September 2009 Archives
- I was surprised that there was only one story on the cover. Because I don't speak the language, I have no idea of knowing if it was just a really important story or if they had nothing else that was worthy of front-page news. I have a feeling the latter is less likely.
- I loved the color on the page, and the cut-out of the woman. However, I feel like it gives a very "featurey" feel, and I'm not sure it's appropriate for a front page. The cutout is great, but maybe taking away the color would've made the tone a little more serious.
- Why is there an Ad on the front page of this newspaper? I thought it was a little unprofessional? Usually Ads don't appear until later in the issue, when space is more available. I find it really hard to believe that the editors couldn't find another story to fill that space? Or, couldn't they have just increased the size of the directory's font? It seemed really squished to me.
- There's not a lot of text, but it seems to work for this publication. The phrase "a picture's worth a thousand words" really comes to mind here. I don't think words could capture the excitement of this team quite like the photo does.
- I really didn't like the smaller font above the larger headline. It kinda confused me. I'm used to the headline being large, and the sub-head being slightly smaller. It threw me off
- This publication had a very nice variety of fonts, and surprisingly they seemed to work well together; they really didn't draw away from the publication itself.
- There wasn't much of a directory on this publication, but I guess that's not always a necessity.
- I thought this publication was extremely busy. The different fonts (especially the different colors of the fonts) was really distracting. I don't think it really helped hold together this publication. If anything, it separated it into chunks.
- I really liked the semi-cutout of the whale. it gave the paper a nice illustration that seems to jump out of the page, which parallels the whale jumping out of the water.
- I really didn't like the cutout of the football player. Actually, it wasn't the cutout I didn't like--it was the fact that it covered part of the title of the publication. If the layout people had just made the football player a little smaller, they could've used his head as the "o" in "today," and I think that would've looked so much better.
- I really liked how this publication divided up its stories with lines and such.
- Again with the advertisement on the front page? Really? That's the perfect size for a directory, don't you think? I really feel like the Ad takes away from the rest of the page.
- The publication does a great job of pairing every front-page story with either an image or a picture. Visuals always help to draw in readers.
- Like the Hawaii pub., this one has great cutouts that take up half the title of the newspaper. Now, I get that most readers already know the title of the paper, but I just feel like these huge cutouts really draw away from the paper. They're very distracting.
- I really don't understand why so many publications have ads at the very bottom of their newspapers. I just feel like there are much more important things to be said on the front page than an ad for a wound center. However, I'm forgetting that a front-page ad probably costs an arm and a leg, so it's a great source of income for newspapers
- The center image on the page is great. It really draws people in, and the image really says a lot. Personally, one of the first things I saw was the guy in the background sitting in the kayak without shoes on. It made me think, "Hmm, I wonder why..." and want to read the article.
- Even though I didn't like the cutouts at the top of the page, they do serve as excellent teasers for the sports sections.
- You can clearly see what matters to this paper--sports. And more sports. But, then again, the main picture again says a lot. I really liked the white text on the photo too, because it really popped on the page.
- Like the Border Mail, this publication reminded me more of a magazine than a newspaper, but I'm not saying that's a bad thing.
- I really liked that the directory on this front page served as a divider between two stories. Without that, it would've been harder to tell which story the photo belonged to without reading at least one of the articles.
- The sports action photos at the top of the page are excellent teasers. They also showcase the talent that this newspaper has.
- I thought the random change in one of the headline's fonts (lower left story) was a little strange. It doesn't really fit with the theme of the rest of the front page, and I don't understand why this was done
- I'm not sure if anyone else noticed this, but the image of the family standing in front of the artwork is a photograph something that's in the larger photo. I really liked that. It really gave a sense of unity to the story, and illustrated that someone actually lives in the beautiful home--it's not just a decoration.
- I don't understand how someone's home could be front-page news, but I also didn't take the time to squint to try to read the article either. Surely there's something else going on that might be more important than their house. This feels more like a feature than a news piece.
- This front page really doesn't say all that much. I guess that can be good or bad. It's about sports, obviously, but it doesn't go into a ton of detail. This could be a very effective lead.
