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October 28, 2007

That's Why I am a Vegetarian EL227 Ch. 7&8

I did not choose to not eat meat because of what the media reported about it, I chose not to because I had done research on the horrors of slaughterhouses and how cows, pigs, and chickens are raised. I went about it scientifically. ".......they noted that the inspection system, in which inspectors look at a side of beef, poke it, and sniff it, had gone unchanged since 1906 and could not detect the presence of deadly microorganisims that might contaminate the beef." If it aint broke, don't fix it! That is really disguisting! The same practice has gone unchanged for 91 years. If a reporter reports on the horrors of the way meat is processed it can be a bland and disinteresting subject, narrow the field down to "E. Coli", BAM!!! you now have a story that affects millions of people. Think of all the cases that have centered around E. Coli, this bacteria eating virus had caused major restuarants to go under, and has scared the Hell out many people (the plague). EX. 1993 The fast food chain, Jack in the Box, grew attention when one franchise sold hamburgers that were contaminated, occurred in Seattle, four children died and several hundred people fell ill. With a case like that, who in their right mind would eat meat?

EL200:Updates on Journalism Contest

AMERICAN SCHOLASTIC PRESS ASSOCIATION CONTEST & REVIEW


Note: Each publication type requires a separate Entry Form and fee.


Please print or type

PUBLICATION NAME ____________________________

SCHOOL____________________________

STREET ADDRESS____________________________

CITY______________ STATE (PROVINCE) _________ ZIP___________


JUDGING CLASSIFICATION

1. Type of Institution
 College/University
 Junior/Community College
 Senior High School (9-12) or (10-12)
 Junior-Senior High School (7-12)
 Junior High School (7,8,9)
 Intermediate School (6,7,8)
 Elementary
 Private/Parochial

2. Enrollment
 2500 plus
 1701-2500
 1001-1700
 500-1000
 500 and under

3. Frequency of Publication
 9-12 issues/year
 5-8 issues/year
 2-4 issues/year
 1 issue/year
 Other

4. Method of Printing
 Letterpress
 Offset
 Computer printer
 Other

5. Printing Facility
 In-school
 Commercial
 Other

6. Publication Type
 General Magazine
 Literary-Art Magazine
 Literary Magazine
 Departmental Magazine
 Yearbook
 Newspaper
 Other

7. Does your school have a yearbook? Yes  No
If yes, please give name _____________________

8. Does your school have any magazines? Yes  No
If yes, please give name(s) _____________________

9. Does your school have a newspaper? Yes  No
If yes, please give name _____________________


PUBLICATION ANALYSIS

Staff Organization

1. Total number on staff:
News staff__________
Writing_____________
Editing_____________
Sports______________
Business____________
Other_______________


2. Change of Editors (not staff)
Complete each year__________
Complete each semester______
Complete each issue_________
Other ____________________

3. Who selects the staff?
Advisor_________
Editor__________
Election ________
Volunteer _______
Other __________

4. Is there a journalism class in the school? ? Yes  No
If yes, must the staff be in that class? ? Yes  No

5. What year did this publication begin? __________

6. Number of copies printed ___________
a) Student circulation _________
b) Distribution to others _______


BUDGET ANALYSIS (Optional)

SOURCE OF ANNUAL INCOME TOTAL EXPENDITURES

Advertising $ _______ Rate $ _______ per_______ Printer's Fee $ _______

Single copy sales $ _______price $_______ Supplies $ _______

Fund raisers $_______ type_______ Other $ _______

Administration $_______ TOTAL EXPENSES $_______

Other sources $_______ specify ______________________

TOTAL ABOVE $___________

YEARBOOK (SUGGESTED DEADLINE JULY 1)
MAGAZINE (SUGGESTED DEADLINE JULY 1)
NEWSPAPER (SUGGESTED DEADLINE DECEMBER 20)

 ENTRY FEE.$50

 AND YEARBOOK RETURN......$11
 AND EARLY REVIEW FOR YEARBOOK or MAGAZINE....$14
• (Early review returned by 9/15 if publication and fee is sent by 7/1)

PUBLICATION:  Enclosed  Arriving date____________
ENTRY FEE:  Enclosed  Arriving date____________

 Return yearbook (see fee).
 Early Review yearbook or magazine (see fee).

Make check payable to and mail publication and check together to:
ASPA CONTEST/REVIEW
PO BOX 564400
COLLEGE POINT, NY 11356-4400

Email: plassr@asan.com or plassr@netzero.com

IMPORTANT

SCHOOL NEWSPAPERS
Send ONE copy of each of your TWO best publications this academic year or current staff. If the current staff is similar to last semester, issues from last Spring may be sent.

SCHOOL MAGAZINES
Send ONE copy of each issue you published this academic year.

SCHOOL YEARBOOKS
Send ONE copy of your publication. Send by ordinary mail from your local Post Office. Do not use a private carrier.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Adviser's Name ___________________________________

Editor's Name ___________________________________

Publication's Phone Number (_____)_________________

Home or Summer Information (in case there is any problem with the entry application)

Summer or school EMAIL address ______________@_____ ___

Contact Person ___________________________________ Good until _________
name date

Street Address___________________________________
City__________________________ State___________ Zip________

Contact Person's EMAIL address ______________@_____ ___


STAFF/ADVISER'S STATEMENT

State briefly below any specific or general problems you faced in producing your publication. This may include how you changed format since last year's judging, any limitations put on you by the school, or anything that would help the judges understand the reasons why certain things were done in this year's publication:

_______________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________


PRE-PRESS PREPARATION

Estimate by percentages the approximate amount of work done in these areas by staff, adviser and outside professionals.

