jim and there was a footnote that said that this was bad. It was good though that Tom was in the end because he was the beginning of everything and Huck is kind of the end. Tom makes Huck "comfortable" and in a friend, that is one of the most important qualities. Did Jim end up being free or was he still "enslaved" technically? The language started to get on my nerves, but I tried to understand all that was happening in the end.

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October 26, 2005

Ch. 3 Bait and Switch

It is true that the high numbers that we see when it comes to rape, abuse, etc. is probably because all of what is defined as these things aren’t listed for the reader.
“Underreporting is thought to be particularly common when it comes to rape, domestic violence, and family abductions. Fear and shame would be obvious factors that might lead victims to keep silent.” (59). As we discussed earlier, reporters should never include rape victims names because people often blame the victim. It’s sad because people will often say “She was dressed like that so she asked for it.” I think that it’s a biased view and that reporters do have the power to protect victims. I feel that also in situations like this it might be okay to use a more sympathetic voice, especially if you’re interviewing the victim.
I found it very disturbing that the Common Wealth fund’s survey categorized the shoving with the stabbing as apart of statistics in domestic violence cases and making it look like there was such a high number. This was the example of bait and switch. Surveys at least make people a little more truthful. I find it embarassing to be put on the spot about things but a survey has the downfall of letting people manipulate the statistics in whatever way they see fit. When it comes to rape, I’ve seen many girls that I went to high school claim rape on a guy when it got out that she did things with him but then as soon as the drama was over she’d end up dating him. Thus, I think that some rape and domestic violence cases are just put out there to give guys a bad name so girls can cover up their own discretions. As a feminist I do believe women have the right to choose and if a girl was given a date rape drug or actually did say “no” than it’s a different story. Over all, I think this chapter really helped define what should and shouldn’t be covered.
Here’s what I learned:
1. Frequency of crimes should be looked at skeptically until you know the definition.
2. Usually, the worst incidents are the least common.


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Ch.2 Much ado about little

“Too often, research that is either preliminary or inconclusive (or both) receives most reverential treatment in the press.” (35)

The flaws in the sperm count story were ignored because it seems that today; no one wants to actually believe that scientists could be wrong about something. It is so much easier to sit and absorb the facts while being a couch potato than question something that you may see as being a little off or even taking time to research it yourself. I’ve seen some excellent blogs in which students will question news stories and really come up with some good facts to back up whatever claim they are making. It is hard to swallow that the media doesn’t always do that. I think sometimes it has to do with the fact that the people that force-feed us the facts have such a great title or have qualifications from universities we feel we’d never get into, so we are afraid to question them. I think the news just preys on that. I think if more people questioned the flaws of such an experiment, perhaps scientists would be forced to do more research before their faces would be on the cover of Time.
It is not the reporter’s fault in this case like the authors have said but “coverage even of mature science can mislead if reporters don’t acknowledge the existence of alternate interpretations or rival data sets.” (37). They also explained that it’s easy for readers to confuse the partial truth with the whole truth, so it’s no wonder we are so mixed up. I think having alternate data goes back to the beginning when we learned about having balance. We were told that if we got quotes from one side on the abortion issue than we’d better have an equal amount from the other side, so that it’s not just our own biased view taking over. If there were more balance in news stories, a lot more of the truth would come out. Often, people have a harder time excepting the truth and I think sometimes that the media is afraid that it won’t sell enough papers. If they say something true that might come out “boring.” This is when creative writers could come into play.

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October 24, 2005

Friday's exercise

I thought Friday's exercise was very helpful because it gave us a glimpse of how working for a newspaper would really be. Time constraints made grammar, style, and getting the details right a little hard. Stormy wrote about the first story and did it so well. Mine was a little longwinded. I think I followed the hourglass a little more than the pyramid style. I'm glad I got to get some practice though.

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October 20, 2005

AP stylebook p. 338-368

A reporter should use the word alleged if the suspect hasn't been convicted because it could be considered slander or libel saying that someone is a rapist if they could be innocent. In previous class discussions I also remember learning that revealing the victim's names can go against their privacy, especially in sexual assault cases. I didn't know that you could look up local sexual predators online, when we discussed that wednesday, I went and checked it out. I found out about alot of people I wish no longer lived in my area. Nowadays celebs sue for slander all the time and get away with it even though they were convicted of disgusting things that average people could never get away with. What's up with that?