- The white text really jumps out of the image too. Very effective
- Again with the tiny headlines followed by a huge sub-head. I just don't get it...And, these headlines really don't say much about the article itself. It isn't until the article that we understand that the kids were excited about a concert with Akon.
- I really liked the main photo, though. It's a great candid, and it really illustrated how excited the people at the concert really were.
- On a side note, I really enjoyed reading the 2-minute times. They were kinda random, but interesting all the same.
- I like that this front page is divided into a lot of boxes. The stories themselves are boxed in, and it helps to keep readers from becoming confused while reading.
- Photoshop at its best! I loved that they were able to plaster Obama's face behind a surgeon's mask. It really sends across a strong message.
- They also pulled the seafoam green of the surgeon robes and put it in part of the headline. I really liked that--it takes me back to my days on my yearbook staff, but that's another story.
- The statistics next to the article are a great addition to this front page. It gives readers something to look at other than a ton of text.
- Out of all the front pages, I think this one is the best. Even though it too has a "featurey" feel, it's very effective. The visuals are great, and there are still other stories covered on the front page, but Obama's healthcare plan is clearly the most important part.
- Even though reforestation is a major issue all over the world,b choosing to focus on one particular forest, as well as a smaller group of individuals affected by the layoffs, the author of this spot news article helps readers to identify with the problems.
- The author chooses a large state park to focus on not only because it will be well-known, but because it will have more drastic budget cuts than a smaller park probably would.
- She gives good ratios in her article: Gardeners who once tended to a dozen acres now are responsible for about 40, after hiring freezes have reduced their workforce in recent years. Many park construction projects have slowed or come to a halt.
- However, at the close of her article, she has a more general quote, to remind readers that this is not the only place where parks and people are being affected by the economy: "Who hasn't said parks are the lungs of the city? Who in San Francisco doesn't appreciate that?" he said. "The parks will survive."
- Ethanol fuel isn't a new idea, but by focusing on a specific field which utilizes the fuel, the author forces readers to acknowledge how much it really helps our environment.
- Gives an example on how much of a difference the ethanol fuel really does make:IndyCar uses 20,000 fewer gallons of fuel and emits only trace amounts of carbon monoxide.
- This article does not seem as focused on one spot as the other article--the author goes off into a tangent about other racing programs, such as NASCAR.
- This article tries to focus on what one specific racer did to help the environment, which makes the piece better as a whole, because it allows readers to get a more in depth look at the results.
a harmony of polar opposites,
with gorgeous mixed-up places in between,
where inspiration steams up from a rich
Sargasso stew that's odd and flawed and full
of gems and worn-out boots and sunken ships--
- High school flashback? -"The Necklace" In this entry, I focused on the details of the piece as a whole. The author did a great job with sensory details, and I decided to praise his efforts.
- Writing About Literature: Preliminary In this entry, I touch on several subjects rather than focusing only on one aspect of this chapter--it was a long chapter, so I decided to make sure I wrote a long response to all of the information, because a lot of it was useful.
- Luck or Destiny? I argue in this entry that maybe the main character wasn't luck, maybe it's destiny. I question whether different military figures would still be remembered had their "luck" been different.
- War. I connected the piece by Hardy to a previous piece read in class by Twain, and I went off into a tangent about supporting our troops. Oops.
- It takes a lot of paragraphs to make a book...Roberts CH 2 I disagree with Roberts in this blog entry, but also comment on his strengths in this chapter.
- To kill a Canary... I question whether Mrs. Wright is guilty in this entry, explaining that the author of the story leaves a lot of questions unanswered in this one-act play.
- Fiction=TrueLife? Roberts, CH 3 In this entry, I disagree with Rogers when he says that all fictional characters are like people in real life.
- You've only got 100 years to live In this entry, I not only analyzed the poem "On Turning Ten," but I also explained how it made me feel emotionally, and I linked to a classmate's blog.
- Times goes by so slowly Again with the sensory details. I really emphasize their importance in "Owl Creek." I explain that the details really helped me to visualize the character's last moments alive--this was a high topic of dispute in class; not everyone appreciated the details like I did.