STAFF ADVISER PROFESSIONAL

Copy Editing _________________ _________________ _________________
Editing _________________ _________________ _________________
Photography _________________ _________________ _________________
Typesetting _________________ _________________ _________________
Plate-making _________________ _________________ _________________
Paste-ups _________________ _________________ _________________
Design/Layout _________________ _________________ _________________
Proofreading _________________ _________________ _________________
Copy Editing _________________ _________________ _________________
Actual Printing _________________ _________________ _________________

SPECIAL CATEGORY AWARDS

Newspapers and Magazines - Please check all areas in which you would like to enter your publication. You must attach a copy of the article, CLEARLY MARKED, as the article to be considered. Include student names on material.

Yearbooks - Please indicate on a separate sheet of paper attached to your entry form, the page(s) you are entering for special category judging.

 Best poem (one entry)
 Best story (one entry) (non-school related)
 Best investigative reporting (one entry) (school related)
 Best cover or first page
 Best sports coverage
 Best editorial (one entry)
 Best cartoon (one entry) (include name of cartoonist)
 Best news photograph (may be sports)
 Best photography (overall, not single photo)
 Best service to community submit short essay with explanation)
 Best theme (Yearbook)
 Best use of color (Yearbook or Magazine)
 Best division pages (Yearbook)
 Best Art (one entry) (individual drawing)
 Best overall art

(Recommendations on altering this contest publication)
1) Change the title. "Seton Hill University New Media Journalism Contest"
2) Omit "Note: Each publication type requires a separate Entry Form and fee."
3) Narrow the type of institutions to "Senor High School (9-12) or (10-12)
4) Omit "Enrollment" category
5) Omit "Frequency of Publication"
6) Omit "Method of Printing"
7) Omit "Printing Facility"
8) Omit "Publication Type"
9) Omit Does your school have a yearbook? Yes  No
10) Omit Does your school have any magazines? Yes  No
11) Omit Does your school have a newspaper? Yes  No
12) Omit "Total number on staff:"
13) Omit "Change of Editors (not staff)"
14) Omit "Who selects the staff?"
15) Omit "Number of copies printed"
16) Omit "BUDGET ANALYSIS" category
17) Remove YEARBOOK (SUGGESTED DEADLINE JULY 1)
MAGAZINE (SUGGESTED DEADLINE JULY 1)
NEWSPAPER (SUGGESTED DEADLINE DECEMBER 20)

 ENTRY FEE.$50

 AND YEARBOOK RETURN......$11
 AND EARLY REVIEW FOR YEARBOOK or MAGAZINE....$14
• (Early review returned by 9/15 if publication and fee is sent by 7/1)

PUBLICATION:  Enclosed  Arriving date____________
ENTRY FEE:  Enclosed  Arriving date____________

 Return yearbook (see fee).
 Early Review yearbook or magazine (see fee).

Make check payable to and mail publication and check together to:
ASPA CONTEST/REVIEW
PO BOX 564400
COLLEGE POINT, NY 11356-4400

Email: plassr@asan.com or plassr@netzero.com
18) Remove "IMPORTANT

SCHOOL NEWSPAPERS
Send ONE copy of each of your TWO best publications this academic year or current staff. If the current staff is similar to last semester, issues from last Spring may be sent.

SCHOOL MAGAZINES
Send ONE copy of each issue you published this academic year.

SCHOOL YEARBOOKS
Send ONE copy of your publication. Send by ordinary mail from your local Post Office. Do not use a private carrier."
19) On the contact information remove "advisors name" "editors name" "publication's phone number" "contact person" "good until" "Staff/Advisor's Statement"
20) Remove "Pre Press Preparation" category
21) Remove "Special Category Awards"

New and Revised Form

SETON HILL UNIVERSITY NEW MEDIA JOURNALISM CONTEST ENTRY FORM


Please print or type

SCHOOL____________________________

STREET ADDRESS____________________________

CITY______________ STATE (PROVINCE) _________ ZIP___________


JUDGING CLASSIFICATION

1. Type of Institution
 Senior High School (9-12) or (10-12)

2. Is there a journalism class in the school? Yes  No
If yes, must the staff be in that class? Yes  No

3.What year did this publication begin? __________

CONTACT INFORMATION

Name ___________________________________

Contact Phone Number (_____)_________________

E-MAIL address ______________@_____

Street Address___________________________________
City__________________________ State___________ Zip________
Deadline November 26th 2007