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October 12, 2005

Underage Drinking Laws: Saving Lives or Simply Saving Jail Space?

Alcohol consumption, abuse, and it’s consequences have been estimated to cost our society $86 billion each year, which is $26 million more than the cost of desert storm.
240,000 to 360,000 of the current college student body will eventually die of alcohol-related causes. That's comparable to the entire undergraduate body of the Big Ten dropping dead according to http://www.mudpc.org/stats.html.

Depressing and common as these facts may seem, many government and parents alike wish to lower the drinking age to 18 to prevent teens and young adults from sneaking around to have “fun” and further endanger their lives.

“We didn't always have a national "21" rule. When I was in college, in the mid-'60's, the drinking age varied from state to state. This posed its own risks, with underage students crossing state lines to get a legal drink.In the United States today a 14-year-old can be convicted of murder, but a 19-year-old can't buy a beer. In parts of the Western world, moderate drinking by teenagers and even children under their parents' supervision is a given. Though the per-capita consumption of alcohol in France, Spain and Portugal is higher than in the United States, the rate of alcoholism and alcohol abuse is lower. A glass of wine at dinner is normal practice. Kids learn to regard moderate drinking as an enjoyable family activity rather than as something they have to sneak away to do. Banning drinking by young people makes it a badge of adulthood - a tantalizing forbidden fruit,” Elizabeth Whelan, President of the American Council on Science and Health said in a recent online article.

The drinking age invites other problems besides car accidents and jail time. Fake ID’s are issued to many underage teens who say they can’t “get into most places and are stuck in the street.” Amber Johnson, 19, Central graduate, said she’s “had a fake ID since I was 17 and its always worked.” This defeats the purpose of a law that’s meant to protect. According to MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), the law is the only thing that will protect.
“The 1999 National Survey of Drinking and Driving Among Drivers Age 16 – 20 revealed that youth drove 11 million times after drinking in the past year. Their average blood alcohol level was .10 percent, three times the level of all drivers who drove after drinking. Forty percent of youth who drove after drinking had a least one passenger in the vehicle. Clearly young drivers are putting themselves at risk, but they are also putting others at risk. Society has an obligation to protect motorists from the risky behavior of underage drinkers. Society also has an obligation to protect kids from themselves,” MADD said on their website.

Even if the drinking age is dropped, college and high school students still run a high risk of accidents due to drinking and driving. Whelan and some parents of Seton Hill students (who asked to remain unnamed) believe that if students are educated on the importance of eating before drinking to absorb alcohol, choosing a designated driver, and learning their limits by drinking at home safely will help students to be more responsible when they go out. Some scientists disagree because of maturity levels
Robert Kirby, writer for the Salt Lake Tribune, had said that scientists once thought that the brain was fully developed when a person reached puberty, but it has now been discovered that the brain doesn’t actually develop fully until around 20-something. It has been learned that the prefrontal lobe of the brain is the last to develop and that doesn’t happen until around 20 years of age. The prefrontal lobe is the part of the brain responsible for self-control, judgments, and emotional regulation. It has also been found that alcohol does little or nothing to enhance brain activity and therefore is not beneficial and possibly harmful to drink alcohol before that time.

No matter what age, drinking should be taken responsibly. With all the knowledge and statistics, society should evaluate their risks, but also have the freedom to drink at 18. If someone is mature enough to vote for who runs the country and fight for their freedom during the war, being able to drink seems like a small luxury. Each person should be free to choose as well as have the right to decide not to drink without feeling pressured by peers. If laws change, the risk of crime and death could even lower if students and parents were educated on the matter.

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Blogging Portfolio Part Deux


Coverage: I feel covered so much more this time and had fun doing it check out my Oct 11 newspaper blog and my Lunch Lady Land blog. I felt really inspired and wrote the most on them. Class discussions and Morgan Spurlock really got me going.

Depth: I went into depth the most on my first Oct 11th blog because I just turned 21 and it had so much relevance to me because I also attended school with Jimmy. I also touched on issues of Elements of Journalism in this entry.

Interactions: I got some great interactions with Elyse, the Katies, and Nancy when I commented on their blogs and we discussed everything from tabloids to the fast food industry and their entries helped me to get further in-depth with my own.