- Reality is just a point of view away I identify a book I read for my own leisure in this entry and connect it to the assigned reading about points of view.
- Another surprise ending, Oh my! This was just a basic reaction to "The Strangers" by Hardy. I explained that the ending surprised me and I also talked about the start of the story and how its details were *really* boring. But, I later explained that the story made up for itself when it introduced dialogue into the story.
- Two lines can change everything In order to analyze the sonnet by Shakespeare, I looked on some of my peer's blogs before reading the poem. I mentioned this in my blog and basically just discussed what symbolism I found in the poem.
- Structure, My dear Watson, Structure...is key Again, I bring up the Time Traveler's wife in this entry, and apply it to what I read in Roberts. I explain that I never really thought about structure before reading this chapter and what I learned from it.
- Dying is an art In this entry, I discussed Plath, and the fact that I didn't understand with her, but agreed with some of the stuff she said in her poem "Lady Lazarus." Note: I'm not suicidal.
- Aja's All Tied up--I disagreed with Aja. Her blog entry had 9 comments total about our discussion.
- You've only got 100 years to live-The Link Gracious. I linked to Jess Orlowski's blog in my blog
- Two lines can change everything-The LInk Gracious. In this blog, I linked to both Jess and Aja's blogs
- Aja's Captain Jack Sparrow--the comment informative. I answered her question in this blog
- Aja's The Necklace--The Comment Primo--I started a heated discussion in this blog entry
- Jess O's Close Reading or Closed Mindedness--The Comment Primo. Again, I sparked a large discussion on Jess's blog in this one.
- Leads lead to information
- Broadcast didn't kill newspapers
- We don't Normally cover suicides, but we'll make an exception
- Ooooo Bright Shiny Thing!!!
- Bleeding Leads to Major Turn-offs
- Broadcast Journalism = A joke? Affirmative.
- Prone to Visual Aid
- Rules are Meant to be Broken
- Yet Another Lesson on English vs. Journalism
- Newsworthiness Round 2
- Personality Profile or Program Profile?
- "Mrs. Byrne"
- Anecdotes save the day!
- Wordiness is a Curse
- I was born to be a journalist
- Even when it's a review...
- Crunch Time Blues
- Crash and Burn
- We don't normally cover suicides...
- Bleeding leads to major turn-offs
- Prone to Visual Aid
- Yet Another Lesson on English vs. Journalism--in this blog entry, I not only blogged about a new topic, but also linked back to a blog about the same subject that I posted back in spring 09
- "Mrs. Byrne"
- Anecdotes save the day
- I was born to be a journalist--this is probably the most in-depth blog entry I have this far in class.
- Crash and Burn--I really tried to break down each of the bus plunge stories I read for this assignment and compare them.
- Crunch Time Blues -Link Gracious--I gave credit to both Greta and Josie in this blog, because I agreed with both of them. I actually found Greta's blog through Josie's because Josie had already given credit to Greta.
- Josie's I would read it on a plane... -
- Aja's The (Non) News of Michael Jackson--The Comment Primo--I began this discussion, and watched it develop into a thriving conversation among my peers; however, I did not return to comment again.
- Aja's Imagine the Internet--The Comment Grande--I participated in this discussion about the Dr. Seuss Profile, and gave insights as to how news and features are blended in this article.
- Michelle Tatlinger's MLA APA Chicago AP -The Comment Informative--In this blog discussion, I offered my previous knowledge concerning AP style, but I also admitted that I learned new information in this reading. I also blogged about the same thing in my blog, but did not see Michelle's until after my blog had already been posted.
- Presentation Reflection--I posted an in-depth reflection about my peer's presentations, focusing on the fact that all of my fellow journalism majors actually dislike reporting news.
Is an art, like everything else.
I do it exceptionally well.
I do it so it feels like hell.
I do it so it feels real.
I guess you could say I've a call.
-Sylvia Plath, "Lady Lazarus" pg 239
I can't remember ever reading Plath in high school--and to be honest, I'm not surprised that she was never covered--no because she's not a fantastic poet, but mostly because of the topics of her poetry--suicide and the holocaust. I could understand covering something about the holocaust, but at my high school, we didn't do much with suicide. We didn't even have a memorial service when a boy commited suicide my junior year--they just sort of brushed it under the rug and told kids to go see the counselors if we needed help.