October 25, 2007

I Choose A & B! EL227 Ch. 5 & 6

If the answer is "both", the study then comes to opposite conclusions. Ex: Having a dollar in your pocket is good (you can buy something the equivelent of a buck), or, having a dollar in your pocket is bad ( it only means that you have no money). It all trickles down to what the person observing the survey wants to know "good" or "bad" things. There are positive and negative conclusions to every experiment, yes, drinking o.j. good for you, but Dr. Barrick reported that drinking o.j. every morning for breakfast is linked to hair loss. Look no further, both sets of data are correct. "News stories often don't probe deeply enough, so they don't show how the data are amenable not only to one "obvious" reading but also to a second reading.
Ch. 6 The Gertrude Stein System Approach of Contradictory Surveys
"Newspapers often fail to provide readers with the questions, because pollsters do not share them with reporters." Is there a conflict of interest between these two groups? Wording a question tendentiously produces the answer designed by the sponsoring organization. "Teenagers as Targets", interesting survey. I choose this survey because it was different from the others, it was not based on opinions, but of experiences. The poll was conducted to determine how many youths experienced gun violence, commisioned by a group campaigning to prevent firearm injuries. Kids in schools were polled, not the principals of those institutions, should they have been? (they did not experience the violence). The kids polled had to read no less than 12 items about violence, and 8 others referring specifically to guns or other weapons, they were not educated in any other way. The kids were "especially prone to tell the adult surveyors what they wanted to hear", due to that fact alone, I do not feel that the survey should have ben disclosed to the public, imagine the fear instilled in the parents of those children, eager to rip them out of public schools, let alone the anger they have suffered because of gun violence. The survey should have focused on the faculty, not the children. Children are unpredictable and not mature enough to give logical answers or explanations.

October 24, 2007

EL227: The Official Meeting of President Boyle

I had learned alot this afternoon. I am still wiping the sweat off my brow. That was an exciting moment in my life. I now realize how hard it is to work up the courage to ask important, high brow people questions. I am glad that I spoke up and asked President Boyle what I had, off the top of my head. Anxiety rushed through my veins as my heart began to beat abnormally, I raised my hand in anticipation of asking a question I had hoped Boyle would not find obnoxious. Boyle is a powerful woman! I anticipate more activities like this in the future. I feel that it better prepares you for what's out in the world. Real life! And yes, I would love to have a radio station at Seton Hill University. I would spend every waking moment at the station. I vote "Yes"

October 22, 2007

Amsterdam in the 17th Century: Ch. 9 EL200

Amsterdam has always fascinated me, so when I read this section I was enthralled. "The oldest surviving newspaper in English was printed in Amsterdam. The Duthch began to specialize during this period. Amsterdam began transforming itself into one of the most cosmopolotian cities in Europe. Amsterdam's merchants required news of their expanding community. Europe was in a time of transformation with the news, Amsterdambecame the center of that.

October 21, 2007

When News Transforms from Reality to the Strange; EL200 Stephens Ch. 7&8

Several things stuck out to me as I read the following chapters, "If you bore me, you die" (excellent) Why isn't the news still this way? If it were like that now, most journalists would be hung upside down while a vat of boiling acid laid below them. Sensationalism, the practice of making stories that are so non-believable seem apparently true, who is going to investigate most of the obscure filth the tabloids publish? A two headed baby robs a bank with nunchacks. (Go ahead investigate that, prove it not true, you would just be waisting your time). "Over the centuries many lournalists and a few blue-nosed censors have struggled to excercise bloody and obscene stories like ones from the news" Journalists have gone out of their way to exaggerate the mess of certain situations. p.(111) Talks about Elvis sightings in the 80s, although he had passed away in 1977, supposedly. There were more Elvis sightings during that decade than when he was still alive. That was sensationalism at its best. He is still occassionally spotted in the twenty first century, but not as much.
In chapter 8, the section entitled "The Unexpected" was interesting. The quote "journalists are often attacked for seeing life dramatically, episodically" instead of seeing it "steadily and whole". Journalists sometimes use emotional appeal to get their readers interested, instead of using the truth, the whole facts. "Journalists see external reality as a set of disperate and independent events", journalists see the world as a story ready to happen, wherever and whenever. Internal reality is boring and to stable. At times, attempting to be serious to the reader is harder than planting a joke on them in print.

IANS Ch. 2 - 4 EL227 How Media Changes The Minds of the Matter

Ch.2 Much Ado About Nothing
Sometimes small findings are more significant than major "newsworthy" items. Why does the news always place the smaller news bits in the local section, usually below a weight loss advertisement? On the other hand, if a stroy is researched and observed by publicity agents and leakers, it then brings attention to journalists who then fit the topic into making sense out of the world. At times journalists shoot for excitement rather than at the truth, regardless of scientific proof, they put a story into a newspaper with the feeling that it is more of a moundhill than anthill. In the absence of importance, the reader should decide for themselves whether something journalists depict as a mountain is only a small pile of dirt. I believe that there is a conflict between journalists, readers and scientists. Journalists and readers want fast, short sentence stories that sum up the truth, be it or not. Scientists require research and data to conclude a theory. This makes it hard to achieve a balance of the news or yet the truth.

Ch. 3 Bait and Switch
Ahh! Finally, I get to speak about an issue that has dug at my nerves for years, domestic disputes, rape and child abduction. It seems that men are always the center of attention, being the perpetrators to those crimes. Where does the woman fit in? Are they ever at fault? As a man I feel that I am always the victim, regardless of the situations: If I were to go to a party and meet a girl, and we both engaged in drinking and festivities all evening,and she pulls out a controlled substance and becomes violent after using, the two of us get into an altercation, she hits me and i defend myself by holding her down, I'm the one who gets arrested and not her. The fairness of our laws protecting both genders is very untrustworthy. (P. 40) "They found that assaults by women upon men were more common the latter. They also found that assaults by men upon women decreased between the first and second surveys. Even though methodlogical differences between the two surveys,"should have led to higher not lower, rates of reported violence, (Straus&Gelles) "How many instead of" what different kinds",newspaper stories attempt to sell us.
Ch.4 The Perils of Proxies
The "wrong thing" is measured by researchers, because the "right thing" is a changing concept that is hard to become precise. How much information is related back to the public that is false? I feel that surveys and polls continue to complicate society. (i.e. presidential and humanity surveys and polls)due to the population not cooperating. I would feel that you need the entire population to colaborate,not just the percentage.