Discussions: The in-class discussion on Oct 12, when Mike Sichok brought up the fact that liberals are getting bashed and the “War on Terror” is mentioned to keep fear going and Bush looking good brought up a lot of feelings and I blogged about it right away. I also discussed tabloids with ChrisU, Katie Aikens, and Katie Lambert. Elyse and I discussed our feelings on the fact that relationships are the number one thing celeb mags target because that’s what we can relate to more than jetsetting. Check out my comments at blogs.setonhill.edu/ElyseBranam/ and blogs.setonhill.edu/KatieAikens/ . Also I posted a response to Oct 12 class discussion.

Timeliness: I was the first one to post a blog about Oct 11, because it had a lot of significance to me. I also made an effort to get all my blogs and comments done ahead of time instead of waiting till the night before, so I did a much better job than I did on my first portfolio.

Comment Primo: I was the first to comment on Katie, Nancy, and Elyse’s blogs.

Comment Grande: I feel very strongly about the fact that schools aren’t helpful with their lunch plans and commented a lot on Nancy’s blog and because I was so inspired, I did my Lunch Lady Land blog right after so that I could keep my thoughts rolling.

Reflection: I finally understand this blogging thing thanks to Stormy, Michelle Koss, and Meredith Benson, because even if I blog something Jessica Simpson would say, they still give me funny, intelligent feedback that sparks further ideas. I now understand what blogging is all about and I think you’ll see that more in this portf

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Newspaper discussion oct 11

I completely agree with Mike Sichok that they are still using terrorist strategies daily to keep someone looking at Bush as a hero. They should focus on something positive he's done besides wage war if the authors want to really use their "slant." More people in PA voted for Kerry I thought, but I could be wrong cuz like Katie Aikens said, I really don't know much about politics, but through listening to classmates and reading the newspaper, I'm forming some more biased ideas. I found the idea of finding some mutual ground on the abortion issue would be helpful instead of marching around with bumper stickers and signs, but what do i know? I also found the article on Halloween costumes amusing because they said that the sales in pope and boxer costumes have gone up. I suppose that's much better than teletubbie and tacky playboy costumes. The paper has at least become more relevant to me, thanks to this class.

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October 11, 2005

Homecoming Carnival

I enjoyed the carnival and it was fun to see that some of the parents were having more fun than the kids. For the first time, everyone was invited to this event so it made homecoming more family oriented than just a traditional football thing. Even those who aren't into sports had fun and I liked the fact that there wasn't a homecoming king or queen. This made it more about the college as a whole and not just a popularity contest. I admire that about Seton Hill. The people here are so intelligent and down-to-earth. It is much less prejudiced or focused on partying than other colleges I've visited and attended. That's just what I've seen so far, but on the other hand, I've had alumni that beg to differ. I just wanted to say that this is my first year and besides the terrible parking situation and $25 dollar fee for lost id's, I'm really learning and enjoying myself for once. Homecoming was just the icing on the cake.

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Lunch Lady Land

After attending the Morgan Spurlock lecture, I felt he really hit home with his comments on the fact that schools don't push for healthy lunches. When I was in high school, lunch ladies actually charged us extra money if we refused fries with our lunch (can you imagine fries with Pizza, spaghetti,tacos, tuna surprise, EVERY DAMNED DAY?). When I asked one of them why, she said, "Fries are a potato, potatoes are vegetables, and you need veggies. The green jello is your fruit. You are required to eat them or I'll have to charge you an extra dollar." If she would've told me she'd charge me extra if I didn't get asparagas or broccoli, maybe I would've went along with it. Shit, I might've even eaten it. We had free cookie days every other day and I remember salads cost extra. Pizza Hut was extra too though. We should've had the brain power by senior year to make the right decisions, but it was hard when the apples were generally rotten and the salads were old. Nancy Gregg also explained that schools and restaurants do attempt to correct these problems, but like Morgan said, "If Oreos cost $50," it would be easier to eat healthy. My mother and I discovered that at Aldi's the produce is very cheap despite the setting and some of the mentally disturbed, half-naked customers we've witnessed there. Many people like to say that they don't have time to shop around, but when it comes to being healthy or wasting time talking on your cell phone bitching to your friends about your lack of time, do something like walk or perhaps actually look for something cheap and healthy. That's the message I got out of the lecture. Lunch Ladies are people to and I wasn't mocking them by the way. Many of my friends mothers do this, mine just ended up taking care of old people that yell at her for going to the bathroom, I think she as a LPN, should've joined the ranks of lunch ladies. She knows fries don't count as a veggie;)