Now I can get back on track. I picked these two stanzas, not because I understand them (I can't say that I really understand any of her poetry), but because I like what she said in lines 43-45. "Dying is an art." I'd agree with that. I've never attempted suicide, nor would I ever (I'm too selfish) but I can definiately see where Plath is coming from. There are so many ways someone could commit suicide--in fact, it frightens me. There are whole websites online dedicated to teaching people how to commit suicide (though I've never had the desire to visit them).
This poem really does speak to me, even though I'm missing a lot of the symbolism. As far as I can tell, this poem is a cry for help, but there are a lot of stanzas that just seem random to me. Like I've said in class, analyzing poetry is not my favorite thing in the world...
- Both start with a death toll
- Both explain the location of the accidents
- Both articles mention that there is a high automobile accident rate in the country.
- Although both begin with a death toll, the Peru article has more facts, stating that how many were killed/injured, including a few specifics while the India article has vague facts--"at least 20 dead, others injured." Why are they not more specific? Even the title is vague. I was taught that using "Many" was a no-no in journalism.
- The Peru article goes on to state approx. what time the accident occured. The India article does not.
- The Peru article states that the cause is unclear, but the India article says a sharp turn was taken.
- The Peru article actually repeats the same information twice:
- Sentence 2: "Among the dead are two Dutch tourists and a Colombian."
- Sentence 6: "Del Castillo said that among the 22 dead are a Dutch man and woman, and a woman from Colombia."
- The India article has a weird ending--I feel like it really doesn't belong in the article. It seems like it's just filler information (even though I get that "bus plunges" are filler pieces:
- "As the injured were being taken away, relatives and residents threw stones at officials, complaining of poor local medical facilities, AP reported."
On the whole, I actually enjoyed reading these bus plunge articles. I like that each article still takes a different direction from the last, but at the same time, it still feels like they're searching for information to fill the space--like when the Peru article repeated basically the same sentence twice. Even stating that each country has a pretty high accident rate seemed trivial to me--everyone has a higher accident rate than they'd like--I would've liked to see actual figures to show me just how high these rates actually are. If they're looking for filler information, at least put a statistic in there or something.
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Elizabeth Mount College [EMC]--A pedestrian was injured on Monday, Sept. 14 at 8:25 a.m. outside Alumni Hall. A theft resulted in the accident as well.
The pedestrian, identified as Sharon Pierce, a fourth-year undergraduate student was hit by a 2004 Ford Taurus, driven by Cairo Transport employee Karl Klaushammer. Pierce, who was struck 15 feet north of the crosswalk, was treated on-site by an ambulance.
According to EMC security chief Robert Chase, "Klaushammer was observed by this officer to be in distress and reported that a package that was in his back seat was apparently taken." A hooded figure was seen fleeing the scene of the crime south along College Drive.
The suspect is described as male, weighing approximately 200 lbs. and about 6 feet in height. Because the suspect ignored verbal orders to stop, a foot pursuit involving Chase and another security officer, Clair Catcher, ensued. The suspect was last seen in the wooded lot south of the chemistry department.
According to John Carten, a professor in the chemistry department, the stolen package contained "research materials promised to the Pennsylvania State Museum of Antiguities."
"There was no indications that anyone would press charges," said Chase in a press conference on Sept. 14. "Klaushammer was advised to stay alert while driving on campus...and Pierce to use the crosswalk," added Chase.
A news story doesn't need a conclusion. It should be written so that the bottom of the story can be chopped off at any time.--Dr. Jerz's Copyediting Document
Do not include "Dr." as part of a faculty member's name.
- The language of journalism is concrete and specific.
- The language of journalism is active.
- The language of journalism makes meaning early.
- The language of journalism is democratic.
- The language of journalism has a voice.
- The language of journalism strives for clarity.
My relationship with the news is a strange one. As a reporter for the Setonian, I almost always write news stories, not because I enjoy writing news articles, but rather, because I am good at writing them. I don't mean to sound arrogant--I only mean that I learned the basic news writing skills my junior year of high school, and when I became the copy editor during my senior year, the Associated Press Stylebook became my best friend by default.