October 18, 2007

It Ain't Necessarily SO EL227: Ch. 1 & Intro.

Is it that we are fooled by the media or we , consumers, fool the media by asking for more, demanding more out of the news? By misleading information or to much information, do we really benefit from this? and if so how? I feel that the media obtains too much information in an attempt to present the information scientifically, but presents it to their audience in a word or time constraint. Therefore we, the consumer, do not recieve the information as we would like, accurately, facts based on science and mathematic statistics are then valuable when presented to the public. Ex. Cancer rates are higher in neighborhoods within a 5 mile radius of a 7-11 convience store. There are no details or any other stats or even who this pertained to. Are we, the consumers of news, okay with the information we recieve, or do we want to know the details based on claritiy and certainity? "How can we as citizens judge responsiblilty when we are so dependent upon the fidelity of transmission from the laboratory or government agency to our morning headlines?" (8) Research must cross through many barriers on the way to the morning headlines. Advocacy groups shape and prune results, government agencies put political pressure on the interpertations, and journalists bring their professional interests but limited scientific capacities. The pen is mightier than the sword! "Published news in the newspaper is still regarded as more authoritative and is therefore more commonly cited by policy figures than are broadcst news accounts or even television science specials." (11)

Chapter 1.
If a story is covered, it is newsworthy. Is it? If a tree falls in the woods and we do not see it, does it exist? A question that relates to the news, published or not. News is what appears in the newspapers. "It is useful to be aware of the news that is not there. Even the best newspaper could not offer anything like an accurate reproduction and distillation of reality. Reporters are human and prone to error, due to the news not being an objective reality." (32) What I liked best about chapter1 was the quote "Reality can't be reproduced in a half hour news cast. The news is a result of subjective decisions" What I interpertated this to mean was, if a news report were to print or cast everything that is newsworthy, the news would be 24 hours a day, non-stop. News that is not there presents a problem that isn't always soluable. Tuning into several different newspapers, all from different sources can alleviate the complex situation. Therefore, WHEN a tree falls in the woods, it does exist!

October 17, 2007

Making the News a Little Brighter: EL227 Portfolio 1

Part 1. Googling a No Name
Part 2. Blogs Supported Statements
Part 2A. Class Agendas
Part 2B. Interaction With My Peers
Part 2C. In Depth Writing
Part 2D. A Good Comment

October 16, 2007

A Good Comment Left on a Blog

I'm Sorry........ By Vanessa Kolberg. I chose to leave a short response to her blog due the inability of the title to meet the body of the article.

The Dreams of Fudgecicles and Marshmellow Balloons

The desire to become a journalist has been a flame that continues to re-ignite itself. As I continue to grow with the journalism department at Seton Hill College, I have more of a desire to become a reporter/writer.
Journalism has gone to new heights with its incredible ability to get a story out on time, and still make sense. Journalist get this done by doing whatever it takes to get a story, they have done everything from having bullets whiz pass them in a heated battle between a gunmen and the police to hanging off of bridges to get a shot of a jumper. Journalism seems to be an adventerous job, but are there journalists who sit and wait to get a story? Of course, there are plenty of jobs where a reporter is ducking bullets, but a reporter who sits and waits may get a better stroy out. They have the time and are not constrained by competition.
Newspapers, magazines, and television outlets are all aspects of the media where different forms of reporting are necessary toget the readers attention. Certainly a writer for Cosmopoliton would have no interest in the Gulf War as a newspaper would. A magazine is able to cover more and go into great detail with their stories. Television is somewhat restricted. This is due to the opinions of the station. If a station is mainly right-winged, then the stories would support things such as George Bush, Christian views, and the support of the war. On the contrary side, if a station is more liberal, the stories would less likely support George Bush, the war, but support ant-war protestors.
The journalism program at SHU has taught me several things regarding. First, be acurate. Be honest, and be prompt. When writing an article be organized. Go beyond the ordinary, stick out. Be intelligent and disciplined, do not use buzz words, write for the masses and not yourself.
Interviewing skills: find several people to interview, make sure the information they have given you is real, not phony. Make sure the names they give you are real, not phony (ie, Al Goholic, Seymore Butts, and Richard Cranium). Interview in person, not the iternet, the phone will work as well. Do background research on the topic before interviewing, if time permits.
Be humble. Letting the ego take control of onself can be a dangerous thing. The first article that is written may recieve an array of compliments from professionals and amatuers alike, accept it and move on. I have written four published articles thus far, I recently recieved recognition from the National Union of Journalists(UK). My first response was to scream, instead, I looked at it several times to make sure that it was not a response to someone elses article, I then embraced it and moved on. My first real response away from the college.
The life of a journalist is never ending. The stories are real and happening constantly, from all over. I take my job serious and have remained dedicated to what I have strived for my entire life.
I hope this blog has given my readers insight into the real beginnings of a journalists life.

Comments Left on Others for EL227

Why Oh Why Do We Do These Things by Jara White. Jara had written a blog entry contrasting newsstories. The first story is about three teenage girls, the second deals with a "black" teen. Which article would recieve more attention?

"Covering crime and its victims requires perspective, persistence and patience." by Chelsea Olive. Chelsea had written an entry pertaining to rape and how it is reported by the media. Does the media always need someone to blame?

