September 16, 2005

First Article Reflection

I have to admit, I was really nervous about this assignment.

I've never had a penchant for journalism, and my naturally reserved personality doesn't particularly make the best interviewer. I had a very hard time psyching myself up to ask people questions, and limited myself to personal interviews with students because I found myself not wanting to untrude on the faculty or make myself a nuisance. I regretted that later, because I know my article would have been stronger with a quote from someone with more authority. I was able to use quotes from the speaches of Dr. Gawelek, Pres. Boyle, and Mr. Highberger in my article, but because my shorthand has not yet been fine tuned I was unable to catch every quote I wanted to use.

I enjoyed writing the article, if only because it really called my attention to those areas where I am weakest, and gave me the conviction to make those areas stronger.

Posted by JohannaDreyfuss at September 16, 2005 01:10 AM | TrackBack

You have to remember that you are just doing your job, Johanna.

People in authority -want- to be interviewed to show their side of the story (sometimes too much).

Your sources sound great. ;)

Posted by: Amanda at September 16, 2005 11:28 PM

I know how you feel, Johanna. I usually pretty bold, but it's intimidating to just walk up to people for an interview. Amanda has a good point, though; it's our job and we just have to make the best of it.

Posted by: Katie Lambert at September 19, 2005 02:13 PM

Ha yeah,
I just pretend I'm one of the reporters you see in movies (the professional looking kind). I went up to Dr. Boyle and Highberger and said completely seriously, "I have a few questions for the Setonian, may I have a moment of your time." It was completely uncharacteristic of me as a person, but it was fun acting the part.

Posted by: David Denninger at September 26, 2005 05:40 PM

I had the same problem. I could have used a quote from one of the chaplains for my spot news article but preferred to stick with student quotes. They're just so much easier - both to talk to and you don't have to make appointments with them!

Posted by: Kayla Sawyer at September 27, 2005 05:01 PM
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