Even though I play an active role in the creation of the Setionian by writing articles and sometimes copy editing them, I am almost ashamed to say that I rarely pick up the daily paper. I prefer magazines to newspapers (which is fortunate for me in a way, because newspapers are slowly dying out).
I have a love-hate relationship with tv news. I never watch the evening news, because it usually makes me sad--the only tv news shows I actually enjoy are on Comedy Central, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, and usually those are minimally informative.
I can't say that the news isn't part of my daily life. At home, my parents watch MSNBC every night, so it usually serves as background noise while I work on my homework. If something catches my ear, I'll stop what I'm doing to watch a segment of the news, but for the most part, I get the majority of my news from my mom, who reads a lot of internet news articles after she comes home from work. If there is something going on in the world of news that I find interesting, I'm more likely to jump on my laptop and google it than I am to watch broadcasters discuss it on tv.
My relationship with news is kind of a rocky one. It has its ups and downs. During the 2008 election, I watched the news every night with my parents--mostly because I wanted to be an informed college student, and also because I was ecstatic to vote in my first Presidential election. However, even the news about the upcoming election got old for me after a while. I just lost interest in it.
After analyzing my relationship with news, I have deduced that I barely have a relationship with it at all despite my desire to work in the field of reporting news. It's almost ironic that a journalism major has such little interest in news. But, at the same time, I feel like this isn't necessarily a bad thing. Just because I do not enjoy reading or writing the news does not mean I do not value it. And, I honestly believe that news writing is an essential skill that today's journalists cannot live without. Perhaps, as I grow older and more informed, I'll find a new appreciation for the news, but for now, I'll just settle with my limited relationship.
..."she wouldn't be soft on anybody," recalled Brian Byrne, a son. "They would get whacked by Mrs. Byrne, too..."
Brian said that if he or any of the other kids got into trouble at parochial school and got thrashed by the nuns, "mother would give me another beating for making the nuns upset."
--Clark and Scanlan, pg 70-71
Okay, this may just be a personal style issue, but did any one else notice that these two quotes were provided by the same person--Marie Byrne's son--and in the two quotes, he uses a different name for his mother? At first mention, he calls her "Mrs. Byrne"?? Why? As I was reading this obit, this practically jumped off the page at me. I had to reread the paragraph, because I thought that maybe Brian wasn't her son, but just one of the many runaways she took in over the years, but that's not the case, unless he's Marie's good friend "Uncle Mary"'s son, since they both had the same last name. This really confused me.
At first I thought that maybe it was just his way of showing extra respect for her--or maybe it was an enforcer for just how strict she was. But I can't see very many people forcing their children to address them as Mr. or Mrs. So-and-so.
Later in the story, Brian refers to her as "mother." I just don't get it. I know this isn't a "news" article, but you'd think the author of this obit would have given parallelism a thought. The book even points other examples of good parallelism. But hey, maybe this is just me being to criticizing. I have that tendency from my days as a copy editor for my high school paper. It's not like the author couldn't have put "[mother]" or [mom] instead of "Mrs. Byrne."
Then I thought that maybe the son and his mother had a falling out of sorts, but later in the story, he seems to speak of her fondly, even if she was beating him for upsetting the nuns. For me, this lack of congruency totally ruined the story for me...
I dunno, maybe it's just me, but for some reason, that REALLY irked me...
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At Delancey Street, about 500 residents work from 8 a.m. to about 11 p.m. at a full-time job among other interpersonal tasks.
"Everyone starts at the bottom, and you work your way up," Pinderhughes said. "Through hard work, you are rewarded not only externally by being able to rise in the program and do more, but by feeling confident in your abilities."
Delancey Street is a non-profit organization, meaning nobody, including Silbert, pockets a dime.
- Mimi Silbert deserves the key to her city for all of her amazing work with the underprivelaged
- Everyone who is a part of Delancey Street speaks highly of Silbert
- One could easily argue the point that this profile article is more about Delancey Street than it is about its director