Somethin' about a catchy hook, look! Take 2 by Corey Struss. Corey wrote an entry pertaining to using verbs in order for the lead to be active.

Married at Age 8? or Cute Kitten? by Tiffany Gilbert. Tiffany blogged on newsworthiness. What it MUST entail in order to be important, or does it need to subject itself to a specific audience?

Titles of Important Newswriting EL227

Happy Accidents. That was a title to describe how accidents are reported, important information is with held, and usually the victims names are not disclosed.
...and in the lead is Jeremy the magnificiant! The title is significant to what I had written. I wrote about the lead, how the writer must put it within the first few sentences or the lead is lost.

October 15, 2007

The Blog's Supported Statements. EL227

-Television/ Newspaper Comparison: Headline News for the local Tribune Review is not the same as the headlines for The 10pm Fox 53 news. Television news' first five minutes dealt with local news, occassionally a breaking news report would pop in. Newspaper; The War in Iraq!!!!! The two had obvious differences.
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- Workbooks 2 & 4; Grammar exercises, punctuation errors, action, passive, linking verbs, and journalism terms.
Example 1: dateline
Checkbox off A part of a news story that identifies who wrote the story.
Checkbox on
The part of the news story that reports identifies where the story was written.
Checkbox off The part of a news story that identifies when the story was written.
Checkbox off The part of a news story that identifies when the story will be replaced with a fresher version.
Example 2: I closed, I close, I will close. (Active.)
I was closed, I am closed, I will be closed. (Passive.)

Describe the main verb voice in each of the following sentences.

I will have been loved.

Passive
Linking
Active

Explanation: Verb: "will have been loved"

Subject: I

Subject performing the action? No.

The verb is passive.
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-Article Writing: I had written an external story on homecoming, how it affects the residents of the Greensburg community, commuters of Seton Hill University, or not. I had 3 valuable sources, an outstanding lead, a well written nut graf, and a conclusion that wrapped the story up in a few short sentences.
Ex. of a lead: The Greensburg area has been home to Seton Hill college (SHU) for decades.

Homecoming, a regular tradition of SHU fell on October 5, 6, and 7th. Are Greensburg

residents and commuters of SHU shut out from the festivities? Affecting only students,

parents, faculty, and alumni of the university.

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Covering Crime article; cover crime and disecting random articles was made enjoyable. This is one field of journalism I would like to get into. I chose two articles, one from another country and the other from the United States. The Deleware State shooting differed from the man in Spain who stabbed his wife. Each judicial system is different, the reporting is somewhat the same. The American story, the shooter was not found as of yet, also our process is innocent until proven guilty. Spain, the man was thrown in jail, guilty or not, awaiting trial.
Ex.1: The Delaware shooting, police identified a suspect as “persons of interest” were

questioned.

Ex 2: The story from Spain, the man who had stabbed his wife was taken to the

Fontcalent prison in Alicante to await trial.

Work Books 2 & 4: Verbage, Grammer, and Journalism Terms

-Work Book 2 consisted of random multiple choice questions relating to grammer, punctuation, and journalism terms. Ex. Good news stories follow events in strictly chronological order.
True

False

Explanation: Right! Every story should have a news hook, which is tied to a recent event, but you should present the most important details first, continue with less important details and background, and sputter out with optional details.
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Work Book 4 consisted of action, passive, and linking verbs. Ex. of: Passive voice means the subject of the sentence is not performing the action - something else is.

I closed, I close, I will close. (Active.)
I was closed, I am closed, I will be closed. (Passive.)

Describe the main verb voice in each of the following sentences.

I will have been loved.

Passive
Linking
Active

Explanation: Verb: "will have been loved"

Subject: I

Subject performing the action? No.

The verb is passive.

October 14, 2007

Articles of True Crime

I chose to pick the two articles pertaining to the incident at Delaware State and a

crime story from Spain.

The first story happened on Friday morning as a gunman shot two students who

were seriously wounded. The next story took place in Spain, a 58 year old man stabbed

his ex-wife.

The Delaware shooting, police identified a suspect as “persons of interest” were

questioned.

The story from Spain, the man who had stabbed his wife was taken to the

Fontcalent prison in Alicante to await trial.

According to the layout of the judicial system, the two stories I chose only made it

to the entrance. Reported and observed crime, the two articles made it into print, so the

crimes were obviously observed. The Delaware story there is an investigation that is

ongoing. The story from Spain, the man accused is awaiting trial. An arrest has been

made in connection with the stabbing. The “persons of interest” were not arrested but

questioned.

The reason I chose the two stories were to contrast each other. The story from

Spain is international with a different judicial system. The report was not estranged from

the report from the states. The two were similar. The only thing that stuck out for me was

the man who stabbed was already guilty and not innocent until proven. Whereas the

“persons of interest” was innocent until proven guilty. They or he/she was questioned,

that was all. The man who stabbed his wife claimed that he did not kill his ex-wife, but

yet he was taken to jail to await trial.

Homecoming Sweet Home

Home sweet Homecoming


Greensburg, 35 miles east of Pittsburgh, has been home to Seton Hill University

(SHU) for decades. Homecoming, a Fall tradition of SHU fell on October 5, 6, and 7th

2007. Are residents of the Greensburg area and commuters of SHU shunned from the

festivities of the university? Some say that homecoming affects only students, parents,

faculty, and alumni of the university.

Does homecoming affect students of SHU moreso than commuters and residents

Greensburg? Students who remain on campus, those who do not have vehicles, tend to do

more campus related activities, such as homecoming. While commuters participate in

activities off campus due to their availability of a vehicle.