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Elements of Journalism Ch. 9-10

I found this chapter very relevant because some journalists are willing to do "a strip tease" to sell more copies of a magazine. Elyse's blog inspired me because it is the same people on the cover over and over again. I noticed the mags that sell the most are the ones that deal with relationships and kids. Brad and Angelina, having kids, getting married, Jessica Simpson, divorcing? I think these sell because relationships are one of the only things that non-jet-setting, small-dog-toting people can relate to. I can relate to relationship drama more than i can to being chased by the paparazzi or buying my dog Louis Vuitton raincoats. It is important to speak the truth and have balance, but I know that if celebrity magazines did this, many may not sell. any thoughts?

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October 06, 2005

morgan spurlock lecture

i thought he was amazing. i never realized there were thousands of parts in one greasy burger. did anyone meet with him? i loved his viking talk and the ronald mcdonald impressions. i had alot of questions, i wish there had been more q&a time.

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September 28, 2005

Interviewing Stormy

I am so glad we did this because it showed me that I can have fun doing newswriting and learning to use that kind of voice. She also gave me alot of tips on dealing with being new to Seton Hill and blogging.

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Interviewing Stormy

I am so glad we did this because it showed me that I can have fun doing newswriting and learning to use that kind of voice. She also gave me alot of tips on dealing with being new to Seton Hill and blogging.

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News Writing Blogging Portfolio 1

Coverage: I didn't cover as much here as I would've liked to because there's so much blog work that in Lit as well and I enjoyed that more. I did enjoy covering the Dish Hall story and that was my most productive post.

Depth: "Man Tantrums" was my most in-depth blog because it reminded me of whiney, weird, Cosmo article and I got comments from Mike Sichok on it.

Interactions: The in-class discussions, particularly on the emotion appeal of Newswriting interested me the most. I noticed everyone gets the most comments when they talk about the something that they like. For instance, check out Stormy Stormy's blogs, they are hilarious.

Discussions: When I posted my first entry and mentioned someone Stormy and I both knew I got like 6 comments from Lou, Neha, Mike, Karissa, Stephen, etc.

Timeliness: I suck at this part because usually something always happens in class that things get postponed or we all get confused about something but I did my best. I posted my spot news blogs and comments on freedom of speech right away.

Comment Primo: I was the first to comment on Quin's and Meredith's blogs.

Comment Grande: I went responded a great deal to a comment Mike had posted on my blog and also to Meredith's blog.

Reflection: I didn't enjoy the topics in Newswriting and there seemed to be fewer, so I had to stretch more, which teaches me more about working ahead and eliminating wordiness. This will help though and I'm more comfortable bloggging now.

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September 25, 2005

didn't know if we were supposed to blog this

The opening of DeChantal hall was widely covered and everyone seemed to have a different angle. The one in the paper seemed to focus mostly on the history of DeChantal herself which I found to be interesting because the writer had some interesting stories (especially the rule about fathers and brothers) that no one else had. It was similar to mine that it retold the story of how she got her nickname and we both gave a summary of the events that took place. We also both interviewed Diana Geleskie, who gave a very descriptive and positive view on the hall. Needless to say, I need a lot more practice when it comes to wordiness and avoiding simply summarizing, but I really enjoy reporting events because they’ve taught me to focus better.

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September 21, 2005

Response to Elements of Journalism

I found this to be helpful in understanding how to write an article using the pyramid, etc. It's also helpful in understanding the rules of journalism because if you're a creative writer its hard to keep your own voice out of your writing

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Freedom of speech article

I found this article to be interesting because of all the politically correct terms people constantly have to use when simply trying to express an idea. Although it is important not to hurt people's feelings, if a certain issue arises that must be covered that may offend some, it is important to have a speech code. I wasn't aware of SHU's speech code because it seems that in college, it is much easier to express your opinions and I've really taken that for granted. Although in my theology class in particular, certain thoughts are expressed that are a bibical truth (depending on how the reader interprets it) that are very offensive to both the professor and the students. Like we'd discussed earlier, if you dont like the article you're reading, don't read it. Then again, no one should force values just because they are certified to teach about a subject.

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