“I have never attended a homecoming, they were not my style. The whole

interaction thing really never appealed to me.” Stated Cleveland Steward, a resident of

the Greensburg area and 2006 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Greensburg who

was a commuter.

SHU is a diverse college. The student makeup derives from 35 states, and 17

foreign countries. According to the SHU website, a majority of those students live on

campus with the other percentile living off campus, which does not balance out the

population. More students live on campus than commute.

SHU does offer a variety of programs to include traditional studies, graduate,

honors and adult degree programs. With those programs implemented, this brings in a

large population to the Greenburg and surrounding areas. Those students fuse with the

Greensburg population of 40,000 and the difference of whether homecoming and other

campus related activities affects them or not becomes a debate.

Homecoming is a tradition at many universities and colleges around the world. It

usually includes activities for students and alumni. Students and their parents are able to

interact with faculty and alumni, which normally does not happen on a regular basis. At

SHU, something new is brought to homecoming every year. This year SHU started the

festivities on Friday night with an Athletic Hall of Fame dinner at the McKenna Center,

followed by comedians from VH1’s Best Week Ever Comedy Performance.

Homecoming ended on Sunday with Sing and Ring, featuring the University choir,

Women’s Choral, Handbell Ensembles & Westmoreland Children’s Chorus in Cecilian

Hall.

“Homecoming was great, it was filled with students, laughter, and fun. I am glad

that I got to experience this. Homecoming lived up to my expectations.” Said Chelsea

Cooper, a freshman at SHU, who lives on campus.

The commuter behalf of SHU can feel left out sometimes from campus

interaction, especially homecoming, a time when students gather and make memories

together. A commuter may feel isolated and restricted from activities on campus. Luckily

SHU recognizes this problem where the Office of Activities and Commuter Life

organizes and develops resources for commuters to feel an attachment at SHU.

“Commuters make up an important component of the university.” (according to Jaimie

M. Steel, who works in the Activities and Commuter Life department at SHU)

“ I really did not feel as if I was invited to homecoming. I felt left out of things. I

have many friends who live on campus, but all they were willing to do were recreational

activities off the campus. Homecoming did not grab my attention, this was due to not

officially being asked to attend. I feel it is more for freshmen who live on the campus.”

Stated Erin Waite, a sophomore who commutes to SHU.

SHU is not as large as some state schools or universities in the tri-state area (Penn

State, Pittsburgh University, Indiana University, and California University of

Pennsylvania). This makes it hard for students to find things to occupy them on campus,

so many venture off campus to find entertainment and amusement. SHU is a private

institution which appeals to students who are academically disciplined; the university

offers a 16:1 student to faculty ratio and has 35 majors to choose from. The campus of

SHU does not house bars or small shops to satisfy every student’s needs. The Greensburg

area offers these amenities to college students and residents of the community. Many of

the students of SHU venture off campus regularly to identify themselves with the area.

Sherie Miller, a 2003 graduate of SHU who lived off campus during her four years

stated “I participated in homecoming every chance I had. It was a good experience that

has left me with cherished memories. I feel that you develop a better relationship with

fellow students, who come from off and on campus, plus the faculty is great. No students

are really ever invited, that is why SHU posts the event around campus and on their

website. SHU does no restrict anyone from participating. I do not understand why people

who does not attend the college would want to go to homecoming. Is it really that

important that they do not miss it?”

SHU’s homecoming can be a good time had by all, students, faculty, alumni, and

commuters. SHU accommodates students who live off and on campus by developing

activities geared specifically at the two groups. Students and faculty put a lot of hard

work and time putting homecoming together, restricting no one individual from

attending the event. Lasting memories and interaction are traits that make university

students appealed to their schools.


Television VS. The Almighty Newspaper

Differences in Media Reporting

I chose to watch the Fox 53 Ten O’clock news while I looked on at the Tribune

Review. There were several differences I noticed right off the back. One of them being

local news. The 10 O’clock news cast focused on what was happening in the area as the

top news stories of the day. The Tribune Review took national news and used it as their

top stories. Events going on around the country were obviously more important to

newspaper consumers than a ten year old boy being impaled by the handle bars of his

bicycle.

Fox news was not as detailed with their stories as they occurred one every two

minutes. The Tribune Review kept their stories short to a paragraph on the front page and

then continued on later in the pages. I felt it left the reader hanging. If the story was that

salient then the newspaper would have kept it going on that page.

Fox news had scrolling news at the bottom of the screen. The news was

broadcasted to the listeners by the anchor people while other news was scrolling at the

bottem updating constantly. I feel this is a great concept because if one lives locally they

can hear and see major local news while getting world and current events at the same

time.

The Tribune Review does not have the press time to constantly update their newspaper as

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news happens. The reader is left waiting to get their news until the next day. This may

irritate some due to them wanting to be informed as events happen, while others seem to

patiently await until the next day so they are able to wake up and be reminded just how

crazy our country really is while sipping on their morning java.

News happens fast and constantly. The need to get it onto the air seems to conflict

with how fast a newspaper gets its news out. I guess it is all what the reader prefers. I

myself chose to watch the news. I like to see what is going on in Pittsburgh as opposed

to reading about how many deaths happened in Iraq this week. Not that that is not

important, but redundancy leads to boredom.

EL227: BoozeWorthiness, the Blessing of the Saints

Ha! Ha! I knew I would grab your attention with a title like that. I want to introduce you to my class. The instructor is Dr. Jerz, sort of the Obi-Wan Kenobi of Journalism, a wise man whom teaches his young apprentices the ways of writing for the media. The media, on the other hand, can be compared to Darth Vader, an evil Sith lord who is the master of the dark side. The media are conservative dictators who attempt to use propaganda on their victims to lure them into their lair (channel or newspaper).
The class of EL227 consist of a student body of 22 eager individuals, where 3 times a week they learn the ways of the Jedi. This is learned through, in class exercises, readings, writing articles, blogging, reflections, and agenda questions.
By the way, if you were not sure what a reflective portfolio is, here is an outline of what is expected: EL227.
For now the class is off exploring the galaxy during Fall break. We will resume on Wednesday October 17,2007. I hope that I have given you the necessary information in regards to Newswriting. As for the use of Star Wars references, that is just my age and geekiness leaking out.

October 12, 2007

What I like about Newswriting & its Components

I like the fact that Dr. Jerz used the word "lampoon" during his lecture on Friday. I enjoyed having the freedom to write about anything pertaining to homecoming. I enjoyed the fact that we have class discussion where mostly everyone participates. I enjoy ripping the media apart. I enjoy the fact that I have writtern 2 published articles thus far. I enjoy the fact that today is Friday. I enjoy the fact that we, students, get a two day break. I enjoy the fact that I am babbling. I enjoy the fact that I am finished writing this blog entry.

What I like about Newswriting & its Components

I like the fact that Dr. Jerz used the word "lampoon" during his lecture on Friday. I enjoyed having the freedom to write about anything pertaining to homecoming. I enjoyed the fact that we have class discussion where mostly everyone participates. I enjoy ripping the media apart. I enjoy the fact that I have writtern 2 published articles thus far. I enjoy the fact that today is Friday. I enjoy the fact that we, students, get a two day break. I enjoy the fact that I am babbling. I enjoy the fact that I am finished writing this blog entry.

The Errs of the News

News can become distorted when the story has not used its resources acurately. The second video I viewed during class time dealt with the mocking of Wolf Blitzer, as the news scrolled on the bottom of the screen....Anna....Anna........Anna....Anna..... Blitzer kept talking, very monotone, running onto his next piece of dialogue. Is the news being mocked constantly by self proclaimed know it alls? A tough job that recieves constant critique. The first video I viewed was a newscaster reporting back news stories from Haiti. As the news was presented live, the anchor continued to fuse the stories together. A humorous look at how fast reporters tend to get the news out with no background or research involved.

October 7, 2007

Portfolio 2 EL 200: We Have Lift Off

Part 1
Lab Report
Part 2
Blogging Reflection
Blogging Reflection
Blogging Reflection
Blogging Reflection
Part 3
Action Items
Action Items
Action Items
Action Items

Journalism Contest: Updates

By the next portfolio, I want to have the action letter sent out. I will accompolish this by getting together with my group, writing the submission letter, obtaining envelopes and stamps, mailing them out.

EL 200 Portfolio 2: We have lift off

Part 1 : Lab Report
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JeremyBarrick/2007/10/lab_report_el200_the_language.html

Part 2: Blogging Reflection
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JeremyBarrick/2007/10/el_200_chapter_4_the_first_sto.html
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/KaylaSawyer/2007/09/stephens-chapte.html
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JeremyBarrick/2007/10/el_200_ch_5_the_thought_stream.html
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JeremyBarrick/2007/10/stephens_el_200_ch_6_7.html
Part 3: Action Item
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JeremyBarrick/2007/10/el_200_information_is_the_key.html
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JeremyBarrick/2007/10/el_200_journalism_contest_rule.html#comments
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JeremyBarrick/2007/10/addresses_for_journalisn_conte.html#comments
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JeremyBarrick/2007/10/journalism_contest_updates.html

EL 200 Portfolio 2: We have lift off

Part 1 : Lab Report
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JeremyBarrick/2007/10/lab_report_el200_the_language.html

Part 2: Blogging Reflection
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JeremyBarrick/2007/10/el_200_chapter_4_the_first_sto.html
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/KaylaSawyer/2007/09/stephens-chapte.html
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JeremyBarrick/2007/10/el_200_ch_5_the_thought_stream.html
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JeremyBarrick/2007/10/stephens_el_200_ch_6_7.html
Part 3: Action Item
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JeremyBarrick/2007/10/el_200_information_is_the_key.html
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JeremyBarrick/2007/10/el_200_journalism_contest_rule.html#comments
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JeremyBarrick/2007/10/addresses_for_journalisn_conte.html#comments
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/JeremyBarrick/2007/10/journalism_contest_updates.html

Stephens: EL 200 Ch. 6& 7

Ch. 6: "The printing press did not protect the news from the falsehoods of either deceptive or deceived printers."
The news was printed was deceived and ebellished. I guess no proof reading was required. The news needed to be printed and had to get out quickly. Why were there no restrictions on the news when it happened in a time where history was actually taking place and states were ruled by disclipline and restriction? Modern day society is more leanient but more restrictive on news.
Ch. 7: I enjoyed reading about the begining of the obituary, p. 93. " The most newsworthy event in many lives is, alas, their end. Before the advent of the formal newspaper obituary, epitaphs in prose or verse were the most common form of printed personal news"
Nobody knows or gives a damn who you were until your dead! I completely agree with that. You are a nobody until the end. Information is given about you, what you accompolished in a lifetime, clubs or organizations you belonged to, and so on. This is our 15 minutes of fame we each recieve in a lifetme. Wow! How true.

EL 200: CH 5 The Thought Stream of the Group Mind

The word of mouth during Roman times gave people their news by talking to them, listners would then tell other people around town, this led to misunderstandings, forggetfulness as each person transported the news. Imagine if that was how news was realted to us. Events would get distorted and embellished in the process. Take for example the Sago Mine disaster, the first set of headlines read that allseven were still alive, this came from an unreliable source. Where they down there with them? It made the families and friends have hope until the dreaded reality set in, they all died except for one man. What a set back. This is how news gets lost. One person who wants to talk to news reporters and does not know all that is going on is not always the best source of information, maybe misinformation. Soon after, the Roman Empire began to use groups to spread the news. This made it more effecient. That is why and how the empire had lasted so long, half a millennium. More roads and waterways to connect to others made communication easier as well. What an interesting group of people, to learn from the Greeks and build an empire that would dominate over others. News spread quicly through Europe and Asia due to Greek and Roman influences.

EL 200: Chapter 4 The First Story That Comes to Hand

"The ability to speak is part of our genetic inheritance; the ability to write is not" I find this quote to be very acurate. When we are born, we learn to speak slowly by babbling then to learning a few words, then to speaking coherently. We are never able to write until learned through experience. Writing is a challenge for even seasoned veterans. The process takes time and training, that takes years to become really good at. I never thought it possible to write academically until taking several courses at Seton Hill University, which made me the writer that I am today. writing dates back to 3100 BC when the system was on clay tablets and the words were depicted by using symbols. The history of writing is interesting, it derives from a time when people were just starting to build civilizations and establish themselves in communities, now writing has gone to great lengths to include the internet, blogs, text messages, e-mail, Facebook, and My space, as well as other communication methods. Technology has changed the face of history to accomodate everyone on the uses of communication.

Lab Report EL200: The language of the yeti

Jeremy Barrick, a sophomore at Seton Hill University (SHU) has not yet written the great American novel or won the Noble Peace prize, instead, he has written two articles for the Setonian thus far and continues to write more in the future. Barrick has plans to do some photography for the next issue of the Setonian and also distribute the paper as well.
"This semester started off with a bang! I have been contributing to the Setonian alot this year. I have hopes of becoming one of the staff members and trying new jobs out with the newspaper. I do not wish to sit back and watch others do my job for me" stated Barrick
Barrick and other classmates of EL200 are getting much covered in the way of the school newspape, such as voicing what duties need done to get the Setonian published, positive and negative feedback, readings, and other contributions that will discipline the class to make the newspaper run smoother.
Kayla Sawyer, a junior at SHU said " I feel that Jeremy is contributing on a regular basis, not as much as some, but with a full time job and school full time, he has been doing well"
The Setonian will be having its third issue in pre-production coming up. October's issue should be filled with ghosts and goblins, Fall break, and other agenda items. Barrick and his prior experience of photgraphy, will take a shot at it during production on the next issue. He will also get his hands into distribution and copy editing, and coming up with titles to the articles.
"I have read both of Barrick's articles and feel that he is really good. Jeremy has great strengths and is able to organize himself efficiently. I can not wait to read more of his stuff in the future" stated Erin Waite, a sophomore at SHU.
The staff of the Setonian may be dwindeling and burned out, but they do such agreat job, they deserve to be recognized and appreciated more by students lending a hand at the office. A work force that is appreciated brings more effecient production values.
Barrick is planning a future in writing. Someday he hopes to write for a major magazine (ie, Rolling Stone, Bizzare, Tattoo, or Sports Illustrated). Good luck to Barrick and all his endevours in his journey to accompolish his goal.

October 4, 2007

EL 200 Journalism Contest Rules/Guidelines

Word count: 350-400
Submission date: ?
Topic: Leave to the teacher's discretion
Grades:10-12
Style: AP
How many submissions from each institution: 5
Award: The student gets their article printed in the Setonian/ T-shirt/ Helps out a day, for credit, at the Setonian office.
Each school recieves an SHU admissions guide and a pamphlet, explaining the journalism major.
Anybody adding to this would be of great help.

October 2, 2007

EL 200 Information is the Key

http://www.setonhill.edu/o/index.cfm?PID=1
We may want top put information about SHU and the Journalism department in the contest letters, so the faculty realizes we are serious and students of those high schools may want information about post high schools. Do not know, just coming up with random ideas.

October 1, 2007

Addresses for journalism contest

Jeannette Senior High School
Public school · Grades 9-12 · 438 students
200 Florida Avenue, Jeannette, PA 15644
(724) 523-5591

Greater Latrobe Sr. High School
131 High School Drive
Latrobe, Pa
15650
(724) 539-4225

Hempfield Area High School
4345 Route 136, Greensburg, Pa 15601
Phone: (724) 834-9000

Greensburg Salem High School
1 Academy Hill Place
Greensburg, Pa
15601
(724) 832-2901

Greensburg Central Catholic High School
911 Armory Drive • Greensburg, PA 15601
(724) 834-0310

Mount Pleasant Area School District
271 State Street
Mt. Pleasant, PA 15666
(724) 547-4100

Belle Vernon Area High School
425 Crest Avenue
Belle Vernon, Pa
15012
(724) 929-9800

Penn-Trafford High School
3381 Route 130
Harrison City, PA 15636